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Short-term study visit

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) offers the opportunity of undertaking a short-term study visit to students who have obtained at least a Bachelor degree.

The traineeship period serves to finalise a research or other project of direct interest to a specific unit of the CoR.

In general terms, the objectives of such study periods at the CoR are:

  • to allow the beneficiaries to complete a concrete project, clearly established in advance
  • to provide unique, first-hand experience of the workings of the CoR in particular
  • to acquire practical experience and knowledge of the day-to-day work of the Committee's departments
  • to work in a multicultural and multilingual environment

Who can apply?

Any national of one of the Member States of the European Union or a State which is an official candidate for accession may be proposed for a short-term study visit, provided that he/she:

  • has obtained as the minimum prerequisite the Bachelor's degree
  • is able to show that he/she needs to deepen his/her knowledge of the CoR for reasons related to professional, academic or research activities

Applicants of third countries may be awarded a short term study visit by the Secretary General in exceptional, duly motivated cases.

How to apply?

For participation in an officially recognised short-term study visit, the candidate must fulfil the specific admission criteria and must present a full application to the Traineeships Office, including the following mandatory documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A covering letter stating the reasons for applying to work for a specific CoR-department
  • A legible copy of a passport or identity card, giving surnames, forenames, date and place of birth and the nationality of the applicant
  • Copies of all relevant diplomas and/or official certificates held
  • Copies of all relevant attestations of professional experiences
  • Proof of knowledge of at least one of the CoR's most used working languages (English or French)
  • Proof of obligatory health insurance cover

The Traineeships Office checks whether the application is complete and meets the formal conditions as defined in the latest version of the Regulation. Only the CV and covering letter of the eligible applicant will be forwarded to the specific CoR department.

If the project and job description proposed by the CoR department meet the qualifications of the applicant, a short-term study visit may be granted by the Secretary General.

How long does it last?

The Secretary General can grant a short-term study visit of from 1 to 4 months. It may be extended to 6 months depending on the resources available at the CoR.

Expenses and insurance

All expenses incurred during the short-term study visit are to be covered by the participant. No financial support is granted by the Committee of the Regions.