Traineeships outside Europe with PROMOS

Scholarships to support a traineeship in non-European countries


Since 2013, the IPU Berlin has participated in the DAAD program PROMOS. This program is intended to increase the mobility of German students in non-European countries and provides support for practical-training related stays by students in the form of a partial scholarship or a grant for the travel costs worldwide.

What are the aims of the program?

Under the Bologna reforms, increasing the mobility of students represented one of the central demands of all the stakeholders in the field of higher education. The program is intended to make an important contribution to this aim by providing part-cost scholarships for stays abroad for periods up to six months and thus to facilitate clearly more mobility by German students. The aim with PROMOS is to permit universities to set their own priorities with respect to the foreign mobility of German students.

Traineeships (6 weeks to 6 months)

Traineeships for students are fundamentally eligible for support worldwide. In this regard, a travel-cost contribution and/or monthly part-support can be granted. The IPU has 4 positions on average available to it for this purpose in each calendar year. A selection committee decides on the allocation of the resources to monthly contributions or travel costs following inspection and analysis of the applicants' wishes.

Support amounts

Depending on the country, either a monthly lump sum at an amount of €300 or €400, or a contribution to the travel costs is paid.

Who can apply?

Each student who is enrolled at the IPU Berlin at the point in time of the planned support can apply for such support.

In this respect, the IPU Berlin supports its internationalization strategy especially with stays for traineeship purposes in partner institutions in Israel, South Africa, Canada, the USA, China and Australia. A list of the traineeship positions to date can be viewed in the Student Office, with further traineeship positions which have already been used by students being added to it continuously.

Nevertheless, the traineeship applications which are sought independently by the students are given priority in the selection.

Which documents have to be submitted

  • Application Form
  • English résumé/CV in a tabular form
  • Letter of motivation in English: 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
  • Overview of traineeships and stays abroad completed to date
  • Language certificate: The language abilities verification must be issued for the working language of the host institution. The following certificates are accepted: TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, Cambridge ESOL Examination, UNIcert, DELE, DELF and language abilities verifications from foreign universities. (These can be submitted after acceptance.)
  • Short description of the traineeship institution
  • Acceptance of the traineeship by the traineeship commission

Selection procedure

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


  • Significance and purpose of the plan
  • Quality of the traineeship position abroad
  • Independence in the organisation and arrangement of the traineeship position
  • 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 coverage are not covered by the support. Nevertheless, insurance coverage must be verified before commencing the trip.