On this page, you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Erasmus+ scholarship for traineeships after graduation.
- I’m a student looking for an traineeship during my studies. Can I apply?
Students looking for an traineeship in Flanders or abroad as part of their studies: to potentially receive study credits for the traineeship, we advise you to contact your higher education institution directly.
- Is an traineeship abroad something for me?
An traineeship abroad offers added value in multiple areas, much like an international study exchange. Make a list of what you expect from the traineeship, including personal and professional development and intercultural experiences. Choose an traineeship that is in line with your skill set, knowledge and career goals. It’s important to discuss mutual expectations with your traineeship company before the traineeship starts. Realistic expectations can help prevent disappointment.
- What is meant by 'traineeship'?
A traineeship is a stay in a company or organisation in another country with the aim of acquiring specific competences required by the labour market, gaining work experience and a better understanding of the economic and social background of the country concerned. Attending courses in a higher education institution is not considered a traineeship.
- Which graduating students are eligible for an traineeship after graduation (with an Erasmus+ grant)?
All students graduating from a Flemish higher education institution who (will) receive an associate degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD are eligible. Students of the Antwerp Maritime Academy and the UCLL University of Applied Sciences should contact their higher education institution directly.
- Can I apply for the ‘traineeship after graduation’ scholarship after finishing a postgraduate?
The traineeship must follow graduation from a programme on the level of an associate, bachelor’s or master’s (or advanced bachelor’s or advanced master’s) degree. Postgraduates are not eligible.
- When is a student considered to have graduated?
The student has graduated when the exam commission of their programme or department officially states that they have successfully acquired the necessary credits. The graduating student will receive a (temporary) certificate on which the graduation date will be mentioned. This date is the date of graduation.
- What is the deadline to apply for an Erasmus+'traineeship after graduation’ scholarship?
There is no fixed deadline. Students who want to do to an traineeship after graduation and want to apply for financial support for the traineeship in the form of an Erasmus+ grant must do so prior to graduation, i.e. when the student is still a student (and in their final year of studies).
If a student is interested in doing the traineeship, they are advised to submit their application immediately, since it is not necessary to know the final traineeship company when submitting the application.
- Can I work for a couple of months after graduation and still do the traineeship afterwards?
If you work a student job, seasonal job and/or weekend job, then you may apply for an Erasmus+ ‘traineeship after graduation’ scholarship. For regular jobs on the labour market, the following rules apply:
- If you have a job during your studies or in the period between graduating and an traineeship after graduation and the job has no connection to your field of study, then you may apply for the scholarship.
- If you have a job during your studies or in the period between graduating and an traineeship after graduation and the job is connected to your field of study, you are not allowed to apply for the scholarship.
- Is it necessary to have an traineeship when submitting the application?
No. You are advised to start looking for an traineeship in the final months before graduation, not just because the traineeship has to take place within 12 months after graduation, but also because the approval (or denial) of the grant happens only after the full Learning Agreement for Traineeships has been submitted to VLUHR. (Attention: only after graduation).
- I already completed an Erasmus exchange during my studies. Can I still apply for an Erasmus+ ‘traineeship after graduation’ grant?
Yes. Per study cycle (bachelor’s/master’s/PhD), you may spend a maximum of 12 months on mobility through Erasmus. The number of months you spent on Erasmus mobility (study or traineeship) during the study cycle from which you most recently graduated will be deducted from the maximum of 12 months. For an traineeship after graduation, you can only receive Erasmus funding for the number of months that remains from this 12-month period.
If you graduate with a master’s degree, the time you spent on Erasmus exchange during your bachelor’s degree will not be taken in account, but the months during your master’s degree will.
- Can I do a longer traineeship then the period for which I am entitled to an ‘traineeship after graduation’ scholarship?
No. The limitation of 12 months for an Erasmus mobility is the same for an traineeship without a grant (zero-grant). If you have exceeded the 12-month maximum, you may not do an traineeship within the Erasmus+ programme, neither with nor without a grant. If you are entitled to an traineeship of four months as a graduate, you may only sign a contract for four months. As of the fifth month, you will no longer be entitled to the Erasmus+ status.
- I want to take an eight-week language course in my destination country prior to the traineeship. Can I get a grant for this eight-week language course?
If you want to do an traineeship in Danish, German, English, French, Greek, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Czech or Swedish, you will have to take an online language test (European OLS tool) to get a licence for an online language course (European OLS tool). It is not possible to receive funding for a language course before the actual traineeship.
- Is an Erasmus+ grant awarded to every eligible graduate?
It is possible but not guaranteed. The grants are awarded on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. This means that at the moment when the student has graduated and all parties have signed the Learning Agreement for Traineeships and uploaded it in the system, VLUHR will check if there is still enough funding available to award the grant.
- At which organisations can I do an traineeship?
All public and private organisations active in the labour market or in the field of diplomacy, education, training and youth work are eligible. EU institutions and organisations managing European programmes, e.g. Erasmus+ National Agencies, are not eligible.
- How long will it take to find a suitable traineeship?
It’s best to take your time. The search can take anywhere from a few days to weeks or months. You need to find an appropriate position, make contact and set up appointments. On top of that, you should also take into account the time needed to prepare for the traineeship and your travel abroad. During this preparation phase, you will gain a lot of practical experience.
You might want to contact professors within your department of study, your international coordinator and/or your traineeship coordinator for useful tips and contacts. You can also look for an international traineeship on traineeship platforms, like Graduateland and Joe+.
- Which countries are eligible for the Erasmus+ ‘traineeship after graduation’ scholarship?
All 27 members of the European Union (except Belgium), the UK, Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey are eligible destination countries. Other countries not listed here (e.g. Australia, China) are not eligible.
- Can I do a traineeship in my country of birth (outside of Belgium)?
Students who are temporarily living in Belgium for study purposes and who want to go on a study or placement exchange to their country of origin/citizenship may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant. However, they must be given the lowest priority when it comes to awarding it.
- Is it possible to do an traineeship in Switzerland?
No. An traineeship in Switzerland cannot be undertaken as part of the Erasmus+ programme. Switzerland is a partner country but not a programme country. Traineeships in partner countries cannot be financed with funding from the Erasmus+ programme.
- Am I allowed to do multiple separate Erasmus+ traineeships with different companies?
It’s possible to do multiple separate traineeships as long as the maximum of 12 months within the cycle (bachelor’s/master’s) of your graduation is not exceeded . Each traineeship has to be a minimum of 2 months. You must submit separate grant applications for each separate traineeship.
- Is a part-time traineeship allowed?
You may do a part-time traineeship if both the home and partner institution agree and on condition that the pre-set learning goals, which are mentioned in the learning agreement, can be fulfilled during a part-time traineeship.
- I will work remotely because of Corona, am I entitled to a scholarship?
To be eligible for a scholarship, the student must live in the host country during the learning mobility. The host country must be another programme country than the country of the home institution and the country where the student lives during his/her regular studies (residence).
Administration and documents
- Who signs the declaration on how many months I’ve already been on Erasmus?
The declaration should be filled in and signed by the international coordinator (someone from the international office) at your university or university of applied sciences (and arts). This document must be uploaded in the online system before graduation.
- Who signs the Learning Agreement for Traineeships for an traineeship after graduation on behalf of the higher education institution from which the student will graduate?
The Learning Agreement for Traineeships should be signed on behalf of the higher education institution from which the student will graduate by a professor within the study programme, the study programme’s international coordinator or by someone from the international office.
- Who awards the Erasmus+ grant?
The Erasmus+ grant is awarded by the Flemish Higher Education Council (VLUHR), which also manages the grants on behalf of the Flemish higher education institutions (that are members of the consortium). Students receiving a grant will have to sign a grant agreement (also signed by VLUHR).
- What is the point of a learning agreement? Can I do the traineeship without it?
In the learning agreement several agreements are made, including the timetable, tasks, guidance and evaluation. The learning agreement offers a basis to fall back on in case of problems, and for this reason, it is required. Good agreements make good friends.
- What if there are changes to the duration of the traineeship, the traineeship mentor and/or the tasks?
In this case, you will have to officially submit the changes to the learning agreement. It’s best to contact the administrator Kristien Peetermans: email@example.com
- My student visa in Belgium expires after graduation, do I need to apply for a new one?
Yes, you have to apply for a new visa in the host country where the traineeship will take place. It is not possible to apply for a new visa in Belgium.
Financial information and insurance
- How much is the Erasmus+ grant?
The grant amount varies according to the destination country. There are three grant categories. See all the information on the main page.
The Erasmus+ grant is intended to help cover the student's extra mobility costs, such as insurance, visa costs and possibly the higher cost of living in the host country and other additional extra costs. The Erasmus+ grant is not intended to cover the full cost of the student's stay abroad.
- Can my parents still receive child benefits during my traineeship abroad?
Please check Kamiel for more information.
- Can I get extra funding if I have a disability?
Yes, graduates with a disability (recognized by the VAPH) can receive extra funding within the Erasmus+ programme.
- May I receive compensation from the traineeship company?
Yes, this is allowed.
- Am I insured during my traineeship?
VLUHR offers insurance to all students who go on mobility through us in the framework of Erasmus+ traineeship after Graduation. VLUHR has taken out an insurance policy with Expat&Co and offers you this insurance absolutely free of charge to support your traineeship abroad. You can find an overview of the insurance formula we offer here.