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.
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.
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). A traineeship can for example also mean collecting data for an essay or doing fieldwork.The traineeship can be included in your study programme and give credits, but can also be done during the summer months in between semesters.
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.
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.
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:
- EU institutions and other EU bodies (see https://europa.eu/european-union/contact/institutions-bodies_en#agencies for lists of such institutions). However, the offices of political parties in the EU Parliament are eligable as hosts.
- Organisations that manage EU programmes, for example, national offices such as the Swedish Council for Higher Education (so as to avoid possible conflicts of interest and/or dubble funding).
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 members as well as Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Macedonia, Turkey and Serbia (from autumn 2019).
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.
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 allowance rate that applies to the country in which your traineeship is to be carried out.
National rates applicable for 2019:
|Country||National Scholarship Amount (Euro)|
|Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway||
|Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal||555 /month|
|Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia,
Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia,
former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey
Extra scholarship funds for students with disabilities
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 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. 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.
Before embarking upon your Erasmus Traineeship, a Learning Agreement must first be completed. 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. 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.
You will also be required to complete and sign a Grant Agreement that regulates the scholarship payment.
The EU Commission has established a language support for Erasmus + students, called Online Linguistic Support (OLS). In order to receive the Erasmus+ grant you need to complete two language tests through this database. International Office will contact you with more information when it is time for you to do the test.
You take one language test before and one after your exchange semester. You will receive an email from OLS with link to the language test and it takes roughly 30 minutes to complete. The second language test, will then be sent to you at the end date of your exchange semester. If your level at the first language shows a low result, you will be offered and recommended to do a language course, offered entirely online.
During the course of your traineeship, you will be covered by Kammarkollegiets Student UT insurance for exchange students from Swedish seats of learning. This insurance is free of charge. Please read the terms and conditions on Kammarkollegiet’s website: https://www.kammarkollegiet.se/en/insurance-students-and-state-employees/student-insurance/student-ut-insurance-during-education
The insurance Student UT applies during your internship, as well as two weeks before the internship starts and two weeks after it ends. The cover applies only in the host country and during direct travel between this country and Sweden. This means that you will need to buy additional insurance if you wish to travel outside your host country, e.g. during weekends or holidays, or if you wish to travel to other countries near your host country before or after your internship period. If you wish to travel to your host country earlier than two weeks before the start of your internship, or stay longer than two weeks after it ends, you will also have to buy additional insurance.
It is up to each individual student to choose their own insurance. A number of insurance companies offer specific international student insurance. Please contact different insurance companies and check the terms and conditions and premiums for their international student insurance. This insurance should cover some type of indemnity insurance.
An Erasmus traineeship student tells her story
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."