Erasmus+ for Internships in Europe
Are you planning an internship or a thesis abroad in Europe? Then apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship!
- minimum duration of internship 2 months and maximum 12 months
- for internships during studies (internship semester or voluntary internship), theses abroad and for internships after graduation
- scholarship amount does not depend on the salary
- maximum funding period is 12 months per study period; several Erasmus+ mobilities can be carried out in one study period until the maximum funding period is reached
Only internships in Erasmus+ Programme countries can be funded. You can find the current overview of the Erasmus+ Programme countries on the website of the NA DAAD (opens in a new window). Note: Internships in Erasmus+ Partner countries are not eligible for funding.
A funding period is approved for which the Erasmus+ scholarship will be paid. This funding period does not have to correspond to the actual duration of the stay. The amount of funding and the duration of the maximum funding period depend on the total Erasmus+ budget approved by the NA DAAD and the number of participants. It is not possible to adjust the funding period - and therefore the funding amount - at a later stage. Due to the financial allocation by the NA DAAD, the maximum funding period cannot be announced until the end of June for the following academic year.
In the academic year 2023/24, the maximum funding duration is 3.0 funding months (= 90 funding days) per internship abroad. The following funding rates apply (funded from project 2023):
|Country group 1 (CG1)
|Country group 2 (CG2)
|Country group 3 (CG3)
Austria (from 24/25: CG1),
Bulgaria (from 24/25: CG2),
|750.- EUR / funding month
= 25.- EUR / funding day
690.- EUR / funding month
|640.- EUR / funding month
= 21.33 EUR / funding day
Inclusion and diversity - Social top-up
One focus of the Erasmus+ Programme is social participation and equal opportunities. For this reason, access to the programme is made financially easier for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and participants with special needs.
For Erasmus+ funded internships abroad a social top-up of 250.- EUR / funding month will be paid to the following participants in addition to the regular Erasmus+ scholarship:
- Students with a degree of disability of 20 or more or a proven disability that will lead to additional costs during the stay abroad
- Students with a chronic illness that will lead to additional costs during the stay abroad and is not covered by the health insurance abroad
- Students who take their child(ren) with them abroad
- Students from a non-academic background (first-time academics)
- Employed students (at least 6 months of employment subject to social insurance contributions within the last 12 months before the start of the internship abroad; net income on average above 450.- EUR / month and below 850.- EUR / month; the employment can, but does not have to continue during the internship abroad; it is important that the employment - should the contract continue - is paused during the internship abroad)
Note: Only one target group feature can be applied for payment of the social top-up.
If you belong to one of the target groups mentioned here, you can apply for the social top-up via Mobility-Online - as soon as the section "Erasmus+ Scholarship" is activated. Proof is provided in the form of a Declaration on Honour in which participants sign a declaration stating that they fulfil all the relevant eligibility criteria. Participants must be able to provide proof of eligibility upon request.
Students with a degree of disability of 20 or more or a proven disability / a chronic illness, that will lead to additional costs during the stay abroad, as well as students with child(ren) are entitled to apply for the assumption of real costs ("long application") as an alternative to the social top-up. In this case, the application amount (max. 15,000 .- EUR / semester) is calculated according to personal needs and paid out in addition to the regular Erasmus+ scholarship. Students with a disability also have the opportunity to receive funding for a preparatory trip for themselves and, if applicable, an accompanying person, in order to be able to assess whether a longer stay at the foreign place of work is possible.
For more information on the Erasmus+ additional funding, please visit the NA DAAD website (opens in a new window).
Sustainability - Green top-up
The Erasmus+ Programme aims not only to raise participants' awareness of sustainability, climate change and environmental protection, but also to reduce the environmental footprint generated by mobility abroad.
In order to encourage students to choose a resource-saving travel method for their Erasmus+ funded internship abroad, a Green top-up for sustainable travel of 50.- EUR will be paid in addition to the regular Erasmus+ scholarship.
It is a condition that participants use a low-emission means of transport classified as sustainable by the Erasmus+ Programme for their journey to their host country and/or their return journey (at least 50% of the outward and/or return journey). In addition, the funding period of the regular Erasmus+ scholarship can be extended by up to four days if participants can prove that they need more time for their outward and/or return journey because they use a sustainable means of transport (compared to travelling by car or plane).
You can apply for the Green top-up via your workflow in Mobility-Online as soon as the section "Erasmus+ Scholarship" is activated. Proof of sustainable travel is provided in the form of a Declaration on Honour. Participants must be able to provide proof of sustainable travel upon request.
For tips on alternative travel options and the topic of sustainability, visit the website of the student initiative Erasmus by Train (opens in a new window) and the Green Erasmus Portal (opens in a new window).
For more information on Erasmus+ Green, please visit the NA DAAD website (opens in a new window).
An application for an Erasmus+ scholarship is possible until two weeks before the start of the internship. In the case of internships after graduation, the application must be made before exmatriculation.
- Online form
- Photo (it does not have to be a passport photo)
- Online letter of motivation in German
- Online curriculum vitae
- Certificate of all study and examination achievements
- Language certificate B2 in the working language (only required if B2 is not evident from the grade sheet and is not your mother tongue)
- Copy of the internship or employment contract (in German or English) or a corresponding confirmation e-mail from the employer
- Application overview with signature
Documents and commitments
For the distribution of the Erasmus+ scholarship we need the following documents:
- Grant Agreement - before your stay abroad
- Learning Agreement - before your stay abroad
- OLS language test - before your stay abroad
- Confirmation of Arrival - upon arrival at the host organisation
- Confirmation of Stay, EU-Survey, Experience Report and Traineeship Certificate - at the end of the stay abroad
Erasmus+ Student Charter
The obligations and rights of students in the Erasmus+ Programme are set out in the Erasmus+ Student Charter (opens in a new window), which must be given to each student before the start of the period of internship abroad.
All students who have taken part in an Erasmus+ mobility are obliged to submit an Experience Report and an EU Survey together with evidence of the duration of stay (Confirmation of Stay) and the achievements at the host organisation (Traineeship Certificate) upon completion of the mobility.
Mandatory language tests
If the main working language is not the native language of the beneficiary, he/she must take an online language test before the stay abroad. This is not a selection criteria for funding under the Erasmus+ Programme. The aim is to record any progress made by the sponsored participants in language acquisition.