Internship abroad

Last changed: 23 August 2022
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All SLU students have the opportunity to do an internship, either within or outside of your study programme.

Through the Erasmus+ program, you can receive a grant to do an internship at a company, organization, or a university in any other EU country. You can also use the grant to finance going abroad in order to collect data/do research for an independent project, which will lead to a bachelor, magister or master thesis. The minimum duration for an Erasmus+ internship is 60 days, and the maximum duration is up to 360 days. During the period of your internship you need to live in the country in question. 

Application

Apply at least 2 months before your internship course begins. The deadline to apply in the spring is 31 May and in the autumn, 1 December.  

You apply in the MoveON application portal, where you also will find all the information you need on how to apply, as well as all the documents required. 

Checklists

Below you can read more about the different kinds of internships and the different steps you need to follow. Even if an internship is not included in your study programme, you can add an international dimension to your studies by doing an internship abroad outside your study programme.

Erasmus+ Internship within your programme

The internship should be carried out in a continuous period at a company, an organization, or an institution.  The internship should be full-time and must be between 2-12 months, and must be able to have the credits transferred to your academic records at SLU.

To be approved for the grant, you must:

  • Be registered with the intention of completing a degree at SLU
  • Take the responsibility for finding your own internship placement which your course leader must approve
  • Complete a language proficiency test before and after your internship
  • Live in the country of your internship during the entire internship period
  • NOT receive any other scholarships from the EU or UHR during the same mobility period
  • After the internship has been completed, you must complete a survey of participation and submit a brief participant report that other students can read
  • Submit a certificate from your internship host that you have completed the entire period of your internship

Please note that you may be liable to repay a portion or the entire grant if you do not comply with the aforementioned clauses.

Checklist

  • Find an internship in an EU country.  Start looking early!
  • Apply for an internship course via www.universityadmissions.se (www.antagning.se in Swedish)
  • The internship must be approved by your internship course leader
  • Apply for the internship scholarship in the MoveON portal for Erasmus Internship
  • Please keep in mind that if anything changes that may alter the plans for your internship, you need to contact mobility@slu.se as soon as possible. Should your internship be shorter than stated or in any other way alter, you might have to pay back the whole or parts of the scholarship transferred to your account. 

Erasmus+ Internship outside your program

  • Find an internship in an EU country.  Start looking early!  (Everything should be arranged at least two months before you will begin)

The internship should be carried out in a continuous period at a company, an organization, or an institution.  The internship should be full-time and must be between 2-12 months.

To be approved for the grant, you must:

  • Be currently registered at SLU with the intention of completing a degree, OR within 12 months after completion of your degree at SLU
  • Take the responsibility for finding your own internship placement
  • Complete a language proficiency test before and after your internship
  • Live in the country of your internship during the entire internship period
  • NOT receive any other scholarships from the EU or UHR during the same mobility period
  • After the internship has been completed, you must complete a survey of participation and submit a brief participant report that other students can read
  • Submit a certificate from your internship host that you have completed the entire period of your internship

Please note that you may be liable to repay a portion or the entire grant if you do not comply with the aforementioned clauses.

Checklist

  • Apply for the internship scholarship in the MoveON portal for Erasmus Internship
  • Please keep in mind that if anything changes that may alter the plans for your internship, you need to contact mobility@slu.se as soon as possible. Should your internship be shorter than stated or in any other way alter, you might have to pay back the whole or parts of the scholarship transferred to your account. 

Once you have received an Erasmus+ internship grant

When your internship begins, you must ask your host to fill in the form “Confirmation of start of internship” and upload it in the MoveON portal for Erasmus Internship

During the last week of your internship, a similar form must also be completed entitled “Confirmation of end of internship,” which should also be uploaded in the MoveON portal for Erasmus Internship

The grant can be used for expenditures such as travel, accommodation, and other costs which may arise during the internship period.

  • You will receive approximately €525/month for internships in Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, and the United Kingdom.
  • In countries with a lower cost of living, you will receive approximately €465/month.  This includes Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey.

Questions about grants can be directed to Mobility@slu.se.

 

Tips for finding internships

SLU Career Portal
New job and internship opportunities are continuously added to the career portal.

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AEISEC is the world’s largest student organization with 70,000 members across the whole world.  AIESEC is found in 170 countries at 2400 different universities.  AIESEC offers you as a student the opportunity to gain international work experience through international exchange and internships in other countries.

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