ERASMUS+ for Internships

ERASMUS+ is a programme for education, youth and sport set up by the European Union. The new ERASMUS+ programme combines the previous EU programmes for lifelong learning, youth and sport and the European cooperation programmes at university level.

Students can apply for an ERASMUS+ scholarship in order to do an internship in a company or organization in a European programme country.

Type and Duration of Funding

Scholarships are available in the following cases:

  • Internships of between 2 and 12 months (multiple applications possible), which are carried out abroad but within Europe.
  • Internships which take place within one year after graduation, in cases where the application takes place within the last year of study.

Advantages of an ERASMUS internship abroad

  • EU internship contract between university, company and student
  • Academic accreditation of internship
  • Supervision during internship by a contact in both the home university and the company
  • Financial support for extra costs incurred through internship abroad
  • Organisational support (cultural, language, organisational)
  • Extra financial support for students with children
  • Extra financial support for students with disabilities


HFU students who do an internship in a company abroad but within Europe can apply for a scholarship at the coordination centre in Karlsruhe (KOOR/BEST).

Application deadline: you can apply at any time, however KOOR/BEST must have your complete documentation at latest one month before the start of the internship.

Further information about application can be found here.

Sina Barniske
Verena David
Helga Feilke
Susanne Holzheimer

Koordinierungsstelle für die Praktischen Studiensemester
Moltkestr. 30
76133 Karlsruhe

Tel: 0721 925-2521, 2522, 2524, 2525
Fax: 0721 925-2520

Please note:

In the application document you are asked to give the following information, in case you have already received an ERASMUS-stipend during your studies before:

  • Start des Förderzeitraums (inkl. Zero-Grant)
  • Ende des Förderzeitraums (inkl. Zero-Grant)

What they mean is the start and end date of your stay (not the duration of your funding), which was stated in your letter of confirmation.

In case you change or cancel your internship fore some reason, you must inform the Koordinierungsstelle Karlsruhe. Otherwise you will have to pay back the funding!!

ERASMUS Documents at HFU

Although the ERASMUS scholarship for internships is neither coordinated nor awarded by HFU itself, the following 3 documents must nevertheless be signed at HFU:

  1. Application form (signed by the International Center.
    Contact: Ms Lucia Schwarz sluc(at) )
  2. Learning Agreement (signed by internship coordinator)
  3. Confirmation of Internship Completion (signed by internship coordinator; always hand in with a signed conformation of your internship coordinator, that you have completed your internship)

If you require the original document, please attach a stamped, addressed envelope. Otherwise you receive the signed document as a scan by email.

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Overview of ERASMUS+ Programme

The ERASMUS Programme for learning mobility of individuals is carried out at HFU with the aim of supporting the mobility of students and university staff for learning purposes and the transnational cooperation between universities.

Further information about the various types of mobility programmes can be found under the following links:

Student exchange semester abroad (SMS)

Student internship semester abroad (SMP)

Mobility for Teaching Staff (STA)

Mobility for Staff (STT)

ERASMUS coordinator at HFU: Lucia Schwarz


Budget and Timeframe

The EU-funded ERASMUS+ programme has a budget of approximately 14.8 mrd. Euros and will be in place over a time period of 7 years. By 2020 more than 4 million people will have profited from the programme.


The aims of ERASMUS+ are to improve skills and employability, to modernize the system of general and vocational education and to improve child and youth support. More information about ERASMUS+ can be found on the website of the European Commission.

Target group and new changes

The funding will mainly be used to strengthen mobility within Europe and, from 2015 on, it is planned, to a small extent with other parts of the world. By 2020 approximately 2 million students will have profited from ERASMUS+, and among those, over a quarter of a million from Germany. This will include students at every stage of their academic career, including doctoral candidates, who wish to carry out part of their study or an internship abroad. Students can receive a scholarship for up to 12 months during their Bachelor's, Master's or PhD programme. To make a stay abroad more attractive financially, a monthly mobility allowance is available to students especially for countries with higher costs of living. In future, internships abroad will also be possible after graduation. The ERASMUS+ programme also offers students, who wish to complete a Master's degree in Europe, the opportunity to receive an interest-free loan to do so. The current Excellence scholarship offered by Erasmus Mundus, which supports outstanding students wishing to complete a Master's degree in selected European Master's programmes which award the same degree, will be continued under ERASMUS+.

ERASMUS+ also adds to the further internationalization of universities by funding short-term docentships and training periods abroad for teaching and administrative personnel. In addition universities can invite foreign businessmen and women to lecture and take part in multilateral strategic parterships and common innovative projects with other European partners (also from non-academic areas), e.g. in the area of curriculum development or inter-departmental training. To work together with the business world, ERASMUS+ offers funding for the new knowledge alliances. Universities which are interested in getting involved in expanding capacity into third world countries can do so within the international university partnerships of the programme.

Participating countries

Funding for most of the mobility measures and the strategic partnerships will be provided by the national agencies in the 33 countries in the programme,   (28 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, FYR Macedonia, Norway and Turkey). In Germany, this will be provided, as in the past, by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

ERASMUS+ Programme Countries

Member states of the European Union:
Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, The Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal,  Rumania, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, The Czech Republic, Hungary, United Kingdom, Cyprus

the EU candidate countries:
Macedonia, Turkey

and the EWR/EFTA countries:
Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway

HFU's Right to participate in the ERASMUS Programme

With the ERASMUS Charta for Higher Education (ECHE), HFU has once again been awarded ERASMUS accreditation in Brussels. HFU is thus entitled to continued participation in the ERASMUS programme for the period from 2014 to 2020. HFU's complete international strategy is described in the HFU ERASMUS Policy Statement.

Waiver clause

"The ERASMUS+ programme is funded with the support of the European Commission. The sole responsibility for the content of this publication is held by the publisher; the Commission accepts no responsibility for the further use of the information it provides."

Information about the DAAD

Further information and counselling regarding the ERASMUS+ mobility measures can be provided by:

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
National Agency for EU University Cooperation
Kennedyallee 50
53115 Bonn
Telephone: +49(0)228/882-8877
Fax: +49(0)228/882-555
Email: erasmus(at)