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Advice on going abroad during "emergency operations"

For the time being, all face-to-face advisory services of the International Office are cancelled. You can reach us during regular office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays by phone (telephone numbers listed below). Also, you are welcome to meet us online in our virtual meeting rooms:

In addition, you are welcome to contact us by e-mail at go5p/kingackefxbroadywk@uol.de. If you would like to arrange a phone call, please send us a German telephone number and we will call you back.

Contact

PROMOS/Fernweh (studies and internships), Fulbright

Ann-Kristin Schuling

Further information

PROMOS scholarships for study or research related time abroad intend to increase student mobility, in particular the mobility of German students.

Applications for short stays in 2020 (theses, degree-related short courses or language courses) are still possible until 4 September 2020 as - due to corona-related cancellations - we have additional PROMOS funding available for short stays in 2020 (including January 2021, if the stay begins in 2020).

Other conditions apply to the funding of internships abroad (applications are possible on an ongoing basis).

Who can apply?

Students and doctoral candidates (not incoming exchange students, however) of the University of Oldenburg whose stay abroad has not started at the time of the application deadline.

Funding is available for the following purposes:

  • Studying abroad: There is funding for students enrolled in a Bachelor's or Master's degree studying at a university abroad. Doctoral candidates are not eligible to apply. As a scholar you will receive a monthly grant as well as a lump sum to help towards financing your travel costs (not applicable if you are receiving BAföG).
  • Language courses: There is funding for students enrolled in a Bachelor's, Master's degree programme or a doctoral programme who are planning to attend a language course at a university or a language institute abroad. Duration of the language course: at least 3 weeks, maximum 6 months, scope at least 25 hours of instruction per wek. The grant will help towards financing the costs of the course.
  • Degree-related short course: There is funding for students enrolled in a Bachelor's, Master's degree programme or a doctoral programme who plan to attend a short course at a university abroad, e.g. a summer or winter school or a workshop. Duration of the course: maximum 6 weeks. Attending a conference or a talk will not be funded. The grant will help towards financing the costs of the course.
  • Final thesis: There is funding for students enrolled in a Bachelor's or Master's degree programme who are planning to spend time abroad in order to write their final thesis (bachelor or master thesis). Doctoral candidates are not eligible to apply. The grant will help towards financing your travel costs.

Funding for stays in Europe is only possible where no Erasmus+ programmes are available. Exception: students who are no longer eligible for Erasmus+ funding because they have previously received an Erasmus+ grant may apply. However, students may not receive additional public funding or DAAD funds.

Compatibility

PROMOS is compatible with our Mobility Grant and also with the Deutschlandstipendium.

Fernweh Grant

You are welcome to apply for both programmes. However, you may only be awarded one scholarship/grant due to fair competition regulations.

International BAföG ("Auslands-BAföG")

You can apply for PROMOS if you receive International BAföG or BAföG. If you state this on the application, it will be considered automatically if a scholarship is awarded. You may receive a maximum scholarship sum of 300 EUR per month (Section 21.3.6 BAföG states that performance-based scholarships up to a monthly average of 300 EUR are exempt from inclusion).

STIBET

You can apply for both PROMOS and STIBET only if there are two different projects that need funding, e.g. you can have studying abroad or doing an internship abroad funded by PROMOS and writing a final thesis by STIBET. 

Application

Step 1: Please complete the online application (please fill in only once, even if you apply for PROMOS and Fernweh at the same time).
Step 2: Please submit hard copies of all necessary documents (2-9) to the International Office (IO), attn Ms Ann-Kristin Schuling. Applications sent by email will not be accepted.

  1. Online Application
  2. Application Form
  3. Letter of Motivation (in German or English, max. 2 pages)
  4. CV (German or English)
  5. Proof of Voluntary Work (brief confirmation is sufficient) 
  6. Current Transcript of Records ("Notenbescheinigung," download in Stud.IP) 
  7. Certificate of Enrolment (for the current term)
  8. Letter of Acceptance from host institution: studies, final thesis, language course, or degree-related course (only if your stay is independent of a programme by the International Office)
  9. Language Certificate (only if your stay is independent of an IO programme; not necessary for language courses)

Letters of recommendation are not requested. Exemption: Doctoral candidates must submit a letter of recommendation from their supervisore when applying for a short course.

The letter of motivation is intended to show your reasons for going abroad and what you plan to do at the host institution. Please explain why your stay abroad is beneficial to your academic and (maybe also) your professional career and demonstrate if you will get credit in Oldenburg for the courses you will be attending abroad. Let us know if you are seeking an intercultural experience abroad.

The scholarships will be awarded by a committee in consultation with all schools. The following criteria will be considered: academic performance (30%), voluntary work (20%), motivation (50%).

The decision of the committee is final. There is no right of appeal.

FAQ

What does voluntary work mean?

Voluntary work is unpaid work in associations, organisations or public offices (e.g. supervising children on trips, involvement in community, church, sports activities). If you are currently not volunteering, you may include proofs of voluntary work you have done in the past.

I have applied for a PROMOS scholarship but was not considered in the first application period. Can I apply again within the second application period?

Yes. However, we recommend that you speak to the International Office first.

When will I get notice if I have been awarded a scholarship?

Usually you will be notified approximately 4–6 weeks after the end of the application period.

I have been awarded a PROMOS scholarship. Do I need to do anything else?

As a PROMOS scholar you are obliged to promote the university in the target country and at the host university. For this purpose, you will receive a marketing package including information material. Also you will be asked to submit a report of your experiences after your stay abroad, which may (if permitted) be shared with other students to motivate as many students as possible to study abroad.

Funding institutions

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