Erasmus Traineeship

Erasmus+ is an EU-funded programme that is administered by the Swedish Council for Higher Education. Students can receive a traineeship scholarship for a period of 2 to 12 months if they are planning on carrying out their traineeship in another EU or EFTA country.

The aim of the traineeship is to better equip students for a European labour market, hence, increasing their chances of receiving employment. It is a remarkable opportunity to utilize the theoretical skills you have acquired, but also to gather new experience that is valuable for when you later seek employment.

The Swedish Council for Higher Education defines the Erasmus Traineeship as follows: Spending a period of time in an enterprise or organisation in another Member State, supported as appropriate by preparatory or refresher courses in the host language or working language, with a view to helping individuals to adapt to the requirements of the Community-wide labour market, to acquiring a specific skill and to improving understanding of the economic and social culture of the country concerned in the context of acquiring work experience.

Who can apply

Who can apply?

To be eligible for an Erasmus Traineeship Scholarship, you must fulfill the following requirements at the time you make your application:

- You must be registered for a programme or free-standing course, and intend to graduate at Linnaeus University at the time you make your application.
- Your traineeship must be approved by your faculty at Linnaeus University.
- Before you begin your traineeship, you must have been awarded at least 45 credits at Linnaeus University, unless it is otherwise stated in your programme.

When can you apply for a scholarship

1. You can apply for a scholarship up to 3 months after your studies are completed.
2. You can apply for a scholarship up to 1 month after beginning your traineeship.
3. Your traineeship should begin no later than 3 months after you have been granted scholarship approval.

Duration of the traineeship

The traineeship should be no less than 2 months and no more than 12 months in order to qualify for a scholarship.

Legitimate traineeship

Your traineeship should be full-time and carried out at an enterprise or organization that is deemed qualified to receive Erasmus Traineeship students (see Approved Traineeship Positions). Your traineeship should be recognized by your education at Linnaeus University; at the very least by being mentioned in your Diploma Supplement when you apply for your degree. This is the reason why your traineeship must be approved by your faculty at Linnaeus University, and be deemed appropriate for your education, before you begin.

Erasmus period in your home country

If your place of residence is in a country other than those participating in the programme, but you are currently studying in Sweden, you are entitled to apply for an Erasmus Traineeship Scholarship to carry out your traineeship in your home country. However, such applications will be give least priority during the evaluation process.

Please note, "place of residence" means the country from which you travelled to Sweden shortly before you began your studies. It does not mean the country in which you have your possible ethnic roots, if you already lived in Sweden before you began your studies.

If you are currently studying at Linnaeus University as an exchange student, you are not allowed to apply for an Erasmus Traineeship Scholarship. On the other hand, international students outside of agreements are free to apply for the scholarship.

Erasmus Traineeship Scholarship for recent graduates

There is a possibility to be granted an Erasmus Traineeship Scholarship for a traineeship that is carried out after you have completed your studies at Linnaeus University. However, you must make your application while you are still registered at Linnaeus University, and you must not have applied for, or have been issued your degree certificate. Afterwards, when you have been issued your degree certificate, you have the possibility of carrying out a traineeship for up to 12 months and receive a scholarship for this. Recent graduates do not need to have their traineeship approved by the faculty. Otherwise, the same rules apply for approved trainee positions, country and period of time.

Approved traineeship positions

The host enterprise or organization at which you have chosen to carry out your traineeship must correspond to the Swedish Council for Higher Education's definition of "enterprise" in order to be considered qualified to receive students:

All enterprises that are engaged in economic activity within the public or private sector, regardless of size, legal status or the economic sector within which they are active, including the social economy.

Organisations that have not been approved for receiving Swedish students are:

As a Swedish student, however, you can only carry out your traineeship at diplomatic representations or public institutions that are part of other countries than Sweden. As an international student who is currently studying at Linnaeus University, you can carry out your traineeship at Swedish diplomatic representations or public institutions but not at public employers in your home

Approved countries

In order to be able to apply for an Erasmus traineeship scholarship, the country to which you are applying must be approved. Approved countries are all EU and EEA countries as well as EU candidate countries.

A list of these countries can be found at the official website of the EU.

Certain areas and colonies outside of Europe that are a part of, or are connected to, the EU are approved for studies and traineeships (for example, Reunion, Martinique, the Azores, Greenland, French Polynesia, Aruba and so on). Contact the International Office for a complete list.

Scholarship

Size of the scholarship

The idea with the Erasmus + traineeship scholarship is that it should act as an allowance towards travel, accommodation and other expenses that can arise in connection with your traineeship. The size of the scholarship is determined by the total number of days of your traineeship as well as the daily allowance that applies to the country in which your traineeship is to be carried out.

Country National Scholarship Amount (Euro)
Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, Great Britain, Austria

20,50

Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Germany 17
Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary 17

 

Application Date

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, which means that the sooner you make your application, the greater chance you have of receiving a scholarship.

Our turnaround time is 3-4 weeks.
The funds for the Erasmus traineeship are limited, which means that you are not guaranteed a scholarship if you apply.

 

Extra scholarship funds for students with disabilities

If you have a disability, you can receive special support during your traineeship. Linnaeus University will pay for the support you need in order to be able to carry out your traineeship. You can also apply for an extra Erasmus scholarship to cover possible additional costs that may arise as a result of your disability. The support that is offered to out-going exchange students with disabilities is also offered to Erasmus Traineeship students.

Application

In the link below, you can download the application form for the Erasmus Traineeship Scholarship. Along with your application form, you should attach a Letter of Intent from the enterprise or organization you have chosen where it states that they have the possibility of taking you on for the period of time you have specified in your application. A template for Letter of Intent is included in the application documents.

Complete your application digitally, print it out and sign it, then send it, along with any supplements, to the International Office at the Office of Student Affairs. You can send your application by post, submit it personally to our offices or scan it and send it via e-mail. You can find addresses and other contact information in the application documents.

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, which means that the sooner you make your application, the greater chance you have of receiving a scholarship.

Please note, you should apply for the Erasmus + Traineeship Scholarship prior to carrying out your traineeship and that it is a requirement from the EU commission that you have an approved Learning Agreement before you traineeship begins.

Link to Erasmus+ Scholarship Application for traineeship

Approved applications

Before embarking upon your Erasmus Traineeship, a Learning Agreement must first be drawn up. Without a learning agreement, the scholarship cannot be paid. The learning agreement will be sent to you by the International Office once your application has been approved. A learning agreement is an agreement between you, Linnaeus University and the enterprise or organization explaining what is expected of you during your traineeship as well as how it will be recognized at Linnaeus University.

You will be required to complete and sign a Grant Agreement that regulates the scholarship payment.

During the course of your traineeship, you will be covered by Kammarkollegiets Student UT insurance for exchange students from Swedish seats of learning. Further information about insurance will be sent to you along with the above mentioned documents. More information about Student UT insurance can be found at Kammarkollegiet.

An Erasmus traineeship student tells her story

Anna Blomberg

International exchange is not only about studies. Anna Blomberg's exchange semester involved a traineeship in Amsterdam.

"I study tourism in Kalmar and was really happy when I was given the opportunity to carry out my traineeship at Visit Sweden; a little office in Holland where I got to work with almost everything. The traineeship gave me a greater understanding of what I had already studied and when I returned home, I had a totally new frame of reference for my studies. Very rewarding!

What is more, I now know a great deal more about Sweden than what I did before my traineeship.

I am very satisfied and strongly urge others to broaden their horizons in this way."