Erasmus traineeships

Erasmus+ is the new European Union programme for the period 2014–2020 that replaces several existing education, training, youth and sport programmes (2007–2013) such as the Lifelong Learning Programme (Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, Grundtvig), the Youth in Action programme and international cooperation programmes (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and the programme for cooperation with industrialised countries). One of the actions of the new programme – Erasmus+: Erasmus (hereafter Erasmus) – supports student mobility exclusively related to the field of higher education and aims for studies at a partner institution (student mobility for studies) or a traineeship whilst performing professional practice (student mobility for traineeships).

Student mobility for traineeships or Erasmus traineeships give opportunities to students to develop particular professional skills, to deepen understanding of economic and social culture in a particular country, to gain practical experience, and to improve foreign language skills.

Who is eligible to carry out Erasmus traineeships?

The following students enrolled in the part- and full-time studies of all study cycles (first, second and third) are eligible to carry out an Erasmus traineeship: bachelor’s, master’s, PhD and residency students.

Important! Students who are on study leave cannot go abroad for Erasmus traineeships.


In which counties can Erasmus traineeships take place?

Students can carry out their traineeships in all European Union Member State countries as well as Macedonia, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Turkey.


When can Erasmus traineeships take place?

Erasmus traineeships can take place during the academic year (traineeships that are acknowledged at LSMU as an integral part of the curriculum), summer time (voluntary traineeships) and the first year after graduation (graduates’ traineeships).

Where can Erasmus traineeships take place?

Receiving organisations for Erasmus traineeships can be any enterprise or organisation, established in the country participating in the Erasmus programme, irrespective of its size, legal status or activity area. It can be a pharmacy, private or university’s hospital, scientific research institute, higher education institution, educational organisation etc. Erasmus traineeships cannot be carried out in European Union institutions (including European agencies as well) and organisations or their subdivisions, which administrate European Union programmes.

What is the duration of Erasmus traineeships?

A traineeship can last from 2 months (no less than 60 days) up to 12 months. Every student may receive Erasmus grants totalling up to 12 months maximum per each cycle of study (in case of integrated studies, up to 24 months). This period counts for all types of Erasmus mobility: study mobility, traineeship mobility and traineeship mobility after graduation.

Important! In all the cases, students must return from their traineeships until 30 September.


What is amount of an Erasmus grant?

The student, selected based on eligibility criteria for traineeship mobility, is awarded an Erasmus grant. However, due to shortage of funding, the Erasmus programme allows the student to undertake traineeship mobility in the Erasmus scheme known as a ‘zero-grant student’. In such a case, an Erasmus grant is not allocated to the student, but the student benefits from all advantages of being an Erasmus student during his/her traineeship period abroad.

The Erasmus grant is intended as a contribution to partly cover travel, insurance, living and other expenses. The payment of any national grant or loan to outgoing students has to be maintained, and students have to pay usual tuition fees to their home institution during the Erasmus traineeship abroad.

Erasmus grant rates for traineeship mobility



Erasmus grant, € per month


Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom



Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey



Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Macedonia, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia



How to apply for Erasmus traineeship mobility?

Every student who intends to undertake Erasmus traineeship mobility during the forthcoming academic year has to apply for an Erasmus traineeship in the spring of each year. Three to four weeks before the main selection, usually held at the end of March or the beginning of April, the International Relations and Study Centre spreads all the information about the forthcoming selection for Erasmus traineeships abroad on LSMU website, local newspaper etc. The student can choose a place for an Erasmus traineeship from the list offered by the International Relations and Study Centre or can find a place himself/herself. If there is funding left for Erasmus grants after the allocation of Erasmus grants to all the students selected during the main Erasmus call in the spring, additional selection for Erasmus traineeships is made in September–October.

Important! If the student intends to carry out an Erasmus traineeship after graduation, he/she has to apply for it while being a student, i.e. during the last year of his/her studies at LSMU.


What are eligibility criteria for Erasmus traineeships?

  1. Compatibility between the traineeship programmes at the receiving institution and LSMU;
  2. Academic records (average of grades at LSMU);
  3. Good knowledge of foreign languages;
  4. Student motivation and good communication skills.


Got interested? Contact

Jurgita Grigienė
International Programme Coordinator
III and V - Division of Academic Mobility (room 135)
International Relations and Study Centre
Medical Academy
A. Mickevičiaus g. 9, 44307 Kaunas
Tel. 8-37-327301