Incoming Erasmus+ traineeships

Every year, we accept a number of students from other European universities to do an Erasmus+ traineeship at Surrey.

About Erasmus+ Traineeships

Erasmus+ traineeships offer students at higher education institutions the opportunity to do an EU-funded period of training, research or a work placement at a higher education institution or company in another Erasmus+ programme country. The aim is to increase students' labour market skills.

Erasmus+ traineeships (research placements) are full-time and should be relevant to the student's degree-related learning and personal development needs. They are often integrated in the student's study programme, but are also open to recent graduates.

Please note: The University of Surrey has Erasmus+ funding secured until 2023 for it own students to study or work abroad. Students wishing to come and do an Erasmus+ traineeship at Surrey will need to check the project duration of your home institution's funding.


Erasmus+ Programme Countries

The following countries, including the Overseas Countries and Territories of EU Member State countries, can fully take part in all Erasmus+ actions and mobilities:

Member States of the European Union (EU)

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

Non-EU Programme Countries

Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey.


Erasmus+ Partner Countries

Since leaving the EU, the United Kingdom is now an Erasmus+ Partner Country, like Switzerland amongst others, and can take part in certain Actions of the Programme, subject to specific criteria or conditions. As a Partner Country, we continue to be able to host Erasmus+ trainees.



  • Students must be registered at a higher education institution that has been awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) and is in one of the Erasmus+ Programme Countries
  • Students should be enrolled in studies leading to a recognised degree or other recognised tertiary level qualification, such as a bachelor, master or doctorate
  • Your traineeship must be relevant to your degree-related learning and personal development needs and, wherever possible, be integrated in your study programme
  • Students can undertake an Erasmus+ traineeship abroad as a recent graduate but your traineeship must be completed within one year of your graduation and you must apply while you are still enrolled in your higher education institution.
  • Students will need to fulfil the selection criteria defined by their higher education institution, which may include academic performance, previous mobility experience, motivation, etc.
  • Students may not do a traineeship in the country where they are studying
  • There is no age limit or nationality restriction
  • Traineeships are open to people with special needs and disabilities and the programme aims to promote equity and inclusion for these learners.


Find out more

For further information, see the European Commission's Erasmus+ Traineeships information and frequently asked questions about Erasmus+

Frequently asked questions

Overview of Erasmus+ Traineeships

Finding an Erasmus+ Traineeship Opportunity at Surrey

Visas and Immigration

Finalising Your Erasmus+ Traineeship

Preparing for Your Stay

Your Arrival at Surrey