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Discover a new country, work with interesting people and submerge yourself in a foreign culture? An internship abroad offers you a unique chance to broaden your horizons, get to know countries and the people who live there, and live and work in a completely different culture.

The search for an internship abroad is not as difficult as you might think. On the following pages you will find an overview of the most important information and tips you need to organize your internship. Detailed information (in German) regarding planning, job search, application and financing is offered in this German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) brochure.

An overview of all the things you need to know about planning your internship abroad are summarized on our checklist. The individual points are explained in more detail on our webpages.

Tip: start early! At least one year ahead, start collecting addresses of companies, preparing your application documents and organizing your financing,or applying for scholarships. Experience shows that leaving everything until the last minute makes it difficult to meet the various deadlines.

Finding an Internship

Every semester the International Center runs information sessions which offer valuable tips on finding internships. If you cannot find an internship place abroad, there are special search programmes which can help. More information on these can be found here.


Applying for an internship abroad requires a lot of preparation and initiative. You'll find useful tips on writing applications and preparing for the internship and the interview here.


BaföG student grant for abroad, student loan or scholarship – there are various ways to finance your internship abroad. Information about various funding organizations can be found here.

To Dos

When you have found an internship place, you can get started on planning your internship abroad. Information about what you have to do before you leave and after you return to HFU can be found here.