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1 Study and internship abroad? ‘internship’ Sabina van der Zwan Public Information Services Department - Nuffic 28 october 2010


3 Why go abroad?  It offers advantages when entering the labour market.  It allows for general personal growth through intercultural experience.  It is an enjoyable experience. Movie

4 Why an internship abroad? Getting work experience Putting theory into practice Experience in applying for jobs Getting used to working Practical experience before finishing your studies Getting ideas for subject final thesis Expanding language knowledge Really learn a different culture Challenge yourself

5 Checklist WhatWhen  Determine what you want to doone year in advance  Coordinate with your study programmeone year in advance  Explore options for financial assistanceone year in advance  Visa and permitssix months in advance  Housingthree months in advance  Insurancethree months in advance  Vaccination depending on situation  Language training

6 Preparation  Read about the experiences of students who have already gone abroad at and www.newstudent.nl  Gather information  Which country?  Can I speak the language?  Kind of organization?  Visit relevant websites, such as  Consult with the internationalization or internship officer of your faculty.  Which period?  Enough ECTS credits?

7 Finding an internship  Keep in mind:  Is the internship at the right level, compared to your study?  Does the internship fulfil all the criteria your university has set?  Does your internship coordinator approve of the internship?  Is expert supervision provided for you during the internship?  Does the internship company or institution provide you with a certificate or letter of recommendation afterwards?

8 Finding an internship  Internationalization or internship coordinator  Internship organizations within the university  AIESEC  Internship mediation organizations (  Personal initiative:  Seeking contact with businesses  Ask fellow students

9 Internship agreement  Internship plan  Duties  Working week  Internship pay  Vacation days  Insurance and tax fees  For an example, see

10 Other preparations Entry visa and work visa Requirements differ by country The US: CIEE: http://stage-in-amerika.wilweg.nl Health insurance  Housing studenten/voorbereiding/huisvesting studenten/voorbereiding/huisvesting  Language course

11 Financial aspects  Internship pay  Student grants and loans (studiefinanciering)  Public transportation card (Student OV Card).  Scholarships

12 Scholarships for internships  Erasmus (LifeLongLearning Programme, study and internship)  Huygens Scholarship Programme (study, internship or research)  Leonardo da Vinci (internship)  Portals:   

13 Erasmus for study and internship  Duration of the study period or internship abroad varies from 3 to 12 months;  The number of available grants depends on the institution;  Grant recipients will receive an amount a month;  All disciplines/degree programmes in the European Union countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Croatia, Turkey and the overseas territories of all these countries.  Recipients of an Erasmus grant are entitled to take part in one internship and one period of study.

14 Erasmus Intensive Language Course  Free language course of up to six weeks (at least 60 hours) for Erasmus students;  1 extra month of grant money;  Minor languages only (not English, Spanish, French or German);  Apply for course through institution’s International Office.

15 Huygens Scholarship Programme  Intended for exceptionally talented students who wish to spend a period of time studying abroad at bachelor’s (final phase) or master’s degree level during or after their studies in the Netherlands, or doing an internship;  Grants are available for a period of at least 6 and no more than 24 months;  Grants consist of: - reimbursement of tuition fees - standard monthly allowance - one-off standard reimbursement of international travel expenses Please note: costs are indicative and depend on your country of destination;  Applications must be submitted to Nuffic before 1 February 2011 (from 1 November 2010 onwards).

16 Huygens Scholarship Programme As a student, you are free to determine in which country and at which institution you would like to study. The provision is that the institution of your choice should have a solid reputation in your specific discipline. Most importantly, though, your own performance must be above average. If you excel as a student and would like to study abroad, you may apply to Nuffic for a grant.

17 Which requirements will you have to meet?  Your academic results reflect your talents as a student, and must thus be exceptional. In order to qualify, for example, you must be amongst the top 10% of your study programme, or even the top 5%.  You have a clear motivation to study or follow an internship abroad.  You have been nominated by your Dutch institution.  The study, research programme or internship in which you aim to take part must offer more in-depth or broader knowledge in the area of your preparatory programme.  Additional criteria and preconditions may also apply.

18 Preconditions  Your study programme in the Netherlands is a full-time, CROHO- registered bachelor’s or master’s degree programme at an institution that is a signatory to the Code of Conduct on International Students in Dutch Higher Education.  The study programme in which you wish to take part is a bachelor’s programme offered in the final phase of the relevant study programme (for example, no grants are available for the first two years of a bachelor’s programme) or a master’s degree programme that complements your studies in the Netherlands. Internships can only be conducted as a normal part of your study programme (and must yield credits). Please note: Study programmes at PhD level are not eligible.  You are no older than 35 years of age at the start of the new academic year (1 September 2011).  You have Dutch nationality or meet the requirements for Dutch student grant recipients.

19 Leonardo da Vinci Programme for vocational education and training: ‘People on the labour market’. Target groups: students, graduates Goal: internship Studies: All Countries : Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Czech Republic, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, United Kingdom, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland

20 Leonardo da Vinci Candidate requirements: studying at a research university or recognized university of applied sciences, or recently graduated and not yet employed. The institution where the candidate is studying or has graduated has to be part of a European Leonardo internship network. Scale/nature of scholarship : max € 5,000 (for a period of 12 months) Duration of the scholarship: 2-26 weeks More information TU/e - Regional Leonardo Bureau:

21 Tips       English Brochure: in-het-buitenland-gewoon-doen

22 Questions?

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