Internship and Project Oriented Placement

Provided that you  for the period abroad, you are eligible for financial support through SDU International – either through the Erasmus+ framework for stays within Europe lasting at least 2 months or through SDU’s Internationalization Fund for shorter stays or stays outside of Europe. You can read further about these support options at the subpage Grants and Scholarships.



Internship or project oriented placement?

If you plan an internship abroad as part of your studies you need to pay special attention towards how it will affect your SU.

A few programmes at SDU have an inbuilt mandatory internship period (Professional Bachelor´s degree, Bachelor of Engineering and Journalism). For these programmes it is possible to receive salary during the internship period instead of SU.

For all other programs, it is possible to do a project oriented placement in collaboration with a company or an organization if it is stated in the curriculum. The project oriented placement is to be evaluated with an exam after the end of the placement, according to the rules applicable for the curriculum in question.

Many students refer to project oriented placements as “internships”, but it is important to note that a project oriented placement differs significantly from the mandatory internships of some specific programs, in that you cannot be paid or receive remuneration for the placement at the organization.

Have you been offered a paid internship?

If you have been offered an internship and want to make sure you can be merited for it, you cannot receive salary for the internship. Instead, make an agreement with the company/organisation that you will be compensated for documented expenses (e.g. rent, insurance, internet or other). 

If you do the above, be especially aware of the following:

  • Is the compensation you receive liable to taxation in the country you are in?
  • Does your internship host’s insurance cover you? Provided you receive compensation instead of pay, as your affiliation to your internship host may be affected by this setup.
  • You must be able to document your expenses, so remember to keep all receipts connected to your placement abroad.
  • As a student it is your own responsibility to ensure that your study board (studienævn) has approved the project oriented placement as a merited part of your degree.

Below you can find a checklist about what to remember before, during and after your exchange stay.

Important documents

Below you can find important documents that you will need to feed the bureaucracy in connection to your internship or project-oriented placement abroad.

*Only mandatory for Erasmus+ internships and project-oriented stays.

If you graduate soon, please have a look at the following link about your options for participating in a traineeship in an Erasmus+ programme country: Erasmus+ Traineeship for Recent Graduates

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