For Covid-related questions on current UvA students going abroad on an Erasmus exchange programme or Erasmus traineeship/internship, please visit the Corona-related outbound Erasmus exchange & traineeships / internships FAQ.
Traineeships / Internships
What is Erasmus+?
- Students can use the Erasmus+ programme to spend some time abroad at an institute, company or foreign (partner) university.
- These exchanges are funded by the European Commission. The Erasmus+ programme aims to stimulate cooperation in higher education.
- All UvA degree programmes participate in the European Erasmus+ Programme.
- This means that the individual degree programmes have concluded student exchange agreements with partner universities in the European member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway and Turkey.
- Check your faculty’s website for an overview and for more information about the registration procedures. You can also take a look at the UvA World Map.
- More general information about Erasmus+ can be found on www.wilweg.nl (in Dutch).
- Are you already nominated to go on exchange? Then you can find all the necessary information at the International Office of your faculty, and the Central Erasmus Office which will contact you as soon as you have been nominated.
Erasmus+, extensive opportunities for students to spend time abroad
- You can go abroad for a study and/or internship as part of the Erasmus+ Programme for a maximum of 12 months in each phase of study. This means you can spend up to 12 months abroad during your Bachelor’s study and up to 12 months abroad during your Master’s study for an exchange, research project, or work placement.
- An internship period has to be 2 to 12 months, a study period has to be 3 to 12 months.
- You may go abroad multiple times for study and/or an internship, provided that you do not exceed the 12-month limit for each phase of study.
- The same applies to PhD students: you may also go abroad for study and/or an internship for up to 12 months.
- However, keep in mind that you might only receive an Erasmus+ grant once.
What is an Erasmus+ grant?
- As an Erasmus+ student, you can apply for an Erasmus+ grant which you can use to help cover additional living and travel costs during your stay abroad.
- The grant amount is determined annually by Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education, and is linked to the destination country.
- The available amounts for a traineeship/internship exchange are shown below per destination.
- The grant is awarded based on the actual duration of the stay abroad. This year, there is no maximum grant period.
Maximum available amount
- €480 per month
- €16 per day
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway
- €420 per month
- €14 per day
Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Malta, Portugal
- €360 per month
- €12 per day
Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, North Macedonia, Turkey
Am I eligible for an Erasmus+ grant?
The general conditions regarding eligibility for an Erasmus+ grant are available on www.wilweg.nl (in Dutch). We have provided a quick overview for you here:
- You remain enrolled at the UvA.
- Study programmes can set their own additional requirements and conditions.
- You will only be eligible for the grant if you are selected for a place at an institute, company of foreign (partner) university by your faculty. Students who are selected for this by their study programme will be automatically nominated for an Erasmus+ grant by the Central Erasmus Office of the UvA.
- Your activities abroad must be part of your studies and you must receive credit points.
- It is a full-time work placement/research project (35-40 hours per week).
- The institute at which you are going to do your traineeship is willing to sign and complete an Erasmus Learning Agreement for Traineeships.
You need to have registered for Erasmus+ at least one month before your traineeship begins. Ask your faculty's international office which registration procedures you need to follow.
An internship grant after you graduate
- The Erasmus+ programme also gives you the opportunity to do a work-related internship abroad with an Erasmus+ grant after you graduate.
- The internship can start before or after your graduation. It has to finish in the first year after your graduation.
- This can be a fantastic springboard for an international job, because this will enable you to gain foreign work experience. You can also use this to expand your CV.
- Apply for this grant through the International Office of your faculty. It is mandatory to apply before graduating, while still being in your final academic year.
Brexit and Erasmus+ traineeships/internships in the UK
The Brexit deal between the UK and the EU states that the UK has withdrawn from the Erasmus+ programme of the EU. Here you will find an FAQ, hopefully answering your questions related to the Brexit and doing an Erasmus+ traineeships/internships. If your question is not in this FAQ, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or ask your International Office.
Disclaimer! If the UvA cannot facilitate traineeships/internships coming semester(s) due to the corona situation, then no Erasmus+ grants for traineeships/internships can be awarded either.
1. Can I still receive an Erasmus+ grant for a traineeship/internship to the UK?
Yes, you can. The UvA keeps facilitating Erasmus+ traineeships/internships to the UK during the academic year 2021/2022 in the same way internships are facilitated to other Erasmus+ countries.
Note that this is under the assumption that traineeships/internships abroad in 2021-2022 will go through. If the UvA decides to cancel these due to the corona situation, you cannot receive an Erasmus+ grant for a traineeship/internship to the UK.
For the academic year 2022/2023 it will be possible to facilitate UK Erasmus+ Traineeships until (end date) 31 May 2023.
Please note that traineeships with an end date after 31 May 2023 will - from 1 June 2023 onwards - not take place under the Erasmus+ programme and its conditions/benefits. This may have consequences for your visa, which the Erasmus+ programme will not be able to account for.
Check with your UvA International Office or the UK government website to see how this could impact your stay in the UK.
2. Can I still receive an Erasmus+ grant as a UK national?
Yes, you can. All UvA students have the same rights to participate in the Erasmus+ traineeship/internship programme. Your nationality is of no influence here.
3. The UK is not part of the EU anymore. What does this mean for my preparation for the traineeships/internships?
You will be traveling to a non-EU country. Therefore you need to take care of things like you would when travel to any non-EU country, e.g. visa, insurance, etc. For more information and useful websites, see the overview on the UvA Brexit page.
The administrative steps for your Erasmus+ grant will be the same as those for Erasmus+ traineeships/internships to other countries.
4. Doing a traineeship/internship in the UK brings extra costs (visa, insurance etc.). Will these costs be covered by the Erasmus+ grant?
No, they will not. The grant amount you will be awarded will still be € 480 per month. Covering the additional costs might be possible through other scholarship and grant programmes.
Green Travel Top-up
If you have been selected for an Erasmus+ grant in academic year 2022-2023, you can apply for the Green Travel top-up to receive a single disbursement of € 50,00. Additionally you can get up to four (4) extra grant-days (individual Erasmus+ support) to cover travel days for a return trip, if relevant. More (detailed) information will be made available on Canvas after you have been selected for the Erasmus+ beurs 2022-2023.