Internship abroad

Last changed: 17 January 2019

All SLU students have the opportunity to do an internship, either within or outside of your study program.

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.

Read more about the different kinds of internships you can have below. Even if an internship is not included in your study program, you can add an international dimension to your studies by doing an internship abroad outside your study program.

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.

Apply at least 2 months before your internship course begins.  If you do not manage to apply 2 months in advance, you will likely not receive your grant before the internship period begins.

  • 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
  • Email your application for Erasmus+ internship to mobility@slu.se.  Attach the form “Erasmus+ Learning Agreement Internship,” and keep in mind that you will need a signature from your course leader and the contact person at your internship location.

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)
  • Email your application to Mobility@slu.se

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 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.

Email the form “Erasmus+ Learning Agreement Internship” to Mobility@slu.se.  Keep in mind that you will need a signature from the contact person at your internship location.

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 send it to Mobility@slu.se.

During the last week of your internship, a similar form must also be completed entitled “Confirmation of end of internship,” which should also be sent to Mobility@slu.se.

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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