Erasmus+ Internship Mobility Program
Erasmus+ Internship Program
►What is Erasmus+ Internship Program?
Erasmus+ Placement Program is one of the programs of Erasmus+ Program which is an initiative of the European Union. A placement is a period of time that a student can spend in a company (profit/non-profit), university or academic centre, which are related to their area of studies at a participating European country or participating country. Placements assist students to adapt to the requirements of the labour market, to acquire specific skills and to improve their work experience. Students are expected to work full time
The duration of a placement must be minimum of 2 months (60 days) and maximum of 12 months during the one study level.
Students can participate to the internship mobility during their study period or after graduation. Students who are about to graduate, they have to apply while they are still student, then they can participate in the internship program in 12 months following to their graduation. Already graduated students cannot apply to the mobility.
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► General Information
Internship is not expected to be mandatory for the student to graduate but the economic sector of the internship is expected to be related to the students area of study. In case of the company, that the internship takes place is a higher education institution, the internship needs to be in the general administration offices as hands on working experience, not an academic learning activity. The Erasmus placement period cannot be used to conduct research or analysis projects related to academic studies within a certain program.
The work that the students do to complete or help their own scientific research, other scientific researches or projects are not considered an internship activity. For an action to be considered as an internship, it should not be a part of an academic activity but a professional activity in the relevant sector of work that they study. For example, as a product development internship you can work in a research and development company or in a research and development companies scientific research department or at a university lab that a company works with for scientific research and it will be regarded as an internship activity.
According to the program rules; if the internship activity is carried out as a part of curriculum, the internship has to be fully and preferably recognized by the institution using ECTS credits. In cases where the internship is not part of the curriculum, the higher education institution recognizes the internship activity carried out abroad by registering it in the Diploma Supplement.
Students with compulsory internship must consult the departmental coordinator and obtain approval in that regard. Students who do not have a compulsory internship may also transfer their internship as an elective course with a minimum of 4 or 6 ECTS to BİLGİ, if deemed appropriate. In order for the internship to be considered as a course or compulsory internship, the internship must be successfully completed.
► How can I find an internship?
While contacting first time with the companies, we suggest you to write a short intention/ motivation letter for introduce yourself. A well-prepared letter and CV will increase your chance to proceed the next stage. We suggest you to check online sources to find examples for these documents.
After you preparing a good CV and letter of intent, you can start the internship search process by looking at the web sites where you can find Erasmus + internships. Here are some of the sites you can search:
Please click for the companies / organizations where our students were previously placed with the Erasmus+ Program.
After receiving a positive answer from the company that you have applied, you will ask them to send an acceptance letter, which is supposed to be attached in your Erasmus Application file. If your company does not have a template, you may send acceptance letter sample, which you can find in here.
Students are responsible themselves for researching and finding an appropriate internship position in relevant institutions. Regarding accommodation, students will be advised from the institution they are going to work at. However, students must find their own means of accommodation in the host country.
Following establishments are not appropriate for Erasmus+ internships:
- European Union institutions and EU agencies: https://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/institutions-bodies_en
- National Agency and similar institutions, which manages EU programs
Students who wish to participate in the Erasmus+ Placement program should follow the guidelines below:
► Application Criteria
- Must be a full time registered student (students who are about to graduate, they can apply while they are still student and participate in the internship program in 12 months following to their graduation)
- Completion of the first year of the degree program before the Erasmus Placement Mobility
- Minimum CGPA of 2.20 / 4.00 (undergraduate) CGPA: 2.50 / 4.00 (graduate)
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► Mobility Grants
The mobility grants do not cover all the expenses of study abroad periods. Mobility grants only aim to support students during their study abroad periods. Students can choose not to receive their mobility grants. Students can also be Erasmus students even though they may not receive mobility grants.
Regarding Erasmus+ Student Exchange Program or Erasmus+ Internship Program, students can receive mobility grants only for 12 months in total, for each level of education (undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate). If the student received mobility grants for Erasmus+ Internship Program, (s)he can also receive mobility grants for Erasmus+ Exchange Program, as well. This means, students can receive mobility grants for 12 months in total for each of the Erasmus+ programs (Erasmus Exchange or Erasmus Placement), at each level.
Please find the mobility grants which were allocated in 2017-2018 Academic Year. Note that these amounts may change on a yearly basis and therefore they must not be taken for granted to be the same for the next academic year.
Country groups based on life expenses
Monthly Treaineeship Grant (€)
1st Group Program Countries
Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Norway, Sweden, UK
2nd Group Program Countries
Belgium, Crotia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey
3rd Group Program Countries
Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovaia, Macedonia
During the internship, internship duration can be interrupted due to the fact that the company has a holiday. In this case, the grant will be paid during that period but it will not be included in the necessary internship activity. To be able to complete the minimum dates that are required to finish the internship, the student has to research the dates that the company is on holiday and make sure that excluding the holidays the time that they work in their internship corresponds to the minimum dates of an internship. Weekends are not holidays that will be taken out of the internship period.
For students who end their mobility period before planned due to force majeure causes*(family causes, health issues, natural disasters etc.) will be granted only for days rested at the foreign country. If the student is granted before mobility for more than actualized dates, the extra amount will be asked for refunding from the student. According to “General Proposal Call” declared by the European Commission, Erasmus+ work placement program should last for at least 2 months. This minimum duration cannot be lessened apart from the majeure causes mentioned afore.
* Majeure cause, stands for a situation or event that prevents one of the parts in a contract to fulfil its contractual obligation, not caused by fault or omission of the parts, subcontracts, affiliates or 3rd parts involved in the application, but occurs inevitably and unpredicably outside of the parts’ control, despite all the care and attention. A service not provided, defects in equipments or utensils or their delay in being prepared, cannot be declared as a majeure cause if not directly caused by a force majeure, labor dispute, strike or financial issues.