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Erasmus Work Placement Grant eligibility

Find out more about Erasmus Work Placement Grants and whether you are eligible.

Eligible students

Students must be registered at UAL at the time of application.

The course you want to apply to must include a work placement/traineeship component (it has to be recognised as a part of the student’s course by UAL) – see below.

Applicants must respect the following: The total duration of all Erasmus grants received during 1 cycle of studies may not exceed 12 months.

Eligible course programmes

To apply for an Erasmus Traineeship grant, the course you will be enrolled in must include a traineeship.

To check if your course will include a traineeship, please look at our Table of Exchange Opportunities (PDF 269KB), which includes periods and deadlines.

The Diploma in Professional Studies - D(I)PS

Many traineeships at UAL, though not all, occur within the Diploma in Professional Studies - D(I)PS. The D(I)PS is an optional year that has been put in place in a certain number of BAs between the second and the third year. Note that only some BAs give you the possibility to undertake a D(I)PS.

Note that some D(I)PS accept a combination of a traineeship with a period of overseas study (minimum 10 weeks). If you choose this option, you might be able to obtain an Erasmus grant also for your period of study.

Traineeships outside the D(I)PS

Other courses at UAL give you the possibility to undertake a traineeship, which you can choose to do abroad. This is for instance the case for several BAs at the London College of Fashion, where traineeships last 10 weeks.

Eligible host enterprises

The host enterprise shall be in one of the Erasmus+ programme countries (28 EU countries plus Non-EU Programme Countries: former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Turkey) and shall comply with the definition of “Enterprise” to be eligible.

Non-eligible host enterprises

The following types of organisation are not eligible as host organisations for Erasmus traineeships:

  • EU Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and other EU Bodies including specialised agencies.
  • Organisations managing EU programmes (such as National Agencies) in order to avoid possible conflict of interests and/or double funding.
  • Diplomatic representations (embassies or consulates) of the student’s home country (i.e. the country of their home HEI, and their country of origin or citizenship).

A Higher Education Institution can in some cases be the 'host enterprise' for a student placement, if the student does not go for a study period but for work experience.

Period and length of mobility

Length of traineeship

All traineeships must be full time (at least 30 hours per week). Erasmus mobility for traineeships must be for a minimum of 2 months and a maximum of 12 months.

Extension to original traineeship period

In some cases, it might be possible to extend the original traineeship period provided that:

  • Your course leader and your placement provider both agree to the extension.
  • The agreement is made and arrangements completed before the scheduled completion date of the original Erasmus traineeship (has to be done at least 1 month before the end of the initial traineeship).

No Erasmus traineeship, including any extension, may exceed 12 months.