Applying for an Erasmus traineeship grant
Before you apply for an Erasmus grant, you should find a relevant enterprise that can offer you a full-time traineeship in your field of study for 2 to 12 months.
NB! Due to the ongoing pandemic, special rules apply to the Erasmus+ grant in the 2021 spring semester.
Pursuant to the vice-chancellor’s decision on 22 October 2020 (STYR 2020/251), students are permitted to carry out education components abroad, to the extent that it is deemed to be able to be conducted safely based on travel restrictions, and if it is possible taking into consideration the receiving country’s and the higher education institution’s rules, regulations and recommendations.
Students who travel to the host country and carry out all or parts of the activities online in the host country
If you travel to the host country where the activities are to be carried out and the activities take place entirely or partially online under the management of the receiving higher education institution/work placement coordinator, you shall be eligible for a grant. It is also possible to include activities such as a welcome week by a host university that takes place online.
Accordingly, the above applies on the condition that you are located in the host country and participating in activities that have been agreed upon with the receiving party.
Students who carry out activities online from a country other than the host country
Students are not eligible for a grant for studies or a traineeship carried out online from a country other than the host country.
However, it is possible for you to start your mobility virtually during the 2021 spring semester in order to travel to the receiving country later on in the semester, if/when the situation allows, to participate in education components, either entirely on campus or both on campus and online. You can apply for a grant for the period in which you participate in the physical mobility.
Terminology in accordance with the European Commission
Physical mobility = on site in the host country (either on campus or entirely or partially online)
Virtual mobility/Remote mobility = the mobility does not take place in the host country. Instead, it takes place online, for example, from Sweden or a country other than the host country.
If you are to participate in physical mobility (see definition above), you are to fill in a grant application.
If you are going to participate in virtual mobility (see definition above) you are not to fill in a grant application. If/when the virtual mobility transitions to physical mobility, you are to fill in a grant application.
You are still to have other documentation such as the Learning Agreement and grades for both physical mobility and virtual mobility.
If you have chosen not to travel, please inform your coordinator at Lund University and send an email to erasmusstudier [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se.
The rule that the application is to have been received at least one month prior to the commencement of the mobility period has been removed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Language test/language courses
All Erasmus students are offered a language test and language courses.
If you are to participate in physical mobility (see definition above) the language test will be emailed to you once your grant application has been processed.
If you are to participate in virtual mobility (see definition above) you are to send an email to: erasmusstudier [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se.
The email is to include the following information: your name, personal identity number, email address and language of instruction. The language test will then be emailed to you.
If you are to participate in physical mobility (see definition above) you are covered by Kammarkollegiet’s insurance, Student UT.
If you are to participate in virtual mobility (see definition above) you are not covered by Kammarkollegiet’s insurance, Student UT, and you must therefore obtain your own insurance.
Information in relation to the coronavirus
Since 1 July 2020 it has again been possible for students to go on an Erasmus Traineeship. However, please note that students must check the situation in the host country and at the host institution prior to their departure.
Finding a traineeship
Large companies and organisations often advertise 'Internships', 'Traineeships', or 'Student Placements' on their websites. You can also search for internships and thesis projects at Lund University’s job portal, www.mycareer.lu.se as well as on webpages such as:
The traineeship should be equivalent to full-time work for a continuous period of 2 entire months up to 12 months. If you have previously been on an Erasmus mobility (internship/exchange or similarly), the total mobility period may not exceed 12 month per academic level (e.g. Bachelor's level, Master's level or PhD level). The internship shall take place at the same enterprise during the entire period. Do not forget to get your traineeship approved by your coordinator/the person in charge at your department.
When to apply for a traineeship grant
You can apply for the traineeship grant between the following dates:
- 10 August–3 June
We only accept applications during the application periods. Make sure to submit your application no later than one month before the start of your internship. It is not possible to apply for the grant retroactively.
How to apply for a traineeship grant
To apply for a traineeship grant, please:
- Fill in the Learning Agreement form (external webpage).
- Print the Learning Agreement, to be signed by all three parties (you can email the document to speed up the signing process).
- Submit the Learning Agreement and the supporting documents to the Lund University Erasmus grant administrator.
Make sure you include all the required documents below in your application – incomplete applications will not be considered:
- Learning Agreement
- Letter of motivation: Motivate why you want to apply for the grant, explain the connection between your education and the traineeship, and the experiences and skills you expect to develop during the internship. The letter should be around one page and written in either English or Swedish.
- CV: This shall include your contact details and information about education, work experience and language skills.
- Certificate of registration from Ladok (can be accessed through the Student Portal).
Please email the required documents above as one PDF-attachment to the email address erasmuspraktik [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se. Name the subject line of the email 'Erasmus Traineeship Grant Application'.
Already approved for a traineeship grant?
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.
Erasmus+ Grant Administrator
erasmuspraktik [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 (0)73 064 1885
Erasmus+ Grant Office
221 00 Lund