Erasmus+ Key Action 103 - Internships for Outgoing Students

An internship abroad is a great opportunity to gain practical and international experiences and to improve languages skills. First insights into work processes of companies and organisations as well as the acquisition of practical experiences can have a positive effect on the personal and professional development. It also improves the chances on the job market.

Internship abroad with Erasmus+ Key Action 103

Erasmus+ placements in Key Action 103 are EU-funded mobility projects in the field of vocational education and training. The University of Göttingen supports students and graduates within the framework of this programme by promoting internships that qualify for a profession. The internship has to be carried out in a partner country under Erasmus+.

First steps

To prepare an Erasmus+ funded internship abroad, each student should plan sufficient time and consider the following questions:

  1. Which language skills are needed? Which level should I be proficient in until the beginning of my internship?
  2. What additional experiences and skills are important for a placement abroad? What should I acquire in advance?
  3. Is the internship mandatory for my studies or voluntary?
  4. When do I would I like to start an internship: During my studies or during the year after my graduation and deregistration as a student? Will I be able to do an internship abroad for at least 60 days?
  5. Which company or organisation can offer me an Erasmus+ eligible internship?

The following facilities of the University of Göttingen are available to you with advice and research options:

  • The International Career Service will be happy to advise you on all matters concerning the planning, research and organisation of a planned internship abroad.
  • As the central institution for languages and key qualifications, ZESS is an important contact when it comes to linguistic and intercultural preparation.


The application process

Since there are two Erasmus+ funding opportunities available for students of the University of Göttingen, it is advisable to clarify the right programme in advance in a consultation. Therefore, interested students are recommended to take the opportunity for an individual consultation. The Erasmus+ KA 103 team from Göttingen International is available for all questions concerning the application process and the Erasmus+ funding (see contact in the right-hand column).


The application at Göttingen International:
The project "Working E+xperience"


Göttingen International offers students of the University the opportunity to support internships within Europe (programme countries) with the Erasmus+ Key Action 103 programme “Working E+xperience”. The project primarily addresses students of medical and natural sciences, international students and students whose internships focus on 'digital skills'. However, the programme is also open for other target groups. Especially internships for longer than four months or located in Eastern Central Europe are to receive special support. Please not that Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders are unfortunately not eligible to apply.
In the current call 2020/21 (German only) for stays between January 1, 2021 and March 3, 2022, you will find all relevant information on application and funding conditions. An overview of the monthly funding rates can be found here (German only).

The complete application documents include:

  • Application form (Word),
  • Proof of internship placement (see template),
  • Proof of sufficient language skills,
  • Enrollment or deregistration certificates and
  • If applicable, proof of already existing Erasmus+ funding
  • Recommended: Proof of intercultural competences

All documents (original) must be submitted completely and in due time via the University of Göttingen’s Mobility Portal. After sending the form, a PDF is to be generated, which has to be sent to Ms. Patricia Missler no later than three months before the start of the internship (see right-hand column). After successful examination, students will be asked to submit a complete Learning Agreement for Traineeship (Word) up to 6 weeks before the start of the internship. After the examination of the Learning Agreement and subject to the available funds, the Erasmus+ grant in the Key Action 103 will be awarded.

Our checklist offers an overview of all the important steps that should be taken into account during the application process and during funding.


The application in the mobility project "Mix it - Mobility, Internship Experience and Intercultural Training

This project primarily addresses students of teaching profession. The complete application documents include:

  • Letter of motivation or application form,
  • Learning Agreement for Traineeships,
  • Enrollment or deregistration certificates and
  • if applicable, proof of already existing Erasmus+ funding.
The documents are available on the web page of the project "Mix it". The documents must be submitted in the original including all signatures at Göttingen International no later than three months before the start of the internship (see right-hand column). You can find further information on the eligibility of the host institution on the project page of Leibniz University Hannover.

After successful examination by the consortium in the EU-Hochschulbüro Hannover/Hildesheim and subject to the available funds, the Erasmus+ funded scholarship will be awarded.

International degree seeking students please note that you need
  • a residence in Germany and
  • a German bank account