Erasmus Work Placements - Erasmus +

The Erasmus + programme takes effect from May 2014 until 2020, replacing the Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme (2007 -2013)

"Erasmus is the European Union's flagship educational exchange programme for Higher Education students, teachers and institutions..... It encourages student and staff mobility for work and study" For further information on the Erasmus programme visit http://www.britishcouncil.org/erasmus-about-erasmus.htm 

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 European Commission has teamed up with ThirdYearAbroad.com to interview UK language graduates and discover how their language skills have benefitted their careers, visit the Language Launchpad to find out more.

Job Alerts

Find the latest Erasmus Work Abroad placements via the job alert pages below:

Please note that many of the closing dates have been brought forward to allow you time to submit your application before 1st May. 

Erasmus CV and covering letter checks

The Global Employability Team is offering appointments to answer questions relating to international internships and work experience, check applications/CVs and covering letters for Erasmus Work Placement or Language Assistant 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.

 

Please note that information below is for the current Erasmus Life Long Learning programme (2007 - 2013) and not the new Erasmus + programme (2014 - 2020). 

Further information on the Erasmus + programme for working in Europe can be found here but the full programme does not come into effect until May 2014.

How does it work?

Who can take part?

Why should I consider an Erasmus Work Placement?

Tips on finding a placement

Where can I work?

Further information and how to apply

Technical Requirements

How does it work?

You can work in a variety of employment sectors. Placements must be full-time, a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 12 months. They must be taken as part of a module.

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Who can take part?

You must be a registered University of Exeter student. The placement must form part of your degree i.e. you must be able to take it as part of an approved module.

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. 

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

Why should I consider an Erasmus Work Placement?

  • The bulk of British trade is conducted with our partners in the European Union.
  • It is now more important than ever for you to gain concrete work experience during your degree.
  • Improve your language skills in a non English speaking country
  • Enhance your CV and gain personal skills that employers are looking for.

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Where can I work?

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

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Further information and how to apply

  • 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 check out My Career Zone for internship opportunities.
  • Erasmus grants are awarded only for mobility taking place between 1 June 2014 to 30 September 2015.
  • The value of the grant varies form year to year but is typically around 450€ per month (for traineeships) paid in two instalments, usually late November and June.  
  • Your placement must be approved by your Erasmus Academic Co-ordinator 

Technical Requirements

What are the requirements for approval of an Erasmus Work Placement?

Placements must:

  • be full time (35 hours + per week, max 40)
  • be for a minimum 13 weeks for 1 semester placement, max 12 months (your course module will also have a minimum requirement
  • feature tasks at ‘degree/graduate level’ i.e. developing your graduate empoyabilty skillset, not menial work
  • include some provision for leave
  • preferably be office-based - placements that are not office-based would need additional risk assessment checks, so best to consult with globaljobs@exeter.ac.uk first about such possibilities before applying
  • not include 'living on the job': we do not generally allow placements where you would be living at the workplace (e.g. residential colleges etc.) o

N.B If you are doing two placements they must be in consecutive periods with minimal gap between the two placements.

Click on these links to find out more about Erasmus study or opportunities abroad whilst you're at University.