Visa & Insurance for a Training Abroad

On this page you will find information about visa and insurances for your training period abroad.


Students from EU countries do not need a visa or a work permit for their stay in an ERASMUS partner country. Only valid travel documents are required for entry (eg passport). This rule does not apply to staying in Turkey.

For stays outside the European Union, visa and work permit are usually required. The regulations for trainings vary widely between countries, so you should check the regulations for your destination country (for example at embassies or consulates). The entry with a tourist visa and the conversion into a training/working visa on site is generally not possible. Depending on the host country, the processing of the visa application may take up to several weeks. Therefore, please remember to apply early for your visa!

Detailed information on the entry requirements of the respective countries can be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office. Please note also the medical information for your destination country. Plan enough time, some vaccinations have to be repeated after few weeks or months in order to provide reliable protection.


Students who wish to do a training abroad need to take care of adequate insurance cover. For some funding programs (eg Erasmus program), the insurance cover is a prerequisite for funding.

Please note that you (on your own) are responsible for a sufficient insurance cover during your stay abroad. Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences or any other institution involved in the implementation of your exchange / funding program are not liable for the consequences of non-insurance or underinsurance.

Therefore, please start looking for information in good time. Check with your insurance company, which services are covered abroad over which period and, if necessary, conclude supplementary insurance. There are a large number of insurance providers with special packages for the purpose of training abroad.

For example, the German Acadmic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers insurance packages for students who are being sponsored via Erasmus + or PROMOS. Detailed information and further links can be found on the DAAD website.

Health insurance

Within the European Union the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is valid. In addition, Germany has concluded social security agreements with various countries outside the EU. In these cases, students need a certificate of entitlement from their German health insurance. However, we point out that the existing insurance coverage may be insufficient, especially if a return transport or special medical interventions are needed. As a rule, only the medically necessary treatments are covered. Therefore, a supplementary private health insurance can be useful.

For a stay outside the EU and in countries that do not have a social security agreement, students must take care of private health insurance for study purpose. A simple travel health insurance for holiday travel is usually not sufficient for a longer study or training period abroad.

Accident and liability insurance

Before your training period abroad starts, please ask the company or organisation to what extent you are insured for accidents and liability as an intern of the company. Unlike in Germany, many companies abroad have no occupational accident and liability insurance. The conclusion of a private insurance is therefore strongly recommended.

Clarify with your insurance company from Germany whether and to what extent your target country is covered by your existing insurance. Also note that in some insurance policies, foreign cover is limited to a certain length of stay (for example 6-8 weeks) and therefore is not sufficient for an internship. In this case, you should take out additional insurance for the duration of the stay. Pay particular attention to the fact that damage to the workplace is explicitly included in the insurance, as these are excluded by many providers.