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Erasmus+ Outgoing traineeship

Erasmus+ Traineeship for students and recent graduates

VMI students of all fields of study can apply for funding for a study-related (self-organised) internship abroad in Europe via Erasmus+ and receive a grant for it.

If a salary is received for the internship, this has no influence on the approval and amount of the grant.

Student internships (voluntary internships and compulsory internships) and graduate internships are funded, whereby in each case it should be a meaningful supplement to the studies. 

Host organisations can be

  • Public or private companies, regardless of size, type of company or business sector

  • Research institutions, foundations

  • Non-profit organisations, associations

  • Higher education institutions with an Erasmus Charter

  • Any company, training and research institution or other organisation within the Erasmus+ programme countries may act as host institution, with the exception of institutions of the European Union and the like.

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  • Relevance of the internship to the course of study: must be confirmed by the VMI Directorate / Head of Studies.

  • Duration: min. two months, max. 12 months

  • Application possible all year round

  • Online language assessment (if working language is not German)

  • Full-time internship (min. 30 hours/week)


  • Gain new practical and theoretical knowledge

  • Gain work experience in another European country

  • Improve foreign language skills

  • Strengthen social and personal skills

  • Significantly improve your chances on the labour market

  • Financial support in the form of a mobility grant of € 530 - € 630 per month

  • Recognition of academic achievements abroad at the VMI

  • Support in preparation (cultural, linguistic, organisational)

  • Special grants for students with fewer opportunities

  • Language support before and during the mobility through OLS (Online Linguistic Support)



  • Erasmus+ application form 

  • CV (in English or in the national language of the host country)

  • Letter of motivation (in English or in the national language of the host country)

  • Transcript of Records (confirmation of academic achievement)

  • Diploma certificate (for graduate internships)

  • Video demo material (YouTube link)

  • Traineeship Agreement

Criteria for a successful Erasmus+ traineeship application

  • Relevance of the traineeship activity to the study programme

  • Quality of the application

  • Subject ranking by programme director

  • Semester of study

  • Academic achievement

  • English language skills and possibly language skills of the host country

  • Motivation and personal commitment

  • Academic performance

  • Bonus points: social and ecological commitment

  • Participation in mandatory information and counselling sessions


Application deadlines

Applications can be submitted at any time. Applications must be submitted in person or by email and must be submitted no later than 12 weeks before the start of the internship. In the case of a graduate internship, the application must be submitted before the completion of the last examination and at the latest 12 weeks before the start of the internship.

Integration of Erasmus+ mobilities in the Diploma Supplement

The VMI is committed to issuing the Diploma Supplement in accordance with European standards for all graduates participating in an Erasmus+ program. The transparent inclusion of Erasmus+ mobilities in this document documents the diversity and international dimension of our students' academic achievements and practical work experience. Internship mobilities are also documented in the Europass Mobility certificate.

Detailed information, Erasmus+ checklists and application forms are available in the student portal VMI Online System. Further information about your rights and obligations as an Erasmus+ student can be found in the



The ERASMUS+ App is your digital companion for your stay abroad and supports you before, during and after your mobility with a variety of useful information and functions:


  • Checklists to guide you through the most important administrative steps

  • Important information from your home and host universities

  • Updates on the status of your Online Learning Agreement (OLA)

  • Practical tips from other Erasmus+ participants and the opportunity to share your own content

  • Information about relevant events from local ESN organizations

  • A newsfeed with local events and activities

  • Direct connection to Online Linguistic Support (language learning offer with online tutorials and interactive live mentoring)

Information about other activities within the Erasmus+ program

The ERASMUS+ App is your reliable travel guide for a smooth and enriching experience abroad! You can find more information about the app and download it for free HERE.

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