Work abroad with Erasmus+
What is Erasmus+?
Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, and gain experience abroad.
Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn't just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.
Detailed information on these opportunities, including eligibility criteria, is available in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. An indicative funding guide for some centralised opportunities is also available.
Erasmus+ supports traineeships (work placements, internships, etc) abroad for students currently enrolled in higher education institutions in Programme countries at Bachelor and Master level as well as for doctoral candidates. These opportunities are also open to recent graduates.
By doing a traineeship abroad with Erasmus+, you can improve not only your communication, language and inter-cultural skills, but also soft skills highly valued by future employers, as well as become more entrepreneurial. Read more about the benefits of an exchange abroad.
You can also combine your Erasmus+ traineeship with a study period abroad.
Access to Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support will help you learn the language used at your workplace.
Your traineeship abroad can last from a minimum of 2 months to a maximum of 12 months.
You can benefit of an exchange abroad with Erasmus+ multiple times, either as a student or as a trainee, but your total time abroad (study abroad periods included) may not exceed 12 months within one cycle of study.
This opportunity is open for students registered in a higher education institution holding an Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education.
Your traineeship must be relevant for your degree-related learning and personal development needs and, wherever possible, be integrated in your study programme.
You may carry out a traineeship at any organisation in an Erasmus+ Programme Country (with the exception of EU institutions, bodies and agencies).
You may receive an Erasmus+ grant as a contribution to your travel and subsistence costs and extra funding is available for traineeships. It may vary according to differences in living costs between your country and the destination country, the number of students applying for a grant, the distance between countries and the availability of other grants.
If you are moving between Programme countries, check with your National Agency and your sending higher education institution for applicable rates. There is also extra support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds or from outermost Programme countries or regions.
Grant levels and fixed rates for exchanges between Programme and Partner countries are published in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.
Irrespective whether you receive an Erasmus+ grant or are an Erasmus+-zero-grant student, you will sign a grant agreement specifying the duration of your mobility, the amount of the grant and other rights and obligations.
If your traineeship is in another Programme country, your sending institution will sign your grant agreement and it will be responsible for making all payments.
If you are moving between Programme and Partner countries, the Programme country institution will sign the grant agreement. Your sending and receiving institutions will decide which one will make your payments.
You may be eligible for additional grants from your institution, government or other sources. Check the European Funding Guide.
Spain is top for Erasmus students
Beyond Spain's reputation for sunshine and late-night carousing, students are attracted by the chance to learn a language that is also spoken throughout Latin America, and which is increasingly important as a lingua franca in the United States.
Free accommodation and working while you're abroad
smartable has great job opportunities for everyone who wants to take on a new adventure, and we makes things even easier providing accommodation with it for free.
You can pick to work in any field, from marketing, software developer, business booster or even something more in the tech world.
The accommodation is functional and trendy, and you will be living in the same home with other "gappers", which makes it easy to make new friends and have someone to explore the new surroundings with. Soon enough, the place you “stay in” will become your second home.
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