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Practical Training Abroad

Make the most of the opportunity to complete your practical training period abroad, during your studies at KAMK. In view of your future career the experience gained by working abroad provides you with a significant advantage in the job market and it clearly demonstrates your willingness to take risks and to survive in a variety of environments to potential employers. 

Timing

The same rules apply to international traineeships as to practical training completed in Finland. Before starting your training period you must check your school's recommendation concerning the timing of the practical training. Please consult your International Coordinator or your Practical Training Coordinator.

Applying

The application period is always open. However, it is a good idea to start planning your practical training abroad in good time – at least six months before your desired training period. Consider what you would like to do and learn while working as a trainee, where you would like to complete your training period and why. Please write an application and CV in English or the target country's language. Take these with you and visit your practical training co-ordinator to discuss possible placements and further actions. Please also remember the social media channels.

You should apply for a placement yourself, both in Finland and abroad. Please remember that finding a job abroad demands patience, flexibility and activeness. You can find information about available practical training places for example from this webpage.  

After finding the place

Practical training contract
Have the trainee post approved by your practical training coordinator and ask him/her which practical contract must be used

Exchange application
Fill in the electronic application form in SoleMOVE and attach the signed practical training contract, CV and your Transcript of Records to the application    

Grant application
Fill in the electronic grant application form available on the student intranet.
The grant can be applied if the duration of your practical training is a minimum of 2 months. Provided that all documents are in order, 80 % of the grant will be paid before exchange

KELA aid
If you are able to get KELA aid for your studies at KAMK, please remember to tell KELA about the changes in your circumstances.            

Insurance
You can find more information about KAMK insurance for students here.

Visas, Residence and Work Permits
Please see KAMK Foreign Exchange Guide             

Erasmus+ and OLS language test
Online language assessment, OLS,  is a mandatory part of Erasmus+ exchange (a test before and after mobility, a voluntary online language course). If you are a native speaker, you do not have to take the test. You will get the test link to your KAMK e-mail.  

Before you return from practical training  

  • Ask the employer to fill in the Feedback from Employers form
  • Ask your employer to sign your weekly diary
  • Ask your employer for a work or practical training certificate or alternatively a traineeship certificate form (the third section in the Erasmus+ traineeship learning agreement form), if it is an Erasmus+ practical training.       

After the practical training period  

  • Complete a practical training report according to the instructions of your school
  • Enclose your weekly diary with the report as an attachment
  • Return all forms related to the practical training period and the employer’s feedback to the teacher coordinating your practical training 

Payment of the remaining grant     

  • The remaining grant will be paid to you after you have completed / returned
    • your exchange report in SoleMOVE
    • your EU Survey (Erasmus+ only)
    • your OLS language test (Erasmus+ only)
                           
           

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    Contract / Non-EU Countries
    LinkedIn is an international social media channel used by employers to look for competent people. In your LinkedIn profile you can notify that you are looking for  practical training place.