Funding for Erasmus+ internships

Andreas Männle

+49 (0)441 798-2484

Karolina Dymek

+49 (0)441 798-4669

Office hours International students (degree seeking)

Availability by phone
9 -12 a.m. and 14-15.30 p.m. 
Thursdays: 14 p.m.-15.30 p.m.

Online office hours
9.30 a.m.–10.30 a.m. in our virtual meeting room (BigBlueButton)

Face-to-face office hours
14.45 p.m.-16.15 p.m. (SSC)
Thursdays: 9.45 p.m.-11.15 p.m. (SSC)

Erasmus+ internship

Erasmus+ offers students and graduates of all subjects the chance to apply for a scholarship for an internship abroad within the EU and other selected countries.

Duration: 2–12 months

Financial support: partial scholarship

The complete application documents must be submitted at least six weeks before the start of the internship. Erasmus internship scholarships are awarded by the EU-Hochschulbüro Hannover.

Programme countries

  • EU member states: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary and Cyprus
  • Candidate member: Turkey
  • EEA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway
  • Overseas territories of EU member states as well as: Greenland, New Caledonia and Dependencies, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Wallis and Futuna, Mayotte, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles, Anguilla, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, Ascension island, Tristan da Cunha, British Territory of Antarctica, British Indian Ocean Territory, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands and Réunion

Specific information for internships in the UK

A Temporary Worker-Government Authorized Exchange visa (T5) is required for interns under the Erasmus+ programme to stay in the UK. In order to be able to apply for such a visa, the participants must have a so-called Certificate of sponsorship, which is issued for Erasmus+ by the British Council. The Certificate of Sponsorship is a reference number that contains information about the position and the personal data of the participant and is valid for three months from the date of issue. The application for the reference number must be submitted to the British Council by the sending university and not by the individual grant recipients. This process can take up to three weeks and is not chargeable for German citizens.

The visa application can be filled out online after presenting the reference number from the Certificate of sponsorship and costs 244 British pounds (German citizens receive a discount of 55 British pounds). Those who have a visa also may have to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge for access to the NHS, the public health service. Calculate your immigration health surcharge

In the Tier5 (GAE) category there is no minimum salary requirement. However, students must prove their livelihood through the Erasmus+ funding and / or the internship salary and must not apply for public benefits.

All documents must be submitted at least four months before the start of the internship.

Application documents

  • Application form Erasmus+ (University Hannover)
  • Learning agreement for traineeships (University Hannover)
  • Enrolment certificate(s) or exmatriculation certificate and a copy of the diploma
  • Proof of previous Erasmus funding (if applicable)

Application documents provided by the University Hannover (in German)

Who can apply?

  • Students (BA / MA / doctorate)
  • Graduates (BA / MA / doctorate); funding after graduation is only possible, if the application for Erasmus+ has been submitted during the last year of study. The degree programme must be completed by the start of the internship.

Funding criteria

  • Self-organized full-time internship in a company, organization or social/cultural institution
  • Internship closely related to studies and/or career objective and of a suitable level
  • Transcultural nature of the internship
  • Crediting of the internship and subject-related support from the university supervisor
  • Funding will not be granted for the following organizations: European institutions, (diplomatic) representations and public institutions of the country of origin (e.g. German embassy). Neither will funding be granted for internships in companies that are involved in EU lobby work. Internships at universities will only be funded in exceptional cases.

You'll find further information about eligibility requirements and application on the website of the University of Hannover (in German).

(Changed: 17 Jan 2023)