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Erasmus+ Traineeship grant

The aim of the Erasmus+ Traineeship programme is for participants to:

  • acquire specific competences that are required by the labour market
  • obtain work experience
  • improve their understanding of the economic and social culture of the host country

What sort of work placement do I need to find?

  • between 2 and 12 months’ duration
  • in an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway or Turkey
  • full time
  • relevant to your degree programme
  • with learning outcomes plus monitoring and evaluation plan agreed with the employer and the university before starting the placement

Am I eligible for an Erasmus+ traineeship grant?

  • current students from any year from Bachelors to Masters level, doing the placement as an integral part of their degree or on a voluntary basis (e.g. summer placement). Priority may be given to applications from undergraduates.  Due to reduced funding we are no longer able to offer grants for recent graduate placements.

How much is the Erasmus+ traineeship grant?

The Erasmus+ grant is €470 or €520 per month depending on the country you are going to, and regardless of whether or not the placement is paid. An additional €20 per month is offered to students meeting criteria for low household income.  Additional funding may also be available to support students with disabilities or special needs.​

This European Commission funding is not intended to cover essential living costs, but can help you explore the country and experience more fully what it has to offer.
Participants may also be eligible for a free online language training course to help them prepare for life abroad.

How do I find a placement?

You will need to source your own placement. A good place to start is the following websites:

If the placement is an integral, credit-bearing part of your studies (mostly Business School students), the Placement Coordinator for your School may also be able to advise you.

How do I apply for Erasmus+ funding?

If your traineeship will be an integral part of your studies (usually Business School students only), ask for guidance from the Placements Office in the first instance.  It is essential that you discuss the potential placement with relevant academic staff, e.g. your Programme Leader or Work Based Learning tutor, to ensure that it will meet required learning outcomes. A relevant academic member of staff is required to approve a Learning Agreement as part of the grant application process.    Once you have identified a suitable placement, the Placements Office will ask you to complete an application form.  If the placement looks like it will be eligible for funding, they will nominate you to the Global Mobility Team, who will then advise you further from there.

If your placement is not an integral part of your studies (e.g. a summer internship), you should contact the Global Mobility Team directly once you have identified a placement.  We will answer any initial questions and give you an application form. 


What happens next?

The Global Mobility Team will then assess your application and your eligibility further. Applications are currently accepted on a rolling basis, so within 10 days you should normally hear if you have been selected for funding, or whether anything needs to be clarified about your application.
If you are successful, you will be sent an Erasmus+ traineeship pack for completion, together with guidelines. Please note that there are strict guidelines on timescales for completing this documentation. Funding is limited, and priority for the grant may be given to those completing a compulsory placement as part of their degree.


Applicants who are not doing the placement as an integral part of their degree should be aware that they will need to source and purchase their own insurance for the workplace if this is not provided by the employer.

Questions about Erasmus+ funding/eligibility?

Please contact the Global Mobility Team at

Questions about placements?

Please contact the relevant Placements Office:
School of Arts & Creative Industries
School of Computing
School of Engineering & the Built Environment
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