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 full-time 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?
Compulsory health insured students planning a voluntary internship with pay are also strongly advised to contact their health insurance provider early.

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.
  • For student teachers, the Office of the Dean of Teacher Education is also available.
  • As the central institution for languages and key qualifications, ZESS is an important contact when it comes to linguistic and intercultural preparation.

The Dean's Office is contact for agreements (e.g. Convention de Stage) that are required in addition to application documents from the receiving institution.

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).

*** Important information for stays in the United Kingdom ***
Under the current Erasmus+ KA 103 calls of "Working E+xperience" and "Mix it", internships in the UK are in principle still eligible for funding. However, since 01.01.2021, a visa application must now be submitted. As the visa application is preceded by the application for a Certificate of Sponsorships, please note that you should allow up to 15 weeks for this application period . The acceptance by the Erasmus+ program is a prerequisite - i.e. the Erasmus+ application must be submitted accordingly early. Please contact Ms. Missler for further information. Furthermore, we would like to point out at this point that the "European Health Insurance Card" is no longer accepted in the UK. An international health insurance is now mandatory.

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 Dec 31, 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). Applications for this call can be submitted for the last time until 01.08.2022.

Information on Erasmus+ funding for traineeships between Aug 01, 2022 and Jul 31, 2023 can be found here.

The complete application documents include:
All documents (original) must be submitted completely and in due time via the University of Göttingen’s Mobility Portal. After sending the online 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 and graduates. The last date for submitting an application is 01.01.2023 (period of stay 01.04.2023-31.05.2023).

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). Students who wish to complete a graduate internship must submit their application while enrolled. 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