Graduate Traineeships and Summer Programmes

Erasmus+ Graduate Traineeships 

The Erasmus+ programme now offers funding opportunities for recent graduate traineeships. 

What constitutes an Erasmus traineeship? 

To be eligible for Erasmus funding, traineeships must take place in a participating country (EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway and Turkey) at a qualifying organisation.  EU bodies or organisations managing EU programmes are not eligible as host institutions.

Traineeship placements must be full-time and relevant to your degree area.  The Erasmus Team cannot assist you in sourcing a relevant opportunity.  For advice and information to support your career planning, we encourage you to visit the Careers Service.

Eligibility conditions 

  • Students must apply and be selected for funding before completing their degree programme
  • Traineeships must be carried out abroad within one year of graduation
  • Traineeships must last for a minimum of 2 months and a maximum of 12

If you have previously received Erasmus funding during your degree programme, you may not be eligible to receive any further funding. 

Erasmus+ Graduate Traineeships are a new initiative, and as such we anticipate only limited funding to be available, if any. 

For further information, please email erasmus@abdn.ac.uk.  General information about Erasmus opportunities to work abroad can be found here: https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/work-abroad

Summer Programmes

The Erasmus Unit is regularly advised of interesting opportunities for students across Europe. In the majority of cases, these opportunities cannot be supported as an Erasmus exchange that counts towards your University of Aberdeen degree (and therefore cannot be funded by a student mobility grant).  However they are advertised here as excellent opportunities to enhance your Aberdeen student experience and enrich your CV.

Copenhagen Business School

Copenhagen Business School's International Summer University Programme (ISUP 2017) will run for 6 weeks during the summer (26 June 2017 - 4 August 2017) and offers approximately 45 courses taught in English at the undergraduate and graduate levels. They will cover a wide range of classic business courses as well as more diverse, innovative and entrepreneurial courses which draw on other academic disciples. Each course is 7.5 ECTS and students can enroll in a maximum of 2 courses (15 ECTS). More information can be found on the website

University of Eastern Finland

University of Eastern Finland is happy to welcome students to the 1st UEF Summer School from 8-19 August 2016. The Summer School is more than just taking a course, it is an excellent opportunity to experience an innovative and international learning environment while creating new networks with your fellow students - and let's not forget about the opportunity to enjoy typical Finnish summer activities in beautiful lakeside surroundings. Full details can be found on the website

University of Bonn, Germany
The University of Bonn invites undergraduate and postgraduate students to a Summer School in Intellectual Property. Open to students from all disciplines and conducted in English the school runs from 31 July - 11 August 2017.

The Summer School introduces students to the main areas of Intellectual Property and examines important Intellectual Property issues. The students will be able to discuss Intellectual Property issues with professionals from Intellectual Property organizations, innovative companies, research facilities, law offices, and the University of Bonn. Full details can be found on the website.

Katholische Universität Eichstätt, Germany
The Catholic University of Eichstätt - Ingolstadt is holding its 33rd International Summer School 2016. The program is intended for students and professionals in the Humanities, especially in the areas of German Studies and Political Sciences / Economics.

The "classical" KU Summer School includes an intensive German language course in the morning and an academic program (taught in German) in the afternoon. Full details can be found on the website.

Universität Trier, Germany
 Live and study in the oldest city in Germany in the heart of Europe with the 44th International Summer School at the University of Trier, Germany.  The course runs from 7 August - 1 September 2017, offering all levels of German language courses with an academic and cultural programme in one of the most beautiful regions of the European Union. Teachers and tutors from the University of Trier will support you during your stay in Germany to begin or improve your German. Full details can be found on the website.

University of Vienna, Austria
The University of Vienna, one of the largest and oldest universities in Europe, offers a wide range of summer and winter schools during recess.

Summer and Winter schools are short programmes, mirroring the versatility of academic disciplines at the University of Vienna. These intensive programmes are designed to meet students’ needs for cultural, interdisciplinary and scientific learning. Students gain the unique opportunity to engage with high-level academics, recognized experts in their field and industry leaders. Most of the courses are held in Vienna, some at other venues in Austria and some take place abroad. Full details can be found on the website.

Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Vienna University of Economics and Business is pleased to announce the 28th International Summer University program for July and August 2017 at WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business). This internationally orientated, academic short-program will take place in two sessions in Vienna, Austria’s capital city.

The Summer University runs 10 -28 July and 31 July -18 August 2017 and includes a large variety of business-related courses, taught by a team of experienced lecturers of WU and colleagues from partner universities hailing from the entire globe. The main objective of the program is not to provide basic knowledge, but to deepen specific knowledge in business. Visiting local companies and solving practical case studies in intercultural groups complements the strong theoretical basis. An exciting social and cultural program effectively complements the summer university, full details can be found on the website.