Go Abroad

Application process

Information on how to apply for an Erasmus traineeship, and links to the application forms.

If you are interested, but haven't found a traineeship yet, please register your interest using the form below.

If you have already secured a placement, read on for application process information and the application form.

Register your interest - deadline: 16 February 2018

The Registration of Interest is a simple online form to notify Edinburgh Global of your interest in doing an Erasmus-funded traineeship abroad during the academic year 2017/18 (including the summer period until 30 September 2018). It does not represent a formal commitment and there is no obligation to submit an application for funding at a later stage.

Why register your interest?

The Registration of Interest is an easy way to check whether you may qualify for funding and ensure you don’t miss out on future opportunities:

  • Find out whether your traineeship project is eligible for Erasmus funding
  • Get priority for funding when you submit a formal application (subject to eligibility and availability of funding)
  • Receive updates about the programme, future university events and information sessions to help you find the perfect traineeship abroad

Register your interest

About the application process

When should I apply?

Applications for Erasmus traineeship funding should be submitted no later than 4 weeks before the start of your placement to allow enough time to complete the required Erasmus documents before your departure.  We cannot guarantee the availability of funding if you apply less than 4 weeks before your placement starts.

If you have received a late traineeship offer and are due to start imminently, you should notify us by emailing workplacements@ed.ac.uk after submitting your online application. We will try our best to fast-track your application.

Your application must be submitted before your traineeship starts.

When will I learn the outcome of my application?

You will normally receive notification about your application within 2 weeks.  However, during peak times (May-September) it may take longer to review your application. 

Can I apply for funding for more than one traineeship?

Yes, as long as each of your Erasmus placements individually meets the eligibility criteria in terms of minimum duration and activity - see What is an Erasmus+ traineeship? for more information.

What information should be given in the application?

The information you provide in the application will be copied onto your Erasmus+ Training Agreement, so please provide as much detail as possible. You should detail the tasks you will be expected to complete, introduce your host company and highlight the relevance of the traineeship for your University of Edinburgh degree.

Traineeship application policy

Before submitting your application, you must read the traineeship application policy:

Ready to apply?

Apply for Erasmus traineeship funding 2017/18

Students can apply for 2017/18 funding for traineeships finishing before 30 September 2018. Deadline for application is 15 July 2018.

Submit an application

Please note, for your placement to be considered for Erasmus funding and for you to have Erasmus status, you MUST submit a complete application, even if your placement has already been approved by your School. 

This is particularly important if you are undertaking a placement as part of your degree, as not having Erasmus status may significantly affect the amount of fees you have to pay. For full details of the fees you should pay whilst studying/working abroad, please visit the Scholarships and Student Funding website.

Scholarships and Student Funding website

Selection process

Applications are approved on a first come, first served basis and are open all year round. Applications will be assessed by the Go Abroad Office, based on the eligibility criteria.  Funding is limited but most applicants who meet all the eligibility criteria and submit a full application are approved for funding. 

In case of limited funding availability, priority will be given to:

  • Students undertaking placements that are compulsory for their degree
  • Students undertaking unpaid placements
  • Students who are not in receipt of other funding for their placement (i.e. Go Abroad fund)