Erasmus Work Placements - Erasmus +

Erasmus Work Placements (traineeships) are a fantastic opportunity for you to test your career ambitions, test your motivation and gain credit towards your Exeter degree. You’ll immerse yourself in another culture, improve your language skills, make new friends and gain all important work experience.

Working abroad will dramatically boost your confidence, enhance your CV and develop graduate level skills and global employability competencies that employers are looking for. 

The Erasmus+ programme is an educational exchange programme allowign students and staff to work and study in other eligible European destinations. It is funded entirely by the European Commission with each institution responsble for managing their grant allocations. 

Read the National Agency, the British Council's Brexit Update relating to Erasmus+ and the UK Government's commitment to underwrite funding for 2018/2019 mobilities (opens in a new window). 

You can work in a variety of employment sectors. Placements must be full-time, a minimum of 2 months and a maximum of 12 months. They can be taken as part of your degree (undergraduate, masters or PhD) or on an internship basis as long as it relates to your degree and is graduate level

You must be a registered University of Exeter student,  students at undergraduate, masters or PhD level are eligible for Erasmus + funding. If you are a postgraduate student contact the Global Employability team to determine your eligibility. Email us on globaljobs@exeter.ac.uk

Final Year students may be eligible to undertake graduate traineeships in the 12 months immediately following graduation. Traineeships must be secured and paperwork completed BEFORE you graduate.  Graduate Traineeships can last 2 months (60 days) long - 12 months, depending on whether you've already been on an Erasmus+ mobility. Speak to the Global Employability Team in the Career Zone, the Forum to discuss this further or email globaljobs@exeter.ac.uk

You are advised to have sufficient capacity in the language of your chosen country to meet the requirements of the work placement and to have enough language skills to cope at a social level. However, do note that you may be working in a multinational office where the working language is English so do not be deterred  if you don't speak another language. 

The Republic Of Ireland is an eligible destination for the Erasmus + programme (for non Irish citizens) which means that if you only speak English you are still able to undertake an Erasmus + traineeship in Ireland

  • Working abroad means you are half as likely to face long term unemployment
  • Your unemployment rate is 23% lower than non Erasmus students 5 years after graduation
  • The transferable skills you gain from your placement are being actively sought by 92% of employers 
  • It broadens your horizons - 93% of Erasmus students would now consider living abroad in the future against 73% who remained in their home country
  • Global skills are highly sought after by employers in the UK and overseas

Further information on the benefits of Erasmus and working abroad can be found in the Erasmus Impact Study  and EC Press Release relating to the study. 

You can work in all 26 European Union Member States, EEA countries and candidate countries:

  • EU member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden
  • EFTA-EEA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
  • Candidate country: Turkey
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • ‌Eligible enterprises include ‘all undertakings engaged in economic activity in the public or private sector whatever their size, legal status or the economic sector in which they operate, including the social economy’.
  • EU institutions (such as the European Commission) and other EU bodies, Organisations managing EU programmes (such as National Agencies) and national diplomatic representations (embassies/consulates) are NOT eligible.
  • Most students organise their own placement or use existing college contacts. You should also look at My Career Zone for internship opportunities.
  • Erasmus+ grants are awarded only for mobility taking place between 1 June 2016 to 30 September 2017, and the 17/18 cycle from 1st June 2017 - 30th September 2018
  • The value of the grant varies form year to year but is typically around 320 - 350€ per month (for traineeships) paid in two instalments, usually late November and June.  Please note that this is dependent on when we receive the funds from the National Agency.
  • Your placement must be approved by your Erasmus Academic Co-ordinator/PhD Supervisor/Module leader/Global Employability Consultant.  

The Erasmus + programme takes effect from May 2014 until 2020. Further information on the entire Erasmus + programme for individuals can  be found on the Erasmus+ What can I do? website. 

Information below is specifically for work abroad students only who are planning on accessing the Erasmus grant for their year/semester abroad or as a graduate traineeship. The term traineeships will be used here for all work placements/internships. 

Key points:

  • You can undertake a traineeship in all EU member states and Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland and Turkey. 
  • The Republic of Ireland is an EU member state and all students (UK citizens included) can undertake a traineeship in Ireland but not the UK. 
  • You cannot undertake a traineeship in any embassy, consulate or EU funded body. 
  • You must be a current, registered, enrolled student to be eligible for Erasmus + funding, you cannot be on a "gap year" or have interruped your studies. Final year students may also apply for a  traineeship to be undertaken in the year immediately following graduation. 
  • Traineeships can be 2 - 12 months. The British Council classify a month to be 30 days. 
  • You can only receive 12 months Erasmus + funding over the duration of your degree*
  • You can continue to combine work and study abroad in your year out.
  • You do not have to work and study in the same country i.e if you are studying French and Spanish you could work in France and study in Spain. 
  • All students studying at the University are potentially eligible for Erasmus + funding

*Example: If you undertake a 2 month long summer traineeship at the end of your first year as part of a credit bearing module and are also doing "with Study Abroad"  "with European Study" or "with Industrial Experience" (all of which can include working abroad) you would have 10 months Erasmus + funding available to you in your third year. 

The information above is correct as at 10/03/2016. The Erasmus + criteria is subject to change annually. 

Any enquiries relating to Study Abroad should be directed either to the Study Abroad team on outbound@exeter.ac.uk or your Study Abroad Coordinator.

Tips about Erasmus from previous students:

Other useful resources: accommodation, healthcare, banking, life in general

  • thirdyearabroad.com - a private company that provides resources and support for students doing a year abroad
  • Expatica: offers information about finding accommodation, opening a bank account, healthcare, employment/job search, and life in the country:
  • Expat Focus: another general information site about living and working abroad with information on numerous countries including:

The Global Employability Team offers appointments to answer questions relating to international internships and work experience and to check applications/CVs and covering letters for international  opportunities. Please call the Career Zone on 01392 724493 or come and book an appointment in person in the Career Zone (located in the Forum).

Please ensure that you bring along a hard copy of your application/CV and covering letter to the appointment written for a specific job application that you intend to apply for.

Information on CV writing and cover letters can be found on the Applying for Global Opportunities page and it is helpful to have self checked your documents before bringing them to your appointment.