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- No. There is no limit of age to participate in the traineeship programme.

- You will be in more than one list but if you get selected by one institution and accept to make your traineeship there, you must withdraw your application from the other/s.

- Not necessarily. 4 exams are the minimum requirement, not the maximum. Grades also play a relevant part in assessing your level. There is also a difference between C1 and C2, corresponding to Effective Operational Proficiency and Mastery respectively. If you have only these 4 exams to prove your declared C knowledge make sure that the grades are as high as to unequivocally prove your declared level.

- No. Marks are needed on your certificate/s in order to prove that not only have you attended courses, but also that you have successfully reached the declared level.

- No. Living or working abroad is not equal to being proficient in a given language. Nor providing a certificate issued many years ago coupled with the assumption that your current level is higher. If you declare a high level of language knowledge, you must prove it unequivocally.

- No. In order to apply you must have obtained a full 'bachelor' or equivalent. The university programme must be of at least three years, but without a diploma corresponding to the end of a cycle you will not be eligible for the Blue Book.

- No, if this was part of your university courses (mandatory or not) and the university is part of the contract/agreement with the employer. Grouping education or training is not admitted.

- Yes, if this was an external activity while you were studying and the contract/agreement with the employer does not include your university.

- In the section Work Experience you must indicate a start and end date for all work experience; casual work experience is not considered. You should explain in the free text how often your work was carried out and ensure that this declaration is unequivocally confirmed in documents. For example, if you worked on a part-time basis, you should provide evidence that the experience was indeed part-time, otherwise the Commission will count the days as full-time. Should no evidence be available, you should instead declare such experience in the Motivation section.

- You should have completed a full accredited Bachelor degree requiring a minimum of 180 ECTS credits from a higher education institution recognised as such in the national context, of at least three years of studies, at the time of submitting the application. The three years are a minimum - the result of the studies should correspond to a complete cycle (normally a Bachelor degree).

- No. In order to apply you must have completed a full 'bachelor' or equivalent of at least three years of studies. You must have already qualified on the day you submit the application.

- Yes, but at the stage of eligibility check you should be able to provide a formal statement from your university confirming that you have obtained your degree. Date of the award and final mark awarded must be clearly indicated and match your declaration in the application form.

- Yes, it is recommended. This document allows the evaluators to assess your academic curriculum.

- No. We accept documents in all official EU languages. However should you wish to provide a translation, please ensure that the original documents are included.

- Yes. For all documents that are not written in a language of the European Union, you have to attach to the original a translation in any of the  official languages of the EU but preferably in one of the three working/procedural ones.

- No, It is not compulsory.

- No. You must send the valid ID for the nationality you are applying for. For example: if you have double citizenship for Belgium and Sweden, if you are applying as a Belgian, you must send your Belgian ID/passport; if you are applying as a Swede, you must send your Swedish ID/passport.

What counts as an "appropriate justification" for my languages?

We accept the following documents as proof of your skills in your declared language(s):

  • language certificates (including exam marks and level of attainment e.g. for IELTS or TOEFL). Attendance certificates for language courses do not count;
  • university degrees/diplomas/transcripts obtained in the declared language
  • official courses at any level of education followed in your declared languages.
  • proof of work experience in a job in a particular country that implies that you made active and intensive use of the declared language (e.g. 1 year working in a call centre in Ireland)
What languages would I need to have to qualify for a translation traineeship?

During the traineeship, you will translate into your target language from at least two other official EU languages.

At least one of the source languages you offer must be French, English or German. This is because:

  • the EU receives a large volume of translations and documents in French, English or German
  • French, English and German are the languages that EU staff members most frequently use in their work.

Most documents sent to DG Translation in languages other than French, English and German come from the Member States.

Some documents come from international organisations and national associations that write to the Commission in English.

In 2015 some 81% of the total translation volume was translated from English, with French accounting for 3.7% of all translations, German for 2.8% and all the other languages together accounting for 12.5%. The predominant position of the English is explained by the fact that it is the principal drafting language at the Commission.


What level do I need to have in the source languages I translate from?
  • First source language chosen among English, French or German: C1/C2
  • Second source language: B2 at least but, depending on the specific needs of the language department in question, a higher level may be required.


- In the application form, although you can declare up to three mother tongues, you do not get points for declaring them. Neither are you required to provide proof of mother tongue(s). 
To maximise your chances, best would be to declare a single mother tongue, and in order to get points for proficiency in other language(s), declare C.1/C.2 level in the section "Other languages". This of course as long as you can provide proof of latter. By way of example, completion of schooling / university education could be considered as proof.


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