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Erasmus placement

Erasmus placement cancelled Autumn 2020

LiU has decided to cancel all student exchanges including Erasmus placements for LiU students during the autumn term of 2020 due to the Corona/Covid 19 pandemic. 

LiU has also decided not to pay for the insurance for the autumn term of 2020 for “free-mover students”, which is the name given to students who choose to study abroad and arrange the visit themselves, outside of the organised exchange programme. 

LiU students affected have or will be been informed by their faculty.

Please note that it´s now possible to apply for Erasmus placement starting in spring 2021.


The Erasmus+ programme, which is financed by the European Commission, makes it possible for you to apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship for practical training (Erasmus placement) and ex-jobs, such as empirical data collection for a minimum of 60 days up to 360 days.

You can go abroad more than once as an Erasmus student during your studies. You can get scholarships for studies and/or traineeship for a maximum amount of twelve months per study level, that is to say twelve months each on bachelor, master and doctorate level. You could for example get scholarships for four months of traineeship or ex-job and six months of exchange studies during your master and still have the possibility to study abroad with a scholarship for a whole year during your PhD level.

Eligible countries, subject areas and placements

The approved countries are: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, UK, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Croatia and Turkey. The islands and territories outside Europe (for ex Canary Islands, Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Reunion, Azores and Madeira) and other territories associated within EU can be approved.

The placement scholarship is not affiliated to a specific subject area; therefore all students who meet the criteria are entitled to apply for a scholarship. You need to arrange your placement yourself in any of the countries listed above. The database erasmusintern.org is one of the places where you can search for placements.

It is possible to do your work placement at a higher education institution but it has to be clear that you are there for a placement and not for studies. If you are going to be registered for courses at the higher education institution abroad you are not eligible for an Erasmus work placement scholarship but please note that you might be eligible for an Erasmus study scholarship instead.

If you are studying at Linköping University on a Swedish Institute scholarship, please note that the SI scholarship is only valid for studies in Sweden. Shorter study/research visits to, or internships in, other countries may be approved, provided that they form an integral part of the studies performed in Sweden. However, any placement abroad must be motivated by the student and supported by the supervisor before approval from the Swedish Institute can be obtained.

Brexit and Erasmus+

The European Council agreed on an exit with an agreement means that the UK will continue to participate in the Erasmus + program period.

Please follow the update on Brexit and Erasmus+ on

Non eligible placements

There are a few exceptions in terms of placement. Please note that it is not possible to apply for a placement scholarship if you do your traineeship/internship at any of the following places.

  • European Union institutions and other EU bodies
  • Organizations managing EU programmes, for example national agencies that distributes Erasmus+ funding to universities
  • Universities that are funded mainly by EU funding, e.g. the European University Institute (Italy) and College of Europe (Belgium and Poland).

Application requirements

Application deadlines: The 1st of every month except for July and August.

Please note that applications received after your placement has started will not be considered. Applicants for Erasmus placement must meet the following requirements:

  • You have to be enrolled as a student at Linköping University.
  • Your practical training should be a full-time placement with an eligible company or organization and last from 2-12 months.
  • Your practical training must be recognized by Linköping University (read more below under Application).
  • Your practical training should take place in one of the approved countries.
  • You cannot do your practical training as a part of an Erasmus Mundus Course.

If you have questions regarding your intended placement or your application, you are welcome to contact your dean's office:

Assessment of the Applications

N.B. that the number of available scholarships is limited and that Linköping University cannot guarantee that all eligible students will receive an Erasmus placement scholarship. A selection will be made by each faculty within the frame of a relevant study programme.

If limited funding makes it necessary to choose between applicants, the selection will be made based on the following criteria:

  • Students who are planning their first practical placement abroad with scholarship support have priority over former Erasmus or Leonardo da Vinci placement grantees.
  • Students who are planning to spend their practical placements in the countries where they received their prior university education will be ranked lower than other students.
  • Students who are planning a placement as a part of their degree have priority over students who are planning to go abroad as recent graduates.
  • Full-time students have priority over part-time students.


Application form in the exchange portal

Each application for an Erasmus placement should be supported and academically approved in the form of a signature from an authorised person on the student’s study programme (supervisor or director of your studies). The placement has to be accounted towards your degree or simply recognised in your degree. If the placement is accounted towards your degree, it is usually as part of an internship semester which gives credit points towards your degree. If the placement is simply recognised in your degree, it means that it will be part of your Diploma Supplement.  

Document for academic approval of the placement (fill out, print, get signed, scan and upload in the application form).

Only complete applications will be processed!

Before filling in your application in the portal make sure you have the following information:

  • Knowledge, skills and competence to be acquired during your placement abroad;
  • Details about your placement: name, telephone number,  e-mail and postal addresses of the contact person/s at the organisation.
  • Invitation letter or email from the receiving organisation with start and end dates for the placement (YYMMDD-YYMMDD)

Erasmus placement scholarship amounts

Grant levels may differ between different academic years. Your scholarship amount depends on what country you chose to go to and the length of your stay. 70% will be paid at the start of your placement after you have:

The remaining part of your grant will be paid after your placement, when you have

  • uploaded the Traineeship Certificate in the exchange portal
  • taken a second language test online in case you are offered one by the EU commission.
  • answered the evaluation that you receive by e-mail.

(Please note that the payments will be made according to a set exchange rate decided by the date that LiU received their funding and that the payment takes around three weeks.) 

* From 1 June 2018 Erasmus students who will travel with children can make a separate application for a slightly higher scholarship, regardless of the number of Children. Please Contact Erasmus+ Institutional coordinator Ulrika Åstrand (013-282802) well in advance for help with such an application.

Scholarship for traineeship if you started before 1/6 2019:

Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway and the United Kingdom

* Students with accompanying children and with an approved application    

615 €/month


620  €/month

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania,
Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia,
Slovenia, Spain and Turkey

* Students with accompanying children and with an approved application  

555 €/month




560 €/month

Scholarship for traineeship if you started after 1/6 2019:

Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway and the United Kingdom

* Students with accompanying children and with an approved application    

655 €/month




Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania,
Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia,
Slovenia, Spain and Turkey

* Students with accompanying children and with an approved application    

595 €/month





600 €/month




Do you know that you can apply for extra grant if...

...you have accompanying children. Erasmus students bringing children during the exchange can apply for a top-up of 5 EUR per month.

...you chose to take the train to your study destination. For Spring 2020 The International Office announces a number of scholarships of 190 EUR each for Erasmus students chosing to take the train to the host destination. Receipt of the purchased train tickets will be required.

...you study with a disability. Students with physical, psycological or neurological impairment can apply for extra funding if the impairment entails additional costs during the exchange.

For more information of any of the above, please contact Erasmus Institutional Coordinator Ulrika Åstrand, well in advance of your exchange.


Students who go on Erasmus placements as a part of their education programmes will be covered by an insurance issued by Kammarkollegiet during their placement period. Please follow the link to read about the insurance coverage. Information about how to apply for an Insurance Certificate is found under the heading "Freemover- apply for insurance and (if necessary) insurance certificate, see instructions below". 

Diagnostic language tests

The European Commission offers online language tests in Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak or Spanish. All Erasmus students must do an online test in their intended work language before the start of their placement periods and a follow-up test after their placements. Please note that there are no performance requirements; the tests are solely diagnostic.

Recent graduates - practical placements after your graduation

If you are close to graduation, but not yet graduated, you can apply for "recent graduates", an Erasmus scholarship for a practical placement that you are planning to do in another European country during the year after your graduation.  The application deadlines and application procedure are the same as for other Erasmus placements. The major differences between the regular Erasmus placement scholarships are that:

  • you must send in the application for Erasmus placement before you apply for graduation/diploma
  • you must apply for graduation/diploma from LiU before the start of your traineeship
  • you will not be considered as a student during the placement and that means that LiU unfortunately cannot help you if you should experience troubles with migration rules/visa regulations.
  • you are no longer covered by the university insurances and thus, you have to arrange an insurance of your own and e-mail it to LiU before the start date of your placement (please see below for details).
  • since you are going to graduate before the start of your placement, you will not receive academic credits for the placement period.

Other than that, the scholarship levels, the approved countries and other terms are the same as those mentioned in the regular Erasmus placement information.

The basic health insurance coverage provided through the European Health Insurance Card is sufficient for recent graduates but a complementary private health insurance is recommended. Please note that unless the receiving organisation commits to grant you a minimum accident insurance (at least for damages caused to the trainee at the workplace) and a liability insurance at work (for damages caused by the trainee at the workplace), you also have to get a private insurance for accidents and liability. Please e-mail the insurance copy to erasmusstipendium@liu.se



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Last updated: 2020-08-17