Frequently Asked Questions – Practical internships
I want to participate in the Erasmus programme, but I do not understand the process. What does practical internship and study stay mean?
Erasmus is an exchange programme between EU countries, Turkey, Norway, Macedonia, Serbia, Lichtenstein and Iceland. Erasmus is further divided into study stays and practical internships. Each student can use up to 12 Erasmus months during one study cycle (12 months for bachelor's, 12 months for master's, 12 months for PhD studies). Internship and study stay months can be combined up to 12 months in total for one study cycle. If the student decides to participate, e.g. during his/her bachelor's, first in study stay for 1 semester and then in the practical internship, the student can use "12 months minus 1 semester = approx. 7 months", etc.
The practical internships are further divided into internships during the study (student internships) and after successfully completing of study (graduation internships). The student can participate in the graduation internship only if the student applies for it while being a student (active student status at FES - before Final State Exam) and together, the internship would be completed up to 12 months from the graduation at FES. Graduation internships can be realized until 12 months after successful study completing. E.g., Student has passed the Final State Exam on August 25, 2020. Therefore, the student has to finish his/her internship abroad by August 24, 2021.
The administration process is easier than for study stays. However, it is more difficult to search for the destination and organization.
The process starts with the application and participation in the selection procedure. The student is also required to sign and submit necessary documents and arrange travel insurance. In the case of foreign individuals, the student needs to arrange a visa as well. For students who travel within a student internship, CZU strictly requires insurance at ERV. More information on the insurance is here: Health Insurance from ERV.
Can I participate and go abroad after completing my study? And for how long?
Yes, it is possible if the student applies during active student status. Graduation internships can be realized until 12 months after successful study completing. E.g., Student passed the Final State Exam on August 25, 2020. Therefore the student has to finish his/her internship abroad by August 24, 2021.
If the student applies after passing the Final State Exam, his/her application will be denied.
Where can I go as an intern? Only to universities?
Erasmus practical internship can be realized only in EU countries, Turkey, Norway, Macedonia, Serbia, Lichtenstein and Iceland, but not in Switzerland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Students have to be duly enrolled for the duration of their internships, except for graduate internships when the student participates after successful study completing.
The receiving institution does not have to be only universities. It may be a company (private or public), a training centre, research centre or other organizations, including NGOs. This does not include EU institutions and other EU bodies, including specialized agencies or organizations managing EU programmes. The list of organizations which are excluded from the Erasmus internships is here.
The student contacts and search for the institution without the assistance of the International Relations Office. FES does not grant internships containing a different major than student's study field - e.g. a student of Applied Ecology programme wants to go to Austria as a babysitter. The student will be recommended to do different working agenda.
Is there any list of universities/companies where I can do my internship?
The list of universities is offered only for Erasmus study stays. These universities are directly contracted for these exchange stays. There is no list of practical internships (universities, companies, etc.). The student can inquire about any institution within Erasmus countries. We have published a separate link for internship offers.
The student selects the institution based on personal requirements. Then the student contacts selected university and agrees on conditions, working agenda, etc., for the internship.
The International Relations Office is not obliged to search for the internship on the student's behalf. Each student contacts and searches for the receiving institution (company, etc.) without the International Relations Office's assistance.
Can I receive a salary or any financial contribution abroad?
The student receives a scholarship from CZU, which serves for covering student's necessary living costs abroad. The amount is available for 2020 here.
Most organizations do not provide further financial contributions and extremely rarely give students a financial reward. The student is often given accommodation or food.
What documents do I have to fill out or submit?
- CV in English
- Transcript of Records from the whole CZU study or previous study different than at CZU (in case of bachelor's or master's at different university)
- Letter of Motivation in English
- Language certificates - voluntary
Before departure (faculty coordinator sends all documents to student e-mails):
- Learning Agreement (from 2021/2022 will be only digital)
- Statutory declaration
- UIS Request - only for student internships (during the study, after the internship the student would return back to the semester)
- Internship application
- Insurance at ERV, or different in the same or higher insuring amount as ERV
- Financial Agreement
- Student internship - signing at CZU only
- Graduation internship - signing at CZU and consortium EDUCA
How much do I have to work?
The standard workload is 40 hours/week, a regular working requirement in the Czech Republic. In case that working conditions are different in the receiving country, the student follows the local legislation.