Study and Internship Abroad

Internship & Graduation Abroad

By doing your internship, bachelor essay or graduation paper abroad you can combine working experience with an experience in a foreign country. International working experience is highly valued by companies and a welcome addition to any CV. The experience abroad will also increase your foreign language skills and help you develop yourself on an intercultural level. Students usually stay abroad for at least 8 weeks but not longer than a year.

Your faculty contact person can offer support in finding an internship and advise you about the content of your internship or assignment. Please take into account that preparations for arranging an internship abroad may take six to twelve months. It is important to contact your faculty contact person as soon as possible. Also, almost every faculty organizes information meetings about internships and studies abroad. UT students who will do their internship starting from 1 October 2016 have to register via the registration system Mobility Online.

General conditions

The conditions for doing an internship or writing a bachelor essay or graduation paper abroad differ per study programme: most faculties have specific regulations. Please contact your faculty contact person to learn more about the possibilities.


Step 1: Finding an internship

There are two basic ways to find an internship: look for one yourself or look for one through a mediator. Searching for an internship yourself may take more time and effort but it may increase your chance of finding a suitable internship at a specific company or in a specific country. Using a mediator (such as AIESEC) will make finding an internship easier but you usually will have to join the mediator’s organisation.

Faculty Contact Person

Your faculty contact person can offer support in finding an internship and advise you about the content of your internship or assignment. Please take into account a preparation time of six months to a year to find a suitable internship or assignment abroad. It is advised to contact your faculty’s internship coordinator as soon as possible. Also, almost every faculty organizes information meetings about internships and studies abroad.

AIESEC

"With a network in 125 countries, AIESEC is the second largest NGO in the world. We provide students with the opportunity to go abroad for a professional internship (3-18 months) of a voluntary project (6-12 weeks), to develop themselves on a broader level next to their studies and have a positive impact on society. We offer personal guidance during the process of finding the right internship, while you are abroad and when you come back in the Netherlands"

Curious to see what opportunities await you? Browse through their database or stop by their office for more information (Bastille, room 319).

International Minor

An international experience can also fit into your minor programme. Because a minor is meant to widen your knowledge and skills, doing your minor abroad can be an excellent option.

International Study Tour

Many study associations organize (annual) study tours. A study tour usually lasts about a month and can be part of your minor programme when combined with extra subjects.

Other Links

Step 2: Financial support

Various scholarship programmes can offer financial support for an internship abroad.

Erasmus+ Traineeship Scholarship

The Erasmus+ Traineeship Scholarship is available for UT students who will do an internship (traineeship) abroad at a company, education centre, university, research centre, or other organisation in one of the participating countries.

Twente Mobility Fund

With the Twente Mobility Fund (TMF), the UT offers financial support to all students who want to do an internship abroad. Depending on your destination (EU or non-EU) this scholarship will offer support for an internship abroad of 8 weeks or more.

Holland Scholarship – University of Twente

The Holland Scholarship is a scholarship made available by the Dutch Ministry of Education Culture and Science together with Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. It is meant for students who want to study, do research or an internship outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
Please note: all Holland Scholarships for the academic year 2016/2017 have been granted. You can apply for a Holland Scholarship 2017/2018 from 1 April 2017.

Student Ambassador Scholarship

The UT would like to reward students who put effort into promoting the UT abroad. Do you have the opportunity to make a name for the UT abroad or can you convince foreign students to study at the UT? You could be rewarded a €200 Student Ambassador Scholarship (SAS).

Other Scholarships

Other links

Information offices abroad

Beursopener – National database for financial support during studies/internships/research abroad

Step 3: Practical Matters

Practical matters come into play once you know what you want to do, where you want to go and as soon as you have gathered the financial means to successfully complete your international experience. In this section we provide information about practical preparation of your stay abroad.