Paid, course related work experience in over 80 countries for science and engineering students

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Promoting international understanding through exchanging students worldwide



IAESTE can provide you with the best young science and engineering students from around the world

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International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience

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Welcome to IAESTE

Work. Experience. Discover.

Since 1948 IAESTE has been providing young science and engineering students from around the world with paid, course related work experience. Similarly, IAESTE has been a source of high quality trainees for companies and institutions in more than 80 countries worldwide.


In IAESTE we are committed to fostering international understanding and impacting on the development of young people through international exchange. Our core values of friendship, trust, respect, professionalism, development and intercultural cooperation serve as a foundation for our strong organisational culture and as the principles that guide all our work and daily activities.



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Named after Mr James Newby, IAESTE's founder, the medal recognises outstanding contribution and being a role model for IAESTE values

Qatar, Afghanistan, Ukraine and Yemen joined the IAESTE family

IAESTE Board members and their vision for a bright future for IAESTE

What IAESTE offers?

IAESTE offers opportunities for science and engineering undergraduates to gain valuable work experience in an international environment. An IAESTE traineeship not only enhances your CV but also promotes life changing experiences, fully immersed in a country and culture different to your own. IAESTE work experience is real work experience, working on live projects and developing your skills, as well as being paid to do so.

In a truly globalised world, IAESTE offers companies and institutions the chance to engage with some of the world’s best science and engineering students. Our trainees are well educated, motivated and ready to make a real contribution to your workforce. Additionally, they can bring a unique international element to your place of work and develop new relationships and global opportunities


IAESTE was founded in 1948

After the Second World War in 1948, Mr James Newby had the idea of exchanging science and engineering students between countries for work experience, as a way of helping building bridges between nations. 70 years later IAESTE is still going strong and is needed as much today as it was in 1948.


IAESTE is the largest organisation of its kind in the world

Starting with just 10 member countries, IAESTE has grown to over 80 countries. Around 4000 young people gain real work experience through IAESTE each year, influencing their lives and the lives of all those they engage with. IAESTE is proven to enhance the skills, confidence and reputation of its trainees around the world.

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IAESTE has a vast network

Hundreds of staff and thousands of volunteers make IAESTE happen worldwide. In many countries IAESTE is run by students themselves, offering more development opportunities than just a traineeship. IAESTE trainees often go on to become providers of traineeships for the next generation of young people.

IAESTE for Companies

I was an exchange student in Dresden, Germany, in 2010. I realised how much value IAESTE added, not only to my CV but also in my personal life, so I decided that our company should be open to receive incoming IAESTE students.

Estevam Ribeiro Santos, Brazil, Production engineer, Controllar Automação Predial

IAESTE for Students

This is my way of depicting my journey from Croatia to Thailand for a life changing experience. To all those who are on the verge of going on something like this, I say, do it!

Mario Garić, Croatia

IAESTE for Universities

We have had only good experiences with the IAESTE exchange programme.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Michael Bohnert from ZHAW, Switzerland