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The International Association for the Exchange
of Students for Technical Experience

General Information about IAESTE
IAESTE - The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, Association sans but lucratif-, is an organization present in more than 80 countries with the largest exchange of practical training placements worldwide, for students in the fields of engineering, science & architecture. Is an internationally accredited NGO by UNESCO and the UN, registered in Luxembourg as IAESTE A.s.b.l.

IAESTE A.s.b.l. is a non-profit, non-political independent organization.
It was founded in 1948 in London by the delegations of 10 countries. Since then more than 300,000 students have taken international practical training. To date the exchange is approximately 7,000 professional practical training placements every year. It carries the largest exchange of placements, both yearly and in over-all figures.

The original objective of IAESTE A.s.b.l. is to foster the international exchange of higher education students, in order to provide them with practical experience at professional level applying their knowledge in real life environments abroad. It is also an objective of IAESTE to foster international understanding among the students of all nations.

The program also used to operate by the principle of international reciprocity: In order to have practical training placements abroad for national students, training facilitators in the same country had to provide the same number of practical training placements for foreign student trainees.

In Mexico IAESTE A.s.b.l. was represented from 1985 to 2021 by AMIPP (Asociación Mexicana de Intercambio Práctico Profesional), attending industrial, academic and students spheres of interest. Kept formal representation of IAESTE A.s.b.l. with over 76 universities, and provided service to more than 600 companies, operated by professional staff.

In the IAESTE A.s.b.l. student exchange program, practical trainings take place primarily in universities, and in lesser degree in research institutions, industry and professional services work centers. Practical trainings may last from 6 to 52 weeks, being the average 8 weeks. Almost all practical trainings have a starting date in the next summer after registration to the program. Compliance to professional level practical training rely on the organization receiving the visiting trainee.

During the period in which the practical training takes place, each trainee usually receives a monthly stipend/maintainance allowance in local currency which should be enough to cover their living expenses (lodging, food and local transportation), financed by the receiving organization. The program does not cover round trip expenses to and fro the training place, nor the insurance for the trainee which is a requirement that must be covered by the trainee (or another sponsoring organization in their home country).

In countries where IAESTE A.s.b.l. is present, the national representation is responsible of all negotiations leading to raising practical training placements for foreign trainees with participating organizations. It is also responsible for processing the proper migration documents for each foreign trainee, as well as assisting the receiving organization and foreign trainee with accurate information for the best possible development of the training. Shared liabilities pertain to the national representation of IAESTE A.s.b.l.

Disambiguations:
The Instituto Académico de Estudios Superiores y Tecnológicos de Enología is an accredited institution offering higher education and technology in the field of Enology.

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