Financing, Internship & Scholarship Programs
You would like to go abroad but don't know how to finance your internship abroad? We have compiled various financing options and scholarship programs for you on this page to help you realize your dream.
Auslands-BAföG (Federal financial aid for periods abroad)
You can also receive BAföG funding for your mandatory internship abroad if you have not previously received BAföG funding in Germany. It is definitely worthwhile for you to apply.
To receive Auslands-BAföG for your internship, you need to meet these requirements: The internship abroad must
- be a mandatory internship,
- last at least 3 months,
- meet the requirements of the examination regulations, i.e. its contents must be regulated and prescribed,
- be certified by the University of Potsdam as "particularly beneficial" if it takes place outside Europe,
- you must also be able to demonstrate sufficient language skills.
Information on Auslands-BAföG
In contrast to domestic BAföG, the Potsdam Association of Student Affairs (Studentenwerk) is not responsible for international BAföG. Please submit your application to the relevant Auslands-BAföG office in charge of your host country.
Internship & Scholarship Programs
A frequently chosen path to an internship abroad is through one of the structured internship programs. Providers such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offer you the opportunity to apply for selected internships abroad. These are usually paired with a scholarship, which means that you will receive monthly payments to finance your living expenses and, if applicable, a travel allowance. In addition, you can often use the internship databases of DAAD and others free of charge for your individual search and apply for a scholarship for an internship you discovered yourself. Many internship programs also include discounted international insurance and assistance with visas and work permits.
Please note: For some internship programs, you will have to apply well in advance! Find out about the respective application modalities and advantages as early as possible!
Erasmus+ scholarships for internships within Europe
With the Erasmus+ program you can not only study abroad, but also complete an internship and even combine this with your final thesis. The program is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students of all subjects and provides you with well-defined internship activities by means of an EU internship contract. It also supports you in your search for an internship and offers financial support for self-organized internships in
- other EU countries as well as in Serbia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and FYR Macedonia.
- There are no prerequisites when it comes to nationality. The decisive factor is full enrollment at a German university at the time of application for the scholarship.
- Voluntary as well as elective or mandatory internships can be funded.
- Only full-time internships of at least 35 hours/week are eligible.
- The duration of the internships can be between 2 and 12 months.
Please note: Multiple stays abroad with Erasmus+ are possible during one study cycle! You have a total of 12 months at your disposal. For example, you can complete an Erasmus+ study abroad period and one or more Erasmus+ internships during your bachelor's degree and receive up to 12 months of Erasmus+ funding again during your master's degree.
- Internships at institutions of the EU and at foreign representations and public institutions of the country of origin are not eligible for funding. The DAAD offers separate scholarship programs for this purpose.
Application and Coordination
- An application is possible from the time of enrollment (i.e. from the 1st semester).
- The Erasmus+ scholarship for internships is coordinated for the entire state of Brandenburg by the LEONARDO Office Brandenburg.
- Submit your application to the LEONARDO office no later than 3 months (with confirmation of internship) or 6 months (without concrete confirmation of internship) before the start of the internship.
- The application materials and Learning Agreement are all submitted online. The LEONARDO office will inform you regarding the exact procedure.
PROMOS scholarship for individual internships outside Europe
The University of Potsdam awards PROMOS scholarships from DAAD funds for internships outside Europe and beyond the DAAD structured programs. The partial scholarships are travel grants and/or monthly financial support.
Internships lasting between 6 weeks and 6 months are eligible for funding. The application is made directly via the International Office of the University of Potsdam.
DAAD scholarship programs for internships worldwide
The DAAD offers a variety of structured scholarship programs that allow you to complete internships abroad. The target group is primarily German students or those with an equivalent status. Depending on the program, there is the option to apply to suggested internships and/or to apply to a program with an internship you found yourself. In addition, the DAAD takes out health, accident, and liability insurance for its scholarship holders (including PROMOS) for the duration of the internship.
One-year scholarships for combined study and internship semesters
Lehramt.International: Internships abroad for teaching degree students
Short-term Scholarships: Internships at German Institutions Abroad
Carlo Schmid Program: Internships at international organizations and EU institutions
Deutschlehren.International: Teaching Assistantships for German at Institutions of Higher Education Abroad
NEW! „New Kibbutz“: Scholarships for internships in Israeli start-ups
GoEast: Internships on "Russia in practice"
RISE worldwide: Research internships in the natural sciences and engineering
AIESEC: Paid internships for companies or volunteer projects
IAESTE: Internships in the natural sciences and engineering
FITworldwide: International research stays in information technology
Other scholarship programs of the DAAD
KMK-PAD: Foreign language assistance
During an international exchange of foreign language assistants (FLA), you can assist in foreign language teaching as a student at a foreign educational institution. You will gain insights into the education system of the host country and the teaching methods there. Depending on the country in which you are placed, you will support German teachers at schools abroad for five to 11 months, or at institutions of higher education in some target countries. The program is thus aimed primarily at teaching degree students in the foreign language subjects of English, French, Spanish, and Italian. For some target countries, diploma and teacher training students from other subject combinations with appropriate language skills may also apply.
Financing: Your assignment of approximately 12 hours per week is subsidized by the host country with a monthly allowance that usually covers living expenses.
You can find more information about the participation requirements etc. on the homepage of PAD Fremdsprachenassistenz.
PLEASE NOTE: This internship is NOT creditable for the internship semester in your teaching degree.
DFJW scholarship for mandatory internships in France
The Franco-German Youth Office DFJW is an international organization in the service of Franco–German cooperation with locations in Paris and Berlin and a branch office in Saarbrücken. DFJW promotes youth exchange and youth projects between Germany and France. These include school and student exchanges, language courses, twinning of cities and regions, sports encounters, internships and professional exchanges, scholarships for specialized seminars, and research work.
The DFJW provides a scholarship to support compulsory internships in France that are approved or at least strongly recommended by the German home university as part of the bachelor's degree program. Funding is available to students of all majors under the age of 31, for an internship period of 1 to 3 months. The scholarship can be combined with an internship allowance or another scholarship (except financial aid from the DAAD or the Franco-German University DFH).
As part of the "Diversity and Participation" strategy, the scholarship is granted exclusively to participants who would not be able to complete an internship in the partner country without the support of the DFJW. The statement for persons with special funding needs (on the third page of the application form) is therefore required for processing the application.
More information about the scholarship and applications: https://www.dfjw.org/programme-aus-und-fortbildungen/stipendium-fur-ein-studiengebundenes-praktikum.html
If none of the above financing options are available to you, you can also take out a student loan or take advantage of other student fund offers that may be available to you. The CHE student loan test 2020 offers you a good summary of this topic.