Traineeship with a SEMP grant

Students from European universities who do a traineeship at the University of Fribourg (Unifr) or in an enterprise/organisation in Fribourg may be entitled to a grant under the Swiss-European Mobility Programme.

  • Conditions

    The conditions for obtaining a SEMP grant are as follows:

    1. The traineeship must take place during your studies and be recognised academically by your home university.
      Traineeships done after you have completed your studies cannot be funded by SEMP.
    2. The duration must be at least 60 days between the first and the last working day, this is almost 9 weeks. The maximum duration is of 12 months.
    3. During the traineeship, you must be enrolled as a student at your home university.
  • Grants
    • The monthly grant for a traineeship is CHF 440. The grant is calculated according the effective duration of the traineeship while counting 30 days for one month: SEMP grant = Duration of the traineeship in days times X (CHF 440 : 30).
    • The entire grant is paid at the beginning of the traineeship. If the traineeship is shortened, a reimbursement will be required. If the traineeship is extended, an additional amount can be granted under the condition of remaining available funding.
    • The number of grants per academic year is limited. Requests are treated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Green Travel Top Up

    SEMP students who choose to travel to and from Fribourg by train or bus can benefit from a unique top up of CHF 100.- for more environmentally friendly mobility. The amount of the top up is independent of the location of the home university (same amount for travelling from Lyon or Tartu) and cannot be split in case one way is made by train and the other by plane.

    If the Green Travel Top Up is requested, it must be indicated in the grant agreement. The travel receipts must be returned by e-mail to at least 30 days after the end of the traineeship. The top up will be paid afterwards.

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  • How to apply
    1. The person in charge of your traineeship at Unifr or at the host enterprise in Fribourg must inform the International Relations Office about your traineeship by email (
      Thefollowing information about the trainee must be sent:
      • Last name, first name
      • Email address
      • Home university
      • Dates of the traineeship

        The request has to be done at least 4 weeks before the start of the traineeship. 

    2. You will then receive a link to register online. Please enclose the following documents when you register:
      • Application form signed by the home university
      • Learning agreement for a traineeship (LAT)
      • Insurance certificate
      • Scan of your passport or identity card
    3. You will receive confirmation of admission once your application has been checked, followed by the information about your IT account at the Unifr.
    4. Two weeks before the start of your traineeship the accompanying process starts on MyUnifr, during which you receive for example the grant agreement or the final report.
    5. The entire grant is paid at the beginning of the traineeship (please check the chapter “Grant”)
    6. At the end of your traineeship, you must submit a final report on MyUnifr (at latest 30 days after the end of the traineeship). 
  • Prepare your stay

    Visa and residence permit



    Live in Fribourg

    Students with special needs

    Residence Permit