Erasmus+ Traineeship

Eligibility

Most full-time registered DMU students (including Home, EU and International) are eligible to participate in an Erasmus+ 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 work placement should be for the full academic year (usually 9-12 months in duration)
  • The work placement must take place in an EU or EEA country, and should not be in your home country

Financial support and fees

For an Erasmus+ Traineeship year, you are required to 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 2020-21 and may be subject to change

Any loans, grants or scholarships you are entitled to are not affected whilst doing an Erasmus+ Traineeship. 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. The grant rates vary depending on the location of the traineeship and can be found on the Erasmus+ website.

Supplementary funding for students with disabilities and learning difficulties

Additional funding from the Erasmus+ programme is available for students with disabilities and learning difficulties. Please contact erasmus@dmu.ac.uk for more information regarding this and how to apply.

Application process

You need to take the following steps to set up an Erasmus+ Traineeship:

  • 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. You can use MyGateway to book an appointment. Please see the locations and emails for all the faculty placement teams here.
  • The placements team will show you how to search the listings on MyGateway and apply for a placement.
  • You will be offered access to 1:1 appointments, workshops, events and interview practice sessions to help you secure a placement.
  • Once you have secured a placement, the placement team will give you information about how to apply for DMU Global funding and support.

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

Applications to go overseas on an Erasmus+ Traineeship in 2021-22 close on Monday 12 July, 9am. Students should advise the placement team and DMU Global if they are planning to apply for an Erasmus+ Traineeship as far in advance as possible.

  • Departure and return dates – all students are expected to complete their Traineeship between May 2021 and September 2022

Visas and insurance

EU nationals will not require a visa to travel or work in another EU country. International students will require a visa to work in Europe and are responsible for obtaining this. Home students beginning a mobility after 31 December 2020 will not be eligible for an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card). Further guidance regarding immigration rules for Home students in the context of Brexit can be found here.

Although all students are covered by the DMU travel insurance policy, participants will be required to purchase their own personal health insurance policy.

Recognition

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).