The European Union programme Erasmus offers students a possibility to receive a grant for a work placement in Europe.
APPLICATION PERIOD: 17 October - 7 November 2011
The European Union programme Erasmus offers students a possibility to receive a grant for a work placement in Europe. You can now apply for a grant for a training period in the spring semester and summer of 2012. There will be another application round in April-May for training periods in the autumn semester 2012. The work placement may take place in one of the following countries participating in the Erasmus programme:
1. EU member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Rumania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
2. EEA/EFTA states: Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein as well as
3. Croatia, Switzerland and Turkey.
All undergraduate and postgraduate degree students of the University of Tampere may apply for the Erasmus grant for a work placement. The applicants should have completed their first year of study prior to the commencement of the training period. Moreover, the work placement should be credited and included in the degree awarded by the University of Tampere. Students should agree on this with their tutor teachers. Please note that you can only apply for an Erasmus grant for a training period during which your right to study at UTA is still valid, or you would need make sure that the right to study can be extended if necessary.
The students who are selected to the programme receive an Erasmus grant, whose amount is 1500-2400 euros for a 3-6-month placement depending on the duration of the placement period (1320-2040 euros for placements in Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania and Turkey). It is possible to receive an Erasmus grant for a work placement only once. In addition to the Erasmus work placements, students may apply for an Erasmus study period. The grant is paid in two instalments: the first instalment prior to the commencement of the training period; the second instalment, 200 euros, is paid once a placement report and certificate has been duly submitted to the International Office.
Once the student has been awarded a grant, she/he will start searching for a work placement independently. The host organisation offering the placement may be private or public, excluding the following: bodies of the European Union, organisations administering EU programmes, consulates and embassies of the student's country of origin. Work placement offers abroad are published e.g. on the following web portals:
For more job search tips and links for work abroad, please take a look at the website of the Aarresaari Academic Career Services.
The Centre for International Mobility in Finland lists country-specific websites and links to international organisations offering work placement. (in Finnish)
To apply for the Erasmus grant for a work placement, please submit a free-form application to the International Office (Main Building, room A 129) on Monday 7 November 2011 at 15:00 at the latest, and enclose a transcript of records (in pdf format from NettiOpsu) as well as a Europass Curriculum Vitae. Students enrolled in international Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes should confirm from the supervisor of their theses that studies taken abroad can be included into the degree and that the right to study can be extended if necessary.
Please mention the following in your application
Priority is given to students in the final stages of their studies who have not completed a work placement before. It does not make a difference whether the work placement is a compulsory or an optional part of the degree. Attention is paid to the applicant's motivation and preparedness for a work placement abroad.International Office Tel. 040 190 1531 or 03 3551 7973, Fax: 03 3551 6503 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Ps. For further information on Erasmus work placements, please see the guidebook for Erasmus work placement grantees (in Finnish) online or pick up your own copy from the International Office (A129 Main Building).