IAESTE is open to students currently enrolled, preferably in the third year or above, in technical courses such as Engineering, Science or IT in third-level institutions in the Republic of Ireland. Graduates can apply within the first year of their graduation. We accept applications online between September and December each year. IAESTE holds an annual conference in January at which all member countries exchange traineeship offers. IAESTE Ireland matches applicants with relevant traineeships. Traineeships can last from two to 12 months and be hosted in any IAESTE country other than Ireland


There is an application fee and a further placement fee on acceptance of a traineeship, to contribute to the running costs of the programme. IAESTE trainees pay their own travel costs, including any required visa or work permit processing fees. All trainees must have valid international health insurance before travelling.


IAESTE is an immersive experience which places students in a different country and work culture,improving their technical, professional and intercultural skills simultaneously. Most IAESTE countries have active local committees who greet trainees on arrival, show them around their local area, and arrange a social programme throughout the placement. Many trainees have gone on to full-time employment with their host employers or in their host countries as a result of the experience gained.

The personal and professional links which IAESTE trainees make with international employers,universities and fellow trainees is one of the biggest benefits. IAESTE has an active Local Committee and Alumni community so these links last long after the traineeship.Trainees receive a salary directly from their employers sufficient to cover their cost of living. This is paid in local currency in line with regional norms (i.e. a trainee working in the U.S. receives a standard U.S. trainee wage in US dollars; a trainee working in India receives a standard Indian trainee wage in rupee). In most cases accommodation is arranged before arrival by the IAESTE national office or local committee.

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Léargas is a not-for-profit organisation that operates under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Léargas manages European, national and international exchange and cooperation programmes in education, training and youth and community work and has been managing such programmes for over 30 years. Léargas currently has 40 staff based in our Dublin office. Our staff come from Ireland, Poland, France, Croatia, Denmark and Spain and have wide-ranging experience in education, training, community, youth and development work; and in IT and finance. The National Centre for Guidance in Education operates under the aegis of Léargas.
LéargasFriday, October 20th, 2017 at 3:00am
Discover how you can access #Youth Erasmus+ funding at our Discovery Days next week! Register here: https://www.leargas.ie/news/upcoming-discovery-days/
LéargasThursday, October 19th, 2017 at 11:56pm
Ruth Baker is EU Project Officer with Ballymun Job Centre. The Centre uses Erasmus+ Vocational Education and Training funding to collaborate with European partners. Their projects focus on Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. In this week’s blog Ruth talks about the challenges and benefits of working on these Erasmus+ VET KA2 Strategic Partnership projects:

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Happy #IAESTEDay! Today we're celebrating the students, employers and volunteers who make the IAESTE programme so special, and launching the celebrations for IAESTE's 70th year.

If you’ve been involved in IAESTE, choose the ONE photo that captures your experience and share it to the brand new IAESTE Ireland Instagram. The best photos will be submitted to the international competition, and be in with a chance of winning a travel voucher for 500 Swiss Francs! https://www.leargas.ie/news/iaeste-day-2017/
LéargasWednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 3:59am
Primary teachers: we've extended our deadline to 23 October. Apply now to learn about inclusion in the classroom!
LéargasTuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 9:00pm
There's still time to apply for this upcoming #eTwinning seminar taking place 02/11: https://www.leargas.ie/programmes/etwinning/professional-learning/