Student exchange programmes are the most comfortable and reassuring solution for studying or doing work placements in Europe. The Erasmus+: Leonardo da Vinci programme specialises in the vocational pathway. The more well-known Erasmus programme is open to higher education institutes, including vocational training.
Erasmus+: Leonardo da Vinci
The European Erasmus+: Leonardo da Vinci programme allows apprentices and students in vocational education to carry out all or part of their training in enterprises abroad.
The duration varies between 2 weeks and 12 months (work placement agreement compulsory). The training institute attended by the student organisers a partnership with the training centres or enterprises abroad.
Whatever the programme chosen, you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to register. Ideally, you should start the process rolling with the international relations department of your institute at least one year in advance.
Drawing up your Europass passport
The Leonardo programme runs hand-in-hand with a specific tool called the European Europass passport.
This logbook of European competences provides those who want to be mobile with a file recognised in over 30 European countries. This means employers and training institutes can understand an applicant’s pathway more easily.
The passport takes the form of a portfolio bringing together 5 documents: CV, Europass language passport, Europass Mobility (which describes the training and work placements), the diploma supplement and the descriptive certificate supplement.
Erasmus+: Erasmus allows for mobility during studies or for a work placement in an enterprise, or both combined, for any student enrolled in a higher education institute that holds the Erasmus+ University Charter. Erasmus mobility can be conducted from the 2nd year of studies in higher education. Studies abroad vary between 3 and 12 months.
Applicants are selected according to their file. The factors taken into account are language level, quality of the course and above all motivation! Once back in France, applicants are guaranteed that the training followed abroad will be validated (as long as the academic results are satisfactory). For studies abroad or a work placement which is an integral part of training, recognition takes the form of ECTS credits.
In addition to the enrolment fees in the host institute being free of charge, students can benefit from a mobility allowance. However, this is not allocated systematically! On average, the amount of the Erasmus+ grant is about €200 per month for studies abroad. Disabled students may benefit from an additional grant.
The work placement under Erasmus+
Erasmus+ proposes a work placement programme enabling students to join an enterprise for 2 to 12 months in 33 countries from the very first year of studies, on the condition that the original teaching institute has an Erasmus agreement.
The average amount of the work placement grant is €360 per month, which can be added to other financial aids. You should enquire at your institute for additional financial aids. The grant covers insurance, accommodation and language training for a period of 3 to 7 months. Jobseekers can also benefit from this programme. Some towns also provide financial assistance for mobility.