Study and internship abroad? www.wilweg.nl‘internship’ Sabina van der Zwan Public Information Services Department - Nuffic 28 october 2010
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
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
Checklist What When • Determine what you want to do one year in advance • Coordinate with your study programme one year in advance • Explore options for financial assistance one year in advance • Visa and permits six months in advance • Housing three months in advance • Insurance three months in advance • Vaccination depending on situation • Language training http://checklist.wilweg.nl
Preparation • Read about the experiences of students who have already gone abroad at http://ervaringen.wilweg.nl and www.newstudent.nl • Gather information • Which country? • Can I speak the language? • Kind of organization? • Visit relevant websites, such as www.wilweg.nl • Consult with the internationalization or internship officer of your faculty. • Which period? • Enough ECTS credits?
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?
Finding an internship • Internationalization or internship coordinator • Internship organizations within the university • AIESEC • Internship mediation organizations (http://stage.wilweg.nl) • Personal initiative: • Seeking contact with businesses • Ask fellow students
Internship agreement • Internship plan • Duties • Working week • Internship pay • Vacation days • Insurance and tax fees • For an example, see www.eaie.org/emploi
Other preparations • Entry visa and work visa • Requirements differ by country • The US: • CIEE: http://stage-in-amerika.wilweg.nl • Health insurance • Housing http://www.nuffic.nl/nederlandse-studenten/voorbereiding/huisvesting • Language course
Financial aspects • Internship pay • Student grants and loans (studiefinanciering) • Public transportation card (Student OV Card). • Scholarships
Scholarships for internships • Erasmus (LifeLongLearning Programme, study and internship) • Huygens Scholarship Programme (study, internship or research) • Leonardo da Vinci (internship) • Portals: • www.beursopener.nl • www.grantfinder.nl • http://www.scholarshipportal.eu/
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.
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.
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 expensesPlease 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).
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.
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.
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. www.nuffic.nl/huygens
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
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: http://w3.tue.nl/nl/diensten/daz/leonardo_da_vinci/
Tips • www.wilweg.nl • www.beursopener.nl • www.grantfinder.nl • http://www.scholarshipportal.eu/ • http://checklist.wilweg.nl • English Brochure: http://www.nuffic.nl/nederlandse-studenten/stage/brochure-studie-en-stage-in-het-buitenland-gewoon-doen