2022 Project Budget Erasmus+ KA131 European Traineeship Applications

The applications for Erasmus+ European Traineeship will be held between 03.03.2023– 24.03.2023, by 17:00. The details of the application can be found below.




Please bear in mind that:


-Traineeship activity cannot be used to carry out academic and scientific studies such as research assignments or analysis studies within the scope of a specific curriculum. Activities conducted by students in order to complete or support their own scientific studies like scientific researches and projects are not accepted as internship activities. In order for these activities to be accepted as traineeship activities, they should be carried out as professional activities that are economically viable in the related sector, not in academic studies.


-The following organizations are not eligible for Erasmus + traineeship activity:

·        EU institutions and agencies (https://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/institutions-bodies_en)

·        National Agencies and similar institutions carrying out EU programs

 -Make sure that traineeship activity will be recognized by the departments upon successful completion.


Who can apply?


·       Applicants must be registered at METU as full-degree students at the time of application.

·       Applicants must complete at least one semester at METU.

·       Conditional Program (Bilimsel Hazırlık) students and students studying in the Department of Basic English are not eligible to apply.

Start and End Dates of the Application


The application period is 03.03.2023– 24.03.2023. The application period ends by 17:00.


How to Apply?


Students apply online via Program through link https://erasmusbasvuru.ua.gov.tr/giris?returnUrl=%2F 


You can access the application guide in Turkish and English. 


During the online applications, applicants will be asked to submit an acceptance letter to the system. Late submissions will not be accepted. 

The acceptance letters should be signed, stamped and written on a headed paper (antetli kağıt) and include:

- dates & subject of the traineeship

- name of the institution where the traineeship will take place

- name and function of the person who signs the letter


In the acceptance letters, it should be specified that the applicants will work as a trainee rather than a researcher. Those letters including such notions as “research” or “scientific study” will not be accepted. 


The traineeship should be completed before 31 December 2023.


Sample Acceptance Letters

For the application to be valid, the acceptance letters should be approved by ICO. During the application period, ICO officers regularly control the acceptance letters according to the criteria above from the application system. It will be possible to make changes in the acceptance letters during the application period if they are not approved by ICO. 

The application should be completed 24.03.2023 before 17:00. The appropriateness of the acceptance letter will be decided on the last version that is uploaded to the online application system by this time. Hence, it will not be possible to upload any edited document after the deadline.  


Minimum CGPA requirement for Application

Undergraduate students who are considering applying for the Erasmus program should have at least 2,5 CGPA and graduate students should have at least 3,0 CGPA over 4,0.


English Proficiency Exam for Exchange Programs


***Applicants need to submit any of these English language scores taken within the last 5 years before the application period deadlines.

Accepted English Language Exams;

-English language exams recognized by METU (EPE, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, etc). For further information, click here.

-English language exams organized by OSYM (YDS/e-YDS/YÖKDİL).

International Cooperations Office is no longer holding English Proficiency Exam for Exchange Programs (EPEEP) based on the University Senate decision given on December 29, 2021.

Due to this decision, effective of our new applications period in 2023, in addition to the exams that are recognized by METU, ICO will accept English language exams that are organized by OSYM (YDS/e-YDS/YÖKDİL). Students interested in applying to ICO programs such as Erasmus+, Overseas Exchange or Mevlana will be able to submit any of these English language scores taken within the last 5 years before the application period deadlines.

Please check which exams are organized by OSYM from the link and prepare your valid score.



Selection Criteria

According to the regulations of the Turkish National Agency, 50% of CGPA and 50% of the English language test score are taken into account in electing prospective Erasmus students. Besides, before calculating the 50% of the CGPA, a coefficient is applied on the CGPA according to the applicants' department and semester information as below:

Student CGPA: 3.15

CGPA of the related department's students in the same semester with the applicant: 2.89
Ratio: 3.15/2.89 = 1.09

Overall Erasmus application score: 3.15x26.09 = 82.18

*the convergent factor to calculate 50% of the CGPA = 25

-  15 points will be added to the overall score of the students who are the children of martyrs and veterans. The proving documents must be submitted to the online application system during the application period.

-  10 points will be added to the overall score of students with disabilities. The proving documents must be submitted to the online application system during the application period.         

-  10 points will be added to the overall score of the students who are who have been under protection by 2828 Social Services Law. The proving documents must be submitted to the online application system during the application period.

-10 points will be added to the overall score of the students who or whose family are affected from the Earthquake occurred in 10 cities in Türkiye on February 6, 2023. The proving documents must be submitted to the online application system during the application period.

- 5 points will be added to the overall score of the students who will do a traineeship activity that’s in scope of Digital Opportunity Traineeships (cybersecurity, big data, digital marketing, software development, social media management etc.). You can select this option during your online application and your acceptance letters will be examined by ICO to confirm that your traineeship is in this scope.


 To get these additional points, applicants have to submit their official proofs by 24.03.2023 to International Cooperations Office via the online application form. 


- 10 points will be decreased from the overall score of the students for each participation to the Erasmus KA131 / Erasmus Traineeship.

- The students who apply for both Erasmus student mobility and traineeship mobility will be expected to give priority to one of their choices. The preference will be indicated during the online application. 10 points will be decreased from the choice that is not prioritized. 

 Duration of the Activity

The duration of the activity is between 2 and 12 months, valid separately for each degree level. The traineeship period cannot be less than 2 months (60 days). 

Students can participate in the Erasmus program more than once. The same student may receive grants for mobility periods totaling up to 12 months per each cycle of study (UG, MS, Ph.D.), independently from the number and type of mobility activities. This means the duration of Erasmus grants for Erasmus traineeship mobility and Erasmus student mobility and in a specific cycle of study for a student can be maximum of 12 months.


However, in order to provide mobility opportunities for a higher number of students and because of the budget limitations, the maximum duration of the granted period is limited to 3 months. The Erasmus+ trainees selected for this period will be able to receive an Erasmus grant for a 3 months-period.

 2022 Erasmus traineeship grants in Euros (monthly)


1. and 2. Group Program Countries

Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein,

Norway, Sweden ,Belgium, Cyprus (Güney Kıbrıs),

Germany, Greece, Iceland, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Malta

750 €




3. Group Program Countries

Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland,

Romania, Slovakia, Macedonia,Czech Republic, Crotia,

Slovenia, Serbia

600 €


**The students who are economically disadvantaged and getting needles pension under the law numbered 3294  (Incentive for Social Solidary) will get additional funding ( additional 100 euros per month)  after the selection process. The student should submit the official documents to prove this situation.

In the case of budget limitations, it is also possible to participate in the program without receiving any grant. Those applicants who would like to participate in the program without a grant need to make the application and their applications need to be evaluated as the others. Those participants with zero grants have to fulfill the rights and obligations of the program.

Students who would like to withdraw from the Erasmus traineeship program should inform ICO about the withdrawal decision latest by June 30, 2023. Please bear in mind that students who withdraw from the program after June 30, 2023 except for the force- majeure cases, will lose 10 points for their future Erasmus applications at the same study cycle (academic level).

Erasmus Traineeship Database 2009-2020

You can go to the above link to examine previous traineeship experiences of past students with the names of the institutions.

Warning for Traineeland (Berlin-based organization offering Erasmus traineeships)

Please note that it is come to our notice that Berlin-based organization named "Traineeland" is being reported by students from different countries in Europe as a scamming organization. We highly advise you not to engage with Traineeland for any potential traineeship opportunity they would offer. In our next application calls, acceptance letters from Traineeland will not be accepted for Erasmus+ traineeships.  


Students may also have a look at "Opportunities" page to see the institutions that are looking for an Erasmus trainee.

Announcement date of application results: The results will be announced towards mid-April, 2023 (expected)



Due to previous years’ students’ experiences, the acceptance letters taken from Dpoint Group and Anidra People’s University will not be accepted. Please select your traineeship place carefully.


Students may be required to obtain a visa for the traineeship period. Please keep in mind that visa procedures may take a long time and students may have to pay fees for visa application (fee amounts vary). Please consult with the embassy of the related country.



Erasmus+ 131 Information Meeting and Q&A Session Zoom Recordings


Information Meeting Recording:


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Erasmus Q&A Recording:


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