Internship abroad

Through Erasmus+, you as a student at the bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level in a program country can intern at a workplace abroad. Even those who have recently graduated can apply.

  1. Credit-bearing Internship: This can be part of an internship course or a thesis project. How it's counted: The internship is counted as university credits at Mälardalen University.
  2. Non-credit-bearing Internship: This can be something you do in addition to your regular study program, such as a summer internship. How it's counted: The internship is recognized through a so-called Diploma Supplement.
  3. Recent Graduate: This is a non-credit-bearing internship that you do after your studies. You should apply during your last term, and the entire internship period needs to be completed within 12 months from your graduation date. How it's counted: The "recent graduate" internship is exempt from the rules for academic recognition.

    Erasmus internships can last between two months and one year.

The scholarship is a financial aid aimed at covering additional costs associated with studying abroad. The scholarship amount is calculated monthly, including any additional days, and varies depending on the country you travel to. It's important to note that the Erasmus scholarship only applies for the days you actually study on-site in the country you visit. If you study remotely from Sweden or another country, it's not covered by the scholarship.

For the academic year 2023/2024, the scholarship amounts are as follows:

Countries with high living costs (Group 1)

  • Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway

You receive 510 euros per month or 17 euros per day (EU Commission estimates 30 days per month).

Countries with medium living costs (Group 2)

  • Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Austria

You receive 460 euros per month or 15.33 euros per day (EU Commission estimates 30 days per month).

Countries with low living costs (Group 3)

  • Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary

You receive 460 euros per month or 15.33 euros per day (EU Commission estimates 30 days per month).

The scholarship for your Erasmus internship is paid out in two installments, and this only happens if you meet all the necessary requirements for the internship.

  1. First Payment: You receive 70% of the total scholarship amount, which is calculated based on the number of days you are expected to do the internship.
  2. Second Payment: The remaining 30% of the scholarship is paid out once you have returned from your internship. For this to happen, you need to submit all necessary documentation and answer a survey from the EU Commission. It is also at this time that the final scholarship amount is adjusted if there have been any changes in how long your internship lasted.

Make sure to plan well in advance so that you receive your money when you need it. It takes at least two weeks from the time you have submitted all the necessary papers until the money is deposited into your bank account.

You can carry out your Erasmus internship in any of the following countries:

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

Note: Since the United Kingdom has left the EU, it is no longer possible to apply for an Erasmus scholarship for internships in the United Kingdom.

In the text below, you will find important information that you need to be aware of and what is expected of you as a recipient of the Erasmus scholarship. You will also receive this information at an information meeting before the exchange and via email.

Learning Agreement

A Learning Agreement is an agreement between MDU, you as a student, and the university you will study at. The purpose of the agreement is to ensure that the courses you take at the other university can be counted towards your degree here.

Your Learning Agreement must be clear and signed by all parties involved before the exchange period begins. Contact the international coordinator at the faculty to get more information.

Full-time studies during the exchange mean that you have to accumulate 1.5 ECTS credits per week. So if, for example, you are going to study abroad for 10 weeks, your study load must comprise at least 15 ECTS credits.

Language Test

All students going on exchange with Erasmus+ must take a language test before departure. You will receive a link to the language test via email, so remember also to check your spam folder.

Certificate of Arrival

The Certificate of Arrival is a document that shows you have arrived at your exchange university. This signed document must be sent to MDU when your exchange has started and must be signed by the university you are at. Your scholarship is calculated based on the number of months and days indicated in the arrival certificate.

Erasmus Terms

To receive your Erasmus scholarship during the exchange, you need to complete and sign an Erasmus agreement of terms. Both you and the international coordinator at MDU must sign the agreement.

Certificate of Attendance

The final attendance certificate is a document you send in when your full-time studies are completed. It must be signed and stamped by the university you have been on exchange with, and then sent to MDU. If your exchange period was longer or shorter than planned, your scholarship will be adjusted, and the total scholarship amount will be adjusted for the second payment.

Participant Report

The Participant Report is an electronic survey from the EU Commission sent to you via email in connection with the end of your exchange. You must answer this survey to receive the last part of your scholarship.

To participate in the Erasmus+ internship and apply for a scholarship, the student must:

  • Be registered and an active student at Mälardalen University
  • Intend to take a degree at MDU (does not apply to "recent graduates")
  • Have the internship approved by the school.
  • Will be doing a full-time internship according to the agreed-upon internship plan, Learning Agreement for Traineeship, in a country and at a workplace that is qualified to serve as an internship host
  • Have not participated in Erasmus+ studies/internship at the same educational level so that the total mobility period exceeds 12 months (360 days)
  • Complete the internship in the host country over a continuous period of at least 60 days and a maximum of 360 days per education level (bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels)
  • Have the internship recognized at MDU (through university credits or, at the very least, the aforementioned Diploma Supplement - exception for recent graduates)
  • Sign a scholarship agreement, "Grant Agreement", before the mobility starts
  • Take the OLS language test.
  • Answer an electronic survey after completing the internship.
  • Submit an Arrival Certificate and attendance certificate.
  • Not simultaneously receive multiple scholarships from the EU or the University and College Board.

You arrange the internship placement yourself to ensure that the internship can be approved and that there is scholarship funding available. After that, you need to submit the necessary documents to the school coordinator. Erasmus+ internships can be approved as long as the requirements are met and there are available places.

If you, as a student, have a lasting disability, which includes disabilities caused by physical or mental health problems, you have the opportunity to receive extra financial support during your studies abroad through the Erasmus+ program. This can mean educational support or special adjustments to facilitate your studies.

If you participate in an Erasmus exchange and meet the above criteria, you are entitled to extra financial support. This extra support is €250 per month and comes on top of the regular Erasmus scholarship.

  • If you have already received a decision on support from Mälardalen University (MDU), you should contact the international coordinator at the International Relations Office. You can do this by sending an email to exchange@mdu.se.
  • If you have not yet received a decision on support, but you have a disability, you should contact the international coordinator at MDU for more information and further instructions. Visit MDU's website on studying with a disability for more information.

If you are a student, participating in the Erasmus+ exchange program, and have children under 18 years, you are entitled to additional financial support. This applies regardless of whether your child accompanies you during the exchange or not.

You will receive an extra 250 EUR per month, in addition to the regular scholarship amount. To apply for this additional support, you need to present a family certificate from the Tax Agency. If you need more information or guidance, please contact us at exchange@mdu.se.

One of the Erasmus+ program's four priority areas for the period 2021-2027 is sustainability. To encourage sustainable travel, an additional contribution, called "green travel top-up", of 50 EUR in addition to the regular scholarship is offered.

This applies to students who choose sustainable means of transportation to and from their exchange. For your journey to be considered sustainable, you must choose green modes of transportation for both your outward and return trips.

You can travel by train, bus, or carpooling. Please note that air travel is not considered sustainable. To benefit from this additional contribution, you need to provide proof of your travel, for example, through tickets or booking confirmations. For more information, contact exchange@mdu.se.

Additional costs may arise for specially adapted support, but these can always be covered by other means. Here are some examples of what these costs might include:

  • Personalized educational support: This can mean, for example, a note-taker.
  • Practical needs: This can mean costs for travel, accommodation, having an assistant during lectures or study visits, medical follow-up, or medical examinations in the country where you study.

Your opportunities

As a student, you are responsible for arranging the extra support you might need outside of your studies. This can include:

  • Daily assistance: This could be reading, travel, or visits to the psychologist.
  • Personal assistance devices: You might need a personal computer with special software, physiotherapy, a wheelchair, or adapted housing.

Prepare yourself

It's essential to start planning your exchange year well in advance. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Contact the Support Center for Educational Support: Discuss your plans and the support you may need.
  • Inform the International Coordinator: Notify the coordinator about your disability and describe how it affects your studies, and discuss the support you can receive from the host university.