Types of traineeship

There are three different types of Erasmus+ traineeship that can be undertaken. Which is the right one for you depends upon your curriculum and the point at which you wish to undertake the traineeship.

If you need a Traineeship Agreement/Convention de Stage, please read the information given here.


Compulsory traineeship

In some fields of study undertaking a traineeship is compulsory. If you wish to undertake your traineeship abroad, you can apply for an Erasmus+ grant.

Compulsory traineeships are recognised as academic achievement in the form of ECTS credits and are recorded in your transcript of records. The traineeship is also listed in your Diploma Supplement. Recognition of achievement must be proven by submitting your notification of recognition or your transcript of records after your traineeship abroad. The number of ECTS credits recognised will be determined by the number of ECTS credits stipulated in the curriculum. Please discuss the details of this with your directorate of studies and read the Details on Recognition and the Diploma Supplement (“Details zu Anrechnung und Diploma Supplement”).

In the case of compulsory traineeships, you must earn at least 3 ECTS credits per month of your stay (e.g. 6 ECTS credits for a two-month stay). If the curriculum allocates fewer ECTS credits than this, the traineeship will only be partially nominated as a compulsory traineeship. However, this does not affect your eligibility for an Erasmus+ grant.

Please note that a compulsory traineeship must last at least two full months (even if the curriculum only stipulates a six-week traineeship, for example).

In the case of compulsory traineeships, please select the section traineeship embedded in the curriculum in the Learning Agreement.


Voluntary traineeship

If no traineeship is included in your curriculum, then this is a voluntary traineeship. Voluntary traineeships are listed in the Diploma Supplement. They can also be recognised as academic achievement (e.g. in place of another course). Whether your traineeship can be recognised as academic achievement is decided by your directorate of studies. There are no specifications on the number of ECTS credits to be earned for voluntary traineeships.

In the case of voluntary traineeships, please select the section voluntary traineeship in the Learning Agreement.


Traineeships for recent graduates

Students can also apply for an Erasmus+ mobility grant for traineeships related to their studies undertaken within twelve months of completing their studies.  For traineeships for recent graduates the following apply:

  • Students may not be admitted to study during their traineeship
  • The application must be submitted before taking your final exam
  • The traineeship may only be started after you have completed your studies
  • The traineeship must be completed within twelve months of finishing your studies
  • Applications cannot be accepted after you have completed your final exam.

Traineeships for recent graduates are not recognised as academic achievement, nor are they listed in the Diploma Supplement. Nonetheless, a signature from your directorate of studies is still required in the Learning Agreement.

In the case of traineeships for recent graduates, you must upload a scan of your diploma and the official notification to Mobility Online upon completing your studies. This can be done after the start of your traineeship.

In the case of traineeships for recent graduates, please select the section traineeship for recent graduates in the Learning Agreement.

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Undertaken within twelve months of completing your studies
Traineeship to start after completing your studies
The application must be submitted before taking your final exam
No admission for studying during the traineeship

Language assistant placements within the framework of an Erasmus+ traineeship

Students who are going to a school in another European country as a language assistant can also apply for an Erasmus+ mobility grant provided that the stay is relevant to their study programme. Language assistant placements are available from weltweit unterrichten, among others.

A period as a language assistant can be undertaken as a compulsory traineeship, a voluntary traineeship or as a traineeship for recent graduates.

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Application
Receiving institution
Scope of employment

Convention de Stage

In the case of traineeships in certain countries (e.g. France, Spain), Traineeship Agreements between the employer, the University of Vienna and the student are often required. The International Office will issue this type of agreement on request. The prerequisite for this is that the traineeship must be relevant to the student's study programme and this must be confirmed by their directorate of studies.

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Traineeship Agreement
Procedure
Convention de Stage and Erasmus+ traineeship