Erasmus+ Traineeship

Opportunity type:

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Can I take part?

Most full-time DMU students are eligible to participate in an Eramus+ Traineeship after completion of their second year of study. The conditions of an Erasmus+ traineeship are as follows:

  • The work placement must be in line with your studies and signed off by the placements team and your personal tutor
  • The work placement period must be full-time
  • The minimum period of work placement is two months and maximum 12 months (sandwich placements are for a full year)

For the latest information and guidance about Brexit and the potential impact on Erasmus+ funding, visit the webpage here.

Application process

The DMU Placement Service is working with the #DMUglobal team to give you the chance to carry out work placements abroad, helping you to take on and tailor valuable international experience which you can add to your CV. A work placement is a period of DMU-approved work experience linked to or embedded as part of your degree. In most cases this is whole sandwich year placement

You will be able to apply your academic knowledge to an international working environment, boost your skills and confidence, and show future employers that you have experienced a real workplace, communicated with staff at different levels and demonstrated responsibility and initiative.

With the potential to set you ahead in the job market, a placement overseas also gives you the chance to work and live in a different culture, learn a language and create global contacts that could last a lifetime.

All placements are managed by the DMU Placement Service with support from #DMUglobal. You will receive help finding a placement abroad as well as practical and cultural preparation for the experience.

You need to take the following steps to set up an Erasmus+ Traineeship (work placement):

  • Visit the placement team in your faculty as early as possible in your degree; placements are often set up more than a year in advance. Just drop by or use MyGateway to book an appointment. Please see the locations and emails for all the faculty placement teams below.
  • The placements team will show you how to search the listings on MyGateway and register for a placement.
  • You will be offered 1:1 appointments, workshops, events and interview practice to help you secure your international placement offer.
  • Once you have secured a placement the placement team will give you information on how to apply via DMU Global, completing Erasmus+ documentation and the funding available.

A DMU tutor will support you during your placement and will usually visit you at least once. The placement team will also stay in touch and help you if any issues arise.

You will complete an academic assessment as part of your placement, which will be marked at DMU. On successfully passing the assessment, you will receive a Placement Certificate and the placement will be included on your Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR).

Applications to go overseas on an Erasmus Traineeship in 2020-2021 close on Monday 31 August 2020 9am. 

Contact information

Art and Design – Clephan Building 0.28

Business and Law – Hugh Aston 0.36

Computing, Engineering and Media – Gateway House 4.13

Health and Life Sciences – Edith Murphy 1.23

If you have any questions about the #DMUglobal application requirements or process, please email


For an Erasmus+ Traineeship for a year abroad you pay a small fee to DMU. This fee includes the ongoing support from DMU and access to services such as the Library, DSU, Student Services, Counselling and Welfare. The current fees are:

  • Home/EU students – £650*
  • International students – £750*

*This is the current fee for 2019-20 and may be subject to change

Financial support

Any loans, grants or scholarships you are entitled to are not affected by taking part in the Erasmus+ programme. This includes the Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loan, and Maintenance Grants. Students participating in the Erasmus+ programme may also be eligible for a grant, which is designed to help cover some of the costs of your time spent overseas. Anyone on a work placement for 2 to 12 months or a study placement for 3 to 12 months is eligible.

Visas and insurance

EU nationals will not require a visa to travel or work in another EU country; however non-EU nationals will require a visa to work in Europe and are responsible for obtaining this. All students are recommended to purchase travel insurance for the duration of time overseas to cover personal possessions and healthcare. EU nationals can apply for a special European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), prior to leaving the UK.

Contact us

Need help deciding? Have questions? Get in touch with the Student Exchange team.

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