Funding options

Getting financial support for your internship abroad.

Erasmus+

Erasmus+ provides funding for student internships at a host institution or organisation in Erasmus programme and partner countries. 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 compulsory or non-compulsory internships lasting between two and twelve months for each cycle of studies (Bachelor’s, Master’s or doctoral).

Requirements:

  • Full-time student status at a German university
  • Valid Erasmus University Charter (ECHE) of the home university
  • EU internship contract ("training agreement") between the university, the student and the company or institution offering the internship

Benefits:

  • Mobility grant to cover additional costs related to stay abroad
  • 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 a chronical illness or disability & students travelling with their children

Funding rates:

The amount of funding for Erasmus+ student exchanges depends on the cost of living in the relevant destination or ‘programme’ country.

For the 2021/22 academic year, the following amounts of funding for internships have been set:

  • Country group 1: 600 € for each month funded
    • Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden (+ Faroe Islands, United Kingdom, Switzerland)
  • Country group 2: 540 € for each month funded
    • Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain (+ Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican)
  • Country group 3: 480 € for each month funded
    • Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Republic of Northern Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, TurkeyCountry group 3: 480 € for each month funded
  • Country group 4: 700 € for each month funded

Students traveling to the partner university by sustainable means (e.g. train, bicycle) will receive a one-time grant of € 50 and may receive up to 4 additional days of funding.

Students with a proven chronic illness or disability receive an additional € 250 per month and a one-time travel grant when traveling to Group 4 countries.

Students travelling with children also receive an extra € 250 per month and a one-time travel grant when traveling to Group 4 countries.

PROMOS

Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences awards PROMOS scholarships providing partial funding financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Depending on the relevant destination country, these scholarships amount to € 350, 450 € or € 550 for each month funded. Students planning internships outside the Erasmus+ programme countries with a minimum stay of three months are eligible for this funding.

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

Application deadlines:

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

Application documents:

  • completed online application
  • training agreement (or an internship contract between the intern and the internship organisation)
  • current Transcript of Records from QISPOS
  • letter of motivation (approximately 1 page)

See also a step-by-step guide to internships abroad.

Selection criteria:

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

Want to learn more about PROMOS? Look here.

German Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG)

Internships abroad by German students can also be funded under the German 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 subject-specific justification is required. German students who do not receive BAFöG in Germany are also advised to apply, as the subsidy rates are higher due to the additional costs for staying abroad. In any case, all applications are to be submitted to the BAföG office for the given destination country (not to the BAFöG office in Nordhausen).

By the way: The funding can be combined with Erasmus+ or PROMOS, as these are only partially credited to BAFöG.

For more information, see: https://www.bafög.de/de/auslandsfoerderung-384.php (only available in German).

Other Funding Options

In addition, there are a number of different scholarships to promote internships abroad. An overview is given, among others, by