As a student at Malmö University, The EU programme Erasmus+ gives you the opportunity to study and do internships in other countries, mainly within Europe. There is a possibility for a grant for exchange studies and internships.

Erasmus+ traineeship grant

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

An Erasmus+ traineeship grant is possible to apply for if you abroad, e.g. conduct an internship course via Malmö University, do a non-credit internship on your own, do data collection in connection with thesis work or if you want to do a relevant internship in connection with receiving your degree certificate after your studies.

Countries approved for an Erasmus+ traineeship grant

  • EU countries (outside Sweden) as well as Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, the Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey.
  • Countries and territories on the European Union’s list of overseas countries and territories.

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Internship possibilities

Various opportunities are eligible for an Erasmus+ traineeship scholarship.

An internship course as part of your programme

You do your internship at a company, an organisation or sometimes at a university. Your internship is 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 apply for the scholarship while you are still an active and registered student. You are a registered student during the semesters, autumn and spring. You must thus apply for the scholarship before the last day of your last semester.
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  • 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.
  • The internship is done in connection with your final semester at Malmö University, and you must carry out and complete your internship within one year of applying for 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.

Erasmus+ Student Charter

The Erasmus+ Student Charter highlights your rights and obligations during your internship.
Erasmus+ Student Charter

Finding an internship

It is up to you to find your internship and this must be done before you apply for the grant. 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 grant, 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 may 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 grant 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 grant 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 grant for an internship period for which they received an Erasmus+ grant.

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 grant if you live in Malmö and commute to Denmark for your internship.

You can apply for the grant 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+ grant. 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

It is possible to apply for an Erasmus+ grant for an internship and/or exchange studies at several occasions. The limit is for 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 the grant 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 grant, 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)

Grant 2022/23

The grant will aid to cover additional costs in connection with your stay abroad. It does not cover everything.

How is the payment made?

Your grant is transferred in two parts:

  • 70 per cent of the grant is transferred after your application has been finalised and approved, before the internship starts
  • 30 per cent is transferred after you have completed your internship, filled in an evaluation and submitted a traineeship certificate from the company/organisation

Grant

The grant is a fixed monthly amount and the sum varies from year to year. The grant differs depending on which country you are to do 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/medium cost of living

Inclusion, possibility of an extra grant

  • Students with a permanent or a long-term disability, including a disability caused by physical or mental illness, may apply for a special supplement, a top-up, to cover extra costs during an internship.
  • Students who have children, regardless of whether the child accompanies during the internship or not, may apply for a special supplement, a top-up.

If the internship would involve extra costs that exceed the above-mentioned top-up sum, it is possible to apply for inclusion support from the Swedish Council for Higher Education for actual costs. The inclusion support for actual costs then becomes a complement to the top-up. Please contact Rebecca Arklöf well in advance before you travel to get more information and assistance.

Grant for green travel

If you make more than half of your travel to and/or from the internship destination in a sustainable way then you can receive a single contribution of 50 EUR for green travel and up to a maximum of 4 days of additional grant to cover travel days, if relevant. Green travel is defined as the travel that uses low-emissions means of transport for the main part of the travel, such as bus, train, car-pooling or other sustainable transportation. 

If you wish to apply for green travel then remember to save train tickets or equivalent. At the end of your traineeship, when you hand in your Certificate of Attendance you will have to provide us with tickets for travel, an itinerary and information about your days of travel to and from the host country. 

Group 1: Grant of 660 EUR a month

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

Group 2: Grant of 550 EUR 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+ traineeship grant as soon as you have organised a full-time internship with an approved organisation or company in an approved country.

Grants 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 the grant. Instead, attach a copy of the PDF you received for the first application.

Log in to the MoveON platform.

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.

Contact Rebecca Arklöf

After the internship

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

You will receive more information about these requirements if your application for the grant is approved and also when your internship period is about to be finalized.

Erasmus+ grant for exchange studies

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

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+ grants for exchange studies

Who can apply for an Erasmus+ grant for exchange studies

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

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

Where can I go?

Grant

The grant is calculated depending on the country you go to and the number of days you are on exchange for.

The below is valid for exchange students from autumn semester 2022

Your exchange must be for a minimum of two months (60 days). The grant is € 400 or € 510 per month for the study period 2022/2023. Your grant is transferred in two parts:

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

Possibility of extra funding

  • Students with a permanent or a long-term disability, including a disability caused by physical or mental illness, may apply for a special supplement, a top-up, to cover extra costs during an exchange study.
  • Students who have children, regardless of whether the child accompanies during the exchange study or not, may apply for a special supplement, a top-up.

If the exchange study would involve extra costs that exceed the above-mentioned top-up sum, it is possible to apply for inclusion support from the Swedish Council for Higher Education for actual costs. The inclusion support for actual costs then becomes a complement to the top-up. Please contact Rebecca Arklöf well in advance before you travel to get more information and assistance.

Green travel

If you make more than half of your journey in a more environmentally sustainable way then you may apply for green travel. Green travel is defined as the travel that uses low-emissions means of transport for the main part of the travel, such as bus, train, car-pooling or other sustainable transportation. Green travel funding is awarded as a one-off lump sum of € 50. You may also apply for green travel days, up to a maximum of four, and for those days funds are awarded on a flat-rate daily basis (€ 13,3 or € 17).

You apply for green travel funds at the end of your trip. If the application is successful, the funds and days awarded are added to your grant. Remember to keep your tickets and receipts. At the end of your mobility, when you hand in your Certificate of Attendance, you will need to submit supporting documents for tickets, an itinerary and details of your travel days to and from the host country.

After the exchange is completed

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

  • complete a report for the European Commission
  • submit a 'Certificate of Attendance' to Malmö University
  • submit your transcript of records from the host university to Malmö University
  • if you apply for green travel you need to hand in documents supporting your travels

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

You can apply for the grant several times

You can apply for an Erasmus+ grant 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 with an Erasmus+ grant are covered by Kammarkollegiet’s Student OUT insurance. Make sure to read the terms and conditions before you go abroad. 

Please note that: 

  • Student OUT does not provide any coverage if you are studying from somewhere other than your host country. If you are conducting distance studies from Malmö, or somewhere other than the place where your host is situated, you will need an additional insurance. 
  • The insurance does not cover any travels outside the host country. The exemptions are study trips with a supervisor where Kammarkollegiet have been notified in advance. 
  • The Student OUT insurance does not apply in countries where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel. If the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel to a specific area in a country, the insurance does not apply in that part of the country. The advice against travels should be in place at the time of your departure for the insurance not to be valid.
    If you started your travels before the advice against travels, you are covered by the insurance for a maximum of 30 days when the advice applies. During this time you are expected to travel back to Sweden. If your domicile is in a country other than Sweden, the insurance can reimburse travel there. More information about the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advice against travels can be found on the Governmental offices website (in Swedish)
  • If the country of study is the country in which you are domiciled, the only clauses that apply are 2.1 Personal injury cover and 2.11 Liability cover.

If something happens during the time you are away, you report this by making a claim. Information about the claim form can be found on the Kammarkollegiet's website.

Information about the terms and conditions of the Student OUT policy