Traineeship opportunities allow students to undertake a work placement abroad in a wide variety of organisations. As a student at Goldsmiths it's possible to receive an Erasmus+ grant for a traineeship at a company, organisation or university in Europe.
Countries eligible for participation:
All EU Member States
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden. This includes Canary Islands, Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Réunion, Azores, Madeira.
EFTA EEA countries
Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway. Nb. Switzerland is not an eligible programme country.
Turkey, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Traineeship Mobility Grant
The below amounts will be awarded to successful applicants for traineeships undertaken in the 2017/18 year. An extra €20 per month will be awarded to students who can show evidence of household income below £25,000pa.
Group 1 countries (high cost of living)
Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Norway, Sweden
Group 2 countries (medium cost of living)
Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey
and Group 3 countries (low cost of living)
Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia
- Graduating undergraduate students can begin traineeships from 1 August after finishing their course, and must be finished by 31 August the following year
- Graduating postgraduate students can begin traineeships from 1 October after finishing their course, and must be finished by 31 August the following year
- Continuing undergraduate and postgraduate students can begin traineeships from after Easter or when their teaching has finished, and must be finished by 31 August the same year
Finding a placement for traineeship
Students are responsible for finding a suitable placement before applying for the grant. Your department might be able to suggest possible hosts through contacts via research collaborations or networks, and of course you can also get in touch directly with a company or an organisation that you are interested in yourself. The website erasmusintern.org is a good place to start looking. Recognise that there may be competition for work placements so you should be willing to put effort into it and consider a wide range of countries, with consideration for language requirements. Many workplaces across Europe work in English.
There are a few organisations that are not approved for Erasmus Traineeship:
- EU bodies including specialised agencies and EU HEIs: see a full list
- Organisations managing EU programmes (such as National Agencies) in order to avoid possible conflict of interests and/or double funding
Application and selection procedure
Students must find and arrange a traineeship placement before applying for an Erasmus+ traineeship grant. Deadlines are:
- Graduating undergraduate students (i.e. currently in third year): 15 May 2017
- Graduating postgraduate students (i.e. finishing course in September): 15 July 2017
- All continuing students (i.e. not finishing course in 2017/18): 15 January 2018
- Academic performance
- Language skills (if required by host organisation)
- Motivation for the visit, and ability to explain how it will enhance skills and employability
- Having no previous experience in the receiving country (eg. not a return to country of origin)
- Ability to represent Goldsmiths favourably.
The application form for the 2017-18 academic year is now available for download: Traineeship application form 2017-18
Graduate Trainees must have all arrangements for their traineeship in place before they graduate. Students who are in debt to the college are not eligible to receive funding.