France : work placement

For a work placement in France: employers hosting a trainee for more than two months must pay minimum compensation to him/her that is exempt from Social Security contributions. As from 1st September 2015, this compensation, or stipend, has been set at €3.45 per placement hour or €523.26 for a full time month (35 hours/week). Compensation is optional for placements shorter than two months.

For a French student on a placement in Europe:

- Erasmus placement: Erasmus is not just for study abroad. Erasmus Stage is a variant of the original programme that helps students to finance a work placement in Europe.

- Eurodyssey grants fund work placements in Europe for job seekers. In France, this grant is available for inhabitants of Burgundy, Champagne-Ardenne, Corsica, Franche-Comté, Ile-de-France, Limousin, Midi-Pyrénées, Picardy, Poitou-Charentes and Rhône-Alpes.

- CIERA grants help 1st year Masters students who want to do a work placement in Austria, Germany or Switzerland.

- Leonardo grants help people on the job market but also people undergoing initial vocational training to do a work placement in Europe with 100% funding for their stay.

For a French student on a placement outside Europe:

- OFQJ grants: If you are no longer a student, you can reach out to the Office Franco-Québecois pour la Jeunesse to do a three month work placement in Quebec. You will receive guaranteed remuneration in the amount of CA$700 per month.

- AUF grants: The work placement grants from the AUF’s Western Europe and North Africa Office are intended for students in the final year of a Masters programme who are enrolled at an institution that is an AUF member in the zone covered by its Western Europe and North Africa Office.

- International mobility aid: This is a grant from the Ministry of Higher Education and Research awarded by CROUS to students enrolled in a higher education institution in France who already receive grants based on social criteria.

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