1. How long can my internship last?
- Minimum 3 month
- Maximum 6 month
The start and end date must be within the same academic year.
2. Can I extend my internship?
You can extend your internship to the maximum of 6 month whenever
- the University of Valencia as well as the company you are working for agree to your stay extension before you finish your original training period.
- he extension follows immediately your original training period.
3. How will the duration of my internship be calculated?
The calculation unit is 1 month, which is divided into 4 parts. Since a month can have 31 days, 0,25 does not correspond to a calendar week. To carry out the calculations your university is going to apply the dates indicated in your certificate of attendance (completed by the company you were working for) and the following chart:
Arrival of the Student
Return of the Student
1 to 8
9 to 15
16 to 23
24 till 28/29/30/31
Example: A student stays abroad from the 8th of April to the 23rd of July.
Calculation of the stay:
- April: go to “Arrival of the Student”, line “Day 1 to 8” à counts like a full month
- May and June count as a full month each
- July: go to “Return of the Student” (end of Internship), line “Day 16 to 23” à counts as 0,75
- Total stay: 1 (April) + 1 (March) + 1 (June) + 0,75 (July) = 3,75 Month
4. What requirements do I have to meet to do an Erasmus Internship?
a, To be enrolled at Universidad de Valencia, during the course 2013/2014
1. To be enrolled for a grado, diplomatura, ingeniería or licenciatura
AND to have at least 60% of your degree completed
AND to have more than 18 credits left to be achieved
2. OR to be enrolled in a master program
b, To hold citizenship of one of the participating countries of the ERASMUS program or of a third countries in combination with a valid residence permit for Spain during your Internship.
c, you never ever participated in the ERASMUS internship program nor in the Leonardo da Vinci program.
d, you need to proof that you meet the language requirements in any of the following ways:
1. you have at least a language level B1 or a corresponding level in the languages of the countries participating in your internship or in the required language according to the individual internship (modalidad B students). Some language level can be demonstrated through one of the listed certificates: annex II -à link
2. you graduated at a bilingual high school
3. as a student at Universidad Valencia you did take part in an ERASMUS exchange to the same country, or to a country with the same language, you are applying for
4. you studied a year at a university in the country of destination or another country with the same language
5. you are a student of philology, translation/interpreting or teaching in foreign languages.
e, you never received a grant for an internship being enrolled at a university
5, Can I apply for an ERASMUS internship if I don’t hold the Spanish citizenship?
Yes, if you hold the citizenship or legal residence for a participating country of the LLP/ERASMUS program or a third country. In that last case you should verify that you have a valid residence permit for Spain during the period of your internship.
6, How many times can I do an ERASMUS internship?
Just once in a lifetime. Accept you had to abandon an internship in case of force majeure before completing the minimum duration of 3 month.
7, Can I interrupt my mobility?
You can interrupt your mobility if the company closes for vacations. The payment will not be interrupted but this period will not be taken into consideration for the minimum stay of 3 month.
8, I already did a Leonard Internship. Can I still do an Erasmus internship?
No, you can’t. Internships are awarded only once during one education level. This means, you can’t do an Erasmus Internship when you already did a Leonard Internship being in the same educational level.
9, Can I apply for another Erasmus Internship when I change my career?
No. In any case you can only do one Erasmus Internship in your lifetime, even if you change the University, the country or the career.
10, Can I do an Erasmus exchange AND an Erasmus Internship within the same academic year?
Yes. You can do an Erasmus exchange and an Erasmus Internship; Within the same academic year or in different years.
11. What is a “Training Agreement” (Acuerdo de formación)?
It is equivalent to the document “learning agreement” for Erasmus studies. It is a personalized document that includes: the work or program of work to be performed, the knowledge, competences and capabilities to be acquired, the mentoring activities, etc.
The commitment to quality is part of the document that sets out the functions and responsibilities of the parties (University, Company and Student) in relation to the internship.
III. Host Company
12. What kind of Company can I choose?
You can choose any organization engaged in economic activity in the public or private sector, whatever size, legal status or economic sector. This includes commercial and service companies, museums, health centers, NGOs, educational or research institutions, etc.
13. What kind of Company I can’t choose?
Not eligible are: EU institutions and other EU bodies (for more information: página web de la UE), organizations managing EU programs (to avoid possible conflicts of interest and/or a double subsidy), national diplomatic representations (embassies and consulates) of the your home country.
14. Can I do my Internship in more than one company?
No. It is only allowed to do the internship in different places:
· If the same host company, signing the contract, is responsible during the whole internship. This implies that there is a relationship between the various host companies (e.g. in case of the head office and its branches being located in the same or in different countries.
· All mobility periods spend in more than one place (in the same country or in another one), as part of a single internship, should meet the minimum period (of 3 month) in each place. These parts may only be less than 3 month if there is a valid (professional) reason. In this case, the total duration of the mobility may not be less than three months.
· The mobility should be completed in successive terms
15. Do I have to look for a company by myself?
Not necessarily, there are two options:
- Option nº1 the University of Valencia may find a company for you through the University-Enterprise Foundation ADEIT
- Option nº2: you find an internship by yourself
You must indicate the option you choose when you apply for the ERASMUS internship. However, the choice is not final. If you already know where to do your internship, you sign in for option nº2. If you don’t know it yet, you can sign in for option nº1, so we will seek a company for you, while you can search one by yourself as well. If you find one you can easily change to option nº2ñ
16. Will the company help me with the accommodation?
The company is not obligated to help you with the accommodation. However, some companies provide information, and in some cases, even offer accommodation at their company residences. We advise to contact the company (person in charge of your internship) or your Erasmus coordinator for more information.
17. Do I have to pay the host company?
No, you don’t have to pay to do an internship. In any case, you should contact the company before you start your mobility, just in case they ask for a special insurance, or if you have to pay for the accommodation, etc.
18. Is the company allowed to pay me?
It is not mandatory. But the company is allowed to grant you some additional help such as gratifications, tickets for public transport, food, discounts on accommodation, etc. This kind of help is compatible with the Erasmus grant.
19. In which countries can I do my internship?
You can do your Erasmus internship in all 27 member states of the European Union, in the three member countries of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and in Turkey, Croatia and Switzerland.
20. Can I change the company once I started my internship?
You can only change the company once you started your internship in case of force majeure and only with the permit of the University of Valencia.
IV. Organizational issues
21. Will my internship be recognized once finished?
Yes. We will recognize your internship if you accomplish the achievements required by the host company and if you meet the conditions required by the University of Valencia. This recognition shall take the form of Credit points (ECTS) but can also be granted through recording this period in the Diploma of Supplement or take the form of an Europass Mobility Certificate.
22. Do I have to pay money back if I renounce my Erasmus Internship?
Yes. You will have to pay back the whole amount you already received. Except if you renounce due to force majeure. In this case the University of Valencia will only ask for the return of the grant for the unrealized internship period. Even if the total stay is inferior to 3 month.
23. Do I have to present the record of the realized activities even when I don’t get credits for my internship?
Yes. It is mandatory to submit the record of the realized activities issued by the company. As well as the attendance certificate, which is a document signed and sealed by the company, containing the exact dates of the internship. You also have to complete a final report, which is a questionnaire that reflects your opinion about various aspects of your stay.
24. How much is the amount of the Erasmus grant?
The sources of the grant are different institutions. The amount depends on the duration of the internship. For the year 2011/2012 it was as follows:
1, European Union Funds: 290€/month, with a maximum duration of 6 month
2, Funds of the University: 150€/month, with a maximum duration of 6 month
3, Funds of the Ministry of Education: 150€/month ONLY during the first 3 month
25. Once I am in the Erasmus Internship Program, how will I receive the grant?
The grant will be paid to the bank account indicated by the student when he signed the Acceptance of the Erasmus Grant. The grant will not be paid monthly but in two payments: the first one at the beginning of the internship and the rest at the end of the internship, once all documents have been handed in. The payments will be realized by the University of Valencia.
26. Can I get some help for a language preparation course?
Yes. The European Commission promotes an Erasmus Intensive Language Course (EILC). Those are specialized courses for less extended languages of the European Union. The EILC gives students the opportunity to study the language of their destination country for a maximum of 6 weeks, before they start their internship. For more information: OAPEE.
27. Can I take part in the EILC even if I later deceit not to do the internship?
No. The Language courses are intended to help the students do make the best out of their internship. In case of not doing the internship you have to return the whole amount paid for the EILC.
28. What kind of insurance do I need for the Internship?
All students must have health coverage (EHIC/ Tarjeta Sanitaria Europea), Liability insurance and accident insurance, which will be provided by the University of Valencia. The type of insurance may vary depending on the internship you are planning to do. For more information about the insurances required contact your Erasmus coordinator and your host company. It is even possible, that your host company requires an additional insurance.
29. What documents do I have to sign?
You can consult the section documentos útiles for a detailed explanation of the documents you will need.
30. Is there a specific support for students with disabilities?
Yes. Students, with disabilities may benefit from some aid to be allocated after the application of each individual study. For more information please contact the International Office.