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Internships abroad

Master students who would like to go abroad for an internship should contact their programme coordinator or internship coordinator first!

Once you have been accepted by a host institution abroad and have the approval of your internship coordinator at the RUG, you can apply for funding via the Mobility Office (contact information can be found here). You have to provide the Mobility Office with your internship contract* and give proof that both your internship coordinator at the RUG as well as your supervisor at the host institution approved your plans. If that is the case, you can obtain the relevant application forms for the applicable grant (Marco Polo or Erasmus+) from the Mobility Office.

* Students doing a clinical internship abroad should contact the Mobility Office for information on further requirements regarding the internship contract!

Important note for non-EU/EEA students: If you plan on doing an internship in another country of the EU/EEA for more than 90 days, you are required to inform the Mobility Office about this at least 7 weeks prior to the mobility start date. Due to the new European Directive 2016/801, the Immigration Service Desk of the RUG needs to report your mobility to the IND.
The European Directive 2016/801 seeks to improve mobility of non-EU/EEA students and researchers within the participating countries. Up until 23 May 2018 students and researchers needed to apply for legal residency each time they moved to another country for more than 90 days, even if this stay was temporary. The European Directive 2016/801 eliminates this need.

Main requirements

The internship...

  • ... has to be a full-time activity. The amount of hours you are supposed to work depends on how many hours a full-time work week consists of in your host country.
  • ... must last for a minimum of 60 days in order to qualify for funding! (Please note: For the calculation, each month equals 30 days!) If the period turns out to be shorter afterwards, the grant has to be paid back. The mobility dates you mention on the grant agreement must not differ from the dates on your internship contract!!
  • ... must not last longer than 12 months.
  • ... has to be part of the curriculum of your degree programme. Hence, it has to be awarded with ECTS. You need to achieve at least 3 ECTS per month abroad.
  • ... may be compensated with a small salary by your host institution. However, if a student earns 650 Euro or more per month abroad, he/ she is not eligible for funding! Revenues could be a salary and/ or the compensation of travel, accommodation or insurance costs. Students have to indicate on the Erasmus+ grant agreement/ Marco Polo agreement if they receive any revenues for their internship from the host institution. If the amount of revenues is too high, students who plan on doing an internship inside of the EU/EEA should submit their Erasmus+ grant application nevertheless in order to request the status of an Erasmus student. They will get a so-called zero-grant for the period of their stay (= no funding).

Deadline for application:

You can only receive funding if your application forms are fully signed and submitted BEFORE your mobility start date. During peak times, it can take a while for your application to be processed which is why we kindly ask you to submit your application to the Mobility Office at least 3 weeks prior to your mobility start date!

Internship within the EU/ EEA

If you decide to do an internship at an institution that is located in one of the Erasmus programme countries (mainly EU/EEA), you can apply for Erasmus+ funding. You can obtain between €270 and €390 per month abroad, depending on your host country. You can look up the monthly grant amount per country on the following website.

70% of the overall grant amount will be paid out in advance. At the end of your exchange period, you need to complete the last forms to receive the remaining part of your grant.

Please note that the funding via Erasmus+ is restricted to 5 months (= 150 days). If the duration of your mobility exceeds 5 months, you can keep the status of an Erasmus+ student by requesting a zero grant for the remaining days/months.

Important: The internship should be a full-time activity (between 36 and 40 hours a week, depending on the host country).

Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education

Internship outside of the EU/ EEA

If you decide to do an internship at an institution that is not located in one of the Erasmus programme countries but in any other country outside of the Netherlands, you can apply for the Marco Polo fund. You can look up the monthly grant amount per country on the following website.

70% of the overall grant amount will be paid out in advance. At the end of your exchange period, you need to complete the last forms to receive the remaining part of your grant.

Please read the criteria carefully to see if your internship can be funded.

Please note that the funding via Marco Polo is restricted to 10 months.

Other funding possibilities:

  • Groningen University Fund (GUF) (amount of scholarships very limited)
  • Holland Scholarship (amount of scholarships limited)
  • Grantfinder
  • DUO :
    o   At the page of the “Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs” you will find all the information and forms necessary to transfer your study finance income "studiefinanciering" to your destination abroad.
    o   OV vergoeding during stay abroad: download form ‘verklaring onderwijsinstelling’ and have it signed by the Mobility Office

Useful links:

Erasmus+ grant for post-graduate internships

If you want to do an internship in the EU/ EEA within the year following your graduation, you have the possibility to apply for an Erasmus+ grant via TU Eindhoven. More information and contact information can be found here: https://www.tue.nl/en/tue-campus/starting-your-business/reconfirm-tue/erasmus/#top

Important: You are only eligible for such grant if you contact TU Eindhoven before the date mentioned on your statement of graduation!

Last modified:23 August 2018 10.51 a.m.