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 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).

Benefits:

  • Mobility grant to cover additional costs related to stay abroad
  • EU internship contract ("training agreement") 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 or students travelling with their children

Requirements:

  • Full-time student status at a German university
  • Valid Erasmus University Charter (ECHE) of the home university
  • Compulsory participation in an online language test set by the European Commission in the relevant working language 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 following amounts of funding for internships (student mobility for placements - SMP) have been set:

  • Country group 1: 555 € for each month funded
    • Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom
  • Country group 2: 495 € for each month funded
    • Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain
  • Country group 3: 435 € for each month funded
    • Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey

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 € 300 or € 400 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

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