IAESTE is open to students currently enrolled in the third year or above of 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. Applications are accepted online between October 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.

The LC have an amazing summer social program for this coming summer, if you would like to join any of the weekends let the Dublin LC know on their facebook page! iaestelc.ie/plan-for-iaest…

We are just about finished finalizing the remainder of our 2018 traineeships! We are delighted to have sent students to over 10+ countries this year #exchange #iaesteireland #workabroad #travel

Join the Dublin Local Committee today! If Edwin's blog cant convince you, I don't know what will! leargas.ie/blog/iaeste-co… #exchange #iaesteireland


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.
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