Erasmus+ promotes traineeships (work placements/internships) for students training/working in an enterprise or any other workplace in one of the Programme Countries. A wide variety of organisations may act as host, provided that the traineeship is part of the student’s course of study.
Students can gain valuable work experience in an international environment. In addition, they can enhance key skills such as communication and cooperation skills, openness and knowledge of other cultures and markets.
The Erasmus+ programme offers students the following benefits:
- Erasmus+ mobility grant of EUR 380-430 per month (in 2017/18)
- Top-up grant of EUR 20 per month for students from disadvantaged backgrounds available. See the Erasmus+ Grant page for more details
- Learning agreement for traineeships between QMUL, the enterprise and the student
- Support for the preparation of your stay abroad
- Contact person at QMUL and at the enterprise during the traineeship
- Recognition of work placement period upon return.
QMUL students (all nationalities) who are registered to study for a degree or other recognised tertiary level qualification, up to and including the level of doctorate or enrolled in short-cycle higher vocational education (Foundation Degree and HND courses), with a traineeship forming an integral part of their degree. This applies to SLLF students for their year abroad, Science and Engineering students for their year in industry and SMD students for their elective.
Students undertaking traineeships do not have to be in their second year; they may be in any year of study.
Students need approval from their Erasmus School Coordinator.
A student who is out of attendance is not eligible to participate in the programme.
Where can I go?
Students can do a traineeship in an enterprise or any other workplace in one of the Programme Countries. The following types of organisation are not eligible as host organisations:
- EU bodies including specialised agencies and EU HEIs — for a full list, visit the European Union website
- Organisations managing EU programmes (such as National Agencies) in order to avoid possible conflict of interests and/or double funding.
If the placement takes place in a representation or public institution of the home country of the student (e.g. cultural institutes, schools), the student needs to indicate the additional transnational benefits they will obtain as compared to a similar placement in the country of his or her home institution.
Students can use the Erasmus Intern website, managed by the European Student Network to search for traineeships.
Erasmus+ traineeships must be for a minimum of two months (= 60 days) and a maximum of 12 months.
In order to be eligible for Erasmus+ funding students doing a traineeship need to have liability insurance coverage and accident insurance coverage/workers compensation insurance.
Liability insurance covers damages caused by the trainee during his/her stay abroad. The Employer has to ensure that trainee’s actions and liability arising from the traineeship are cover by their liability policy (independently whether the trainee is at work or not). Varying arrangements with respect to liability insurance are in place in different countries engaged in transnational learning mobility for traineeships. Trainees therefore run the risk of not being covered. The trainee has to take out their own insurance if not covered by the employer. The trainee will be asked to show proof of their insurance.
Accident insurance coverage/workers compensation insurance
The trainee also needs accident insurance coverage/workers compensation insurance, covering at least damages caused to the trainee at the workplace. This insurance covers damages to employees resulting from accidents at work. In many countries employees are covered against such accidents at work. However, the extent to which transnational trainees are covered within the same insurance may vary across the countries engaged in transnational learning mobility programmes. The trainee has to take out their own insurance if not covered by the employer. The trainee will be asked to show proof of their insurance.
Students should enquire about this with their employer and make private insurance arrangement if not covered by the employer.
Only traineeships which are part of the student's curriculum are eligible. QMUL must be satisfied that the programme of the traineeship is integrated into the student’s current degree course. Students will therefore have to meet with their Placement Coordinator to discuss the content of their traineeship. If the content is agreed on, this will be written down in the student’s Learning Agreement for traineeships, which ensures full academic recognition.
Failure to complete the traineeship
If you experience problems and wish to withdraw from your Erasmus+ traineeship, you must contact your School’s Placement Coordinator as soon as possible.
Please be aware that if you fail to attend, unless there are exceptional circumstances, you will be liable for a full repayment of the Erasmus+ grant.
Erasmus+ Student Charter
Each Erasmus+ student will be given an Erasmus+ Student Charter by their home university or higher education institution before departing on their study or traineeship period abroad. The Student Charter highlights the rights and obligations of students participating in Erasmus+. It informs Erasmus+ students about what they are entitled to and what is expected of them during their secondment for studies or for a traineeship.
In particular, the Erasmus+ Student Charter outlines the basic entitlements of the Erasmus+ students, such as free tuition and full recognition of studies or traineeships abroad. The Charter also specifies the main obligations of the Erasmus+ students, providing them with a concise idea of their duties with regard to both their home and host higher education institution/enterprise.
Advice for selected participants
Selected Erasmus+ participants make preparations before departure in order to sort out matters such as accommodation, contract(s), financial budgeting, insurance, paperwork, travel, etc. The following links offer some information and guidance to help participants navigate through these matters:
- UK Erasmus+ National Agency – Advice for Participants
- Global Graduates
- British Council - Study Work Create
- Justlanded.com (country-relevant information)
British Council Language Assistants
Students carrying out a Language Assistantship may receive a grant for an Erasmus+ traineeship providing they meet all Erasmus+ eligibility criteria and all Erasmus+ procedures are followed. Documentary and reporting requirements for Language Assistants are the same as for all Erasmus+ students. British Council Language Assistants are subject to the same rules as any Erasmus+ student with regard to tuition fees and the tuition fee contribution.
Outgoing students who have a placement under IAESTE are eligible for an Erasmus+ grant provided that the placement fulfils all criteria for an Erasmus+ placement. Documentary and reporting requirements are the same as for all other Erasmus+ students.
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