Erasmus traineeships at universities: Information and Application

For students and graduates

If the stay abroad should be application-oriented and not bound to the semester dates, then an internship is a good choice. The Erasmus+ program supports internships for students and graduates shortly after their graduation. Currently, during the pandemic, a graduate internship can take place within 18 months after de-registration. An internship counts towards the personal Erasmus quota, which is 12 months per study phase (diploma: 24 months).

If you are planning an internship at a university, the International Center is your contact. Here you will find all the important information about funding conditions and application. You can also obtain information from the NA (National Agency) DAAD, which coordinates the implementation of the Erasmus program at German universities.

Internships in companies etc.: Please contact the Leonardo office

If the internship should not take place at a university, please contact the Leonardo Office Saxony at TU Dresden. On behalf of the Saxon universities, i.e. also TU Bergakademie, the staff will support you in organizing an internship in companies and other institutions. These can be: state institutions, schools, associations and clubs, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, individual companies such as lawyers etc., embassies, Goethe-Institutes.

The Leonardo Office can provide you with addresses of companies that previously employed Erasmus interns in your desired subject field. You should contact the office three to six months before the start of your internship.

What are the requirements for an Erasmus internship at universities?

  • You are regularly enroled at TU Bergakademie
  • You have not yet exhausted the Erasmus quota of 12 months per study phase (Bachelor, Master, Doctorate; Diploma: 24 months)
  • An internship is possible from the 1st semester onwards

The following applies to a graduate internship:

  • You apply within the last academic year
  • You complete the internship within one year (currently, in the pandemic: 18 months) after the end of your studies
  • The internship will count towards the time quota of the last study phase, i.e. you have not yet exhausted the Erasmus quota
  • Before the start of the internship you have completed your studies (defense of thesis, etc.), a de-registration is not necessary

What are the eligibility conditions?

  • Compulsory internship or voluntary internship (content related to the study program)
  • 2 to 12 months duration (counts towards personal time quota)
  • The host university does not have to be an Erasmus partner university of TU Bergakademie Freiberg

What does an Erasmus internship offer me?

  • EU internship contract between university, company and student
  • Academic recognition of the internship
  • Support at the home and host university
  • Linguistic preparation through an EU online language test and optional language course
  • Support for additional costs incurred abroad
  • Special grants for students with children
  • Special grants for students with disabilities and severely disabled students

Please contact us if you can receive a special grant. We will support you. Contact: outgoingsatiuz [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de.

The Erasmus Student Charter provides information on the rights and obligations of Erasmus students and trainees.

How much is the financial support?

The Erasmus grant is a subsidy for additional costs incurred abroad. The subsidy rates are based on the cost of living in the country of origin and the country of destination. There are three country categories:

  • Group 1: 555.00 EUR/month (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom)
  • Group 2: 495.00 EUR/month (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain)
  • Group 3: 435.00 EUR/month (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Northern Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey)

How do I apply for an Erasmus internship at universities?

We are completely open: We cannot arrange internships. Once you have found a place, you can apply with us for financial support.

You can submit your application to us at any time, but no later than 2 months before the start of your internship.

Please submit the following documents in full to us (also by e-mail):

What happens next?

1. You use the language support

You will receive an invitation from the EU to take a compulsory online language test. It serves to check your language skills yourself. You can then take an online language course if you wish. This can also be in the national language and not the working language - a good chance to prepare yourself linguistically for the host country.

If you do not take a language test, you will not receive any financial support. The only exception to the language test are students whose language of instruction is their native language.

2. You sign the Grant Agreement and receive installment payments

We will conclude a grant agreement with you. You must sign it before the beginning of the internship. Therefore, you should under no circumstances submit your application in the last days before the start of the internship.

The approval of the Erasmus+ grant depends on the available funds. The payment will be made in two installments. At the beginning of the internship you will receive 80% of the total amount. After completion of the internship and submission of all documents, you will receive the remaining 20% of the total amount.

3. You submit the following additional documents to us

After the beginning of the internship

After the end of the internship (otherwise no payment of the last installment)

  • Traineeship Certificate/ Learning Agreement for Traineeships, Part 3: to be submitted within 30 days after the end of the internship; alternatively, you can also submit a (qualified) internship certificate that contains at least the information that has to be entered in the Traineeship Certificate
  • You will also receive an e-mail with a link to an EU survey, which you are kindly requested to complete and submit within 30 days after the end of your internship
  • Certificate of Enrolment for the duration of the internship


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