Would you like to combine studying with spending time abroad? Besides a semester abroad, there are various ways to spend time in another country – such as internships, language courses, writing your dissertation, subject-specific courses and study trips. Read more about your options here and find the right scholarship form for you.

Internships Abroad

Discover new countries and cities during your stay abroad. Photo: Unsplash
Discover new countries and cities during your stay abroad. Photo: Unsplash

An internship abroad offers many valuable experiences: discover new job prospects, make contacts with international colleagues and enhance your professional and language skills! Internships are already part of some degree programmes. You can take a leave semester for a voluntary internship. There is all sorts of funding available for internships abroad. Erasmus+, PROMOS and other scholarships provide you with a variety of options for funding your own placement in a different country.

It is often possible to organise an internship abroad faster than studying in another country. Nevertheless, make sure you seek advice from the International Centre well in advance!

Staying abroad during the pandemic

Are you planning a stay abroad? Has the coronavirus pandemic left you feeling unsure whether you want to or are able to do this? It is difficult to predict how the situation will develop. We are aware of your concerns and are available to answer your questions.

Please always observe the requirements and instructions of your host institution regarding necessary proof (e.g. proof of complete vaccination, valid test result) and quarantine rules when entering the country.

If possible, please refrain from spending any money on planning your stay abroad for as long as possible.
We recommend that you:

  • Wait as long as possible before booking travel tickets, renting an apartment abroad or similar.
  • Take out travel cancellation insurance and ensure sufficient health insurance cover during your stay. Please speak to your health insurance provider if you have any questions.
  • Keep open the option of continuing your studies at Leipzig University for as long as possible.
  • Regularly check the host institution’s website.
  • Stay in contact with your coordinators and contacts at our university and those at the host institution.
  • Meet all deadlines set.

Please first consult with your departmental coordinator and your contacts at the host institution. Once you have done this, please get in touch with your contact person at the International Centre.

Postponement (via PROMOS)

Please contact your PROMOS project coordinator by email.

Please inform your Erasmus+ departmental coordinator as well as your contacts at the host institution and our International Centre immediately. If you have planned a stay abroad with Erasmus+, please fill in this form, sign it and send it via email.

The Erasmus+ programme promotes student mobility abroad. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is currently subject to a number of changes and restrictions.

Whatever you’ve got planned abroad, your safety is our top priority. Please check the Federal Foreign Office website regularly for the latest travel regulations and warnings.

Since 16 June 2020, it has been possible for an Erasmus+ stay to combine physical and virtual mobility. To be eligible, the host institution must offer virtual courses or internship options that allow you to work towards your learning objectives.

This financial support by Erasmus+ can only be offered from the beginning of the physical mobility period abroad. If you have to start your mobility period virtually and remain at your home university, you will not be entitled to financial support.

Once the mobility period has started virtually in Leipzig, this can be followed by physical mobility at the partner university abroad. Financial support is then possible from the start of this period abroad. The amount of the grant will depend on the duration of your physical stay abroad. In principle, this should last at least two months for internships abroad.

The current restrictions mean that you can cut short your physical mobility period abroad, or interrupt it, and replace it with a virtual period if necessary. Please indicate this in the declaration. If you change from physical to virtual mobility, whether abroad or at home, your financial support will continue. However, you should participate in online courses or activities so that you still achieve your learning objectives as set out in your Training Agreement. You will then receive your Erasmus+ grant as per your Grant Agreement.

Please refer to the DAAD website for more information.

Financial support when cancelling an Erasmus+ mobility period

Are you unable to go abroad for Erasmus+? Have you already incurred costs directly related to the approved stay abroad (e.g. rent, electricity, travel expenses)?
Please indicate this first in the declaration. If the costs cannot be cancelled free of charge, the second option is to apply to the International Centre for reimbursement. Please send all original documents (in German or English, for all other languages please enclose a translation) with the completed request for reimbursement of costs to the International Centre.

Financial support when ending an Erasmus+ mobility period early

If you have to end your physical mobility phase abroad early, please inform the International Centre:

Despite ending your mobility phase, do you still have running costs that are directly related to the approved stay abroad (e.g. rent, electricity, travel expenses)?
Please indicate this in the declaration. Regardless of whether you are still abroad or have already returned, you will receive the Erasmus+ grant as per your Grant Agreement.

Despite ending your mobility phase, do you have no more running costs that are directly related to the approved stay abroad (e.g. rent, electricity, travel expenses)?
Please indicate this in the declaration. You will then receive financial support for the duration of your physical mobility phase, and for the subsequent virtual mobility phase if applicable. This will be calculated and paid out exactly to the day up to the required minimum duration (maximum 30 days per month), and beyond that according to the agreed grant rates (please note that funding already received may need to be paid back).

Irrespective of the declaration, please send the certificate confirming the end of your (virtual or physical) mobility phase, and if applicable the traineeship certificate, to the International Centre.

Extending the Erasmus+ physical mobility period

You may extend your physical mobility period abroad with the agreement of your host institution. An extension of more than one month should be requested at least one month before the original end. Please refer to the Erasmus+ internships abroad web page for more information.

Further contacts for supporting student mobility

Students can still go abroad during the coronavirus pandemic. Two Leipzig University students describe their experiences in blog posts:

  • Medicine student Elisa is completing part of her practical year in Gmunden (Austria)
    Learn more (DE)
  • Theology graduate Johannes did an internship in Pécs (Hungary)
    Learn more (DE)

Erasmus+ Internships in Europe

Erasmus+ supports both voluntary and mandatory placements abroad.

  • You can apply for an Erasmus+ grant for your internship during your bachelor’s and master’s studies, State Examination and Diplom studies as well as during your doctorate.
  • You are free to choose the period of your internship.

Please check the post-Brexit changes for Erasmus+ stays abroad in the UK.

To be eligible for Erasmus+ funding, your internship abroad must meet certain requirements:

  • Approved receiving institution
    You will need to find an approved receiving institution within an EU Member State (including overseas territories) or Turkey, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Northern Macedonia, Serbia, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Faroe Islands, Vatican State and the United Kingdom. Participation in an Erasmus+ programme is independent of your own nationality.

EU Institutions and bodies which manage EU programmes are excluded. There are alternative funding programmes for these internships – such as DAAD short-term scholarships for internships abroad. Please also note that internships which exclusively include general customer support, order processing, data entry and general office tasks are not eligible.

  • Minimum length of two months (60 days)

Your funding entitlement will also depend on how much of your individual Erasmus+ “allowance” is still available:

  • As a bachelor’s or master’s student, you have a twelve-month Erasmus+ allowance at your disposal. You can use this flexibly for an Erasmus+ internship and/or to study under Erasmus+.
  • Students enrolled on State Examination and Diplom programmes are entitled to up to 24 months in total for an Erasmus+ internship and/or Erasmus+ studies.
  • enrolled doctoral researchers are entitled to twelve months for an Erasmus+ internship.
  • Funding is also available for an internship completed within twelve months of finishing your studies.

Please apply for your Erasmus+ grant at least one month before your internship is due to start (cut-off deadline). It only takes a few steps:

You register and enrol for an Erasmus+ programme online using your university login. Please print out the online registration form and submit the signed original to the International Centre.

  • Enrolment certificate

Upload your enrolment certificate(s) for the relevant internship period directly when registering online or send it by E-Mail.

Please fill in the Learning Agreement for your internship digitally. Sign it and also have it signed by the person responsible for your subject as well as the receiving institution. Please send a digital copy or scan of the signed agreement to the International Centre.

After your registration has been checked, you will receive an email from the International Centre with a password-protected link to a storage cloud. There you will find your Erasmus+ grant agreement and the notification of your provisional Erasmus+ financial support. Please submit a signed original of the Erasmus+ funding agreement to the International Centre.

Erasmus+ Internship after Graduation

If you do not yet have a suitable receiving institution or a confirmation from one, please first submit the following before your exmatriculation:

  • Original letter of intent signed by your institute’s Erasmus+ coordinator
  • Current enrolment certificate
  • Online registration

After your graduation:

  • Certificate of exmatriculation
  • Proof of completed studies (e.g. copy of degree certificate)

A decision on whether to grant financial support from Erasmus+ funds will be taken once your documents have been examined.

Your eligibility for an Erasmus+ grant is independent of whether you will also be paid a salary for your internship. The scholarship amount varies depending on the length of stay and the country of destination.

Funding by length of stay:

Length of stay Grant possible for
From 2 months, but less than 2 months and 15 days 2 months
From 2 months and 15 days, but less than 3 months 2.5 months
From 3 months, but less than 3 months and 15 days 3 months
From 3 months and 15 days, but less than 4 months 3.5 months
From 4 months, but less than 4 months and 15 days 4 months
From 4 months and 15 days, but less than 5 months 4.5 months
etc. etc.
For 12 months 12 months


Funding by country of destination*:

Country group Funding

Country group 1:
Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

€600/month

Country group 2:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Monaco, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Vatican City State

€540/month

Country group 3:

Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey

€480/month

* including overseas territories

Special Funding

Students with a disability (GdB 20), chronic illness or parents with children can apply for a top-up for equal opportunities by registering at the International Centre. The top-up is paid in addition to the regular grant rates amounts to a flat rate of €250/month.

Additionally, it is possible to submit a application for real costs with the DAAD. The application should be submitted in due time two months before the start of the mobility to ensure smooth processing. To apply for real costs for participants with disabilities or chronic illnesses, please use the application form. Participants who are traveling with a child or children and participants who are applying for real costs for preparatory trips should contact the DAAD via e-mail.

The rules on force majeure in the Erasmus+ programme provide for a so-called “blended mobility” approach to Erasmus+ periods abroad. This combines physical and virtual mobility.

  • This applies to mobility under the Erasmus+ programme during the funding period from 16 June 2020 until 30 September 2021.
  • The receiving institution must offer tasks that allow the student to work towards their learning objectives.
  • Financial support is only available for the stay abroad once the trip to the host country begins – regardless of whether the student takes part in a face-to-face or online internship. You will not be entitled to any financial support for the time spent in your home country.

A virtual period of mobility may be followed by a physical stay abroad at the receiving institution. The amount of financial support will be determined by the duration of the stay abroad. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the minimum period physically spent abroad that usually applies to Erasmus+ stays abroad can be waived. For internships abroad of less than two months, the financial support will be paid exactly to the day (up to a maximum of 30 days per month). In the event of restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, the physical mobility period can be shortened or cancelled and replaced by an extension of the virtual mobility period. Periods of interruption between the virtual and physical mobility phases are also permitted and may be eligible for financial support.

This virtual or combined mobility must be confirmed by the receiving institution. It confirms the start of the internship by email and then issues an internship certificate at the end of the placement. Both the confirmation by email and the internship certificate should make a distinction between the two mobility phases (virtual and physical).

Please refer to the DAAD website for more information.

The Online Linguistic Support (OLS) language tests is mandatory in the working language if you wish to receive an Erasmus+ grant. You will receive an automatically generated email from the EU Academy after you have submitted all the documents to us and your grant application has been approved.

If you are a native speaker or the required language is not offered by the OLS system, you are not required to participate.

OLS covers the following main teaching languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German.
Online language support is gradually being expanded. In addition to the 24 official languages of the European Union, language support will also be provided for Icelandic, Macedonian, Norwegian, Serbian and Turkish in the future.

1. Application for a Certificate of Sponsorship by the International Centre (SI)

The SI will submit an application to the British Council for a Certificate of Sponsorship on your behalf. This certificate contains a personal reference number, which you will need when applying for a visa. The British Council takes up to four weeks to process applications, and you will be notified as soon as your Certificate of Sponsorship arrives. It is valid for three months from the date of issue and free of charge for German citizens.

For the application we will need the following documents from you. Please submit them in good time and contact us by sending us an email to erasmus.praktikum(at)uni-leipzig.de.

2. Independent application for Temporary Worker-Government Authorised Exchange visa (T5)
For an internship, you are considered a “temporary worker” and need to apply for the T5 (GAE) visa with your personal reference number (see Step 1). This has to be applied for no more than three months before the start of the internship (as specified on the certificate). You complete the application online and it costs around 189 pounds for German citizens. Students need to prove that they can afford to cover the cost of living through the Erasmus+ grant and/or the internship salary, and are not allowed to apply for public benefits. This does not apply to students from EU countries who are on a research stay of less than six months. The visa is valid for a total of 12 months. Entry can be made up to 14 days before the start of the internship.

3. Immigration Health Surcharge
Upon receipt of your visa, you will be liable for the Immigration Health Surcharge to give you access to the National Health Service (NHS). For interns this costs around 470 pounds per annum. Please apply for the Immigration Health Surcharge on your own for the duration of your stay. If your internship will last less than six months, you do not have to pay anything.

To check if you need a visa and to apply, please follow the instructions on the UK Government Services website.

If you have any questions about the application process or your visa status, please contact UK Visas and Immigration. The British Embassy does not have a visa desk and cannot advise on visa matters.

Please contact our International Centre if you would like to shorten or extend your internship.

  • If you wish to shorten your internship, you may be required to repay some of your Erasmus+ grant. If you fall below the minimum duration of two months, you will have to repay the entire amount of the grant.
  • You can prolong your stay as long as this will not cause you to exceed your Erasmus+ “time allowance”.

If you wish to extend your internship by less than one month, all you need to do it contact us and let us know via e-mail. If you intend to extend your internship by more than one month, you will need to complete an amendment to the original Learning Agreement for traineeships.

Conclude your Erasmus+ internship and receive your final grant instalment:

  • Traineeship certificate
    Have the traineeship certificate completed by your receiving institution and email a scan of the certificate to the International Centre at the end of your internship. At the earliest, the document may be issued on the last day of the internship.
  • Online language test after your period abroad
    After your internship, you will be required to take the online language test again. You will receive an automatically generated email from the EU Academy at the end of your internship.
  • Erasmus+ Participant Report (EU-Survey)
    You will have gained a lot of experience during your Erasmus+ internship. Your Erasmus+ Participant Report is an opportunity for other students to find out useful details about the receiving institution and its location, and prepare for their own period abroad. After submitting your Participant Report, you will receive an automatically generated email from the sender EUSurvey (please also check your spam folder).

PROMOS Internships Worldwide

Would you like to complete an internship outside the Erasmus+ funding region? Then you may want to consider a PROMOS scholarship! The programme supports internships abroad lasting between six weeks and six months.

PROMOS is also available for internships if you have already exhausted your Erasmus+ allowance. The programme can also be used to support periods of study, dissertations, language courses, subject-specific courses and study trips.

In order to apply for a PROMOS scholarship, you must be fully enrolled and pursuing a degree at our university.

If you are studying on an international master’s programme, you must have attended our university for at least one semester. Bachelor’s students can apply from the third semester of study, and master’s students from the first semester of study. Doctoral candidates are not eligible for funding under this programme.

PROMOS funds internships abroad lasting from six weeks to six months. The respective grant rates depend on the country of destination. The scholarship comprises a monthly grant and a one-off travel allowance.

PROMOS scholarships are tied to calendar years, which means that in the case of stays abroad spanning several years, funding is only possible until 28 February of the following year.

Students with a degree of disability (“GdB”) of at least 50 or a chronic illness can apply for special funding from the DAAD together with the International Centre. The special funding can be paid in addition to the regular grant rates. Please contact the PROMOS project coordinator by email early on for further information and to apply.

You can combine a PROMOS scholarship with AuslandsBAföG (International BAföG).

There are two annual application periods for PROMOS scholarships:

  • For stays commencing between January and June:
    1 November–1 December of the previous year
  • For stays commencing between July and December:
    1 May–1 June

Online Application

Please submit your application online only. Register with your university login via the online portal. Enter your information in the online application and upload the following documents:

  • CV in tabular form
  • Certificate(s) of enrolment

Please upload your enrolment certificate(s) from Leipzig University for the entire period of your stay abroad. If you do not yet have the enrolment certificate for the following semester, first submit your enrolment certificate for the current semester. You must then submit the next certificate as soon as you have it (without being asked). You do not need to provide your master data sheet or your BAföG certificate.

  • Overview of grades

An overview of grades can be obtained from your AlmaWeb account or by contacting your subject’s examination office. You can only use the overview of grades from AlmaWeb if all your previous achievements have been recorded in full in the portal. If you are a first-semester master’s student, please also submit your bachelor’s certificate together with an overview of grades. If you are already enrolled in a higher semester on a master’s programme, we will require your current overview of grades in addition to your bachelor’s certificate with overview of grades.

  • Describe the project

Please specify why you have chosen to complete an internship abroad and explain your choice of host institution. Describe the content and scope of the work (one to two pages).

  • Language certificate for the working language/national language

You can receive a language certificate from one of the teachers at the Language Center after taking one of their language certification tests. The Language Center holds these tests regularly. Your school-leaving certificate does not count as proof of language proficiency.

  • If you speak the language in question or are studying in that language, please contact a language teacher at your institute.
  • If the working language at your receiving institution is German and no further foreign language skills are required, please contact your PROMOS project coordinator.
  • If you can prove that you passed one of the standard tests listed here within the last two years, you can use this instead of the language certificate.

Before your stay, you can attend a preparatory language course at our Language Center or take advantage of the language courses offered during your studies:

  • Proof of contact with the receiving institution/internship contract

You will need a letter from the receiving institution indicating the location, the nature and scope of your work, the duration of your internship and the contact details of the receiving institution.

 

Before your stay, you can attend a preparatory language course at our Language Center or take advantage of the language courses offered during your studies:

After checking that your application is complete, we will send you a personal confirmation message.

Review of Your Application and Nomination

Your complete application will be reviewed by two subject-specific appraisers. The following selection criteria and assessment weightings are taken into account:

  • Subject-specific qualification and personal suitability (50%)
  • Relevance of the planned stay in relation studies completed so far (30%)
  • Language skills necessary to carry out the stay (20%)

Applicants will be notified by email of whether they have been nominated for a PROMOS scholarship approximately six weeks after the application deadline.

Alternative Scholarships for Internships Abroad

Besides Erasmus+ and PROMOS, there are numerous alternative scholarships for internships abroad that you can apply for. Take a look!

  • AIESEC
    Global volunteering projects
  • ASA
    for working and studying in Africa, Latin America, Asia and South Eastern Europe
  • DAAD
    Carlo Schmid Programme: Internships in international organisations
    Programmes for short-term scholarships and travel expense grants
  • DFJW (Franco-German Youth Office)
    Scholarships for study-related internships in France
  • DPJW (German-Polish Youth Office)
    Scholarships for internships in Poland
  • German Academic Scholarship Foundation
    Scholarships for internships in China

Finding the Right Internship

Internship portals are a great way to find a placement abroad. Photo: Unsplash
Internship portals are a great way to find a placement abroad. Photo: Unsplash

Finding the right internship takes a good deal of initiative. Very few programmes offer both scholarships and internships. To help you look in the right place, we’ve put together an overview of subject-specific programmes and internship portals. Good luck with your search!

Dissertations, Language Courses, Subject-Specific Courses and More

Apart from studying or doing an internship in a foreign country, language courses, subject-specific courses and study trips can be a great opportunity to gain experience abroad. A language course can, for example, help you prepare well for an internship. You can also write your dissertation abroad or carry out research for it. A PROMOS scholarship can be used to fund such a stay abroad.

Depending on the topic of your dissertation, it may be important for you to carry out research abroad. This could give you access to research fields that are not accessible here in Leipzig. You may also need material from foreign institutions that is of particular relevance to your work.

What financial support will I receive?

Fund your final thesis abroad with PROMOS or as part of an Erasmus+ internship.

PROMOS awards short-term scholarships for dissertations. The respective grant rates depend on the country of destination. The scholarship comprises a monthly grant and a one-off travel allowance.

Students with a degree of disability (“GdB”) of at least 50 or a chronic illness can apply for special funding from the DAAD together with the International Centre. The special funding can be paid in addition to the regular grant rates. Please contact the PROMOS project coordinator by email early on for further information and to apply.

For more details, please refer to our information on studying abroad and the PROMOS application information.

How do I apply for a PROMOS scholarship?

There are two application deadlines for PROMOS scholarships each year:

  • for periods abroad commencing between January and June:
    1 November–1 December of the previous year
  • for periods abroad commencing between July and December:
    1 May–1 July

Please note that we are unable to accept applications for PROMOS scholarships submitted outside the application periods. 

Step 1: Prepare for your online application

To help you prepare for your online application, we have put together some practical tips for filling in the online form.

Step 2: Applying online

To apply, please register via the online portal using your university login. Please only apply via the online portal.
Please enter your information in the online application and upload the following documents:

  • CV in tabular form
  • Certificate(s) of enrolmen
    Please upload your enrolment certificate(s) from Leipzig University for the entire period of your stay abroad. If you do not yet have the enrolment certificate for the following semester, first submit your enrolment certificate for the current semester. You must then submit the next certificate as soon as you have it (without being asked). You do not need to provide your master data sheet or your BAföG certificate.
  • Overview of grades
    Please request this from your examination office. You can also submit a printout of the overview of your grades from AlmaWeb, provided it lists all of the credits you have earned so far. If you are already enrolled on a master’s programme, please also upload a copy of your bachelor’s certificate including a Transcript of Records.
  • Describe the project
    Please explain why the success of your final thesis depends on your going abroad and include a project schedule for your time abroad (e.g. in a table).
  • Language certificate for the language of instruction/national language
    You can receive a language certificate from one of the teachers at the Language Center after taking one of their language certification tests.
    • If you speak the language in question or are studying in that language, please contact a language teacher at your institute.
    • If the language of instruction is German and no further foreign language skills are required, please contact your PROMOS project coordinator.
    • If you can prove that you passed one of the standard tests listed here within the last two years, you can use this instead of the language certificate.

Before your stay, you can attend a preparatory language course at our Language Center or take advantage of the language courses offered during your studies:

  • Proof of contact/confirmation of supervision
    We require information about the location of your host university and your supervisor abroad.
    Thesis / student research projects that are not conducted at a higher education institution or company must have demonstrable unrestricted support from the department.

Our tip:

Our application information and checklist for PROMOS applications will help you make sure that you have completed all the necessary steps when applying.

After checking that your application is complete, we will send you a personal confirmation message.

Review of your application and nomination

Your complete application will be reviewed by two subject-specific appraisers. The following selection criteria and assessment weightings are taken into account:

  • Subject-specific qualification and personal suitability (50 per cent)
  • The relevance of the planned stay in relation to studies completed so far (30 per cent)
  • Language skills necessary to carry out the stay (20 per cent).

Applicants will be notified by email of whether they have been nominated for a PROMOS scholarship approximately six weeks after the application deadline.

Taking a language course abroad is the perfect opportunity to significantly improve your language skills! Besides our language courses, it is possible to take courses at private language institutes or universities abroad.

Find Language Courses Abroad

The DAAD website provides a good introduction to this topic. There you can search for language courses at universities around the world.

What financial support will I receive?

PROMOS awards scholarships for language courses abroad and can fund your participation in a language course from three weeks (21 days) to two months worldwide. Please note that the language course must be related to your studies or relevant in terms of your future career. The respective grant rates depend on the country of destination. The scholarship comprises a monthly grant and a one-off travel allowance.

Students with a degree of disability (“GdB”) of at least 50 or a chronic illness can apply for special funding from the DAAD together with the International Centre. The special funding can be paid in addition to the regular grant rates. Please contact the PROMOS project coordinator by email early on for further information and to apply.

How do I apply for a PROMOS scholarship?

There are two application deadlines for PROMOS scholarships each year:

  • for periods abroad commencing between January and June:
    1 November–1 December of the previous year
  • for periods abroad commencing between July and December:
    1 May–1 July.

Please note that we are unable to accept applications for PROMOS scholarships submitted outside the application periods. 

Step 1: Prepare for your online application

To help you prepare for your online application, we have put together some practical tips for filling in the online form.

Step 2: Applying online

To apply, please register via the online portal using your university login. Please only apply via the online portal.
Please enter your information in the online application and upload the following documents:

  • CV in tabular form
  • Certificate(s) of enrolment
    Please upload your enrolment certificate(s) from Leipzig University for the entire period of your stay abroad. If you do not yet have the enrolment certificate for the following semester, first submit your enrolment certificate for the current semester. You must then submit the next certificate as soon as you have it (without being asked). You do not need to provide your master data sheet or your BAföG certificate.
  • Overview of grades
    Please request this from your examination office. You can also submit a printout of the overview of your grades from AlmaWeb, provided it lists all of the credits you have earned so far. If you are already enrolled on a master’s programme, please also upload a copy of your bachelor’s certificate including a Transcript of Records.
  • Describe the project
    Please explain how taking part in the specialist course or summer school will benefit your studies, specifying the location, dates and scope (one to two pages).
  • Language certificate for the language of instruction / national language
    You can receive a language certificate from one of the teachers at the Language Center after taking one of their language certification tests. The Language Center holds these tests regularly. Your school-leaving certificate does not count as proof of language proficiency.
    • If you speak the language in question or are studying in that language, please contact a language teacher at your institute.
    • If you can prove that you passed one of the standard tests listed here within the last two years, you can use this instead of the language certificate.

Before your stay, you can attend a preparatory language course at our Language Center or take advantage of the language courses offered during your studies:

  • Proof of contact / official course announcement
    We need information about the location and scope of your specialist course or a confirmation of registration for the specialist course or summer school abroad.

Our tip:

Our application information and checklist for PROMOS specialist courses will help you make sure that you have completed all the necessary steps when applying.

After checking that your application is complete, we will send you a personal confirmation message.

Review of your application and nomination

Your complete application will be reviewed by two subject-specific appraisers. The following selection criteria and assessment weightings are taken into account:

  • Subject-specific qualification and personal suitability (50 per cent)
  • The relevance of the planned stay in relation to studies completed so far (30 per cent)
  • Language skills necessary to carry out the stay (20 per cent).

Applicants will be notified by email of whether they have been nominated for a PROMOS scholarship approximately six weeks after the application deadline.

Until the end of the winter semester 2020/21, if you have planned a period abroad for an internship under PROMOS, you can start or complete it online under certain circumstances, provided that it is not possible or reasonable to leave the country. Please contact your PROMOS project coordinator for further information.

Examples of specialist courses are summer schools or workshops at a foreign host university. They usually last several days or a few weeks and deal with special projects or topics. These activities are often supplemented by local cultural programmes.

Find Specialist Courses and Summer Schools Abroad

Please contact us for information on current opportunities. In addition, many departments have noticeboards advertising such programmes.

  • The DAAD’s Go East programme organises summer and winter schools in East-Central, South Eastern and Eastern Europe.
  • Are you interested in going to Switzerland? Students of physics, computer science and engineering can apply to the CERN Summer Student Programme.

What financial support will I receive?

PROMOS supports specialist courses abroad for periods of between five days and six weeks. The respective grant rates depend on the country of destination. The scholarship comprises a monthly grant and a one-off travel allowance. It does not cover course fees.

Students with a degree of disability (“GdB”) of at least 50 or a chronic illness can apply for special funding from the DAAD together with the International Centre. The special funding can be paid in addition to the regular grant rates. Please contact the PROMOS project coordinator by email early on for further information and to apply.

How do I apply for a PROMOS scholarship?

There are two application deadlines for PROMOS scholarships each year:

  • for periods abroad commencing between January and June:
    1 November–1 December of the previous year
  • for periods abroad commencing between July and December:
    1 May–1 July

Please note that we are unable to accept applications for PROMOS scholarships submitted outside the application periods. 

Step 1: Prepare for your online application

To help you prepare for your online application, we have put together some practical tips for filling in the online form.

Step 2: Applying online

To apply, please register via the online portal using your university login. Please only apply via the online portal.
Please enter your information in the online application and upload the following documents:

  • CV in tabular form
  • Certificate(s) of enrolment
    Please upload your enrolment certificate(s) from Leipzig University for the entire period of your stay abroad. If you do not yet have the enrolment certificate for the following semester, first submit your enrolment certificate for the current semester. You must then submit the next certificate as soon as you have it (without being asked). You do not need to provide your master data sheet or your BAföG certificate.
  • Overview of grades
    Please request this from your examination office. You can also submit a printout of the overview of your grades from AlmaWeb, provided it lists all of the credits you have earned so far. If you are already enrolled on a master’s programme, please also upload a copy of your bachelor’s certificate including a Transcript of Records.
  • Describe the project
    Please explain how taking part in the specialist course or summer school will benefit your studies, specifying the location, dates and scope (one to two pages).
  • Language certificate for the language of instruction / national language
    can receive a language certificate from one of the teachers at the Language Center after taking one of their language certification tests. The Language Center holds these tests regularly. Your school-leaving certificate does not count as proof of language proficiency.
    • If you speak the language in question or are studying in that language, please contact a language teacher at your institute.
    • If the language of instruction is German and no further foreign language skills are required, please contact your PROMOS project coordinator.
    • If you can prove that you passed one of the standard tests listed here within the last two years, you can use this instead of the language certificate.

Before your stay, you can attend a preparatory language course at our Language Center or take advantage of the language courses offered during your studies:

  • Proof of contact / official course announcement
    We need information about the location and scope of your specialist course or a confirmation of registration for the specialist course or summer school abroad.

Our tip:

Our application information and checklist for PROMOS specialist courses will help you make sure that you have completed all the necessary steps when applying.

After checking that your application is complete, we will send you a personal confirmation message.

Review of your application and nomination

Your complete application will be reviewed by two subject-specific appraisers. The following selection criteria and assessment weightings are taken into account:

  • Subject-specific qualification and personal suitability (50 per cent)
  • The relevance of the planned stay in relation to studies completed so far (30 per cent)
  • Language skills necessary to carry out the stay (20 per cent).

Applicants will be notified by email of whether they have been nominated for a PROMOS scholarship approximately six weeks after the application deadline.

This funding is not available for congress or lecture tours. For these, please check the DAAD website.

You can undertake a study trip abroad together with your fellow students. The whole trip must be accompanied by a professor. The study trip will focus on subject-related learning and give you an insight into the local culture. Study trips focus on getting to know students and other academics.

Financial support

Under PROMOS, a flat-rate allowance is available to support study trips by groups of at least five students and/or doctoral researchers accompanied by a professor.

Please note this information and our checklist for study trips abroad.

Applying for PROMOS funding

Applications for PROMOS grants for study trips can only be submitted by professors of our university. Please send all application documents as specified in the checklist as a single PDF file to Christine Seidemann.

 

Auf dem Bild sieht man im Hintergrund einen jungen Mann, der in seiner Hand ein Smartphone hält. Das Smartphone zeigt er in die Kamera. Auf dem Smartphone ist ein Logo mit dem Schriftzug "entdecker" zu sehen.
The “entdecker” app is available in the Google Play Store and the App Store. Image: Leipzig University

The International Centre’s German-language app “entdecker – Abenteuer Ausland” supports students from Leipzig University before, during and even after their time abroad. Whether you head to another country to study, for an internship, or for a subject-related or language course, the “entdecker” app is your mobile companion for your adventures abroad. More information is available on the German entdecker website. You are welcome to download the app and start planning your time abroad.

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