Stay Abroad to Write Thesis


Stays abroad of at least one month intended for the writing of theses (project work) can be supported by PROMOS in the form of travel-cost contributions or monthly part-scholarship amounts. The IPU Berlin especially supports trips to non-European countries for writing a thesis.

The preconditions for the support of writing a thesis abroad

  • The stay is justified by the writing of the thesis.
  • No regular lectures at a university are being attended.

Thesis which are not being completed at either a university or a company can be supported in exceptional cases when the corresponding specialist area provides unlimited support for the work and the student submits a detailed time schedule which can also serve subsequently for success monitoring purposes.

Which documents have to be submitted

  • Application Form
  • Résumé/CV in a tabular form (in German)
  • Letter of motivation (in German): Provide a brief outline (max. 1 A4 page) of why you have decided on the planned stay abroad, the aims you intend to pursue doing so, and how the stay is integrated into your study progress.
  • Certificate of Enrolment
  • Overview of study achievements to date
  • Short overview of programme plan for the stay abroad
  • Language certificate: The language certificate must be issued for the working language of the host university. (It can be submitted later.)

Selection procedure

The International Office accepts the applications and assesses the applicants' eligibility for support on the basis of formal aspects and factors. In case that more applications are received than support options are available, a commission appointed by the university management meets and then undertakes a selection. The following criteria are taken into consideration:

  • Significance and purpose of the plan
  • Letter of motivation
  • Study achievements

Visa fees and insurance coverage

Any potential visa costs, as well as the costs for accident, health and third-party liability insurance are not covered by the support. Nevertheless, insurance coverage must be verified before commencing the trip.