Erasmus+ Traineeship Programme in a nutshell.

About Erasmus+ Traineeship Programme.

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe, including traineeship mobility abroad for university students and recent graduates.
Erasmus+ Traineeship* is a temporary job placement opportunity for students and young graduates in form of an internship abroad supported by financial means of Erasmus+ Programme.

It might:
1) Be a part of higher education and bring credit points
2) Take place after graduation, not bringing any credit points
3) Occur also in other form of work experience
*Erasmus mobility version is called „Erasmus+ Traineeship“. On this platform, we refer to traineeships as internships – these two expressions are often used interchangeably in the European-level context. However, internships are always understood among employers as a temporary job opening not leading directly to the permanent position, in contrary to the perception of traineeship concept.

Know the difference between regular and Erasmus+ internship.

Competition for getting a paid internship abroad is extremely high. Erasmus+ internship is an excellent opportunity to get a partially paid work experience in a foreign European country, learn new things and gain substantial advantage in domestic as well as foreign job market.

TYPE OF AGREEMENT Trilateral Learning Agreement for Traineeships signed by intern – employer – university Agreement between intern and employer in form of work contract
REMUNERATION Partially paid: EU monthly grant for intern is administered and paid out by the university Salary paid by employer
INTERNSHIP LOCATION Internship has to be conducted abroad, in a country different from the country of studies Not relevant to the internship
INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME DESIGNER Programme designed by employer Programme designed by employer

Know the difference between regular and Erasmus+ internship.

Erasmus+ internship is an excellent opportunity to get a new valuable team member funded by Erasmus+ grant, who is eager to get industry insights, learn new things and contribute to your success on the market.

Important answers to understand internship funding.

To be eligible, the prospective Erasmus+ intern must be:

  • STUDENT registered at a higher education institution – in most cases a university holding Erasmus+ Charter (Cycles of studies: bachelor/master/doctoral studies)
    Internship takes place during regular study period.


  • FUTURE GRADUATE registered at a higher education institution. He/she must apply for a grant while still being enrolled and must be selected by their university during the last year of study.
    Internship takes place after graduation and must be completed within 12 months from graduation date.


  • Internship abroad duration can vary – from a minimum of 2 months to a maximum of 12 months. Funded period is usually up to 6 months, but it might differ. Inform yourself at your university.
  • The same student may participate in Erasmus+ mobility activities in total up to 12 months per each cycle of study (study exchange, internships combined). Participation with a zero grant from the EU counts as well towards the maximum duration.
  • One-cycle courses (e.g. medicine, architecture, etc.) allow students to go abroad with Erasmus+ for a total period of 24 months.

Exceptional case:

  • Students taking part in Erasmus+ Traineeship cannot be at the same time beneficiaries of an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree scholarship, and vice versa.


  1. Public or private organisation
    • Enterprise (public/private; small/medium/large)
    • Public body at local, regional or national level
    • Social partner representing working life, incl. chambers of commerce, craft/professional associations and trade unions
    • Research institute
    • Foundation
    • School /institute/educational centre
  1. Non-profit organisation, association, NGO
  2. Higher education institution (e.g. university)
  3. Body providing career guidance, professional counselling and information services


  1. EU institutions, bodies and agencies
  2. Activities by which you are not employed and supervised (e.g. conferences, summer schools, symposiums)
  3. Conflict of interest (e.g. interning in an organisation that you co-own or co-created) is focusing currently on advertising non-corporate internships, mostly in start-ups, SMEs, NGOs, non-profits and institutes.

Erasmus+ internships are usually unpaid, but there is a financial support from the EU available. The level of Erasmus+ funding varies between 400-800€ depending on the combination of sending and receiving country. Erasmus+ interns apply for this EU grant at their university as a contribution to their costs for travel, insurance, accommodation and food. Find your country-specific Erasmus+ funding level in the section below.

Employers usually, however, provide their interns also with additional financial benefits such as public transportation reimbursement, meal vouchers or partial financial remuneration. 
Erasmus+ mobility grant can be received in addition to any salary/remuneration agreed by your internship provider.

Students with special needs or from disadvantaged background can receive additional amount to the Erasmus+ grant.

Working remotely (in home office) from your home country is possible, but with zero Erasmus+ grant and this period cannot be funded.

No. Students carrying out internships abroad will receive an additional top-up of 100 – 200€ per month comparing to mobility for studies. The precise level is always determined each year by National Agencies and/or universities according to the level of demand and level of co-financing for this type of mobility. Please, inform yourself about Erasmus+ grant conditions at your home university.

Participating Programme countries are divided into 3 Groups.

Erasmus+ grant amount provided to student depends on his/her mobility flow (country of studies) –> (country of internship).

There are 3 types of mobility flows:
  • Mobility towards a country with similar living costs (within the same group)
  • Mobility towards a country with higher living costs (e.g. from Group 2 to Group 1)
  • Mobility towards a country with lower living costs (e.g. from Group 1 to Group 2)

Group 1 Programme Countries with higher living costs Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway
Group 2 Programme Countries with medium living costs Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal
Group 3 Programme Countries with lower living costs Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Republic of North Macedonia, Turkey

Applications for the United Kingdom: The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and is not a member of the EU anymore. The agreement on withdrawal allows the UK to participate in current Erasmus+ programme at the moment. Internships done in academic year 2020/2021 and in winter semester 2021/2022 can still be financed through the Erasmus+. Please, inform yourself at your university if you are still able to apply for internship in the UK.
My Internship doesn’t plan to advertise any internships in the UK.

Sending institutions – universities play a crucial role in Erasmus+ Traineeship Programme:

They ensure that

  1. Your internship is relevant for your degree-related learning and approve your programme by signing Learning Agreement for Traineeships.
  2. Administrative matters in preparation period regarding your grant application are fulfilled.
  3. Personal support from a contact person at the sending institution (university) is provided to you during the whole internship period.
  4. Financial support is administered and paid to you.
  5. Work placement is academically recognised (e.g. ECTS, Diploma Supplement or Transcript of Records)

Please, contact International Office of your university to know more about administrative matters and deadlines for grant application.

Learning Agreement for Traineeships is a trilateral document setting out a detailed programme of the internship, information on insurance, internship recognition and rights and responsibilities of all parties. It needs to be signed by you as intern, your internship provider and your university.


  • General information about parties
  • Before the mobility
    • Table A – Traineeship Programme at the Receiving Organisation/Enterprise
    • Table B – Sending Institution
    • Table C – Receiving Organisation/Enterprise
  • During the mobility – For case of changes
  • After the mobility = Traineeship Certificate – Confirming the results of the agreed programme

See blank template of Learning Agreement for Traineeships here.
Erasmus+ interns may apply for an EU grant at their university and the university is responsible for making all payments. Please, contact the department for international mobility/international office at your home university to get informed about process applicable to your individual case.
Deadlines for grant application differ from university to university – some have an exact deadline date, some are accepting applications continuously, however, usually latest one month before your internship start. Deadlines also differ if you want to do the internship as an enrolled student or as a graduate.

My Internship is a digital career platform facilitating easier connection between students and employers. On one hand, it enables employers to advertise their internship vacancies, interact with candidates and recruit. On the other hand, it helps students/future graduates to find a host organisation in easier, faster and more transparent way. We tailor our internship offer and database of employers based on the demand of students.

We support students from professional perspective and assist in finding desired internship placement.

We do NOT administer grant application/funding, nor provide assistance with administrative matters of Erasmus+ programme as the grant application process is university-specific. If you have any questions regarding grant application process itself and deadlines, contact the International Office/Mobility Department at your home university.

Source of the information about Erasmus+ Traineeship Programme:

Country-specific overview of grant amounts.

Financial side always matter. You can find a transparent overview of current funding levels for each country. Click on the country of your studies to know more.

Is your country of studies not in the overview yet?
We are continuously updating and extending the list with detailed funding information. Contact us with your information request here.

DISCLAIMER: Grant amount administered by your university might in exceptional cases differ from the overview above.

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