Short-term study visits

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 of a State which is an official candidate for accession may be proposed for a short-term study visit, provided that he/she has as a rule obtained as the minimum prerequisite the Bachelor's degree.

In duly justified exceptional circumstances, and upon request of the requesting serving, the Secretary General or his delegate may grant a derogation in respect of candidates who are not yet holder of a Bachelor's degree provided they can demonstrate to have successfully completed, at the start of the study visit, at least half of the training cycle related to a Bachelors' degree which is deemed relevant to CoR activities.

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

How to apply?

In order to allow the Traineeships Office to verify whether the essential eligibility criteria as set under Article 19 of the present regulation are fulfilled, the candidate shall imperatively submit the following mandatory documents to the Traineeships Office in good time ahead of the start of the study visit:

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • A motivation letter stating the reasons for applying to work for a specific CoR-service

  • A legible copy of a passport or identity card, giving surnames, forenames, date and place of birth and the nationality of the applicant

  • Proof of obligatory health insurance cover

  • Where appropriate, copy of the Bachelor diploma or a certificate attesting that the candidate has successfully completed, at the start of the study visit, at least half of the training cycle related to a Bachelors' degree which is deemed relevant to CoR activities

Furthermore the candidate shall present, upon request and no later than upon arrival at CoR, the following documents to the respective unit, for verification:

  • 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)

The date on which the study period is to start shall be decided with the participant.

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.