5 reasons why you should study Business in Finland

5 reasons why you should study Business in Finland

When you think of Finland, you might think of Helsinki, the capital and largest city. With a population of approximately 1.4 million people only in Helsinki, it makes one third of the country´s GDP. But what makes Finland so special? The Northern lights, its beautiful forest and water, world´s cleanest air, one of the safest and happiest places in the world, and most importantly for students: world´s one and only midnight sun film festival? This sounds a lot like the place to be. But… why should you definitely consider studying business in this country? Let´s discuss 5 important reasons in this article.

Why to study Business in Finland

1. Finland is home to world’s best universities

Finland has a favorable reputation for providing high quality for higher education. The country attracts many international students from everywhere in the world. One of the main reasons that many international students choose to study in Finland is the fact that the country ranked the World University rankings in 2015 with at least nine universities! Furthermore, all universities guarantee scholarship opportunities for international students and offer over 400 English-speaking degree programes. The comfortable libraries are freely available for each student with free access to the internet. The Study Abroad Portal offers various graduate and undergraduate studies in Finland at one of the top universities, make sure to check them out here

2. Favourable quality of life

According to the OECD Better Life Index, Finland scores high in both education and skills. Both employment rates and household incomes score relatively high in the Better Life Index, with a score of 88% of adults who have completed upper secondary education. The quality of the environment around us has an impact on our health and well-being. Due to the country´s high levels of technology skills, Finland has one of the healthiest lakes, rivers and air, also due its effective environmental protection policies.

3. International opportunities 

As free education and/or low fees are attractive for most students, even though it is not the only reason why you should consider studying in Finland. Activities and connecting to other international students may have an impact on your choice as well. With the increasing globalisation and rising technology, Finland has succeeded in setting an excellent global standard. As a business student in Finland you may have a lot of advantages. Over 90% speaks English and international companies are able to access the same benefits as Finnish companies. 

4. Opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful spots in the world

Nature plays an important role in the Finnish lifestyle. Take Halti for example, which is Finland´s highest peak (1323 meters) on the border between Finland and Norway. A tip is to visit this mountain during the summer, as it might be hard to hike the mountain during the winter due to the extreme weather conditions. But worth to see the Northern lights!

5. Safety

As an international student in another country than your home country you might feel less safety since you are not familiar with the country, transport, clubs etc. But let´s get it clear that the capital of Finland is the second safest city in the world. Outside the capital the overall risks of criminality etc. are very low.

 

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The 10 struggles of having international friends

The 10 struggles of having international friends

After doing an internship abroad or staying in another country for your studies, you probably will have collected a considerable number of friends, who are not from your home country. That is great! No, in fact it’s amazing! You have many advantages due to such international friendships. But, there is also a downside! In the following article we’ll show you the 10 biggest struggles you’ll face when having international friends.

Struggles having international friends

1. Some jokes only work in your native language

Humor is the key to personal relationships and many friendships started or even only consist in two people telling jokes. But humor also differs from culture to culture. What for the British may be funny, for the Greek could be offensive. So sometimes you have to be carefully, when making a joke with your foreign friends.
And who didn’t at least once hear the request “tell us a joke from your country”? But that is not as easy as it seems. You have to translate it first of all, which might be already a challenge depending on your language skills. And then there is another problem: many jokes depend on wordplays and these can’t be translated. So even though you want your new friends to hear a local joke, it’s sometimes impossible for them to get it.  

2. When you have a party most of your friends aren’t even in the country

You’re planning your birthday party and it’ll be a huge event. What’s missing? Inviting all your friends! The only problem? About 70 % of your friends aren’t even in the same country as you. You send them an invitation anyway, hoping they have found a gold pot at the end of the rainbow and will be able to fly in. Deep down you know, they won’t make it. But even deeper down you already have the image of the perfect world, where all your friends join your party and make it the biggest success in your lifetime. Don’t be sad! It’s unfair, but on the other hand, your friends around the world are as sad as you that they won’t make it to your party and can’t spend time with you.

3. The biggest problem: at some point one of you leaves

It’s inevitable that sooner or later you have to leave your temporary home and go back to you real home country. That’s the sad truth: everything comes to an end. But of course, that doesn’t count for your friendship! You’ll stay in touch, promise to visit each other (and hopefully also do so) and for the big moments, that happen in your life, you already know who to tell them to.

4. You always have to ask “Where are you?” 

From now on messages won’t start with “How are you?”, but with “Where are you? The most amazing thing just happened…”. Yes, you’ll miss out on stuff, but your friends will always keep you updated, thanks to modern technology.

5. You’ll probably never have all your friends in one place 

You’ll realise that you probably never will have all your friends sitting at one table. You’ll also realise that your best friend from back home maybe never get to know your friends from your new country. To be honest, yes, that is sad, but on the other hand that’s the destiny one must live with when having friends all over the world.

6. Wherever you are, you’ll always miss someone 

Probably the hardest part of having friends in different countries is that it doesn’t matter where you are – you’ll always miss someone! While doing your internship abroad you will miss your friends back home and your family. But once you are back in your city you will miss all the new friends you got to know in the foreign country. It’s really a vicious circle, as it doesn’t matter where you go, there’s always someone who isn’t there you’d like to have around.

7. You have many places to stay, but no money to visit 

Having international friends means also getting constant invitations to their home. You probably could do almost a world trip and wouldn’t need to pay for any accommodation, due to the friends you made while staying abroad. You could, if you have the money. But plane tickets are expensive and even though you wouldn’t spend a penny once being at your friend’s place, the costs are too high for a student like you. That is a real struggle! Having the offers and not be able to accept them…

8. To talk to your friends, you must spend much time on your phone

Whether you like it or not, having international friends means depending on internet devices such as social media or your mobile phone in order to communicate with your long-distance friends. At certain hours you may be stuck on your phone, because your international friends are online and writing you. Let’s be honest, if you didn’t have them you probably wouldn’t seem so addicted to your phone. But although others might judge you, it is the only way to stay in touch and keep the friendship alive.  

9. Finding the right time to skype

As already mentioned, you are depending on modern technology to keep in touch with your friends abroad. Skype is a great way to also see them and not just write. But scheduling a Skype call can be tricky. Especially when your friends live in another time zones the sentences “let’s skype at 5” can result in higher mathematics, as you have to check which time this will be in your place. But don’t worry, once it works out without misunderstandings, it’s worth the trouble.

10. Once international, always international

Despite all the troubles, you can’t imagine a life without your friends abroad. All the memories you made together and all the jokes you told each other (regardless of the language barriers), etc. Life is better with friends – and it’s even more perfect with international ones!

You also want to make some international friends? Or get even more? Then what are you waiting for? Apply for an internship abroad! We from PIC Management will help you find the perfect internship for you! Check out our internship vacancies now: https://www.pic-management.com/en/students/internship-offers/

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How to find friends while living abroad?

How to find friends while living abroad?

Loneliness kills, and life is way better with friends. But how do you find friends in a new city or even in a foreign country? Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think! Here are some advices which will help you finding contacts in a new environment.

How to find friends during your internship abroad

Colleagues

The first people you’ll get to know while doing your internship abroad, will be your coworkers. Try to be as communicative as possible. Don’t be shy! If you talk to them first, they’ll think of you more positive and open. Try to ask them for their plans and maybe they’ll invite you for a beer after work or a party at their house on the weekend.

Facebook groups

There are many Facebook groups with the name “Nationality in XXX”. If you are interested in meeting people from your home country, who have been through the same changes, feelings and troubles like you, this is a good way to get connected. Also, this groups are great if you need advice about how things work in the new country, where to find a flat or where you can eat your home countries food, if you miss it.  
If you went abroad to not meet your fellow country(wo)men, then there are International groups like “Expats in XXX” or “Erasmus in XXX”. Just be creative in your search and I’m sure you’ll find the right group. And if not, just open one yourself!

Language exchange

You just arrived in your new country and you’re not very fluent yet in the local language? Don’t worry! You can find new friends, while improving your language skills. There are probably hundreds of people in your new city who are willing to help you. The easiest way to find them is to offer that you teach them your own mother tongue. Because you’ll always find people, who are learning German, French, Italian etc. in other countries. What if you speak such an unknown language like Estonian or Welsh as your first language? Don’t worry, most people are also happy to improve their English skills by having conversations in this language.
To encounter this kind of people, the internet – again – is a good tool for that. Facebook events or groups like “language exchange in XXX” can help you. There are also some websites who dedicate themselves on bringing people together as “tandem partners”. Or just go to a local language school and ask there, if someone is interested to get some extra practice.

Clubs

A very good way to get to know new people is a membership in a club. It can be a sports club, a theater club, a choir or a reading circle. You won’t just get to know tons of new people, but also be able to pursue your hobby while living abroad. Just google your city and your hobby and I’m sure you’ll find the right club for you, where you get to know people with the same interests as you.

Volunteer

Commit yourself in local aid organizations. In every town you can find them and the people you’re going to meet there are the best kind of. If you are a religious person, you can reach out to the local community and ask where they need help. But also outside of church organizations there is plenty helping hands needed: You can ask in homes for asylum-seekers, animal shelters, orphanages, hospitals or elderly homes. It is probably the best way to get to know locals and help the community of your new home. A very big extra plus is that social commitment looks great in your CV and shows the recruiters you care about others.

Couchsurfing

Maybe you already heard of that website. For those of you who haven’t: the aim of couchsurfing is to connect travelers all over the globe. Whenever you are in a new city and try to find a place to sleep you can write locals, who offer their couch (or bed) for you to stay. What do they expect in return? Nothing but good vibes, nice conversations and maybe friendships all over the world.
The couchsurfers have a profile with pictures, descriptions about themselves etc. and there is also a reference-section, where other surfers or hosts left a comment about their experience with this specific person. So, it’s not as unsafe as one thinks at the beginning, cause you can read up the experiences from other people, also, most of the profiles are verified by a Facebook profile or payment.
But how does this website help you, as you are not in the need of a place to stay in your new city? Well, you can also use the platform to connect with the locals to meet for a beer or a coffee in town. There are groups where you can ask questions. And it offers the possibility to start local events. In many big cities there are regularly (weekly or monthly) Couchsurfer Meetings in local bars where you could join.

Just try it! You have literally nothing to lose by meeting new people!

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Brexit: what are the consequences for the EU and the Erasmus program?

Brexit: what are the consequences for the EU and the Erasmus program?

On the 23rd of June 2016, during a referendum, organized by the former Prime Minister David Cameron, 51.9 % of the British people have chosen to leave the EU. The “British Exit”, also known as “Brexit” was born. Since then, for almost two years, it’s been a burning topic among European leaders.

But what are the major issues with it and what would be the specific impact on the Erasmus+ program and European students?

Consequences to the Brexit for the EU and the Erasmus program

What is Brexit actually?

As the people of the United Kingdom have vote, the country is therefore ready to leave the EU. A process which is supposed to end in March 2019, after 2 years of complex negotiations between the British government and its 27 European government counterparts. Since the 23rd of March 2018, Theresa May doesn’t allow any backward steps, as it will be a “hard Brexit”, no concessions. Here are the main measures: leaving the EU single market, leaving the EU, not depending anymore from the European Commission.

Ms May aims to have the power to negotiate her own commercial agreements, mainly with the Commonwealth. She still wishes that she could maintain a free-trade agreement with the EU, yet, she has admitted that life will be whole lot different for the British people. “We have to reach a new equilibrium. However, we will not accept Canadian rights and Norway obligations.” -she warned.
Nevertheless, her idea to negotiate individually with each European country has been a huge failure. Donald Tusk, the European Council president, declared: United Kingdom has chosen to leave the single market and the customs union will lead to “tensions” in their future commercial relations. Meaning that you are either in the European union, or you are not and personalized agreements will not happen. Without these agreements, the United Kingdom would be considered as a regular non-European country and would have to respect the World Trade Organizations rules which would mean tariff barriers.

In order to understand clearly, a document was presented by Michel Barnier to the European Council on the 15th of December 2017. It shows all the requirements from the EU, that the United Kingdom would have to fulfill in order to receive benefits from the EU and be considered as a partner like Switzerland for instance. If Theresa May will not reverse her decision keep the “No Deal” situation, the United-Kingdom will be a third-party country for the Europeans, like Japan for example.
United-Kingdom is now back to level zero. If the British people want, one day, to be part again of the EU, they would have to start from scratch and apply like a regular country would do!

Future relationship between Europe and United-Kingdom

Brexit is on its way, yes, but… a small way out still exists which could prevent the United Kingdom from leaving the EU. It would only require Theresa May to address a letter to Donald Tusk in order to reverse her statements concerning the 50th article about the EU. To do so, the deadline would be on the 29th of March 2019. Regarding the current political and economic differences, this seems unlikely to happen.

The Brexit in a few dates

20/02/2016: David Cameron announces that the referendum will take place on the 23rd of June 2016. The question asked is: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave it?”.

23/06/2016: Votes have been calculated, the result: 51.9% of the British people wants Brexit, to leave the EU.

24/06/2016: The Prime Minister, David Cameron resigns.

13/07/2016: Theresa May becomes Prime Minister. A new ministry dedicated to the Brexit is entrusted to David Davis, former European Affair secretary.

27/07/2016: Michel Barnier is named as the new chief negotiator of the commission in charge of leading negotiations with the United Kingdom.

17/01/2017: Theresa May confirms the “hard Brexit” by mentioning a total withdraw from the Union, including the Single Market and the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice. She presents her plan by defending a clear separation with the EU: “The United Kingdom can’t be part of the EU anymore”.

29/03/2017: United Kingdom invokes the 50th article of the Lisbon Treaty and triggers the leaving process.

29/04/2017: Theresa May’s project is being approved by the European Summit, all the 27 member-states.

22/05/2017: The EU adopts Michel Bergé’s negotiating mandate and officially gives him the right to start discussing with British government.

19/06/2017: Official start of the negotiation.

22/09/2017: Speech in Florence. Theresa May asks for maintaining the current bonds with the EU for a transition period of 2 years after the Brexit, in order to avoid a brutal change in rules for citizens and firms.

08/12/2017: Preliminary agreement on 3 key points, but which still remains discussed until October 2018. First of all, the 40 to 45 billion euro exit bill to be paid during the upcoming years, corresponding to the commitments taken in 2014 for the European budget. Secondly, European citizens residing in the United Kingdom and British people living in the other member countries shall keep their rights. Finally, the last key point is about not returning to a physical border between Northern and Southern Ireland.

19/01/2018: British and European negotiators managed to transcribe juridically the post-Brexit transition period terms (130-pages-long agreement, 75% approved by both parties).

23/03/2018: Adoption of the general guidelines by the 27 European leaders within the framework of future relations between the EU and United Kingdom.

29/03/2019: Brexit ratification: United Kingdom will officially leave the 28 states European Union and all its institutions.

01/01/2021: Ending of the transition period. People, services and goods can’t move freely anymore between United Kingdom and European Union.

Follow-up to the European Council from the 23rd March 2018.

On Friday, the 23rd of March 2018, the 27 European leaders met the British leaders to discuss the future post-Brexit relations. Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council (the European leaders Assembly), was satisfied with the common position adopted by the EU 27, concerning the negotiations in Brussel. This happened 3 days after the European Union announced the transition period which is going to last until the 31st of December, 2020.

He also asked the 27 leaders to give green light for a post-Brexit transition presented by Michel Barnier and David Davis. They had founded an agreement on these guidelines just before the summit. “We are reaching today a decisive step in this harsh and extraordinary negotiation” (statement relayed by Europe 1), observed Michel Barnier, who report the results of the negotiations to the 27 leaders. This will allow him to start discussing about the frame of the future partnerships with the United Kingdom, as they will have to respect EU’s principles and identity as well as the Single Market, considering that the United Kingdom will become a third-party country for European leaders.

Before leaving her peers, the British Prime Minister Theresa May wanted a new dynamic in the negotiations. Despite the separation, she wants to assure a strong partnership in terms of economics and security between the two parties.

Besides, she emphasized the fact that the temporary agreement on a 21 months post-Brexit transition is needed trade-offs from both sides but finally allowed to offer some certainties to companies and citizens concerned by the Brexit.

As for the EU, it still insists on finding a future free trade agreement in order to preserve the indivisibility of its single market, by reminding everyone one of its basic principles during this negotiation: no personalized trade agreement will be accepted.

⇒ To read, the official document on the guidelines of the European Council (Article 50) on the framework for future relations between the EU and the United Kingdom, 23 March 2018

How will Brexit impact the Erasmus Program?

The Erasmus program was created by the European Commission in order to implement free student movements between the main European schools and universities. Launched in 1987 by 11 member-states, including United Kingdom, it has allowed more than 4 million students to study in another European country by giving them scholarships and canceling tuition fees. This program is bounded by the Schengen area.

“Schengen allows Erasmus and Erasmus needs Schengen” – Michel Grelier

Even if the United Kingdom had never been a member state, it has an exemption of allowing free movement of people, vital for the Erasmus program.
As predicted by Michel Grelier during his conference on the 14th of March 2018, negotiations aim for a “Hard-Brexit”. Thus, United Kingdom will not be a possible destination for the Erasmus program and British students will not be able to enjoy this benefit anymore.

What are the consequences for European students?

A lot of students have considered their studies or even their professional career in the United Kingdom. Thanks to the opportunities offered by the Erasmus program, British students had access to other European universities, whom could have benefited from reduced tuition fees and equivalent diplomas. Until now, British universities had welcomed almost 7000 students from the EU.

Theoretically, European students will still be able to study in United Kingdom but “they will have to spend much more money than before because they would be recruited as international students” explains Anne-Catherine Guitard, Kedge Business School (France) programs director. It is important to know that tuition fees are particularly high in United-Kingdom which makes its universities unaffordable for most of the Europeans without Erasmus program’s help. For example, Oxford university counts 60% of its students coming from an EU member-state. Thus, consequences will be catastrophic for this kind of universities. Moreover, students would need a VISA to consider studying in United-Kingdom and this could dissuade huge part of them!

What are the consequences for British students?

They will be ones who are the most impacted by the Brexit, obviously. Indeed, lots of them are eager to go abroad but without financial help from the Erasmus program, it will be harder for them to do so.
Questioned by France 24 in March 2017, the British Erasmus agency director Ruth Sinclair-Jones, states that “The first priority should be to make sure that the United Kingdom remains an Erasmus program member because it would benefit everyone, not just the British people”. Yet, we already know that it won’t happen, she claims that another option should be chosen within this restructuring so that “the next British generation of students won’t be prevented from enjoying the benefits of meeting other European students”. However, an agreement could be found, as with Switzerland and Norway today but this takes a lot of time and the deadline is March 2019.

⇒ To read, the official declaration from the Erasmus website about current participants and the following year’s applicants.

Negotiations are happening between the EU and the United Kingdom which are not leading towards the maintaining of the current program. Yet, we are waiting for independent negotiations to happen between the countries individually which could generate specific agreements with the universities. Results could be the recognition of diplomas internationally and reducing the tuition fees.
The new generation has the duty to protect the Schengen area for the Erasmus program and the European solidarity in general. Young British people are seeing their dream to study abroad going to ashes with the Brexit. On the other hand, European students will still benefits from a wide range of destinations while enjoying the economic help and ease from administrative processes provided by the EU.

In the short term, Brexit should not directly impact the Erasmus program for students already in exchange or close to leave. As long as the UK remains a member of the EU, the status quo prevails. 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, the Erasmus exchanges will not be affected and the program will end with British people in June 2019 (end of the academic year).

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How to find an accommodation in London before your trip?

How to find an accommodation in London before your trip?

Your dream has always been to do an internship in London? and finally, after months of search, you have finally found the right one. Congratulations! Now, the only thing that awaits is to find an accommodation… You don’t know where to start? We got your back! ?

How to certainly find an accommodation in the city center within 5 days?

We often start with the thought that it is hard nowadays to find an accommodation in London. But why is that? First of all, it is quite an expensive city, more than Paris or Munich on average, even if the real estate prices have dropped since Brexit was announced. On average, it is difficult to find an accommodation in the main cities of the United Kingdom but it is even harder when you are looking for a place to stay from abroad. Usually, the further you are from the city center, the lower the rent will be. Yet, due to public transportation fees in London being quite expensive, you should find the right balance.

How to find an accommodation in London within record time?

How to find an accommodation in London within record time?

If you are tired of going through adverts all day long, then stop wasting your time on Facebook or any classified online adverts. Most of those are actually published by real estate agents anyways, so why wouldn’t you talk with them directly? We recommend you to contact these real estate agencies, as they are professionals who know well the market of London.

Since 2014, House London Trip supports those adventurers who are preparing their stay in London and they have already conquered the housing market in the capital. The company will propose you a flat which fits your needs within a short time period and you could even reserve it before arriving in London. They provide a personalized service allowing you to travel in complete serenity by avoiding all the administrative traps of what London could hide. The agency takes care of each of its customer on a case-by-case basis and allows you to move in less than 5 days. House London Trip has now launched a new service specialized in “short trips”, ideal for a 2 to 6 months long internship for instance.

The founder, Chakir Zahid I met some time ago, this French citizen had a first-hand experience of how hard it is to find a place to live. He decided to begin his own start-up located in Great Britain to help people who are in the same situation as he was. He realized the need for help, that how hard it can be to get by in a new city, where you barely know anyone.

How does this personalized service works to find your accommodation?

    1. 1. Defining your needs (localization, budget, trip duration) with a dedicated expert.
    1. 2. Visiting selected properties either on-site or through video.
    1. 3. Signing the lease agreement and moving into your new place.

“I do not regret calling House London Trip for a room. They helped me a lot. By entrusting them with the mission of looking for accommodation I was able to arrive in London and settle down calmly without worrying about anything. Team very serious since there is a first telephone contact to identify the needs and the visits begin upon arrival in London.”

- Lamina

What service to choose for an accommodation adapted to your needs

House London Trip offers 3 different personalized services to help you when looking for your new home. After sending the form to register, you will have to choose between 3 packages:

The ready-to-move

Once arrived in London, HLT can organize an unlimited number of visits per day according to your criteria. A dedicated team member will help you with the whole process until you have signed the lease agreement of the chosen place.

Visiting properties remotely

It is a unique possibility to visit properties through Skype or FaceTime from your home country. A team member will contact you 2 hours before to check on your availabilities. You will just have to sign the lease after your arrival!

Premium service

As soon as you arrive in London, a team member will welcome you at the King’s Cross tube station, then he will guide you directly to the Generator Hostel London to check you in. Afterwards, the 3 days of unlimited visit will start, according to your attainabilities.

All these packages also include administrative help with your relocation:

  • Creation of your Oyster Card (public transportation card).
  • A sim card from the provider Giffgaff (with a 5£ deposit).
  • Scheduling your appointment for your NIN (National Insurance Number). Essential document in order to have a job in England.
  • Helping with opening your bank account.
  • Registering you to the NHS service (National Health Service).

Once you are in London, enjoy the House London Trip expatriates’ network, make new friends and take the most of your new life abroad! Not to mention that they propose, once a month, an after-work event in one of the city center pubs.

Contact Chakir ZAHID

Website: http://www.houselondontrip.com/

Mail : info@houselondontrip.com

Phone : +44 (0) 7 985 751 770

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How to find friends while living abroad?

Life is way better with friends. But how do you find friends in a new city or even in a foreign country? Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think! Here are some advices which will help you…

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What you need to know for an internship in Europe

What you need to know for an internship in Europe

Going abroad for an internship in Europe is always an exciting step. Even when you just move to your neighbor country thousands of questions will cross your mind about visa application, a new health insurance, opening a bank account, going to the immigration office etc. Here is a list about some European countries and what you have to keep in mind when you move there. All students need an internship agreement provided by the university and this article focuses on European students who do an internship in the Schengen area and therefore do not require a Visa.

For more information, you can always ask us or inform yourself here.

If you stay longer than three months, you have to make an appointment in Spain to apply for N.I.E.

Internship in Spain

You have probably already heard about it, but you still don’t know what exactly it means, the N.I.E. First of all, N.I.E. stands for Número de identficación de Extranjero which means foreigner ID. Every worker in Spain needs it. If you stay less than three months, you can apply for N.I.E. at the embassy of your home country. Normally, it will take around three weeks before it arrives.

In order to apply for N.I.E., you need your identification card, a copy of your identification card on an A4 paper, your European health insurance card, rent contract and your internship agreement. Moreover, you have to fill out several documents which can be found online.

If you stay longer than three months, you have to make an appointment in Spain to apply for N.I.E. Keep in mind that some companies require the N.I.E. before you start your internship. If you make an appointment in advance, you will receive your N.I.E. directly during your meeting. Be careful when you are going to Barcelona. This city is so popular for internships that they are running out of appointments. If you stay less than three months, we strongly recommend you, to apply for your N.I.E. in your home country.

The host companies sometimes require a Spanish bank account for the salary. After receiving your N.I.E., you can easily open your bank account and get your social security number (Número securidad social). The N.I.E. costs 10,30 Euro.

Germany is known for its strong economy and offers internships in various fields.

Internship in Germany

Have you ever thought about doing your internship in Germany? Germany is known for its strong economy and offers internships in various fields.

As an European citizen, all you have to do is to go to the registration office within the first week after your arrival. You will need your ID card, a registration form and your rent contract. Don’t miss the deadline otherwise you have to pay a penalty fee. You don’t need a German health insurance when you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

If your internship is mandatory for your university, you won’t have to pay for social insurance, taxes, pension fund etc. However, you are also not entitled to receive the minimum wage. Most companies pay you a small amount of money to finance your stay.

For an internship in France, your host company is responsible for providing most of the documents.

Internship in France

For an internship in France, your host company is responsible for providing most of the documents. With your European Health Insurance Card, you do not need a French health insurance.

French companies have to pay 554 Euro minimum salary for interns. However, internships with a duration less than eight week do not have to be paid.

If you are a student from another EU country and in the UK for less than 6 months, you will require a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which must be obtained from your home country!

Internship in the United Kingdom

If you are a student from another EU country and in the UK for less than 6 months, you will require a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which must be obtained from your home country!

Next to this you require a national insurance (NI) number. You cannot apply for this number online so when you first move to London, you can call them and make an appointment. For the meeting, you will need the following documents: passport/identity card, residence permit, birth/adoption certificate, marriage/civil partnership certificate, driving license, work contract, proof of employment/studies and proof of address (rental agreement, letter or bill).

You have to pay taxes but can ask for a tax refund after your internship. The UK also has a minimum wage, however if the internship is a mandatory part of your study program, you do not have to receive any salary.

Due to the Brexit from 2016, the future of the United Kingdom is still unclear. The free movement and working possibility for internships might chance so keep yourself updated!

For a hospitality internship in Greece, your university needs a study program related to tourism, hospitality or leisure management.

Internship in Greece

For a hospitality internship in Greece, your university needs a study program related to tourism, hospitality or leisure management. Even when you are not enrolled in this program, you can still do an internship in Greece. An international health insurance is highly recommended. Some hotels have another internal contract that the student must sign. Ask your university in advance if it is possible for you to sign the internal contract! Most hotels provide full board accommodation and 300- 500 euro per month.

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