Erasmus+ Traineeships

Erasmus+ supports traineeships abroad for students currently enrolled in higher education institutions in Programme countries at Bachelor and Master level as well as for doctoral candidates.

More Information available on the European Commission website.


A student taking a degree course at Keele involving a Life Sciences subject (i.e. Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, Human Biology) is eligible to apply to spend up to 48 weeks on a Traineeship placement. Such a placement will increase your initial employment prospects by giving you appropriate employment, laboratory and research skills. In addition, the work carried out whilst on placement is written up and incorporated into your final year assessment.


Keele University has developed relationships with a number of international research institutes and has built on this experience to enable well-qualified students to develop their scientific training and employment skills within an international context. We believe that this will help to develop future employees with an international outlook.

We have opportunities for students to work in 20 different laboratories throughout Europe. 

In the first instance, you should discuss with Professor David Hoole which placement would suit you.

A meeting will then be organised with all second-year students for undergraduate traineeships or third-year students for post-graduate traineeships in Life Sciences to discuss the procedures involved and the application process.

A preliminary meeting will take place in the first semester with a follow-up meeting giving further details at the beginning of the second semester. The application procedure will also be clarified during this session.

The application is available on the Keele Learning Environment (KLE - Life Sciences Placements [LSC-00003)

All application forms should be handed into the Reception in the Huxley Building, Life Sciences and emailed to Professor Dave Hoole. 

If you have been taking a Language course alongside your degree, this will be great for your traineeship placement. Do not worry if you haven’t taken a language you can email to ask to be registered on the Online Linguistic Support (OLS). Alternatively you can check the university website and with your supervisor to see if there are any intensive language training within the university or in the surrounding area.

The online linguistic support (OLS) is designed to assist Erasmus+ participants in improving their knowledge of the language in which they will work, study or volunteer abroad so that they can make the most of their experience.

How does it work?

By taking the OLS language assessment before going abroad, Erasmus+ participants are able to determine their proficiency in the language of their destination choice.
Participants who wish to improve or learn the language have the opportunity to follow an online language course before and during their time abroad. Access to the language course includes a great variety of Live Coaching activities, amongst which tutoring sessions and interactive MOOCs.

How do I participate?
If you have been nominated to go abroad to Europe with Erasmus+ we can send you a login and a password to access the OLS assessment and language course, please email if you would like to do this.