Traineeship abroad

If you want to do a traineeship abroad during your studies, there are various possibilities. If you are a programme student at University of Gävle, you can do a traineeship abroad via Erasmus+ during or after your studies. In addition, it may be possible to do your placement (VFU) abroad. In caring sciences, there are also opportunities for Nordic workshops and courses.

Traineeship via Erasmus+

Through Erasmus+ you have the opportunity to do a traineeship abroad for two to twelve months when you are a student at the University of Gävle. You can do a traineeship in a company, an organisation or a university in a European country. You can do your traineeship in connection with your degree project, during your placement programme, during the summer or after your studies.

For your traineeship, you will receive an Erasmus grant, ranging from €555 to €615 per month (2023). You can be awarded a grant several times during your studies, up to a maximum of 12 months for studies and/or traineeships per level of education, i.e. Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level.

The traineeship must be relevant to your degree programme in order to be eligible for the grant. You organise your traineeship yourself in one of the Erasmus+ countries. If you intend to do your traineeship after your studies, you must apply for the traineeship before you graduate. You must then complete the traineeship within one year of graduation. If the traineeship takes place during your studies, you can apply for it to be included in your degree.

You cannot apply for a traineeship in your home country, but there are about 30 other countries to choose from. The countries included in the Erasmus+ programme are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxem­bourg, Malta, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey.

Application for Erasmus+ Traineeship Scholarship

You organise your traineeship yourself and have it approved before submitting your application. The deadline for your application is 1 June. Confirmation of traineeship Pdf, 92.2 kB. must be attached to the application.

Who can apply for a traineeship scholarship

In order to apply for an Erasmus+ traineeship scholarship, there are some requirements that you must fulfil:

  • You must be registered for a course within a programme at Bachelor, Master or Doctoral level at the University of Gävle.
  • You have arranged a traineeship relevant to your studies approved by the University of Gävle.
  • Your traineeship corresponds to full-time studies, i.e. at least 32 hours per week.
  • The country in which you apply for a traineeship must not be your home country.

Application for an Erasmus+ scholarship

Before you can apply for an Erasmus+ traineeship scholarship, you need to choose a company, organisation or university where you want to do a traineeship. For your application to be accepted, the traineeship must be relevant to your programme. There are several search databases where you can find traineeships and companies often advertise "Internships, Traineeships or Student Projects" on their websites. Once you have found a traineeship, ask them to sign the "Confirmation of traineeship Pdf, 92.2 kB.".

Once the company has signed the document, either your training manager or the International Office should also sign it. If you plan to do your traineeship during the semester and want to count it towards your degree, ask your training manager to sign the Confirmation of traineeship. If you choose to do the traineeship during the summer or after your studies, ask the International Office to sign the document. If you want to do the traineeship after your studies, you must apply for the traineeship before you graduate and the traineeship must be completed within a maximum of one year after the completion of your studies.

You can now apply for a scholarship via the online form "Application for an Erasmus+ traineeship sholarship" and the Confirmation of Traineeship must be attached. You will be notified by the International Office by email if you have been awarded a scholarship within two weeks.

Study grants, scholarships and insurance

Study grants from CSN

If you qualify for CSN, you can apply for student funding from CSN, regardless of whether you are studying in Sweden or abroad. The difference is that you can take an extra loan for increased living expenses. Read more on CSN's website.

Erasmus+ scholarship

When you go on an Erasmus+ exchange, you will receive a grant. The scholarship is a grant to cover additional costs related to your stay abroad, but it is not a full grant. The grant for studies is €480–510 per month and for traineeships €555–615 per month. You can be awarded a grant several times during your studies, up to a maximum of 12 months for studies and/or traineeship per level of education, i.e. Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level.

Sustainable travel

Environmentally sustainable projects are one of the four Erasmus+ priorities for the programme period from 2021. Decide whether you want to travel sustainably to your study destination and thus apply for an additional travel grant of €50 if you travel by train, bus or carpool. The majority of the journey should be sustainable. What can you do as a student to make your exchange as green as possible? We have gathered information, tips and links to help you.

Applying for extra funds due to disabilities

If you have a disability that means that you need extra support or assistance for an Erasmus+ exchange, you can get an extra grant to support the additional costs of this. Contact the International Office for more information and help with your application.

Applying for additional funding for students with children

Students who have children under 18 can receive a supplement per month to while study or training exchange. Contact the International Office for more information and help with your application.

Insurance policy

The University of Gävle has arranged an insurance policy through Kammarkollegiet for students travelling abroad under the University's exchange agreements. The insurance is called Student UT and is free for those who go on an exchange or traineeship abroad. Read more on Kammarkollegiet's website

Before you leave, you will be given a test in the language you will use during your studies or traineeship abroad. If, after the test, you feel that you may need to improve your language skills, there are opportunities to get help with this. A language test will also be carried out after your stay abroad.

Read more about language support on exchanges.se

If you are travelling on an Erasmus+ programme, you will use the Erasmus app during your exchange.

Learn more and download the app

Placement abroad (VFU)

If you are studying to be a nurse, social worker or teacher, you can do your placement abroad. For more information:

Work placement abroad for students studying to become nurses

Students on the nursing programme have the opportunity for exchanges within the Nordic countries and Estonia. You can either do practical training abroad, intensive courses or participate in workshops online or on site. Which country and university you are admitted to depends on which network you apply to. To go on an exchange, you need to have completed your studies.

and have no outstanding assignments. You can go on an exchange during the fourth semester if you study "Clinical training in primary care and elderly care and psychiatric care and geriatrics". The length of the placement can be 5, 10 or 15 weeks.

Application for internship through Nordplus

You email an expression of interest to nordplus@hig.se no later than 1 February for VFU next autumn and no later than 1 October for VFU next spring. There you describe the purpose of the exchange and a presentation of yourself. Also tell us where you want to do your internship: in primary care, elderly care or home care.

Once you have a traineeship, you apply for a Nordplus grant to cover most of your travel and accommodation costs. If you are a member of the Swedish Healthcare Association, you can also apply for a travel grant through them. You can of course contact Eva or Sarah with any other questions at nordplus@hig.se.

Workshops, lectures and courses

Medico and Nordhelse offer workshops, lectures and intensive courses in medical and health sciences. The theme changes from year to year. You can either do the exchange in person or participate digitally.

Medico

Medico is a group of specialists from twelve universities in seven countries who teach nursing programmes in their respective countries. The aim is to improve and create innovation in medical science in undergraduate nursing programmes. The goal is to increase patient and drug safety by developing the educational preparation for students to become nurses.

  • Finland, Turku University of Applied Sciences
  • Finland, Lapland University of Applied Sciences
  • Finland, LAB University of Applied Sciences
  • Finland, Arcada
  • Åland, Åland University of Applied Sciences
  • Denmark, University College of Northern Denmark
  • Estonia, Tartu Health Care College
  • Iceland, Nursing University of Iceland
  • Iceland, University of Akuyeri
  • Norway, Nord University - Mo i Rana
  • Norway, Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU - Ålesund
  • Sweden, University of Gävle (coordinator of the network)

For questions, please contact nordplus@hig.se

Nordhelse

Nordhelse is a group of teachers from six universities in four countries who teach in the nursing programme in each country. Nordhelse's focus is on nursing, medicine and clinical skills. The aim is to further expand student and teacher mobility and to create a bridging network of contacts with other higher education institutions in the participating countries to increase the exchange of experience and expertise and thereby increase good practice and innovation. The cooperation is primarily a mobility cooperation for students and teachers, but also an important forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience to strengthen Nordic cooperation, and to develop the scientific nature of education and the profession. Established in 1994, Nordhelse is one of the oldest Nordplus Higher Education networks in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

  • Finland, Vaasa University of Applied Sciences (coordinator of the network)
    Denmark, VIA Holstebro
  • Norway, Nord University - Namsos
  • Norway, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) - Ålesund
  • Sweden, Blekinge Institute of Technology
  • Sweden, University of Gävle

For questions, please contact nordplus@hig.se

VAUM+

VAUM+ has a mobility cooperation for students and teachers in the nursing programme between 4 universities.

  • Finland, University of Åland
  • Finland, NOVIA University of Applied Sciences
  • Sweden, Umeå University (network coordinator)
  • Sweden, University of Gävle

For questions, please contact nordplus@hig.se

Contact

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Bojana Šimšić

International Office

If you are a programme student at the University of Gävle, you can contact me if you have questions about studying abroad or doing an traineeship abroad.

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This page was last updated 2024-05-13