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Erasmus+ provides students of higher education institutions a possibility to acquire international experience and knowledge carrying out a traineeship period in an enterprise or a higher education institution in Europe.
Erasmus+ traineeship mobility is available for all RTU students from all specializations and levels of higher education and recent graduates up to one year after graduation if the student had applied for the scholarship contest while having student status at RTU. To apply for Erasmus+ scholarship, a student has to be registered at least as a 3rd semester student at the Bachelor level or 2nd semester student at the Master level. The student must have adequate grades (weighted average grade cannot be lower than 6.0), good knowledge of English, German or another language of the EU Member States, and a well-defined objective for participating in a mobility.
In case student applies for the Erasmus+ mobility within the same level, the Erasmus or Erasmus+ scholarship has been received before, note that the maximum period of Erasmus+ mobility is 12 months; minimum traineeship period – 2 interrupted months.
Students can apply for Erasmus+ traineeship mobility without having confirmation from particular company for the traineeship period, without knowing when and where exactly the traineeship will be carried out. Company search can be done later. It is the competence of student to find a company/ institution/ university for the traineeship period. Only then the scholarship can be provided.
In September and February all interested persons are invited to participate in informative events about Erasmus+ programme. There are discussed and explained various issues related to the selection process and Erasmus+ scholarships.
Application has to be done online in outgoingexchange.rtu.lv attaching all necessary documents (CV, Transcript of records, Language test certificates if available).
APPLICATION DEADLINE is October 31.
There are two application periods for Erasmus+ mobility – in September/October and February/March. Applications for Erasmus+ study mobility and Erasmus+ trineeship mobility are held separately. In case you would like to apply for both mobilities, you have to choose both mobilities during your online application.
SELECTION PROCESS – Submitting the application in online platform outgoingexchange.rtu.lv the applicant has to be sure the application is complete and all necessary amendments are uploaded (CV, Transcript of records, Language test certificates if available). All incomplete applications will be rejected after application deadline.
After application deadline an english language test and individual interviews will be organised. All applicants will be evaluated based on the average mark, language test and interview’s results. All applicants will be ranked accordingly to the final score. Erasmus+ scholarship commission will confirm the list of students nominated for Erasmus+ study mobility and provided with Erasmus+ grant for the mobility period.
Next application for Erasmus scholarship will be in March.
FINDING PLACEMENT – Finding a placement is students’ responsibility. This process is labor intensive and time consuming. It is recommended to start planning the traineeship in a timely manner. To find a placement, the student can use private contacts, as well as RTU academic staff recommendations. Applying for the Erasmus+ mobility, the student may not have a specific agreement with the enterprise or higher education institution for a period of traineeship yet; however, the student should have a clear vision of the intended traineeship.
Experience of Erasmus+ programme former participants has shown that the studies and traineeships abroad are a valuable asset in the professional and personal growth. It is also a great opportunity to popularize Latvia and its culture, as well as your home country and to improve knowledge of foreign languages.
Student’s activities before the mobility as soon the company/institution is found:
LEARNING AGREEMENT FOR TRAINEESHIPS - Once the student has been nominated for participation in Erasmus+ mobility and found a receiving institution/enterprise abroad where the traineeship will take place, the student in cooperation with the representative of the receiving institution/enterprise draws up the «Learning Agreement for Traineeships».
In case of mandatory traineeship, its aims, tasks and duration should be approved not only by the representative of the receiving institution/enterprise, but also by RTU traineeship supervisor; in addition, student must fulfil all requirements of study programme regarding traineeship activities and required documents for acknowledging it. By signing the «Learning Agreement for Traineeships», the programme director and academic advisor at Foreign Students Department confirm that they approve the mobility for traineeship. After Erasmus+ mobility, the responsible persons evaluate traineeship undertaken abroad and recognize it by allocating an appropriate number of credit points.
Voluntary traineeship may take place in a period free from studies, for example, in summer. Its aims, programme and duration should be approved by the programme director and academic advisor at Foreign Students Department. In case of voluntary traineeship, ECTS are not allocated.
If the traineeship takes place after graduation (Traineeships for Recent Graduates), mobility for traineeship is approved by Erasmus+ coordinator at the International Mobility Unit and Erasmus+ institutional coordinator at RTU; it should not be approved by the faculty or FSD representatives. In case of traineeships for recent graduates, ECTS are not allocated; however, it is possible to receive the Confirmation of Traineeship from the receiving institution/enterprise.
IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-EU STUDENTS – Students holding a valid Latvian residence permit can travel within EU countries for 90 days. However, as the traineeship usually lasts longer and the purpose of stay is traineeship not travel, students must be holders of immigration permit (VISA, residence permit, etc.) of the particular country. To find out information on immigration formalities of the receiving country, students must contact the embassy of particular country located in Riga or elsewhere.
GRANT AGREEMENT - After signing the Learning Agreement for Traineeships, for non-EU students also after settling immigration formalities (holding VISA or residence permit of the particular country) and shortly before going to Erasmus+ mobility, RTU Erasmus+ coordinator and the student conclude the Mobility Grant Agreement, which provides the amount of scholarship, the procedure and time of its allocation. Usually scholarship is paid before the student leaves for mobility.
Online Language Support (OLS) – OLS platform is developed by the European Commission. It is aiming at monitoring the language abilities of students before and after the mobility. Students have to do language assessment tests in the main language of mobility before the mobility starts and at the end of mobility. Besides of this participants can use the platform during the mobility completing the online learning course for english or the language of the host country. Access to the platform is provided to student by the RTU Erasmus+ coordinator after the grant agreement has been signed.
Student activities during Erasmus+ traineeship
Student activities after Erasmus+ traineeship
Erasmus+ programme support is available for three types of traineeship mobility:
Useful links to find suitable placements:
http://www.praxisnetwork.eu/ (offers available upon registration)
Erasmus+ scholarship will be provided to all students nominated for Erasmus+ traineeship mobility in case they find the company/institution/university where to do traineeship. The nomination will remain valid during studies at RTU and 12 months after graduation. The scholarship amount for the programme countries is determined by the European Commission and State Education Development Agency.
The scholarships are intended to cover the extra costs related to going abroad for traineeship and living in a host country. The scholarships provided by the Erasmus+ programme will only partly cover the total cost of the mobility expenses. The students themselves are responsible for ensuring the necessary additional funding in a timely manner. The traineeship can be paid.
Students with disabilities have the opportunity to apply for additional financial support (additional equipment, special transport, accompanying persons, etc.).
The scholarship amounts are confirmed by Erasmus+ scholarship commission every year for the current project. For the year 2017/2018 there are several restrictions confirmed:
The current scholarship amounts you can see here
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) is a higher education credit system developed to objectively assess the student’s performance studying at different universities with different evaluation systems or carrying out a traineeship abroad. ECTS facilitates recognition of academic results, and for a mandatory traineeship it means that if a student received ECTS for the traineeship period, the results will be recognized by RTU, included in the RTU transcript of records converting the amount of received ECTS to corresponding amount of credit points. The enterprise issues a confirmation or a certificate for a successful traineeship period, and it is a base for the recognition of a traineeship period. ECTS credits are based on the student’s workload required to achieve the expected learning outcomes. 1 Latvian credit point is equal to 1.5 ECTS.
The credits for voluntary traineeships are not recognised at RTU and are not included in student’s transcript of records.