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How's the Erasmus+ grant enhancing our students' placement experience?

Going abroad for an internship is the perfect opportunity for students to not only strengthen their CV but also enhance their personal and professional development. Through this experience, you can take your studies to the next level and kickstart your career in a different country.

Among several scholarships and grants Hotelschool The Hague is currently offering, students can also participate in the Erasmus + programme. Erasmus+ is the EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth, and sport for the period 2021-2027. Education, training, youth, and sport are key areas that support students in their personal and professional development. High-quality, inclusive education and training, as well as informal and non-formal learning, ultimately equip young people of all ages with the qualifications and skills needed for their meaningful participation in a democratic society, intercultural understanding and successful transition in the labour market.

Participating in the programme will offer students a unique opportunity for placement experience in any other European country for two to twelve months. By doing a traineeship abroad with Erasmus+, you can improve not only your communication, language and intercultural skills, but also soft skills highly valued by future employers, as well as become more entrepreneurial.

The Erasmus+ grant is intended for students who go on placement within Europe and covers the travel and living costs abroad. It’s a contribution towards the extra costs. The Erasmus+ grant is not intended to cover all the costs of a stay in a foreign country. The total amount of your grant will depend on the length of your mobility period and the country of your destination.

Which are the participating countries? All 27 member countries of the European Union participate in the Erasmus+, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, FYR of Macedonia, Norway, Turkey, Serbia and the overseas territories of all these countries.

Read more about the Erasmus+ programme, requirements and process HERE

We asked our students who returned/or are currently at their Erasmus+ placement to share with our community their stories and how the Erasmus+ grant helped them during their stay abroad:

Starting my internship in Stockholm was something I was really looking forward to. An amazing city with many opportunities but also a very expensive one to live in. Receiving the Erasmus+ supported me a lot during my time there. A big part of the grant, I use to pay my rent and enjoy the city there as much as possible with day trips, visits to the museum and so much more. The grant helped me to get the most out of my internship city.

Huub Mulder

The Erasmus grant allowed me to have a great experience in Sweden, where day-to-day life is quite expensive in comparison to other European countries. I was able to visit museums, do short trips and excursions around the country, and in general be flexible during my daily life there

Dymfie Kop

The Erasmus Grant has helped me to have a smoother transition to the Florentine life by giving me the safety of a secure income that could cover all my expenses, and more importantly, to be financially independent with no need to ask for “extra pocket money” from my parents. Moreover, when all the basics were covered, I had the opportunity to invest my intern salary in visiting museums and restaurants to enrich my concierge knowledge to do an even better job at Portrait Firenze Hotel as a Lifestyle Agent. Overall, it relieved the daily life's financial stress and made me focus more on what I came to do: learn and grow as a professional.

Andra Iamandi

I am really great that I was able to apply for the Erasmus+ grant as part of my internship in Barcelona, which provided significant benefits throughout my time abroad.The grant has primarily supported me in being able to pay for my room's rent and be more flexible in doing pleasurable activities with my friends and colleagues. Receiving this grant has definitely elevated my internship.

Esmée Boekhoudt

When I started my internship in Berlin, it was very difficult to find housing for the first two months. The Erasmus+ grant was a big help during this challenging time, as it allowed me to pay part of my rent and cover some of the expenses involved in finding housing. I am very grateful for the Erasmus+ grant as it helped me overcome these challenging times.

Julie Wendt Spies

I am very thankful to receive the Erasmus+ grant during my internship in Copenhagen. I am currently in a high-end restaurant in Copenhagen, and the workload does not really leave space for another job to finance my time here. The Erasmus+ grant, therefore, helps me a lot and covers a part of my expenses in order to discover opportunities outside of The Netherlands.

Magdalena Hrovat