ERASMUS Internships

Since fall 2007, RUB students have been able to apply for an Traineeship Grant in order to undertake a self-organized internship in one of the ERASMUS+ program countries (28 EU member states plus Non-EU countries, such as former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein, and Turkey). The amount of the scholarship depends on the country where the intrernship takes place.

Grants for 2018/19:

Group 1 Countries (high cost of living):
Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Luxemburg, the UK
Monthly Grant: 520 EUR

Group 2 Countries (medium cost of living):
Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus
Monthly Grant: 460 EUR

Group 3 Countries (lower cost of living):
Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Czech Republic
Monthly Grant: 400 EUR

No ERASMUS+ Traineeship, including any extension, may exceed 12 months.

Since Switzerland has left the ERASMUS Program in 2014, RUB students have two options for funding their internship. They can apply
1. for a PROMOS Grant
2. at one of RUB's Swiss partner universities in the framework of the Swiss-European Mobility Program. Students need to apply directly at the Swiss university.


  • Students must be enrolled at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) at the time of application
  • While nationality is not important in the grant application process, students holding a non-EU citizenship need to check with their respective embassies whether they need to obtain a visa for the duration of their traineeship.
  • Internships can be carried out from the first year of studies onwards (doctoral students included)
  • Acceptance letter for either a mandatory or a voluntary internship needs to be presented
  • The internship must last between two (at least 60 days) and twelve entire months

Every ERASMUS stay counts towards the 12 months maximum of each cycle

Application and Mobility Grant

You need to submit your application to the International Office at least one month before your internship starts. However, it would be wise to contact the International Office before you apply for the Mobility Grant to prepare for the next steps.


Please remember to take out health insurance, personal liability insurance as well as accident insurance whilst abroad. Your insurance company will be happy to assist you in finding the best cover.

Scholarship Limitations

Internships in the following organisations are excluded from the ERASMUS Programme:

  • European institutions and organisations
  • Institutions administering collaborative programmes (EU programmes)
  • These institutions are eligible for DAAD’s Carlo Schmid Programme

Scholarships may only be awarded in accordance with funds provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). An early application could increase your chances of being nominated for a grant. However, students have no legal entitlement to monetary support from the ERASMUS Programme and this cannot be claimed from RUB.

Additional Funds

Disabled students may apply for additional funds:




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