Funding for Internships with ERASMUS Student Mobility Placements – SMP

Please note:

Until further notice, the EU-Office of the University of Freiburg unfortunately can no longer provide for an ERASMUS-PLACEMENT support for the academic year 2014/15 (for which reason the A-documents cannot be downloaded). In case there will be further support available, it will be reported here.

!!! Meanwhile, interested students are kindly advised to contact the coordination site [de] of the Hochschule Karlsruhe !!!


» All Placement documents at the download center

Are you planning an Internship in Europe?

European students at the University of Freiburg can apply for a three to twelve month ERASMUS internship in the EU, in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and Switzerland. The chances of receiving several hundred euros per month in funding (approx. 400 euros in 2010) are very good.

It is now also possible to receive funding for internships at higher education institutions and public institutions; national diplomatic missions and EU institutions are the only exeptions. In addition, there are numerous options for classical internships in areas like industry, banking, marketing, small trades, churches, NGOs, foundations, chambers of commerce, associations, and other organizations. Students find an internship on their own and take care of all necessary formalities.

The EU Office of the University of Freiburg would like to draw your attention to the various opportunities for receiving funding for an internship in Europe. On the one hand, students and recent graduates (less than one year after graduation) are eligible for funding from the EU through the program „ERASMUS Student Mobility Placement,“ and on the other hand graduates can receive funding during their internship in Europe through the EU program „Leonardo da Vinci.“ Whereas it is possible to apply for funding from the ERASMUS program SMP on the homepage of the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg (see below), it is only possible to apply for funding from LEONARDO at the coordination office [DE] for practical study semesters at the University of Karlsruhe.

Interesting Websites


The VOCAL project (Vocationally Oriented Culture And Language) website www.vocalproject.eu is a Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation project funded with the support of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme 2007- 2013. VOCAL consists of web-based language materials designed to assist learners before and during their mobility programme in a vocational setting.


eu-community.daad.de is a website of the DAAD with information about studying and internships in Europe. Among other things you can read and write student reports


ERASMUS Placement

Student Mobility Placements (SMP) in the ERASMUS Programme

Funding for Students of the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg

The ERASMUS Programme is a part of the EU Programme for Lifelong Learning (LLP). This programme supports transnational mobility projects between higher education institutions of the EU member states. The organization responsible for organizing and coordinating the program in Germany is the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Students in Freiburg who are interested in completing an internship in another European country can receive support at the EU Office in the administrative building on Fahnenbergplatz. E-mail: catherine.mueller@zv.uni-freiburg.de, Tel.: 203-67472 or -4225.


The Possible Duration of an SMP Internship:

At least three and no more than 12 months, independent of ERASMUS funding for study abroad (SMS).

Please note that shorter internships and internships completed as part of a course of study cannot be funded by SMP.

If the internship you are interested in will have a duration of less than three months, it might still be possible to receive funding for it within the context of an existing ERASMUS exchange between the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg and one of its more than 300 partner universities.


The following persons are eligible for Student Mobility for Placements (SMP) during their course of study:

  • Students who are matriculated at the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg
  • Students who are citizens of one of the participating countries (see above)
  • Students who have the status of refugee or stateless person or are registered as permanent residents in Germany or one of the other participating countries

Possible countries of destination are:

  • Countries of the EU (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom),
  • Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Croatia, Switzerland and Turkey.

Commuters cannot be funded.

Internships at the following institutions cannot be funded:

  • all European institutions
  • all institutions which organize EU programmes
  • national diplomatic missions of the native or home country of the student receiving funding
  • UN institutions and their sub-organizations

Students with special needs or children

Students with special needs or children may apply for a specific ERASMUS grant after they have been selected for a mobility period. The forms are available on enquiry at the EU-Office.


Students can receive an allowance of up to 400 € per month for living expenses during their internship (with the exception of students from Bulgaria and Romania, for whom the limit is the maximum amount for the individual country). The actual amount of the allowance depends on the net pay the student recieves from the host organization.

Recipients of BAföG receive their financial aid in full while completing the internship. ERASMUS grants are not taken into account in calculating the amount.


The allowances are generally paid out in two parts: The first part is paid out at the beginning of the internship upon receipt of the „Placement Agreement“ (80% of the allowance). The second tranche is paid out upon completion of the internship, upon submission of all necessary documentation, on the basis of its actual duration.


  • The application must be submitted to the EU Office no later than 1 day before the internship is to begin. The completed application may initially be sent by fax or scanned in and sent as an e-mail attachment, as long as the faxed or scanned documents include all (!) necessary signatures. However, in this case the original documents must be sent in later by mail. It is only possible to receive funding for 1 internship at 1 institution, and the internship must be completed without any interruptions.
  • If the internship is shortened, extended, or terminated earlier than planned, the student is required to inform the EU Office immediately as it may be necessary to pay back part of the allowance.
  • The student has no legal right to receive funding or to receive a certain amount of funding for an internship.
  • It is only possible to receive funding for a single internship at a single institution.
  • The internship must be completed without any interruptions.


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Bonn offers an insurance package including all three required forms of insurance. For more information, visit this webseite or contact Ms. Palm, tel. 0228 / 882-294 or -400, e-mail: palm@daad.de

In addition, there are several other offers on the insurance market, such as that of the online insurance intermediary Mawista, contact tel. 07024 / 469510 or e-mail: info@mawista.com.

ERASMUS Placement Agreement

After you have submitted all necessary documents your monthly allowance will be calculated and the EU Office of the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg will draft the Placement Agreement and send it to you by e-mail. The agreement must be signed and sent back to the EU Office of the University of Freiburg. After the EU Office has received the signed Placement Agreement and the original copies of your application documents, the first part of your allowance will be transfered to your bank account.

Application Documents

No later than four weeks AFTER completing your internship you must submit the following docuements in order to receive the remaining portion of your ERASMUS SMP grant:

  1. The B0 – Certificate from host organization [DE PDF]
  2. The B1 - Final Information Form [DE PDF] on the internship
  3. The B2 - Student Evaluation Form [DE PDF] as written confirmation of the internship by your host organization
  4. A B3 - Qualified Certificate of Employment [DE PDF] from your host organization, which must be submitted along with the student evaluation form
  5. The B4 - Short Evaluation Form [PDF], in which you evaluate the host organization
  6. The B5 - Certificate of Approval [DE PDF] from your university concerning the completed internship
  7. The B6 - Student Report [DE PDF]

Address for submitting SMP documents

Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg
Bismarckallee 22
79085 Freiburg

Tel.: +49(0)761 203-67472
Fax: +49(0)761 203-9084
E-Mail: catherine.mueller@zv.uni-freiburg.de

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