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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.

NB! Current information related to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, rules for Erasmus+ exchanges and grants may change at short notice. 

Keep yourself informed about the rules for students at Lund University

According to the vice-chancellor’s decision from 17 June 2021 (STYR 2020/251), students are permitted to carry out education components abroad, provided that it is deemed possible to conduct them safely based on any travel restrictions. For the mobility to be possible, the receiving country's and the higher education institution's rules, regulations and recommendations need to be taken into consideration as well.

A group of colleagues and interns in a meeting
Lena Granefelt/imagebank.sweden.se

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.

Students who are eligible to apply for an Erasmus+ traineeship grant

To be eligible to apply for the Erasmus+ traineeship grant, you must be a current student who is registered in full-time studies and intends to graduate at Lund University. It is also possible to do an internship after you have finished your studies, but you have to apply for grant during your last semester as a registered full-time student at Lund University.

Three ways to do an traineeship with an Erasmus+ grant:

  • As a part of a traineeship course or a degree project course that is a mandatory part of your degree programme at Lund University.
  • As a voluntary traineeship that is not a part of your degree programme at Lund University.
  • As a recent graduate (who has not yet applied for your degree certificate) and complete your traineeship within 12 months after graduation​.

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:

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