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Erasmus+ traineeships: why do they matter?

In a word, the new project LLLP’s is involved is all about: Traineeships.

The DETAS project aims to enhance student learning experience in Erasmus+ mobility placements by improving the quality of traineeships and their interaction with employers.

Erasmus+ traineeships: how they work & why do they matter?

Erasmus+ traineeships can be a traineeship (work placement, internship) abroad in an enterprise, a research institute, a laboratory, an organisation or any other relevant workplace, including teaching assistantships for student teachers and research assistantships for students and doctoral candidates in any relevant research facility. They should be supported during studies at any study cycle or for recent graduates and should be considered as full-time work, based on the receiving organisation’s working time and specificities (Erasmus+ Programme Guide).

But why are students and recent graduates going on mobility, especially working mobility (traineeship)?

Graph on the main factors to study abroad, by mobility programme (studies vs traineeship)
Source: ESNsurvey - XIV Edition (2022). Main factors to study abroad, by mobility programme (n = 10,315)

Answers show students and recent graduates want to experience different learning (working) environments, meet new people and simply have the opportunity to live abroad. Cultural aspects are important as students and recent graduates want to get to know other cultures and improve additional language skills. As these cultural aspects are perceived as important, it's also pertinent to reflect on how satisfied were students and trainees with your social life during exchange which allow cultural exchanges and community involvement.

Graph on social life satisfaction
Source: ESNsurvey - XIV Edition (2022). Level of satisfaction with social life on mobility (general sample, before and during COVID-19 pandemic, by type of mobility, n = 10,245)

Mobility placements, including traineeships, involve a clear component of social and cultural life. The COVID-19 pandemic affected students and recent graduates resulting in less satisfaction and more neutral about their experiences. It’s important to consider the post-pandemic dynamics and ensure quality of traineeships and the interactions with employers and the community around the trainee.

Another important question focus on what kind of programmes are students and recent graduates using for their international working mobilities?

Graph on internships abroad by country and by programme
Source: Eurostudent report VII

Depending on the country, students and recent graduates are making use of different mobility schemes, including Erasmus+, other EU programmes, national or regional schemes or traineeships independently organised by the students and recent graduates. Erasmus+ mobility plays a very considerable part in ensuring mobility.

So, where does DETAS come in?

DETAS - Digitalising Erasmus Traineeship Application & Support - aims to improve trainees experiences on mobility, their skills development, cultural and social lives, community involvement. How? By enhancing the quality of traineeships and fostering better interactions with employers.

By amplifying the voice and perspective of students and recent graduates, providing support for hosting organisations to improve the learning experience of trainees and consider the role of Higher Education institutions in the implementation of Erasmus+ traineeships, the project will focus on improving the ErasmusIntern portal, a key tool for students looking for traineeships all over the European Union!

Interested? For more information, visit the project page or contact us our social media channels!


DETAS - Digitalising Erasmus Traineeship Application & Support


January 2024 - December 2026


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