Welcome to the IAAS exchange program!


You’re about discovering the amazing world of IAAS Expro. The IAAS exchange program – ‘Expro’- exists over 45 years and in this time, more than 20.000 students have been exchanged with IAAS. The IAAS exchange program gives opportunities to all students in Countries, where a recognised local committee of IAAS is active, to do a traineeship (internship) in another country. With ‘Expro’, you can learn and experience things that cannot be learned out of course books.


The IAAS exchange program can be split in three categories:


  1. The Ceres program
    • Internships on farms
  1. The Archimedes program
    • Internships related to
      • Education
      • Research,
      • Engineering
      • Management

Most often, Archimedes takes place in companies, organizations, universities and research institutions.

  1. The Libertas program
    • These internships are community-based projects, mostly voluntary work.


The minimum duration of an IAAS Expro internship is 3 weeks, the maximum duration is 48 weeks.

Every exchange program can be a fascinating event, an in-depth cultural experience and a great learning opportunity. To every trainee, the IAAS exchange network wants to offer a high-quality internship. Besides providing you with useful working experience, an internship should also give you a deep cultural impression of your destination country. Doing an IAAS internship is not a tourist event. You will not remain an outsider. On the contrary, you will have to do efforts to integrate yourself in the foreign society and its different working reality. But you will see and experience much more, because you will become a part of the team.

Doing an IAAS internship is not a holiday job either, because the program focuses on learning rather than on earning. A lot of internships are even unpaid. Often this is so because it is not allowed by the local government. Therefore, we recommend every student to check country specific Expro-information on the IAAS-webpage and to remind the receiving Exchange Coordinator to send a detailed job offer that describes the working conditions.

The aims of IAAS and its Exchange program


IAAS is an international student Association that is entirely run by students. It is free of any commercial goal or political affiliation. The association organises international events to promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences.

The mission statement of IAAS

To promote the exchange of experience, knowledge and ideas and to improve the mutual cultural understanding between students in the field of agricultural and related sciences, all over the world

Organizing the exchange program is one of the ways to accomplish this mission statement. With the exchange program, IAAS wants to provide intercultural learning opportunities for young people that contribute to positively to their self-realisation. Also, trough engagement, IAAS wants to get young people active and provide them with leadership opportunities.

IAAS expro is aiming to give a positive learning experience, develop theoretical and practical leadership skills. Beside that, IAAS provide the opportunity to students who wants to improve their awareness and knowledge about social issues and different practice of sending and receiving country. In addition, IAAS support student to contribute more to student personal and professional life goals.

The aim of an internship shall be to provide the outgoing exchange student with the following:

  • A positive learning experience.
  • Practical skills and knowledge in a foreign environment to complement their higher educational background.
  • Interaction with a different social and cultural environment with a view to gaining intercultural competences
  • Development of theoretical and practical leadership skills
  • Opportunity to apply their personal and professional skills, knowledge, attitudes and values to work for the organization as well as the host communities.
  • Develop the student’s awareness and knowledge of social issues and different practices of the sending and hosting country.
  • Opportunity to contribute to students personal and professional life goals


The aim of an internship is not:

  • To provide an opportunity for the purpose of earning money
  • To provide a holiday
  • Intended to be a permanent career placement or recruitment opportunity in another country. If the organization decides to extend the internship on a permanent basis, IAAS will have no role in facilitating this
  • A vehicle for any person to permanently leave their country. IAAS does not encourage the extension of internships beyond the limit of 12 month.

Where can I go?


All IAAS countries can participate in the organisation of the exchange program. You can find an updated member list on the tab “Exchange Progam Places”. However, the participation from countries in the Exchange program differs from country to country. To know exactly which countries were active recently in accepting students, please have a look on an interactive world map. You can easily see which country is active and which not. However, it is not because a country has not been very active last year, that it will not provide places in the future. Keep in mind that, when you register online, you will have to indicate 3 preferred destination countries. Your National Exchange Coordinator or the Exchange Quality Board will be able to help to choose the right country.

Who may participate at the IAAS Exchange program?


Students that are majoring/studying in the field of Agriculture and Related Sciences, coming from countries that are ‘full member’ and ‘Candidate member‘ of IAAS, are eligible to participate in Exchange Program. Some other affiliations can enable certain types of participation as well. Also students, who are graduated, less than one year ago, can participate in Expro. Note that the accepting country need to resign your application and that it has to accord with the working-visa restrictions of that specific country.

An organization is not allowed to participate in the exchange program if:

It previously broke the international exchange policies and quality standards. It cannot meet international exchange policies and quality standards (IEPQS) due to several reasons (i.e. the organization cannot provide proper working place, sufficient accommodation or salary, employees cannot communicate with an intern, etc.). A decision has been made by the VP OF EXCHANGE, because of violation of IEPQS.

Exchange fee and deposit / sending limitation


The country category depends on the GDP per capita. The list of countries can be found on or ask your committee for more information.

The Exchange fee and deposit shall be (from 22/09/2016):

Country category Expro fee(euro)
A 75
B 75
C 100
D 100
E 100


This and more information can be found in the Expro guide 2016-2017.