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Monthly Stipend for European Internships

Erasmus+ Scholarship

The Erasmus+ program also awards scholarships for internships of at least two months in European countries and is the simplest way to fund an internship in Europe. You normally will have to find your internship position on your own, however the International Office offers assistance during the search for a position.

Virtual Internships

Internships may start remotely if the pandemic hinders a start in the host country. Turn in your Erasmus+ application before the start of the virtual internship in order to receive a daily stipend according to the country-specific rates, should you be able to resume the internship in the host country (incl. quarantine).
Further information is available in our FAQs. Please also read the DAAD's FAQs about Covid-19 (in German).

Erasmus+ and Brexit

Internships in the United Kingdom are still eligible for a scholarship! However,  different application deadlines and scholarship amounts apply. Please also note the entry and residency conditions for non-UK citizens for internships.


Enrolled students (also foreign degree-seeking students) at TU Dort­mund University may apply from the first semester on through the doctoral degree program.

Graduates may also receive a scholarship after finishing their degree (please see the FAQs).

two months (60 days) - twelve months (360 days) without longer disruptions.

Only the time between the first and last days of work count, not the dates of the stay abroad in general (with travel days to and from the host country). Only full months count toward the stipend: If your internship lasts 5 months and 20 days, you will receive the stipend for a maximum of five months.

In case your internship will be shorter than two months, you may apply for the PROMOS scholarship.

Both voluntary and mandatory internships are eligible, as long as the work hours are full-time. Internships are possible in the public or private sector, at companies, universities, schools or foundations.

Internships at EU institutions or institutions that administer EU programs are not elligible.

The International Office supports and assists students in the search for a host company with the country-specific links and information as well as with the Moodle page which lists current calls for applications and information relevant to your degree program.

The DAAD website also includes further information about the Erasmus+ program as well as a portal for European internships (in German).


Please note that the program generations are changing in the 2021-2023 academic years. This information could change at any time during the year.

Regardless of the salary that has been agreed upon with the internship company, students will receive a monthly stipend according to these categories (LG) set by the EU.

The overseas territories  of the participating countries are also eligible. Please note that you may only receive a stipend for part of the internship duration.

Regular Program Countries

  • LG 1: 750 EUR / month
    Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden
  • LG 2: 690 EUR / month
    Austria, Belgium, Cypress, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain  
  • LG 3: 640 EUR / month
    Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey

United Kingdom (Partner Country)

  • 555 EUR (through ca. WiSe 22/23)  |  from WiSe 23/24: expected 750 EUR / month
    Internships in the UK will remain eligible for Erasmus+ funding. However, you need to research whether or not you will need a visa for your planned stay.
    Please note the separate application deadline, 31 March, for all internships in the UK starting in/after WiSe 23/24. We recommend also applying for the PROMOS scholarship, since the funding for the UK is very limited.

The Erasmus+ program aims to “promote equal opportunities and equal access, inclusion, diversity and fairness in all program actions. At the heart of these goals are the organizations and people with fewer opportunities themselves." Students with fewer opportunities can receive an additional stipend of 250 EUR/month.

All internships are eligible for an Inclusion Top Up for these categories. Information about applying for extra funding and eiligibility are available on the website "Equal Opportunities for International Mobility":

  • Students with special needs (GdB at least 20%) or chronic illness
    If your additional costs abroad are higher than this amount, we suggest an application for the actual costs (a so-called "Langantrag").
  • Students going abroad with their child/children
    If your additional costs abroad are higher than this amount, we suggest an application for the actual costs (a so-called "Langantrag").
  • First-generation students (both parents never received a higher education degree)
  • Working students who have to give up or pause the job in order to go abroad

Please read the information about the exact conditions and turn in the "Honorary Declaration/Ehrenwörtliche Erklärung" (in the application materials section) with your application if one or more of these categories applies to you.

Internships in the UK 

Internships in the UK through the SoSe 2023 are subject to other conditions and rates. Inclusion Top Ups may only be awarded for students with special needs (GdB at least 20%), chronic illness or children. Get in touch with the International Office early to receive additional information about any possible additional funding for the UK. Beginning in WiSe 23/24 the same conditions and rates as for other Erasmus+ internships will apply.

Choose an environmentally friendly method of traveling to and from your internship destination, and you will be rewarded. A one-time stipend of 50 EUR as well as an additional stipend for up to 4 travel days are available for "traveling green". For the travel days there are daily rates set according to the country category (LG). In order to apply for this extra stipend, fill out the "Ehrenwörtliche Erklärung" in the application materials section.

This stipend is not available for stays in the UK through the SoSe 2023.

Apply up to

One Month before the Internship (UK by 31.3.)

Link to the Application Portal

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Application Process

Applications for the regular program countries can be turned in at any time and up to one month before the start of the internship. In some cases later applications can also be considered.

For internships in the United Kingdom the application deadline is 31 March for the following academic year.  

Für Praktika in Großbritannien gilt die Bewerbungsfrist 31. März für das daraffolgende akademische Jahr. However, you may also submit your application after the deadline, and you will be notified if funds become available. We also recommend applying for PROMOS (different application deadlines).

Due to the limited funding we suggest that you apply early!
However, you cannot apply until you have been accepted by a company.

You will be notified by the International Office about the decision within two weeks.

Applications turned in later in the academic year may not be able to be accepted for a stipend if the funding has been exhausted. However, even without the stipend it is still possible to be accepted into the Erasmus+ program in order to be able to benefit from the other advantages of the Erasmus+ program.

1. Fill out the online application form.

2. Upload the following documents to the application portal:

  • The complete and signed "Learning Agreement for Traineeships"  (instructions)
    Your department at TU Dortmund University - not the International Office - is responsible for signing your Learning Agreement. If you are not sure who can help you, please read our answer in the FAQs.
  • CV/resumé (German or English)
  • Grade report/Transcript of records (all grades in all studies, Bachelor and Master level)
  • Statement of Purpose (1 page, German or English)
  • Current certificate of enrollment
  • For an additional stipend (Green Travel or Inclusion Top Up): Honorary Declaration Form (Ehrenwörtliche Erklärung)
  • For graduate internships: Confirmation of removal from the register of students ("Exmatrikulationsbescheinigung")
  • Students who have previously received an Erasmus+ grant: Certificate about the exact duration of the Erasmus+ grant(s)
  • For internships in the UK: Try to collect all of the documents for the Certificate of Sponsorship when you apply for Erasmus+ so that your CoS application can be sent off more quickly. You will also receive more information about this through e-mail after you apply for Erasmus+.

     The application cannot be submitted until all documents are uploaded. Be sure to keep a copy of all of your application documents!

3. Send the online application form and the Learning Agreement through e-mail to going-abroadtu-dortmundde.

Academic achievement, motivation for the internship and volunteer work are important selection factors if the funding is very limited. However, the chances of receiving the scholrship are generally good, as long as the application documents are complete.

International students may apply for a scholarship for an internship in their home country. However, these applications have a lower priority if funding is limited.

No one is entitled to receive an Erasmus+ scholarship! Due to limited funding an applicant may also only receive a stipend for a part of the internship. Nevertheless, the Erasmus+ status remains throughout the entire duration of the internship.

Please note that the program generations are changing in the 2021 and 2022 academic years. This information could change at any time during the year.

Before the Start of the Internship

Within two weeks after turning in the application and Learning Agreement you will receive notification from the International Office.

  • Grant Agreement (turn in to the International Office)
    The "Grant Agreement" will be sent to you in the mail. This contract includes the stipend amount as well as all conditions for the internship. One copy should be signed and turned in to the International Office before the internship begins.
    At this time you will also turn in your insurance information for your stay abroad (see the FAQs below).
  • OLS Language Test 1
    You will receive a link to the language test, which needs to be completed before you go abroad. Exception: Native speakers.
  • Optional: OLS Language Course
    You will receive a link to a portal with optional language courses which will help you improve your language skills for everyday situations.

At the Start of the Internship

When the Grant Agreement has been signed and the OLS Language Test 1 completed, you will receive the first scholarship payment just before the start (no earlier than six weeks before the start) of your internship (80% of the total).

Travel Safety

The decision to travel to risk areas lies with you and TU Dort­mund University, taking into account the regulations of the Erasmus+ program, the institution's internal strategies and the respective crisis management. This also means that you must inform yourself about the current situation in the host country on the website of the Federal Foreign Office and consult with the International Office before you begin your stay abroad. Please also read through this important information about travel safety from the DAAD (in German).

Please note that the program generations are changing in the 2021 and 2022 academic years. This information could change at any time during the year.

Within 30 days of the end of the internship you will submit the following online (you will receive links for both):

  • OLS Language Test 2
  • EU Survey

and turn in the following documents:

  • Confirmation of internship duration (either the "Learning Agreement - After the Mobility" or a letter from the company)
  • Experience Report and Consent Form
    (Template in the Checklist for Stays Abroad
  • Proof of credit recognition  ("Anerkennung") for the internship
    If the purpose of the internship was to carry out research/a project for your final thesis, you may use this template.
  • Certificate(s) of enrollment for the entire internship duration

The documents may be sent to going-abroadtu-dortmundde through e-mail or through Sciebo (with a public, not personalized, link)

After all of these documents have been turned in you will receive the final scholarship payment (20%).


Yes! Both mandatory and voluntary internships are eligible. The credit transfer/recognition of academic qualifications is set in the Learning Agreement for Traineeships. Please note that even for voluntary internships your department must guarantee some form of credit transfer or other recognition of academic qualifications, and proof of this must be turned in after the internship (e.g. ECTS, an entry in the transcript of records, etc.).

In case your department is unable to give you credit for your voluntary internship, you will not be eligible for an Erasmus+ scholarship. In this case you may apply for a PROMOS scholarship.

Internships are generally possible in any organizations in the public or private sector, schools or foundations.

The following internships are not eligible:

  • at institutions of the EU and other special agencies (in  this list).
  • at organizations that administer EU programs (for example National Agencies), in order to rule out double funding
  • general customer service, order processing, data entry, office tasks

A special focus has been set on digital skills, since these are becoming more and more important and necessary for the entire work force. For example:

  • Digital marketing (e.g. social media management, web analysis)
  • Digital, graphic, mechanical or architectural design
  • Development of digital applications, web design
  • Installation, maintenance and administration of IT systems
  • Cyber security
  • Data analysis
  • Programming and training robots and AI

For an internship in a country that does not participate in the Erasmus+ program you should apply for the PROMOS scholarship. Unfortunately, the PROMOS scholarship only consists of a travel grant, not a monthly stipend for living expenses.

Switzerland: You may be able to receive a stipend from a Swiss university. Further information is available through the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP).

It is possible to receive multiple Erasmus+ scholarships for multiple stays abroad: Each person is allowed up to twelve months for each study level (Bachelor, Master, PhD).

Example for one study level:

  • 6 months studies and 6 months internship
  • a total of 3 internships for 4 months each

In case you have already used up your 12 months in your current study level, you can apply for the PROMOS scholarship.

Yes! Graduate internships after the official removal from the register of students are possible: You must be selected for the Erasmus+ scholarship before you finish your studies, and your internship has to be completed within twelve months of your removal from the registry of students. Certification will need to be turned in with the application: Either the official confirmation of removal from the registry of students ("Exmatrikulationsbescheinigung"), the degree or a certificate from the university that you have completed all requirements for a degree will suffice.

The duration of the internship is calculated into the maximum of twelve months for the last study level. For example, if you have already studied abroad in Erasmus+ for eight months in the Bachelor, then only four months remain for the graduate internship. 

If you will end your studies soon and want to be considered for a scholarship for a graduate internship, but you have still not found a host company, please contact the International Office before you finish your studies in order to discuss the application process.

Erasmus+ interns are given access to the Online Language Support Platform (OLS) from the European Union. The portal is used for a language test that you will take before and after your internship so that you can see if your language skills have improved over time.

The portal includes access to optional online language courses. These courses are free of charge and especially helpful for everyday situations in the host language. Language tests and courses (at least level A1) are available for all 24 languages of the European Union.

The earlier you apply for Erasmus+, the earlier you can start using OLS and practicing your language skills.

Yes! You can still apply.  If funds are still available, we may be able to award a scholarship for the internship. In this case, please be sure to also turn in a written authorization for someone in Germany  who may sign your Grant Agreement for you ("Vollmacht"). 

Otherwise we could send your documents to you in the mail: Please be sure to give us your address in the host country.

The Grant Agreement has to be signed and sent back to the International Office by mail; we cannot accept a scan or copy. The first scholarship payment will not be made until the signed grant agreement has been turned back in.

Au pair stays are only eligible if an agency has placed you (due to the quality of support and academic experience).

Please note that only full-time internships are eligible. If you are completing a teaching internship at a school, you should also specify your perparation hours outside of the classroom as well as your hours in after-school groups.  Do not list just the teaching hours.

Your Learning Agreement should be signed by yourself, the host company and a member of your department at TU Dortmund University. The responsible person in your department is the person who is allowed to determine what type of credit or academic recognition you will receive for the internship. This could be various people in your department: the internship coordinator, the advisor for the final thesis or even the dean. If you are not sure who is responsible for you, the Erasmus+ Departmental Coordinator in your department may be able to help.

In case your department is unable to give you credit for your voluntary internship, you will not be eligible for an Erasmus+ scholarship. In this case you may apply for a PROMOS scholarship.

In certain countries (especially France, Italy, Poland, Spain) the host company is required to enter a contract with the intern and the home university. As the requirements of such a contract are very specific to the particular country, TU Dortmund University can not provide a template for this type of contract. The host company is responsible for providing a template. You may send the template to Laura Hope (through e-mail), who will coordinate the further steps.

Before your internship starts (not with the initial application) you will need to provide proof of insurance coverage. Make sure that you will be insured even if you go to a country with a travel warning and in cases of a pandemic.

We recommend the DAAD insurance policy for all Erasmus+ participants. Please note that the DAAD insurance does not cover financial loss (not required).

The following types of insurance are mandatory:

  • Health insurance (including repatriation and pandemic coverage)
  • Liability insurance (occupational and private)
  • Accident insurance (including full or partial incapacity to work)
  • Travel insurance (optional)

Moreover, you should already have a European health insurance card.

Participation in this scholarship program is only possible if no  travel warning has been issued by the Federal Foreign Office for the respective region and the duration of your internship. If you have already received an acceptance letter for the scholarship program, this will be withdrawn, should a travel warning be issued before your departure.

If necessary, Erasmus+ internships can begin virtually and - if possible - be finished in person at a later date. The intern will then receive the Erasmus+ scholarship at the daily rate for every day that is carried out physically in the host country, including any necessary quarantine period.

You may read the FAQs from the DAAD on this topic.

Possibly. Double funding from Erasmus+ or EU funds is not allowed, but further funding from private/German funds is permitted in the new program generation. This means that in addition to a "Deutschlandstipendium" or funding from the "Studienstiftung", you are generally also able to receive funding through Erasmus+. In any case, please indicate the scholarship in your application and we will check this on a case-by-case basis.



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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.


The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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