Study abroad in Edinburgh

Erasmus+ Traineeships

You can spend between 2 and 3 months on an Erasmus+ Traineeship, carrying out research work at the University of Edinburgh.

What is an Erasmus+ Traineeship?

Traineeships are defined as spending a period of time in an enterprise or organisation in another country, with a view to:

  • Acquiring specific competences that are required by the labour market
  • Carrying out work experience, and
  • Improving the understanding of the economic and social culture of that country

Erasmus activities are carried out with the support of the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme. For further information, please see the European Commission webpages:

European Commission – Erasmus+ Traineeships

What is the duration of a traineeship at the University of Edinburgh?

The minimum length of a traineeship is 2 months. At the University of Edinburgh, we currently welcome trainees for a maximum of 3 months. 

Who can apply?

Erasmus+ supports traineeships (work placements, internships, etc) abroad for students currently enrolled in higher education institutions in Erasmus programme countries at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The University of Edinburgh will only consider traineeship applications from individuals who will be matriculated students at the time of their traineeship. Students who will have graduated at the point of undertaking their traineeship would not be eligible candidates.

Please speak to your home university for further information on eligibility.

If you are a non-EU national interested in arranging a traineeship at the University of Edinburgh, you will need to liaise with our visa team to discuss if this is possible from an immigration perspective.

Contact Immigration at the University of Edinburgh

What types of traineeships are available at the University of Edinburgh?

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

The following Schools may consider traineeship applications on a case-by-case basis:

School Contact
Centre for Open Learning secretary.col@ed.ac.uk
Edinburgh College of Art: Architecture and Landscape Architecture architecture@ed.ac.uk
Edinburgh College of Art: Music studyabroad@ed.ac.uk
Education studyabroad@ed.ac.uk

Health in Social Science (please note Nursing placements are not available)

studyabroad@ed.ac.uk
History, Classics and Archaeology richard.kane@ed.ac.uk
Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences ppls.TeachingOffice@ed.ac.uk
Divinity

studyabroad@ed.ac.uk

School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures LLC.Postgrad@ed.ac.uk

To apply for a traineeship in one of these areas, please complete the application form and return it to the relevant email address listed above.

(First of all, you may wish to send a speculative email with an overview of your research proposal and an indication of the dates that you would like to undertake your traineeship.)

Please note that Traineeships are not currently available in the following Schools:

  • School of Law
  • Business School
  • Edinburgh College of Art: History of Art, School of Art and School of Design
  • School of Economics
  • School of Social and Political Science

College of Science and Engineering

The College of Science and Engineering will review enquiries and traineeship applications on a case-by-case basis. If you have a particular area of research interest then please contact an academic member of staff in the relevant department with your research proposal and an indication of the dates that you would like to undertake your traineeship. Please note that our schools are under no obligation to accept traineeship students.

You can find the contact details for the different departments on our College and Schools webpage.

Colleges and Schools

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

For detailed information about the subject areas available to trainees in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (CMVM) please read section 4 of the  CMVM Visiting Student Policy & Guidance document:

If it is possible to undertake a traineeship in your area of interest then please contact the person/ team noted in the Policy and Guidance document for more information about how to apply. 

Medical Electives

Medical electives can present an alternative to traineeships for students who are interested in gaining experience in the Edinburgh Medical School's teaching hospitals.

Medical Electives

Administrative placements

Unfortunately, we do not currently offer traineeships within our administrative support teams/professional services.

Traineeship entry requirements

Each School within the university has slightly different academic and English language entry requirements for traineeship students. You will be advised of the relevant entry criteria for your School at the time of application. 

University of Edinburgh students

If you are a University of Edinburgh student who wishes to take part in an Erasmus+ Traineeship, please see our Student Exchanges webpages for more information.

Student exchange – Erasmus+ Traineeships