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Funding and Scholarships
Scholarship programs may financially support your stay abroad. Structured programs are one option to fund your internships. Structured programs offer both internship placements and financial funding, i.e. a structured program gets you in touch with possible internship employers and is funding you during the internship period. Generally, however, you need to search for an internship by yourself. Once you have a confirmed internship, you can apply for scholarships.
In the following, we are going to introduce to you some of the major scholarship programs available for students interning abroad.
There are two major scholarship programs: Erasmus+ and PROMOS. Together they cover almost every country in the world. Erasmus+ is applicable for internships in European Union as well as some related countries. PROMOS is applicable in almost every country (outside of European Union). In addition, there are many more specific scholarship programs, which either cover certain regional areas (e.g. France, Russia, and Japan) or study programs (e.g. sciences, teacher education).
PROMOS is a scholarship program established by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. PROMOS funds internships worldwide from six weeks to six months. For further information, see here.
Erasmus+ is not only funding study’s abroad, but also internships abroad. You can apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship if you take an internship in one of the 28 member states of the European Union as well as Iceland, North Macedonia, Norway, Liechtenstein or Turkey. For further information, see here.