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Traineeship abroad via Erasmus+

If you are a Lund University student who wants to undertake a traineeship in Europe, you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ traineeship grant.

Information related to the Covid-19 pandemic

Keep track of the situation in the host country and any rules for entry. Also see the host institution's/organisation's information related to Covid-19. Make sure to keep yourself informed during the planning phase as well as before your departure.

A group of colleagues and interns in a meeting
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Erasmus+ traineeship grant

If you want to do a traineeship at a company, organisation or research and education centre in one of the 32 Erasmus countries, you can apply for an Erasmus+ traineeship grant.

The grant should be a contribution to the expenses arising in connection with the traineeship period, such as travel and accommodation expenses. Depending on the country of the traineeship, the grant holder will receive approximately €465–€525 a month.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to apply for an Erasmus+ traineeship grant, you must:

  • be registered for full-time studies at Lund University
  • intend to graduate from Lund University
  • find a traineeship position that is relevant to your field of study
  • get the traineeship approved by your department at Lund University.

Traineeship possibilities

 You must do your traineeship abroad in one of the following four ways:

  • as part of a traineeship/internship course or your degree project at Lund University
  • as a voluntary traineeship that is not included in your study programme at Lund University. In this case, you must complete the traineeship before you graduate. Even if the traineeship is voluntary, it must still be relevant to your field of study
  • in direct connection with completed studies at Lund University, as a traineeship that you apply for before you graduate. In this case, the traineeship must be completed within 12 months after finishing your studies/degree programme
  • in combination with Erasmus+ exchange studies.

Approved host organisations

You can do your internship at companies, organisations, or research and development centres. If you are going to do a traineeship at a higher education institution, it must be clear that you should perform a job and not studies.

The following organisations are not authorised for Erasmus+ grants:

  • EU institutions and other bodies.
  • Organisations dealing with EU programmes (such as international secretariats at universities). This is to avoid possible conflicts of interest and/or double financing.
  • Universities that are mainly financed by EU funds.

Learn more about finding a host organisation

List of EU institutions on the European Commission website

Erasmus+ mobility grant countries

You can do your traineeship in one of the following 32 countries:

  • EU countries (including outermost regions, overseas countries and territories): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, the United Kingdom
  • EEA countries: Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway
  • Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey

You need to live in the host country during the traineeship period (this also applies to traineeships in Denmark).

It is possible to do a traineeship with the Erasmus+ grant in your home country; however, your application will be given the lowest priority in the assessment of applications.

The grant

The grant amount is based on the country in which your traineeship takes place.

Traineeships that take place between 2019 and 2021:

  • Programme countries with a higher cost of living (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway and the United Kingdom) provide € 655 per month.
  • Programme countries with a lower cost of living (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey) provide € 555 per month.

The grant is paid in two instalments: the first part, 70% of the grant, is paid out in connection to the start of the internship. The remaining part is paid out after the completion of the traineeship period. If the internship is interrupted earlier than agreed, you become liable to repay all or part of the grant.

It is not allowed to receive other grants or scholarships from the EU or the Swedish Council for Higher Education for the same period you receive the Erasmus+ grant for a traineeship. However, you can apply for the Erasmus+ grant more than once.

How to apply for a traineeship grant

How to apply for a traineeship grant

Sustainable travel

If you choose to travel in a sustainable way, you can receive a top-up of EUR 50. You should travel to or from your destination by train, bus or carpooling. The whole trip in one direction must be made by any of these means of transportation.

You must upload a copy of the ticket in the Erasmus Database.

In order to receive the top-up for carpooling, you have to rent a car and travel together with other students travelling to the same city for studies. The receipt of the car hire should be uploaded in the Erasmus Database.

Support for Erasmus+ students with children

Outgoing Erasmus+ students and interns accompanied by children can apply for extra grant funding of EUR 200 per month, regardless of the number of children. Students on internship placements currently receive a special placement supplement of EUR 195 per month that students who do mobility for studies do not get. These supplements cannot be combined, but students on placements are entitled to the higher amount EUR 200 if the child requirement is fulfilled. 

The application for a special supplement for children is made at the same time, and using the same form, as the application for the Erasmus+ grant.

Additional support for Erasmus+ students with disabilities

If you are an outgoing Erasmus+ student with a disability, you and your coordinator at Lund University can apply for additional funds from the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) together. These funds can cover up to 100 percent of all additional costs in connection with the mobility abroad.

Additional costs are increased costs which the institution or the individual participant has and which are not financed by other means, for example:

  • transport
  • teaching materials
  • housing
  • personal assistant
  • medical follow-up, physiotherapy
  • medical examination in the host country

Find the accessibility coordinators' contact details

Erasmus+ mobility to the UK

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and the Withdrawal Agreement entails that the UK will continue to participate in Erasmus+ until 31 May 2022. This means that students who have been offered an exchange place or traineeship in the UK, and whose mobility will end no later than 31 May 2022, can receive an Erasmus+ grant, provided that certain conditions are met.

News related to Brexit on the Swedish Council for Higher Education website (click on 'Other language' for English)

Contact information

Erasmus+ Grant Administrator
Claire Chardet
erasmuspraktik [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 (0)46 222 01 36

Postal address:
Erasmus+ Grant Office
External Relations
Lund University
Box 117
221 00 Lund