Keeping your own checklist while you are preparing for your internship will help you to organise things and plan your stay abroad – particularly to keep track of time and not forget any important arrangements. You will need to:
You will generally require a passport for travel outside the EU. The application process takes a while, up to three months. Within the EU, you will generally only need your national ID card. Your travel documents must be valid for the entire duration of your stay abroad. Some countries even require the expiry date to be at least 6 months after your departure date.
It is therefore important to check how much time you have left on your documents – and, if necessary, apply to renew your passport (at your local residents’ registration office) in good time.
If you are going to take up an internship abroad, you will need health, accident and liability insurance, so it is very important to ascertain whether you will also be covered by your existing insurance in your host country. Even if so, it might be worthwhile arranging additional protection, as German health insurance only covers the standard domestic rates. The same applies to accident and liability insurance. You might have to take out additional insurance to cover the time you spend abroad as an intern.
Students undertaking obligatory internships on the Erasmus+ programme qualify for the special rate offered by the insurance department at the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD).
Additional information about health insurance for students can also be found on various consumer websites (e.g. 1AKrankenversicherung).
The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD) offers interns, students and academics travelling abroad affordable combined health, accident and personal liability insurance via its group arrangement. Erasmus internships are covered by the insurance tariff 720, but there other insurance models also exist. To find out more, visit DAAD.
You don’t need a visa for countries in the European Union, but you will often require one for studying outside the EU (e.g. United States, Australia). The embassy or consulate of your destination country is the sole authority for issuing visas. The Federal Foreign Office website provides details of embassies.
It’s important to apply for your visa as soon as possible after securing an internship with a company, as the process can take quite some time, depending on the country in question.
NEW: Internship abroad in the United Kingdom: T-5 visa
Post-Brexit, anyone intending to undertake an internship in the United Kingdom requires a “temporary worker” visa.
How do you apply?
Applying for a Certificate of Sponsorship
You will require the following documents and evidence to obtain your Certificate of Sponsorship:
Once you have the Certificate of Sponsorship, please apply online, citing the reference number, for your T5 visa (temporary worker). It can take up to 8 weeks to get the visa – thus, as pointed out above, you should start lining this up as soon as possible.
You can find further up-to-date information on applying for a visa to study or undertake an internship in the UK on the DAAD website .
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