The Erasmus program also awards scholarships of up to 555 EUR/month 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.
Internships in 2021 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 stipend of up to 18.50 EUR per day, 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 (Update 10.3.)
Internships in the United Kingdom will remain eligible for a scholarship through the end of the WiSe 2022/23. However, please note the new 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.
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 total of five months.
Both voluntary and mandatory internships are elligible, 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.
Regardless of the salary that has been agreed upon with the internship company, students will receive a monthly stipend according to these categories as determined by the EU:
- LG 1: 555 EUR
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, UK*
*(Regarding Brexit: Internships in the UK will remain eligible for Erasmus funding through the end of the winter semester 2022/23. Please note the information about applying for a visa below in the FAQs.)
- LG 2: 495 EUR
Austria, Belgium, Cypress, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain
- LG 3: 435 EUR
Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia (FYROM), Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey
The overseas territories are also elligible.
Students with special needs (from GdB 30%) and students who take their child or children abroad can apply for additional funding; just be sure to contact the International Office early on in the planning process.
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 database for European internships (in German).
Applications 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 we suggest that you apply four months before the start of the internship, due to the long visa application process. Please note the additional application materials below.
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.
All documents should be uploaded to the application portal. Additionally, you will need to turn in the online application form and a copy (not the original) of the "Learning Agreement for Traineeships" to the International Office, Laura Hope (mailbox located in front of the building or through e-mail). Your application will not be processesd until you have turned in these two documents.
1. Fill out the online application form.
2. Upload the following documents to the application portal:
- The complete and signed"Learning Agreement for Traineeships" (Leitfaden)
(Your department at TU Dortmund University - not the International Office - is responsible for signing your Learning Agreement. We are happy to help if you are not sure who the responsible person in your department is.)
- 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 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 Eramsus grant(s)
- For internships in the UK: Send all documents for the Certificate of Sponsorship application via e-mail.
The application cannot be submitted until all documents are uploaded. Be sure to keep a copy of all of your application documents!
3. Turn in the printed online application form and a copy of the Learning Agreement to the International Office or send both documents through e-mail to Laura Hope.
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.
Foreign 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 throughouot the entire duration of the internship.
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)
At the Start of the Internship
When the Grant Agreement has been signed and your internship is about to start you will receive the first scholarship payment (80% of the total).
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).
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 (not available for internships ending after June 2021)
- 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 (template for non-MS-Office-users)
- Consent Form
- Proof of credit transfer/recognition of academic qualifications ("Anerkennung") for the internship
- Certificate(s) of enrollment for the entire internship duration
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 or an entry in the transcript of records).
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 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).
- 6 months studies and 6 months internship
- a total of 3 internships for 4 months each in the Bachelor studies
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.
The following information is only relevant for internships that take place in the first half of 2021, since the OLS system will shut down around June 2021. Information about the new language system will be made available here.
Erasmus interns are given access to the Online Language System (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.
After you finish the first test you will receive access to an optional online language course. This language course is 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 turn in a written authorization for someone in Germany who may sign your Grant Agreement for you.
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 qualifications 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 physicall in the host country, including any necessary quarantine period.
You may read the FAQs from the DAAD on this topic.
Erasmus interns will need to apply for the Temporary Worker-Government Authorised Exchange visa (T5). We suggest that you apply very early and collect all of your documents even earlier.
In order to apply for the visa you will need a Certificate of sponsorship (CoS), which is issued by the British Council for Erasmus participants. The Certificate of sponsorship includes a reference number, which coincides with information about the internship and the participant's personal information, and is valid for three months from issuance. The International Office applies for the reference number on behalf of the participant. This process can take up to five weeks.
The CoS application can only start after you have turned in your Erasmus application. You will need to turn in additional documents (passport, English transcript, etc.) via e-mail to Laura Hope with your Erasmus scholarship application. Please note:
- Your passport needs to be valid at least six months after the end of the internship.
- The wording in all documents of the CoS application needs to be exactly the same (in the Learning Agreement, certificate from the employer, application).
- Internships in hospitality or tourism are not allowed and not eligible for a CoS.
The visa application can be filled out online after you receive the reference number from the Certificate of sponsorship and costs 244 British Pounds (citizens of some countries will receive a discount of 55 Pounds). The application process can take a further four weeks.
There is no minimum required salary in the visa category Tier5 (GAE). However, students should be able to prove that they can afford the cost of living through the Erasmus scholarship and/or their salary and will not apply for any public funds in the UK.
Anyone with a visa must pay the Immigration Health Surcharge to gain access to NHS, the public health services. The fee for students is 470 British Pounds per year.
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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".Zum Lageplan