Erasmus+ Internship Funding
Erasmus+ internships offer students in all subjects the possibility to apply the theoretical knowledge they have gained during their studies in an internship within Europe, and thus also learn about the culture, language, and workings of the host country. To be eligible for funding, the internship must last at least 60 days and be a mandatory or optional component of the course of study. Final projects and papers prepared or completed at universities or companies in Europe can also be funded through Erasmus+. The monthly scholarship ranges between 255 and 375 Euros depending on the cost of living in the target country. See below for more information.
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Who can participate in the program?
German and international students in any course of study can apply as long as they are enrolled in a degree program at RWTH Aachen and have an internship place in a country that is not their permanent residence.
Graduates can also get their internship, to be completed within twelve months of completing studies, funded through Erasmus+ as long as they apply for funding during their last academic year.
Students can be funded by Erasmus for a total of twelve months per academic cycle, whereby Erasmus study abroad stays and Erasmus internships abroad are calculated together. In courses of study with only academic step, such as Staatsexamen, Erasmus funding is possible for a total of 24 months.
Equality of Opportunities and Social Inclusion
ERASMUS+ supports equality of opportunities and social inclusion. For this reason, students with disabilities as well students who take their child with them as single parents abroad have prioritized access to the program. We are glad to provide you with detailed information on the possibility of special support for these target groups.
Target Countries by Country Group
Country Group 1
375 Euros funding per month: Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Italy, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Austria, Sweden
Country Group 2
315 Euros funding per month: Belgium, Greece, Iceland, Croatia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Cyprus
Country Group 3
255 Euros funding per month: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary
This also includes the overseas territories of the countries named above.
Which internships are funded?
Erasmus+ funds qualified industry internships from two months (60 days) to twelve months. Eligible host companies include businesses in the public and private sector, regardless of size, legal form, or industrial sector, including social economy. Research internships at universities, including as part of a final project or thesis, can also be funded through the current Erasmus+ partial program. The new education program Erasmus+, part of Erasmus Mobility for Universities, is also open to teacher training students, who are completing internships at European universities, making it possible for them to apply for assistance from Erasmus+ internship funding. Internships at EU institutions and institutions that administrate EU programs – here is a complete list – cannot be funded by Erasmus+.
Application Requirements and Submission
- Sufficient language skills in the working language must be documented - at least Level B1 of the European Framework of Reference
- You cannot be simultaneously funded by other EU programs. You must sign a contract stating that you are not receiving double funding
- Internships are granted a maximum of 450 Euros per month (RWTH criteria)
How can you apply?
Please apply online and upload the requested documents – as listed below – as PDF files. Please have the enterprise that you'll be visiting – the receiving organisation – and your faculty – the sending institution – fill out or sign the Learning Agreement for Traineeships. Here you can find an overview of the appointed contact persons within different faculties.
Please upload your fully completed application at the very latest six weeks before beginning an internship. Late applications will not be considered. Late applications will only be considered in exceptional cases where the student is not at fault. Funding cannot be granted in retrospect, for example after the start of the internship. If you want advice in advance regarding the application process or potential internships, please contact Ms. Birgit Thun at the International Office to make an appointment.
Students, who complete a graduate internship within a year after their completing their degree and would like to be funded through Erasmus+, must apply during their last academic year, following the procedure described above. It is important that the application documents are submitted no later than six weeks before the internship begins.
Graduates, who register as unemployed and are looking for a job after they graduate, must arrange their internship with the Federal Employment Agency.
Required Documents and Learning Agreement for Traineeships to Download
- Learning Agreement for Traineeships
- Current transcript of records
- Certificate of enrollment
- Proof of language skills
- Statement of motivation, maximum of two DIN A4 pages
You are personally responsible for sufficient insurance coverage, that is health, accident, and liability insurance, during your stay abroad. Check early on to make sure whether or not your insurance is valid abroad and for what.
DAAD offers Erasmus+ funded students affordable group insurance tailored towards internships abroad. Here you can find more information about the DAAD group insurance Tarif 720. Tarif 726 applies to graduates.
If you are granted funding, you must sign a grant agreement, which regulates all of the funding conditions, such as the funding amount and payment method. Furthermore, each scholarship recipient recieves a student charter before their stay abroad. This charter contains all of your rights and obligations as an Erasmus+ student.
To receive Erasmus funding, you must also take an online language test with the appropriate course and a test after your stay. The access link is sent to you via email after you have been accepted. The test takes about 40 minutes. This test is not one of the selection criteria. It simply assesses the language skills gained during an Erasmus stay.
During the Internship
If your internship is going to be extended, you can request an extension to the Erasmus funding. You must submit a completed a signed Learning Agreement – During the mobility no later than one month before the regular requested funding period. The extended stay must immediately follow your current stay and not go beyond the overall permissible funding duration of twelve months per study phase.
After the Internship
After your stay you will receive an email from the EU asking you to create an electronic final report. Use the link you receive to compose your experience report online.
The section of the Learning Agreements for Traineeships – after mobility must be filled out by the host company on the last day of your internship and serves as a confirmation of your internship period.
If the final report and other necessary documents are not submitted on time, you must pay back the Erasmus+ funding.
Additionally, you must make sure you credit for your internship abroad immediately after you return. If you have questions, contact your faculty's coordinator. Voluntary internships abroad can also be listed as additional performance on your final transcript. This entry in the Diploma Supplement is obligatory for Erasmus interns. Here you will find the exact process to get credit for voluntary internships abroad. Voluntary internships can also be recognized using the Europass Mobility. This offers a good possibility to have graduate internships recognizes. You can apply via RWTH. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Birgit Thun.
Erasmus+ and BAföG
Mandatory internships abroad lasting at least twelve weeks can also be funded by BAföG. BAföG for within Germany cannot be used for stays abroad. You must apply for special BAföG for abroad. This may mean that even individuals not eligible for BAföG within Germany could recieve BAföG for abroad. You must apply for BAföG for abroad at least six months before you begin your stay abroad.
Grants such as Erasmus+ remain exempt up to 300 euros per month with the new BAföG regulations as of 2011. This means that only the amount above 300 euros is included when calculating the BAföG grant. The responsible BAföG office can provide information about whether or not the BAföG grant will be reduced and by how much. Internship grants are exempt up to 450 euros. You can find more information about the requirements, funding rates, and applying for a grant on the websites of the Federal Ministry of Education and the Deutsches Studentenwerk.