All programmes offered by Zealand includes an internship component as an integrated learning component of the programme and curriculum. When you are considering an exchange in the form of an internship abroad, the first step for you is to orientate yourself on the requirements for such an internship. The requirements are defined in the curriculum of your study programme. On this website you can find your current curriculum under the menu point of your study programme.
Students can always choose to do their internship abroad without observing procedures found on this site. Just make sure that you observe the requirements set by the curriculum and that you follow the approval procedures and requirements for internships set by the programme management.
Regarding internships abroad – then this site only applies for students who wish to do their internship as an exchange applying for one of the possibilities offered by Zealand. Besides the requirements defined in the curriculum of your study programme the Academy has decided that a student who wants to apply for an internship abroad with our support, must honour the following requirements:
- The student must have passed the first 3 semesters of his studies (for cirtain programme the first 2 semesters – check your programme curriculum) with an average mark of at least “4”
- The student must have language skills in the relevant language at a level equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0 to 6.5 (CEFR level B2).
- The student must have an independent personality and must have shown willingness to adapt (cross-cultural competences).
For an exchange as an internship placement can be approved, the foreign company must be a registered and approved company. The business of the company should further be related to the curriculum of the student’s study programme. Finally, the following requirements must be meet by the foreign company and host of an internship:
- The company is described
- The tasks of the internship/training must be relevant to the student’s later work career
- The tasks of the internship/placement must be described and documented
- Working time is minimum 35.5 hours per week or
- Working time is minimum 28.5 hours per week if the stay is combined with elements of a study component in the exchange abroad programme
- The internship/placement must have a duration of 3 months for the AP degree programmes, 3 months for bachelor top-up programmes. For specific programmes the duration of the internship is longer than 3 months – check with your programme curriculum.
An internship can further be decided from a geographical point of view – within the EU or outside EU. Choose here:
Going on an exchange, either as an internship or as a study abroad, there will be some financial aspects to take into consideration.
When you go on an exchange abroad, you will typically have to consider and expect the following expenses (the list is not complete and will vary from country to country):
- Valid passport (minimum 1 year validity from the date when the exchange begins)
- VISA (check visa requirements for the country you consider)
- Vaccinations ( www.vaccination.dk )
- Insurance (Firstly, check out your present coverage and existing options with your present insurance company. Secondly, check with your professional association if you have a student membership in such professional association. Otherwise check on www.europaeiske.dk)
- Tuition / tuition fees
- Travel Expenses
- Housing costs in the host country during the exchange
- Living expenses/costs during the exchange (food, phone, local transport etc.)
How to finance an exchange abroad
Generally speaking you can follow these guidelines (it is always your own responsibility to check with the relevant authorities for the most updated information and specific rules and regulations):
Danish SU and the student loan (SU-lån)
If you receive Danish SU then you can apply with the SU authorities to have your SU (and student loan) during an exchange or to receive Danish SU (and student loan) for attending and completing a full programme abroad
Especially, you should observe if you receive SU as a resident with your parents that you can apply for SU as a student living by yourself “udeboende” if you join for an exchange or internship abroad.
In general you can receive SU and student loan as “udeboende” when your exchange is part of your education programme here in Denmark, meaning that full credits are merited/transferred by your Danish institution and that the exchange don’t prolong your studies with the Danish Institution. And normally your SU (and student loan) will not be affected by other grants or possibilities of financial support.
Talk to your student counsellor on SU issues or read more on www.su.dk
A scholarship is typically an extra possibility for support that you can add to your SU. The scholarship is normally granted to cover the extra costs associated with exchanges abroad.
In general it can be quite difficult to identify which scholarships are available, where can they be found and am I eligible to apply for such scholarship. A lot of rules apply for different types of scholarships.
You should begin your planning of an exchange in good time before departure. We recommend to start your planning ½ – 1 year before your intended exchange. Procedures take time, there are many opportunities to be evaluated and further a number of practical issues you must decide before you are good to go.
You should explore:
- The desired/intended place to study
- Decide upon a study program to study
- Search for opportunities for financial support
- Linguistic preparation, language tests and other tests if needed
- The journey, residence permit/study visa, immunizations, etc.
- And most likely a lot more
The student is assigned with a local a contact person at Zealand. The contact person will stay in touch with the students during the exchange. This is among others to ensure that the exchange progress as planned and if changes, that they are consistent with requirements. Be sure you know your contact person before you leave!
It is your own responsibility to make sure that you have the necessary insurance if you want to do an internship abroad or a study abroad with one of our partner institutions. AND if your exchange abroad is within the ERASMUS PLUS programme then you need to observe a mandatory insurance requirement which you need to be able to document.
Please note that your exchange must be reported by you at the latest three months after terminated your exchange and returned back to Zealand. If not reported in time, we reserve the right to require any grant or scholarship refunded, and in worst case we will ask the Authorities to withdraw the grant/scholarship amount from your SU/Income.
Regarding reporting an exchange the following is expected:
- A short debrefing on the exchange, max 1 page.
- Final report
- Travel expense report – e.g. if you have received a grant/scholarship then you must document that is has been used to cover expenses during your exchange (invoices, boarding cards, etc.)
Interruption of your exchange
If you decide to interrupt/cancel your exchange abroad before time, you must notify your student counsellor and local international campus coordinator immediately. Either when you have made such decision or as soon as you arrive back home.
You must report back to us the same way as if you had stayed as planned for the full duration of the exchange.
Your student counsellor will decide upon the credit recognitions issue together with the international coordinator, programme coordinator and others if needed. Further, it will be decided whether you are to refund all or part of any grant/scholarship received.