International Traineeships

International traineeships provide students with an universal education, real-world experience, and help integrate into a modern, global, and dynamic labour market. The traineeship opens up a wide range of opportunities, helps to self-assess your studies in the context of your future career and broadens your CV. Vytautas Magnus University offers its students the widest selection of international internships.

Since 2008 with the help of  Erasmus+ traineeship programme, VMU students and recent graduates can do traineeships in various foreign organizations and companies. The main goal of this traineeship is to help the student to adapt to the requirements of the European Community labor market, to strengthen professional skills, to get acquainted and broaden the understanding of the economy, social system and culture of a particular country. Students and recent graduates can carry out a 6 months traineeship in any of the EU countries and in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey, Serbia, Switzerland or North Macedonia.

Since 2016 VMU provides students with the opportunity to do a traineeship with a VMU mobility scholarship in any country accross the globe (except for the EU and European Economic Area countries). Students can go for a 3-month traineeship at an organization of their choice.

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“Erasmus+” traineeships

“Erasmus+” student (and recent graduate) traineeship is a period of time spent working in a company or organization in one of EU/EEA countries. “Erasmus” traineeship provides the student with possibilities to adapt to the labor market demands of the entire EU, improve professional skills, familiarize with and deepen understanding of a specific country’s economy, social system and culture.

All VMU fulltime degree students who have not used more than 10 months of their "Erasmus" mobility (study / traineeship) period are eligible for the "Erasmus" grant (including zero-grant). Please notice! Non-EU citizens must acquire temporary / permanent residence permit in Lithuania before their "Erasmus" mobility (traineeship / study).

Documents required for an application:

Duration of the Erasmus+ traineeships:

Duration of the internship is from 2 to 6 months with a possible extension of the period. This includes from 120 to 160 working hours per month. Provided the student has successfully reached his traineeship goals, depending on the duration of traineeship, he/ she might be awarded ECTS credits (40 hours = 1.5 ECTS).

N. B. Traineeship cannot start / end on weekends or national holidays.

Recognition of the traineeship period:

If the traineeship is a part of student’s curriculum, upon satisfactory completion of the traineeship, student is awarded ECTS credits and given a grade. Additionally, the information about the implementation of the traineeship is included in the student’s Diploma Supplement. If the traineeship is voluntary, upon satisfactory completion of it, the information about implementation of the traineeship is included in the trainee’s Diploma Supplement.

All VMU fulltime last year students who have not used more than 10 months of their "Erasmus" mobility (study / traineeship) period are eligible for the "Erasmus" recent graduate traineeship grant . Please notice! Non-EU citizens must acquire temporary / permanent residence permit in Lithuania before their "Erasmus" mobility (traineeship / study).

Recent graduates may start their traineeship just after they receive their diploma.

Note! For recent graduate traineeship application must be submitted and student must be selected while applicant is still a student at VMU.

Documents required for an application:

Duration of the "Erasmus+" traineeships:

Duration of the internship is from 2 to 6 months with a possible extension of the period. This includes from 120 to 160 working hours per month. Provided the student has successfully reached his traineeship goals, depending on the duration of traineeship, he/ she might be awarded ECTS credits (40 hours = 1.5 ECTS).

N. B. Traineeship cannot start / end on weekends or national holidays.

Recognition of the traineeship period:

After the traineeship is completed, international cooperation department issues a Traineeship Certificate.

Students who would like to participate in the "Erasmus+" student internship programme have to:

  • Find a traineeship placement and receive official confirmation of acceptance to the traineeship (confirmation form);
  • Fill in an online application form (Outgoing-Application for Erasmus Student Traineeship (EU countries)) while competition is on-going, application form can be found here;
  • Wait for the selection results;
  • Submit all traineeship document and purchase insurance;
  • Gain valuable experience during traineeship abroad.

Prospective graduates wishing to participate in the "Erasmus+" recent graduate traineeship program have to:

  • Find a traineeship placement and receive official confirmation of acceptance to the traineeship (confirmation form);
  • Get a recommendation from your faculty representative that you are recommended to participate in the program;
  • Fill in an online application form (Outgoing-Application for Erasmus Recent Graduate Traineeship (EU countries)), while they are are still students. The application form can be found here;
  • Wait for the selection results;
  • Graduate from studies and receive a diploma;
  • Submit all traineeship document and purchase insurance;
  • Gain valuable experience during a recent graduate traineeship abroad.

Where do traineeships take place?

Receiving organisations for traineeships can be any public or private organisations active in the labor market. Please note that companies situated in the student’s country of residence and EU institutions (including European agencies) are not eligible for "Erasmus" traineeship.

How to find a place for traineeship?

First, prepare your Curriculum Vitae (we recommend Europass CV (more information), choose an organization / enterprise, prepare a motivational letter and contact a representative of the organization.

Some suggestions for where to look for the hosting organization / enterprise:

No later than a month before the departure the students must present (or submit online) the following documents to the International Cooperation Department:

*If the main language of work is English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Dutch, the participant (student / recent graduate) shall carry out an online assessment of linguistic competences before and at the end of the mobility period with the exception of native speakers. If appointed the participant must follow the online language course in order to prepare for the mobility period abroad.
Mobility Participants User Guide to OLS for Assessment
Mobility Participant User Guide for OLS Courses
Technical Questions and Answers for Mobility Participants

After presenting all the documents (and completing language assessment), participant will sign the "Erasmus" Financial Agreement. After signing the Financial Agreement the participant will get a scholarship (please see section “Erasmus Traineeship Scholarship”, above) and can start his traineeship period.

After presenting all the documents, you will sign the "Erasmus" financial agreement of student internship, which will determine that you receive the scholarship (unless you are a “Zero Grant” student)

Every student travelling as participant of the "Erasmus" traineeship program is awarded the status of an Erasmus student. Please make sure that you have a valid migration permit. The student (recent graduate) is responsible to arrange all necessary migration documents.

The rights and duties of an "Erasmus" student is described in the Erasmus Student Charter.

Every student who is selected in a competition and leaving as a participant of the "Erasmus" Traineeship Program receives the "Erasmus" Scholarship (except zero-grant scholarship recipients), which is allocated to cover the travel and accommodation expenses.

However, it does not cover all mobility-related expenses. Also, students may travel with the "Erasmus" “Zero Grant”, which means they are not provided with funding from "Erasmus", but are given the status of an "Erasmus" student (as well as all related privileges and responsibilities). The same student may receive grants for studying or being trained abroad totaling up to 12 months maximum per cycle of study.

Sizes of "Erasmus" Traineeship Scholarships in year 2019 / 2020

Group

Country

Group 1
700 EUR per month
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway
Group 2
650 EUR per month
Austria, Belgium, ,Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal
Group 3
600 EUR per month
Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, North Macedonia, Turkey

80% of the entire scholarship is paid to the participant in 30 days after the submission of all necessary documents (please see the section “After Selection” below). The submission of the second (before the end of mobility) language knowledge assessment, online EU survey and Confirmation of the hosting organisations will be considered as the participant’s request for payment of the remaining 20% of the scholarship. The university has 45 calendar days to make the balance payment or to issue a recovery order in case a reimbursement is due.

Additional Funding
Students with disabilities and special needs may receive additional funding. Applications may be sent no later than one month and a week before the beginning of "Erasmus+" traineeship. For more information, please contact coordinator of the programme (Tomas.Mickevicius@vdu.lt).

Extension will be considered to be an exceptional case, so please make up your mind regarding a traineeship period before the start of the mobility.

Students / graduates who wish to extent their traineeship period at least two weeks before the date of end of the initial traineeship period must agree on the extension with their hosting organization, Faculty and International Cooperation Department and submit the following documents:

Signed request to extend the traineeship:

  • for the Dean (if you are an undergraduate or graduate student)
  • for the Rector (if you are a postgraduate student)
  • for the Director of the International Cooperation Department (if you are a recent graduate)

The traineeship might be: not extended, extended with the scholarship or extended without scholarship (as zero grant). The student is informed in 10 working days after the submission of the request.

If the internship is extended, the student must submit to the International Cooperation Department:

  • The above mentioned request;
  • Extension of the insurances for the whole extended period of the traineeship (copy of the policy);
  • Part of Learning Agreement for Traineeship titled Section to be completed DURING THE MOBILITY with the indication of the made changes. The document must be signed by the hosting organization, student and the Faculty member (vice-dean).

After all documents are submitted, trainee is informed about the changes to his finance agreement via email (which is considered to be an official document).

When the period of your "Erasmus" traineeship is over, you will have to present the following documents to the International Cooperation Department:

  • Confirmation of the Host Organisation (the part of the Learning Agreement for Traineeship titled Section to be completed AFTER THE MOBILITY). This document must be originally signed and stamped (if organization has a stamp). Please notice that copies are not acceptable.
  • Final Traineeship Report. A link to the questionnaire will be sent to your email address just after the end of your traineeship period.

VMU International traineeship

Programme funded by the university is dedicated for students’ traineeship in various enterprises or organizations, based outside European Union and European Economic Area countries.

This international opportunity allows students to adjust themselves to the recent needs of constantly changing labour market, strengthen up professional skills, to get to know and expand knowledge about the economy, social system as well as culture of the country of decision. Note that this programme does not include a recent graduate traineeship option.

All VMU fulltime degree students are eligible to take part in the programme. Please notice! Non-EU citizens must acquire temporary / permanent residence permit in Lithuania before their traineeship starts.
Note, this programme does not include a recent graduate traineeship option.

Internship may last from 1 to 3 months, meanwhile traineeship period starts no earlier than 2020-06-01 and ends no later than 2020-08-31. Competition for VMU International Traineeship is organized twice a year, once during an Autumn semester and once during a Spring semester.
Internship may be organized in any country of the world except for countries of EU and EEA.
Students have to find a traineeship placements by themselves, and the profile of the internship and its activities must match their degree program.

Students who would like to participate in VMU International traineeship programme have to:

  • Find a traineeship placement and receive official confirmation of acceptance to the traineeship (confirmation form);
  • Fill in an online application form (Outgoing-Application for Traineeship (non-EU countries)) while competition is on-going, application form can be found here;
  • Wait for the selection results;
  • Submit all traineeship documents and purchase insurance;
  • Gain valuable experience during traineeship abroad.

Selection procedure is carried out by a selection committee, which is created under rector's order.

The selection procedure is carried out in two stages:

  • Ist stage: online application form has to be filled before the deadline;
  • IInd stage: candidates meeting primary selection requirements are invited to interview with the commitee.

Selected students will be informed via e-mails.

Documents Required

  • Filled in online application form;
  • Confirmation from hosting organization for acceptance into traineeship programme.

Priority is given for:

  • Students, whom traineeship imbedded study programme;
  • Students who participate in the competition for the first time.

Selection Criteria

  • traineeship compatibility with Study programme at VMU;
  • confirmation from hosting organization for acceptance into traineeship programme;
  • motivation;
  • results of studies or research during the last two semesters (for VMU Mobility scholarship GPA should be no less than 8.0);
  • good knowledge of language in which traineeship will be commenced

Group of countries Duration of Traineeship Number of scholarships Scholarship
Countries of regions: South Asia, East Asia and Pacific; Middle East; North America; Latin America & the Caribbean 1 – 3 months 10 650 Eur/month
Countries of regions: Europe and Central Asia; North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa 1 – 3 months 550 Eur/month

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More information:

  • Traineeships programme coordinator
  • Tomas Mickevičius
  • International Cooperation Department
    V. Putvinskio st. 23, 208 room.
  • Visiting hours:
    I – V, 8.00 – 12.00 AM.
  • Phone
  • Email: