Erasmus+ work placements


The European Union funded Erasmus work placement scheme enables students of European universities to complete a traineeship period in another European country. All students, regardless of their nationality, registered as bachelor's, master's or doctoral level students at the University of Jyväskylä can take part.

Undergraduate (Bachelor's) students shall have completed one academic year prior to the start of the work placement. Students pursuing the advanced studies leading to a Master’s degree or those studying in some separate Master’s programme shall have completed at least one academic term of their degree studies at the University of Jyväskylä prior to the start of the work placement period.

Host organisations

Host organisations for student placements may be enterprises, training centres, research centres and other organisations, excluding the following:

  • EU organisations
  • organisations which coordinate EU programmes (e.g. LLP national agencies)

Organizations representing the student's home country (e.g. cultural and scientific institutes, regional offices, schools, export centres) are acceptable only if the work placement includes multicultural components. The multicultural aspects of the placement must be noted in the Training Agreement.

Placements can take place in the following countries:

  • European Union member states
  • EEA/EFTA countries (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein)
  • Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey
  • Serbia will be part of Erasmus+ from 1 June 2019 


The length of the Erasmus+ work placement period is 3-6 months in each level (bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral). However, for justified reasons the minimum duration of two full months is accepted in following cases: the employer is unable to offer an internship over a period of two months or it is decided in the curriculum that the duration of the internship is two months and it is not possible to include in a degree a longer internship period.

The work placement can take place between 1 June 2018 - 30 September 2019 or 1 June 2019 - 30 September 2020. The work during the internship should be full-time work (at least 30 hours/week). The work placement needs to be fully recognized by the home department.

Student can participate in Erasmus+ student exchange and work placement up to maximum of 12 months in each study level (bachelor’s / master’s / doctoral).

For example, student can participate in

  • up to 12 months of Erasmus+ student exchange and work placement in bachelor’s level (taking into account the above mentioned restriction for the duration of work placement), and
  • up to 12 months of Erasmus+ student exchange and work placement in master’s level (taking into account the above mentioned restriction for the duration of work placement), and
  • up to 12 months of Erasmus+ student exchange and work placement in doctoral level (taking into account the above mentioned restriction for the duration of work placement)

If you have participated in Erasmus earlier, the previous Erasmus periods are taken into account when granting of new Erasmus+ places. For example, if a student wants to participate in Erasmus+ work placement in master's level, the student must have a bachelor's degree prior to beginning of the work placement.


During the period of 1 June 2018 - 30 September 2019, Erasmus+ trainees receive a monthly scholarship:

  • Countries with higher living costs (Denmark, Iceland, Ireland,  Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom): 455 € per month 
  • Countries with lower living costs: 404 € per month 

Scholarships are based on the duration of the work placement in days. Month = 30 days, so the daily work placement scholarship is a monthly scholarship divided by 30.

If a student receives a salary more than 1189€/month the student cannot be awarded a Erasmus+ scholarship. Erasmus scholarship cannot be awarded to student who has been awarded a scholarship for internship by the student's department or faculty.

Students with disabilities can apply for additional funding to cover the costs of their special needs.

Students with underage children will be awarded a grant of 536€/month for countries with higher living costs and 485€/month for other countries.

The application round for the scholarship is continuous.

Application forms

Conclude also a separate contract of employment with your employer according to the legislation of the host country.

The Training Agreement should be signed and returned to the JYU Career Services well in advance before the work placement period begins. Also, when applying for an extension of the work placement period, the Career Services should be contacted well in advance before the start of the desired extension period.

Erasmus work placement application procedure

More information

Students employed by the university

If you are employed by the University of Jyväskylä during your exchange/work placement period, you should contact the International Office. The Erasmus+ scholarship will be paid to you with a traveling expenses claim. A person employed by the University cannot be granted the Erasmus+ grant in the form of a scholarship.

Further information

International Affairs Coordinator of your home department / faculty

JYU Career Services, Career Specialist Annamari Rovamo, annamari.rovamo(at), tel. +358 50 3761198

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