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Traineeship with Erasmus+ in Bonn

As part of Erasmus+, the European Commission provides scholarships for degree program-relevant traineeships. An internship can last from 60 days to 12 months. This page provides key information and contact persons.

Possible Places for a Traineeship

Within the framework of Erasmus+ you have the opportunity to complete a traineeship in public or private institutions. Thus, both the University of Bonn and other companies and organizations are eligible for a traineeship.

Your home university will inform you about the application requirements and formalities for financial support.

Erasmus Traineeship at the University of Bonn

If you are interested in a traineeship at the University of Bonn, please contact the relevant department or institute.

Please also contact the Erasmus Departmental Coordinator.

Erasmus Traineeship at Companies and Organizations

For traineeships outside the University of Bonn, your contact person is the company/ organization offering the traineeship. They are then responsible for supporting you during your stay.

Potential companies and organizations:

Preparing your Stay

Our website for international students offers important information for preparing for your stay in Bonn, as well as arrival and orientation.

If you arrive at the start of the semester (October/ April), you can also participate in our Welcome Days for international Students. You will then receive important information about formalities and tips for leisure activities, among other things.

Formalities for Trainees

  • Health insurance: Trainees and interns require health insurance in Germany. They should clarify all the necessary details with their health insurer before they arrive in the country. Most EU nationals hold a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The trainees and interns themselves will need to clarify exactly what this covers in advance. For paid internships, German health insurance must be taken out. Incoming interns can obtain information directly from the German statutory health insurance companies.
  • Private liability insurance: We recommend that trainees and interns take out private liability insurance in order to cover themselves against potential injury and property damage.
  • Accident insurance: In Germany, employees — and thus trainees and interns as well — are automatically insured against accidents through their employer. This insurance only covers accidents sustained during working hours and while traveling directly to or from work. All trainees and interns at the University of Bonn will be insured against accidents sustained at the university or while traveling directly there or back home unless they are already covered by a different insurance policy under an existing employment relationship (e.g. a secondment). 
  • DAAD insurance package: international students will be able to make use of the DAAD’s collective insurance policy in certain circumstances (e.g. for a compulsory traineeship or internship).
  • Citizens of EU/EFTA countries: EU nationals enjoy unrestricted access to the German job market and will not need a visa or residence permit to enter the country or take up employment there. The same applies if they are from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland (EFTA countries).
  • Information on the REST directive: If non-EU citizens have a valid residence permit for study purposes in another EU country, the International Office may be able to register them with the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees in accordance with the REST Directive if they will be enrolled at the University of Bonn. The trainees should contact the International Office at an early stage to check this option.
  • Visa exemptions: Citizens of Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, South Korea, the UK and the US can also enter Germany without a visa and apply for a residence permit that will allow them to work in Germany before taking up any employment there. Only if they are a citizen of one of these countries will they be allowed to contact the Immigration Office directly, even if they are already in Germany. 

Citizens of all other non-EU countries will need to apply for a visa from the relevant German Embassy or Consulate before they arrive and for a residence permit at the Foreigners' Office in Bonn after entering the country.

Trainees can apply for a room at the Studierendenwerk Bonn if they present proof of enrollment at the University of Bonn or their home university.

Learn more

Information and Networking Services

IAESTE Local Committee Bonn

The IAESTE Committee Bonn consists of students and staff members of the International Office and takes care of international students who come to Bonn for an internship.

Erasmus Student Network (ESN) 

ESN Bonn promotes intercultural exchange through events about Germany and other countries for German and international students.

“Stammtisch” meet-up for international trainees

Informal “Stammtisch” meet-up for international trainees, interns and young professionals: every second Friday in the month, Cafe Extrablatt, Martinsplatz 2a.


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Kristina Khrul

Erasmus Traineeship

U 1.001

Poppelsdorfer Allee 102

53115 Bonn (Germany)

Office Hours

Please book an appointment via eCampus.

  • Mondays (via Zoom)
    12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

  • Wednesdays (on site)
    12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

  • and by appointment

The basis for the participation of the University of Bonn in the Erasmus program is the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. The contents of this publication reflect only the views of the author; the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use made of the information which it contains.

Please also read

Information from the EU

On the website of the European Commission you can find more information about the Erasmus internship.

Erasmus Study in Bonn

Would you like to find out more about the possibility of Erasmus studies at the University of Bonn? 

Welcome Days

During the Welcome Days for international students, you will receive information and tips about your stay in Bonn.

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