Internship Abroad

Quingdao Werkstatt 2019 (c) Alberto Couceiro

Are you interested in an internship abroad during your studies at the Film University?  Then you can find information about internship exchanges and funding opportunities here.


The working group "Wege ins Ausland" (Ways Abroad), an association of 9 institutions from the fields of schools, universities, vocational training, employment and youth, provides information and advice individually and free of charge on internships abroad and answers questions on the seriousness of internship offers and labor law in countries outside Germany:

General information on internships in other European countries:

Information on combined health, accident and personal liability insurance from the insurance office at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD):

Note: With its "Digital Opportunities" initiative, the Erasmus program particularly promotes the acquisition and deepening of IT skills by students or recent graduates, including cyber security, blockchain and artificial intelligence. Women are especially encouraged to apply for these internships!




Students can complete internships in companies or organizations in other European countries with Erasmus+. In cooperation with the Leonardo office at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, the film university offers funding opportunities for internships in the European program countries.

Internship exchange for Erasmus internships:

Advantages of an Erasmus internship abroad

  • EU internship contract between university, company and student
  • Academic recognition of the internship
  • Support during the internship by one contact person at the home university and one at the company
  • Support for additional costs incurred abroad
  • Support in preparation (cultural, linguistic, organizational)
  • Special grants for students with children
  • Special grants for students with disabilities

Application and funding criteria:

  • You are enrolled at a Brandenburg university as a full-time student*.
  • Your "ERASMUS time quota" of 12 months in the current study cycle (Bachelor, Master, PhD) has not yet been used up.
  • You can convincingly present your motivation for the internship abroad.
  • A professor at your home university recommends you for funding of the internship abroad
  • You have good language skills in the future working language. These must be proven in a standardized online language test after successful application.
  • You apply in good time before (the planned) start of the internship, which is usually 6 months.
  • Not eligible are internships in European institutions or organizations, national diplomatic missions as well as organizations that administer EU programs. For scholarships in the above-mentioned organizations, the DAAD offers several funding opportunities via short-term scholarships.

Mandatory language tests

The European Commission provides an online language test for the five major languages (DE, EN, ES, FR, IT, NL). This is mandatory for all students/graduates to take in the working language both after selection/before the start of the mobility and after the end of the stay. However, it is not a selection criterion for funding in the Erasmus+ program and does not apply to native speakers. The language test is intended to serve as a placement test to document the current language level of the participants to be supported in Erasmus+ after their selection. It should take place before the stay abroad as well as at the end in order to be able to record any progress made by the funded participants in their language acquisition. The systematic, Europe-wide monitoring of the development of individual language competence enables an evaluation of the effectiveness of Erasmus+.

Agreements made between partner universities in the inter-institutional agreement (IIA) and learning agreement (LA) about certain language levels are thus not to be confused with online tests. These language competences must be backed up by other evidence when selecting participants.

Erasmus+ Student Charter

The obligations and rights of students in the Erasmus+ program are regulated in the "Erasmus+ Student Charter", which must be handed out to each student before the start of the stay abroad.

Erasmus+ aims to promote equal opportunities and inclusion, for this reason access to the program is facilitated for learners from disadvantaged backgrounds and with special needs.

Special support for participants with disabilities as a lump sum

Students with physical disabilities receive an additional lump sum for additional costs incurred during their stay abroad. Useful information on universities with disabilities from the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education:


Special funding for students with child as a lump sum

Students who take their child(ren) with them on an Erasmus+ study visit to a program country and who are single parents during their Erasmus+ mobility can receive special funding as a lump sum. The maximum monthly funding amount is given by three country groups.

Reporting obligation

All grantees who have participated in an Erasmus+ mobility measure are obliged to prepare a Mobility Tool+ report after the end of the measure and to submit it together with relevant supporting documents (e.g. on the duration of the stay).


The DAAD has developed the mobility program PROMOS with the aim of increasing student mobility. The selection of the funding measures is up to the respective university and can therefore vary from year to year.

Funding period: January - December

Who/What is funded? Study visits and internships by students from German universities (up to a maximum of six months) are eligible for funding. In addition, language and specialized courses as well as study trips are financially supported by partial scholarships and travel allowances.

You can find more detailed information here.


Other funding options


  • Work and Study Stays (ASA) for students and young professionals in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Southeast Europe
  • Website ASA Program

Scholarship Program "Metropolises in Eastern Europe

  • Study in a country of Eastern Europe; combination of language courses, study or research project and internship possible: open to all subjects
  • Website Scholarship Program 

For further options please also have a look at our notice board in the foyer and at the scholarship lottery or at