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Students can arrange Erasmus+ internships at companies or organisations in other European countries. Stays in any of the programme countries qualify for funding.

Benefits of an Erasmus+ abroad:

  • EU internship contract between the university, company and student (“Learning Agreement for Traineeship”)
  • Academic recognition of the internship
  • Support throughout the internship from a named contact at both the home university and the company
  • Funding for additional expenses incurred abroad
  • Assistance with preparations (cultural, linguistic, organisational)
  • Special subsidies for students with children
  • Special subsidies for students with disabilities
  • Special subsidies for sustainable travel (“green top-up”)

You will find the registration link for the Erasmus+ traineeship grant further down under "Procedure".

Criteria

Criteria for an internship abroad with Erasmus+:

  • Enrolled as a regular student at a German university (of applied sciences)
  • Home university holds an Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education (ECHE)
  • Excluded from funding are internships in European institutions/organisations, national embassies/consulates, and organisations that administer EU programmes.

Graduate internships

  • Graduate internships conducted abroad within one year of graduation also qualify for Erasmus+ funding, as long as they are completed within that timescale.
  • This funding period still forms part of the maximum permitted (= 12 months) for the immediately preceding study programme (bachelor’s or master’s degree).

Grant

At Kempten University of Applied Sciences, internships around Europe are funded for a maximum of five months (any additional time spent abroad is classified as “zero grant”). 

Funding rate from Summer Semester 2022:

Category of countryMonthly funding rate
Group 1 (DK, FI, IE, IS, LI, LU, NO, SE)€ 600
Group 2 (AT, BE, CY, DE, ES, FR, GR, IT, MT, NL, PT)€ 540
Group 3 (CS, CZ,BG, EE, HR, HU, LT, LV, MK, PL, RO, SI, SK, TR)€ 480

 

Except UK, where internships can now only be subsidised using residual funds from the previous generation of the Erasmus+ programme (See note about Brexit). The monthly funding rate for the UK is € 555 (maximum € 2,775 in total) and internships must be completed no later than 31 May 2023.

To be eligible for funding, you must physically reside in the host country. Purely virtual mobility doesn’t qualify for funding.

Social top-up

Students with special needs (disability level 20+) and students with child/ren can also be awarded special funding in addition to the above-cited “regular” grant, as it’s a key aim of the Erasmus+ programme to ensure all potential recipients benefit from inclusion and equal opportunities. The “social top-up” is currently worth € 250 per month.

In addition to the “social top-up”, students with a disability level of 20+ can also apply for reimbursement of further costs that might be incurred. The International Office will be happy to advise you on this.

Green top-up

The Erasmus+ programme supports sustainable travel to or from your host country in the form of a one-off subsidy worth € 50, plus up to four days’ additional qualifying period for funding. If you use low-emission transport such as buses, trains or car-sharing for most of your return journey, you can apply for a subsidy at the of your stay abroad via the International Office.

Procedure

  • You can apply for Erasmus funding in Mobility Online using this link.
    Important: Please scroll right to the bottom on the log-in screen and then click on the button “Apply for an internship abroad with Erasmus+”. Log in using your university ID and password to access the application form.
  • After entering your details, you will automatically be sent an email confirming your registration with a link to the log-in screen.
  • You should now return to the log-in screen.
    Important: Now, use the log-in field right at the top of the page instead of the registration field!
  • Once the International Office has checked your details, you can download, fill out and then upload your completed Learning Agreement for Traineeship (LA-T).
  • Once your LA-T has been checked, you will be given access to the EU online language test (OLS = Online Language Support).
  • Before you set off, you will receive your Grant Agreement which you need to please fill out, sign and submit with original signature to the International Office.
  • Upon receipt of the signed Grant Agreement, you will be paid the first instalment of your Erasmus+ funding by bank transfer. 
  • Please ensure that you submit your completion documents within 4 weeks of finishing your internship abroad to obtain the first instalment of your Erasmus+ funding.  These consist of:
    - Confirmation of the internship issued by the company (e.g. the “After the Mobility” section of the Learning Agreement, a work reference, freehand confirmation, etc.)
    - Part 2 of the language test (You will receive an email about this two weeks before the end of your internship)
    - Online questionnaire in the Mobility Tool (You will receive an email about this at the end of your internship)

Get in touch

Bernd Holzhauser
Tel.: +49 (0)831 2523-340
bernd.holzhauser(at)hs-kempten.de

Disclaimer

The European Commission provides funding to subsidise this project. The responsibility for the content of this publication lies solely with the author, and the Commission is not liable for how the details cited therein are put to further use.