Funding

Getting financial support for your internship abroad.

Erasmus+

Erasmus+ provides funding for student internships at a host institution or organisation in another European country. This does not include, however, internships in EU institutions or organisations or national diplomatic representations and organisations that run EU programmes. Funding is awarded for a compulsory or non-compulsory internship lasting between two and twelve months for each cycle of their studies (Bachelor’s, Master’s or doctoral).

Benefits:

  • Mobility grant to cover additional costs related to stay abroad
  • EU internship contract between the university, the student and the company or institution offering the internship
  • Support throughout your internship from a contact person at your home university and another in the company/institution
  • Assistance with preparations for your stay abroad
  • Academic recognition of the internship
  • Additional grants for students with disabilities

Requirements:

  • Full-time student status at a German university
  • Home university has a valid Erasmus University Charter (ECHE)
  • Funding is not available for internships in EU institutions or organisations, national diplomatic representations or organisations that run EU programmes
  • Compulsory participation in an online language test set by the European Commission in the relevant working language (currently available for Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish) before the beginning and once again at the end of your stay (this will not affect your eligibility for Erasmus+ funding)

The amount of funding for Erasmus+ student exchanges depends on the cost of living in the relevant destination or ‘programme’ country. For the 2018/19 academic year, the Committee of International Relations  at Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences has set the following  amounts of funding for internships ( student mobility for placements - SMP):

  • Country group 1: 555 € per month of sponsorship
    • Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden
  • Country group 2: 495 € per month of sponsorship
    • Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Austria
  • Country group 3: 435 € per month of sponsorship
    • Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Turkey

PROMOS

Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences awards PROMOS scholarships providing partial funding and financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). These scholarships amount to €300 for each month funded. Students planning international internships outside the EU-33 with a minimum stay of three months are eligible for this funding.

Applications are to be submitted through the International Office. Scholarship recipients are selected twice a year by the Committee of International Relations.

Application deadlines:

  • For internships in the summer semester: 15 January
  • For internships in the winter semester: 15 June

Application documents:

Please fill in the Online Application for the PROMOS scholarships. In addition to the training agreement ( or an internship contract between the intern and the internship organisation) and, where applicable, you are also required to submit the current Transcript of Records from QISPOS as well as a letter of motivation.

Selection criteria:

  • Quality of the Letter of Motivation
    • Relevance to studies
    • Extracurricular activities
  • Average grades / average grades for language courses

See also further Step- by-step guide to internaships abroad.

Other Funding Opportunities

All members of the university who are interested in a longer-term international visit are eligible for funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and other organisations. For more information on this, see the DAAD'S scholarship database.

A number of scholarships are also available for funding internships abroad.

1. Carlo Schmid Program of the DAAD

The purpose of the Carlo Schmid Programme is to provide funding for internships in international organisations, EU institutions and selected non-governmental organisations. The requirements are a very good working knowledge of English and a good command of a second foreign language.

Funding scheme A is aimed at students who have found their own internships, while scheme B is for internships advertised through the Carlo Schmid Programme itself.

Application deadlines:

1 March for the following academic year 

For more information, see (in German only):

http://www.daad.de/csp

2. ASA program

The ASA program coordinates internships in development cooperation projects.

Further information at:http://www.asa-programm.de

3. BAföG

Stays abroad of German students can also be funded according to the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG). One or two practical semesters integrated into the study program (that is, the achievements abroad are credited to the course) within the European Union can be funded. For internships outside the EU, a specific subject-specific justification is required. In any case, the application must be submitted to the BAföG office responsible for the destination country.

Further information at: https://www.bafög.de/de/auslandsfoerderung-384.php

4. Eidam & Partners

Each semester, the company grants scholarships of 450,- Euro per month to 15 German students. There are no restrictions on the destination country and the internship.

Further information at: http://www.eidam-und-partner.de/Stipendium