Through the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme you can apply for scholarships for exchange studies and internships in Europe.

How does the coronavirus affect the Erasmus+ traineeship scholarship?

Malmö University aims to actively contribute to preventing the spread of the coronavirus on a local, national and international level. The University is following the recommendations of the Swedish Public Health Agency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. All students are advised to evaluate if the risk-taking is too high and if you should make the decision to go on an internship abroad.

You can still apply for an Erasmus+ traineeship scheduled for the summer or autumn semester in 2020. At present only preliminary decisions will be sent out as the situation is constantly changing. The decision will inform you if you are eligible to apply and if there are scholarship funds available for the intended internship period.

You will receive a final decision in closer connection with the planned internship period when we know more about the current situation in Sweden and the world. Due to the circumstances, the first transfer of the scholarship may be delayed and transferred to you only after the start of your internship.

The ordinary deadline for application is at least two weeks prior to your departure. You may hand in your application as usual however kindly note that no decisions will be made during vacation in the months of July and August 2020. If you are starting your travel in August and wish to receive a decision before the summer, please hand in your application by June 25 the latest. As off August 17 all applications will be processed as usual again.

The European Commission has decided that the scholarship will not be available if the internship would take place virtually. Interns would however receive the scholarship as usual if a physical mobility is possible, i.e. if the student is in office physically at the organisation/company.

Keep yourself updated on the latest information from Malmö University.

Information regarding the coronavirus and COVID-19

Erasmus+ traineeship scholarship

Erasmus+ offers students the possibility to apply for a scholarship for an internship in Europe. The scholarship is intended to help you cover any additional costs in connection with your time abroad. Before you can apply for a scholarship, you must find an appropriate internship and get it approved.

Countries approved for Erasmus+ traineeship scholarship

Internship possibilities

Various opportunities are offered to you as a student, find the right one for you.

An internship as part of your programme

You do your internship at a company, university or organisation in Europe, and are assessed at Malmö University.

Outside your programme at Malmö University

During your studies

You do your internship while you are registered on your programme (for example, between two semesters). The internship is recorded in your Diploma Supplement if you request it, but you do not receive any higher education credits for the internship.

After your studies

After your programme has finished, you can also apply for an internship scholarship as a recent graduate. You must fulfil one of the following requirements:

  • you apply for the scholarship while you are still an active and registered student
  • the internship is done in connection with your final semester at Malmö University, and you carry out and complete your internship within one year of applying for your degree certificate
  • you must apply for the scholarship before you apply for your degree certificate. By the time your internship starts, however, you must have applied for, and preferably received, your degree certificate.

As part of a degree project/academic paper

This is an option if you are registered for a degree project/academic paper and are assessed in Malmö, but carry out data collection, field studies or similar at a company or an organisation in Europe. Your supervisor at Malmö University must approve the internship/data collection.

For the scholarship to be awarded within the context of academic papers, the internship must be necessary for the academic paper to be carried out, for example, if the data collected during the internship is the basis for the academic paper.

Finding an internship

It is up to you to find your internship and this must be done before you apply for the scholarship. You can directly contact a company or organisation that interests you. Large companies and organisations often advertise internships/traineeships/student projects on their websites. Your faculty or department may also have useful networks through research collaborations and exchange agreements.

In what types of organisation can I do an Erasmus+ internship?

Internships can be done in the public or the private sector, and any enterprise that is engaged in economic activity; regardless of size, legal form, or economic sector.

Through an Erasmus+ internship and scholarship, you can go to another higher education institution, but it must be clear that this is for an internship and not for studies. The following terms and conditions apply:

  • throughout the period, the student must carry out work, not studies
  • the student must be employed as an intern at the host university, not be registered as a student. If the student is registered on courses at the host university, this is to be regarded as a study period.
  • if credits are awarded for the internship, transfer of the credits must be for an internship and not for a regular course

Some organisations are excluded from Erasmus+ internships

  • EU institutions and other EU bodies. However, the offices of the political parties in the EU parliament are not included and can, therefore, provide internship placements within the programme.
  • organisations that handle EU programmes, such as national offices for Erasmus+ (for example, the Swedish Council for Higher Education)
  • universities that are primarily financed by EU funds. Examples include the European University Institute in Italy and the College of Europe (Belgium and Poland).

More information about organisations excluded from Erasmus+

Start looking for an internship

There are many different places where you can look, here are some of them:

Future Finder: the career portal for students at Malmö University

Entry requirements

There are no special requirements regarding citizenship or residence permits, or any restrictions regarding what subject you are studying. All students who fulfil the requirements can apply.

You must be a full-time intern throughout the entire period. The internship period abroad must be at least two months (60 days). A scholarship can be granted for a maximum of six months with a possibility of extension if funds are still available.

To get support from more than one scholarship from the EU or the Swedish Council for Higher Education for the same period is not permitted. For example, a student may not receive a Sida travel scholarship for an internship period for which they received an Erasmus+ scholarship.

Internship terms and conditions linked to a place of study and residence

Your internship must be in a country other than where you live or study. You must also temporarily reside in the country where you are doing the Erasmus+ internship. This means that you cannot apply for an internship in Denmark if you live in Denmark and commute to Malmö for your studies. Similarly, you do not qualify for a scholarship if you live in Malmö and commute to Denmark for your internship.

You can apply for the scholarship to do your internship in your country of ordinary residence, if you are currently studying in Sweden and your country of ordinary residence is approved for the Erasmus+ scholarship. However, the application will be given the lowest priority in the assessment of applications. In this context, country of ordinary residence refers to the country from which you moved to Sweden immediately before you started your studies.

You can apply for a scholarship several times

undertake Erasmus+ internships and/or exchange studies for no more than a total of 12 months in each education cycle (bachelor’s level, master’s level or PhD).

You must also fulfil the following conditions:

  • when applying, you must be an active, registered student at Malmö University
  • for an application as a recent graduate, you must apply for a scholarship well before the last scheduled day of your final semester
  • the period abroad must be a part of your studies at Malmö University and must either qualify for credit transfer or be recognised via a Diploma Supplement, (except for so-called ‘recent graduates’)
  • when applying for a scholarship, you must not have applied for your degree certificate
  • students studying freestanding courses without the purpose of graduating do not qualify for Erasmus+ mobility (for either studies or internships)

Scholarship sum

The scholarship should cover additional costs in connection with your stay abroad. It does not cover everything. Scholarship sums can vary from year to year.

How is the payment made?

Your scholarship is paid in two parts:

  • 70 per cent of the scholarship is paid after your application has been finalised and approved, before the internship starts
  • 30 per cent is paid after you have completed your internship, when you have filled in an evaluation, taken a mandatory language test and submitted a traineeship certificate from the company/organisation

Scholarship sum 2020/2021

The scholarship sum is a fixed monthly amount. It varies depending on the country you are carrying out your internship in. The countries are divided into two groups:

  • Group 1 – programme countries with a high cost of living
  • Group 2 – programme countries with a low cost of living

Possibility of extra scholarship funds

If you have a permanent disability you can apply for a higher scholarship amount to cover extra costs, for example, special transport or adapted accommodation.

Group 1: Scholarship of EUR 655 a month

  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Lichtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Norway
  • United Kingdom

Erasmus+ scholarship are possible to the United Kingdom for the academic year 2020/21

Group 2: Scholarship of EUR 595 a month

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Croatia
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • The Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Spain
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Germany
  • Czech Republic
  • Turkey
  • Hungary
  • Austria

How to apply

The application is open all year but your completed application must be received by the University no later than two weeks before your period abroad is due to start. However, please submit your application as soon as possible.

You can apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship as soon as you have organised a full-time internship with an approved organisation or company in an approved country.

Scholarships are not granted retroactively, and funds are limited.

Applications must be made as follows

1. Use the application in the MoveON database

Use your computer identity to log into MoveON. Complete all the compulsory fields. The period dates in MoveON must be the same as those in the Learning Agreement for Traineeship (see step three).

If you have already completed MoveON for the period in question, you do not need to submit a new online application for a scholarship. Instead, attach a copy of the PDF you received for the first application.

2. Internship agreement or certificate where the internship does not qualify for credit transfer

  • If your internship qualifies for credit transfer, you need only attach the agreement between Malmö University and the company/organisation. This is the so-called ‘Confirmation of Internship’.

Contact your internship coordinator for the agreement/confirmation

  • If your internship does not qualify for credit transfer, you need a signed certificate from the course/programme coordinator for your studies. This is to ensure that the period is academically linked to the studies, and that the internship is related to the degree you are studying for or the profession that your programme could conceivably lead to.

Certificate for where the internship does not qualify for credit transfer

3. Learning Agreement for Traineeships – the details of your internship

This document must be jointly completed with your host organisation/company. The document must clearly state, amongst other things, what kind of work you are expected to be doing and the skills and competences you are expecting to acquire during your internship.

Download Learning Agreement for Traineeships

Tips for completing your Learning Agreement:

  • complete pages 1 – 2 under the headline ‘Section to be completed before the mobility’. The document must be manually signed by you and the supervisor at your host organisation/company.
  • your Learning Agreement should not be signed by Malmö University before you submit your application. The Learning Agreement is to be signed after once the application has been submitted and approved.
  • please note: if you are making an option 3 application, within the framework of a degree project/academic paper, the ‘Responsible person at the Sending Institution’ signature must be that of your academic paper supervisor at Malmö University. You fill out point 1 under table B in your Learning Agreement.

4. Submit your application

Email your completed application as a scanned PDF file to Rebecca Arklöf.

After the internship

To receive the outstanding scholarship sum when your internship has ended, you must fulfil the following requirements:

  • complete a report for the European Commission
  • submit a ‘Traineeship Certificate’ to Malmö University
  • take a language test. Starting autumn 2020, this second language test is optional.

You will receive more information about these requirements once your scholarship application is approved.

Erasmus+ scholarships for exchange studies

If you are doing exchange studies as an Erasmus+ exchange student, you automatically receive information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Countries approved for Erasmus+ exchange studies

  • All the EU countries (outside Sweden) as well as Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, the Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey are approved.

This applies to Erasmus+ scholarships for exchange studies

The scholarship sum is calculated depending on the country you go to and the number of days you are on exchange for. Your exchange must be for a minimum of three months (90 days).

Who can apply for Erasmus + scholarship for exchange studies

If you are nominated for exchange studies within the Erasmus+ programme, you will receive information about the Erasmus+ Scholarship by email.

The application for the Erasmus + scholarship for exchange studies is open at each faculty or department twice a year.

Where can I go?

Scholarship sum

The scholarship sum is EUR 400-460 /month for the study period 2020/2021. Your scholarship is paid in two parts:

  • 70 per cent of the scholarship is paid once your application has been submitted and approved, before your studies begin
  • 30 per cent is paid when you have filled in an evaluation and submitted a 'Certificate of Attendance' and your transcript of your grades from the host university

Possibility of extra funding

  • if you have a permanent disability, you can apply for a higher scholarship sum to cover extra costs during your exchange period, for example special transport or adapted accommodation
  • if you go on exchange with accompanying children, you can apply for a special supplement

After the exchange is completed

When you have completed your exchange, you must complete the following steps to receive the remaining scholarship amount:

  • complete a report for the European Commission
  • submit a 'Certificate of Attendance' to Malmö University
  • submit your grading document from the host university to Malmö University
  • complete a language test. The second language test is optional for Erasmus+ exchange students starting autumn 2020

You will get more information when your scholarship application is granted.

You can apply for the scholarship several times

You can apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship several times, the restriction being that you may undertake Erasmus+ internships and/or exchange studies for no more than a total of 12 months in each education cycle (bachelor’s level, master’s level or PhD).

Insurance for students throughout the period abroad

Students granted an Erasmus+ scholarship are covered by Kammarkollegiet’s Student UT insurance.

Information about the terms and conditions of the Student UT policy