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Erasmus+ for work

The Erasmus+ mobility scheme is designed to help you fund work experience of two months or longer in the European Economic Area (EEA) - see below for a full list of countries. The funding is available to help cover some of the costs of your traineeship in Europe while you're studying at BU.

Important information about traineeships in Europe

Please be aware that some European companies and/or internship agencies will insist on obtaining a contract signed by the student, BU and the company. Please note that we will not sign any contract other than the Erasmus+ Traineeship agreement. As the Erasmus+ programme is well known throughout Europe so this shouldn’t pose a problem, but you may need to explain our terms to your potential employer.

Everything you need to know

What countries does Erasmus+ funding apply to?

Erasmus+ funding covers the following countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lichtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Turkey.

How do you apply?

To apply for Erasmus+ both you and your host company will need to complete some documents before you start work. You cannot join Erasmus+ retrospectively, so if you have already started with them then you’re not eligible for the fund.

Please allow at least four weeks before the start of your placement for the documents to be processed, as information and approval are required from you, your employer and the Global Engagement Mobility Officer.

In order for you to be eligible for Erasmus+ funding the following criteria must be met:

  • You remain an enrolled BU student during your overseas traineeship
  • If your overseas traineeship is part of your official BU placement year then it must have been approved by your faculty's Placement Coordinator on MyCareerHub before you apply
  • If your overseas traineeship is voluntary (ie not part of your BU placement then you will need to tell us how the work relates to your BU degree
  • You have not yet started your placement
  • You meet the eligibility criteria in terms of duration (minimum of 60 days) and destination country (must be an EU country).

Finding work overseas

It is your responsibility to organise your traineeship. If it is a placement you can use the resources and support provided by your faculty Placement Co-ordinator. For voluntary traineeships get in touch with the BU Careers and Employability Service who can give advice on how to find work overseas using the resources on MyCareerHub, the GoinGlobal tool is a particularly helpful resource for students looking to work abroad.

GoinGlobal International Placements & Careers is your one-stop overseas careers resource featuring access to:

  • A range of country career guides providing professional advice on searching for work in specific countries
  • More than 16 million worldwide job and internship opportunities which are updated daily
  • A searchable Key Employer Directory containing more than 450,000 overseas employer profiles representing both 'local' and 'multinational' employers which can be searched by location, industry and/or company name.

Financial information if you’re working abroad

You can find further information about grant amounts and how the grant is structured in the Erasmus applicant’s guide (pdf 49kb).

You may also be eligible for additional financial support towards your travel expenses – visit GOV.UK for further information.

Finding a placement

It is your responsibility to organise your work placement, using the resources and support provided by your faculty Employability Co-ordinator. There are also resources on MyCareerHub, and the GoinGlobal tool in particular is helpful for students looking to work abroad.

GoinGlobal International Placements & Careers is your one-stop overseas careers resource featuring access to:

  • A range of country career guides providing professional advice on searching for work in specific countries
  • More than 16 million worldwide job and internship opportunities which are updated daily
  • A searchable Key Employer Directory containing more than 450,000 overseas employer profiles representing both 'local' and 'multinational' employers which can be searched by location, industry and/or company name.

Language preparation

Many students find work overseas where English is the required language. Should you wish to learn or improve your knowledge of European languages such as French, Spanish, German, or Italian, you can benefit from the free self-learning programmes and conversation clubs offered by Languages@BU.

Erasmus+ also offers free online courses covering a range of European languages. These are currently optional for native speakers of English working in English during their semester abroad, as well as for speakers of English as a foreign language who have met BU's language entry requirements and academic performance standards.

Advice about working and living abroad

Please read thoroughly the key advice offered by Erasmus+ on travel, insurance, and other practical matters that you need to be aware of when preparing for your semester abroad.

Drop-in sessions

Talk to a member of the Global Engagement Mobility Team in our weekly drop-in sessions at The Global Mobility Hub, Poole House (next to the Student Shop): Monday and Wednesdays 1-5pm during term time.

Data protection

Data protection legislation regulates the use of personal data and sets requirements for protecting it. In addition, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), makes further provision about when and why personal data can be processed and the rights of individuals in relation to their personal data. You can find out more on our Data Protection and Privacy page, and via our BU student privacy notice which details how we store and use information about our students.

Contact us

To find out more about the eligibility and funding available for your Erasmus Placement then please email: ErasmusSMP@bournemouth.ac.uk, come to our weekly drop-in sessions at The Global Mobility Hub, Poole House (next to the Student Shop): Monday and Wednesdays 1-5pm during term time or call us on 01202 966733.

We aim to respond to your email within 5 working days. While you are waiting, we hope the information below is useful:

Your application MUST be approved on MyCareerHub before we can start the process so please ensure that this is completed before you make an application for funding. Please refer to your Placement Co-ordinator if you have any questions regarding this.

If you have secured a job (not part of your degree) or a placement (part of your degree) and the placement has been approved by your Placement Co-Ordinator, you will have to complete our survey which will determine your eligibility for Erasmus+ funding.