Erasmus+ Traineeship

Students on degree programmes at the University of Vienna can organise and undertake a traineeship in another European country and they can apply for an Erasmus+ grant for this.

Provided the traineeship is relevant to their study programme (= a sensible supplement to their studies), students enjoy considerable flexibility in choosing a placement. Recognition of the traineeship in the form of ECTS credits is not a prerequisite.

Do you need an internship agreement or convention de stage for your internship? Please read the information provided here.

Current information regarding the coronavirus (Covid-19)

Updated 18 June 2020

It is currently possible to apply for an Erasmus+ internship. However, we should be aware that, given the current situation, mobilities cannot be guaranteed, as the situation may change at short notice. We therefore recommend planning your stay abroad as late as possible.

  • The International Office closely monitors developments and recommendations, and follows the travel warnings of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in German). Internships in countries with a high security risk (5-6) are not possible.
  • Please note that grants can only be paid for internships which take place at the receiving institution (= abroad).

Some countries still impose travel restrictions (for example, a two-week quarantine on arrival). Please note that any security or travel restriction by your country of destination must be followed, and that you should plan your travels and stay accordingly. Therefore, please only book journeys with free cancellation or flexible rates. If you buy cancellation insurance or additional health insurance, please clarify with the insurance company whether your insurance cover will also be valid if there is a high security risk (level 4) according to the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for your destination.  

Currently, the following regulations apply for Erasmus+ internships:

Internships will be nominated under reserve, so that students can add necessary data to their nominations. However, this nomination is not a confirmation that the grant will be paid. The decisive factor for the grant payment will be the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ assessment of the security risk in your destination shortly before the internships start. We will assess the situation on the following cut-off dates:

  • For internships which start between the 1st and 14th of any given month: the 15th of the preceding month. (For example: The internship starts on 12 August. The cut-off date will be 15 July.)
  • For internships which start between the 15th and 30th/31st of any given month: 1st of the same month. (For example: The internship starts on 16 August. The cut-off date will be 1 August.)  

The nomination has to be cancelled if the security assessment for your destination is level 5 or 6. This means that a payment of the grant is not possible. The application will also be cancelled if a postponement is not possible. 

Special support for cancelled, discontinued or interrupted stays:
  • The OeAD grants a special financial support if certain requirements are met. Please see here for more information on whether you are eligible for applying for special support, and which documents you will need for the application.
  • Please send applications for the special support to erasmus.corona@oead.at and erasmus.praktikum@univie.ac.at (cc'ed).
  • We do not have any additional information regarding the special support, as it is not processed by the International Office.
Prolonging your stay

Prolonging your Erasmus+ internship is at the moment only possible under the following prerequisites (there are no exceptions):

These prerequisites have to be met already when applying for extending the stay.

Important notice

Applications for the United Kingdom - Update 11.02.2020

The United Kingdom has left the EU on 31 January 2020 and is no longer a member of the European Union. However, the agreement on the withdrawal provides for the UK to participate in the Erasmus+ programme in 2020 (including the 2020 round of applications) without any changes. This implies the following for Erasmus+ traineeships:

  • Applications for traineeships which end by 30.06.2021 can currently be accepted.
  • Applications for traineeships which end after 30.06.2021 are not possible.

Further information on this topic can be found on the OeAD's homepage. We cannot provide information regarding the status of EU citizens, work permit etc. in the UK. Current information regarding these topics is provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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