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Internship abroad

Bachelor students can complete the mandatory 4-week internship (“Berufspraktikum”) abroad. Here, an informal application has to be sent to the Bachelor's Examination Office stating the institution where the internship is to be completed and the period of time. This application should be submitted well in advance. Also master students can complete an internship. This can be also done in preparation of the master thesis. Note that any internship place must be organized independently.

For bachelor students, the RISE program of the "Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst" (DAAD) might offer interesting internship opportunities.


For an internship in a European country, funding might be available via ERASMUS+. In contrast to the ERASMUS+ program for studying abroad, the ERASMUS+ internship does not require the arrangement of an inter-institutional agreement beforehand. Instead, an individual Learning Agreement is drafted between the student, the sending institution (i.e. the local ERASMUS+ contact at the University of Cologne) and the supervisor at the institution where the internship is completed. The application for an ERASMUS+ funding for an internship can be handed in any time, but latest 2 month before the planned start of the internship. The ERASMUS+ internship itself must last at least 2 months (maximum 12 months).

For non-European countries the PROMOS stipend program supports the international mobility of students. However, the PROMOS application is more time-consuming since also a language certificate is required. So please plan your application well in advance. More details on PROMOS can be found here.

If no other funding options are available, the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences supports the international mobility of students with some money (300€ – 600€). More information can be found here.

If you decided to apply for a funding program, please contact us.