Citizens of the EU/EEA Countries and Switzerland
Traineeship in an EU/EEA Country or Switzerland
You can enter any of the EU/EEA countries or Switzerland for a traineeship with only your passport/ID card. However, when the total length of stay exceeding 3 months (90 days), registering of your right to reside needs to be done for the local police authorities within the first 3 months.
Traineeship in a Non-EU/EEA Country
Whenever the traineeship taking place outside of the EU/EEA countries and Switzerland, you always need to apply for a Residence Permit to be able to enter the country in question.
The residence permit needs to be applied in the embassy of the country of destination and the application process should be started as soon as the traineeship is confirmed, since the process can take even months.
Citizens of the Non-EU/EEA Countries and Switzerland
Traineeship in a Schengen Country
When the traineeship taking place in one of the Schengen countries and the total length of stay not exceeding 3 months (90 days), you can enter a Schengen country with a valid residence permit admitted to Finland.
In case of the total length of stay exceeding 3 months (90 days), a separate Residence Permit for any of the Schengen countries is always needed.
Traineeship in a Non-Schengen Country*
A separate residence permit is always needed for entering any of the non-Schengen countries, also when the total length of the stay is less than 3 months. The residence permit needs to be applied in the embassy of the country of destination and the application process should be started as soon as the traineeship is confirmed, since the process can take even months.
*Non-Schengen countries within Erasmus: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Macedonia, Romania, Turkey and United Kingdom
Renewal of Your Residence Permit to Finland
Please note that when going for an international traineeship, you also need to consider the timing for the traineeship according to the expiry date of your Residence Permit admitted to Finland – since you do need to have a valid RP to be able to come back to Finland from the traineeship. The other option would be to be able to start the renewal process for the RP very early, to be able to have a valid RP before even leaving for your traineeship. At the moment, the renewal process is taking approximately 5 months.
NOTE! Do not purchase any flight tickets etc. before your residence permit is granted.
Erasmus+ or Travel Grants cannot be paid to you if the traineeship is cancelled due to the country of destination not granting the student a residence permit for the traineeship.
Living and Working Abroad