All WU students enrolled in a regular degree program who have arranged a full-time internship for a period of at least 2 full months and no more than 12 months in one of the 28 EU member countries or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, the FYR of Macedonia, and Turkey are eligible to apply for an Erasmus+ internship grant.
Eligible for a grant are WU students who have organized a full-time internship of at least 2 months and a maximum of 12 months in one of the 27 EU member states or in Great Britain, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, North Macedonia, Serbia or Turkey.
There are two types of Eramus+ internships:
Students must be enrolled in a WU degree program for the entire duration of their internship and have at least one exam left to complete after the end of the internship.
Students must be enrolled at WU when applying and getting nominated for a grant, but must have completet their studies by the time the internship starts. The internship must be completed within 12 months after finishing their degree program and students may not be enrolled in any degree program during the entire internship.
Please note that you can only receive financial aid for a physical stay in the country of your host institution. You may switch from on-site to virtual exchange as long as you are still physically present in the host country.
Student internships can be completed at any organization involved in business operations, except at EU institutions and organizations that manage EU programs. Students can complete several Erasmus+ internships abroad with a duration of up to twelve months at each degree level (bachelor, master, and doctoral/PhD levels). In particular, internships in the category of "Digital Opportunity Traineeships", during which students or graduates can broaden their digital skills,are supported. More information can be found here.
International students can apply for a mobility grant for an internship in their home country, but these applications have the lowest priority in the selection process. Students cannot apply for internships in a neighboring country where they have their main place of residence (cross-border commuters).
Students must inform the International Office if they wish to apply for a mobility grant for an internship in their home country.
Further information is available on the OeAD homepage.
„Convention de stage“/confirmation: In case you need a confirmation called „Convention de stage“ or any document similiar for your intership abroad, our colleagues at the Study Information in the Study Service Center will be able to help you with this matter. Please note that such an internship cannot be considered a mandatory internship, even if it is done as part of the IBW International Experience.
Requirements for application
In order to be able to apply for an Erasmus+ internship, students must have successfully completed courses to the extent of a minimum of 38 ECTS credits. Free electives are not included.
You can check online if you fulfill the requirements to apply for an exchange semester. To do so, please log in with your username and your password.
The requirement for application is admission to a WU master degree program. The mandatory internships required for the Master Program in International Management/CEMS are not eligible for Erasmus+ grants.
The application and the nomination for an internship grant must take place before the student finishes his/her degree program. The internship must be completed within twelve months after graduation. At the time the internship starts, the intern must no longer be enrolled in any degree program.
Letter of motivation: (why this internship is relevant for your degree program, why you are motivated to fulfill the tasks required for this internship, etc.)
Learning Agreement for Traineeships: must be signed by the student, the student’s home university, and the host institution.
Current enrollment confirmation (only for student internship)
Erasmus+ internship grants are not full grants. They are intended to cover part of the additional living expenses students incur during a stay abroad. For information on current grant amounts, please click here.
The OeAD Erasmus Office in Vienna is responsible for the payment of the mobility grants. 80% of the entire mobility grant is paid out at the beginning of the stay abroad. The remaining 20% are paid out after completion of the stay abroad if the required documentation is submitted in time.
It is not possible for students to receive an Erasmus+ internship grant and other types of grants or scholarships at the same time.
Students with disabilities or with a child or children can apply for a special additional grant. Students eligible for such an additional grant must indicate this special status when they apply for an Erasmus+ internship grant.
Students who receive a federal scholarship (Studienbeihilfe) can continue to collect this financial aid during their Erasmus+ exchange stay abroad if they have full admission to courses and exams in Austria. However, interns are not eligible for additional federal financial aid for a stay abroad (Beihilfe für ein Auslandsstudium, BAS).
The application documents can be submitted to the WU International Office (Grants and Scholarship Programs) at any time, but no later than six weeks before the start of the internship.
Before your international internship
Your application documents will be reviewed.
You will be notified by email to your WU email account if you have been nominated for the internship. In this email, you will also be requested to enter your personal data into the Erasmus online database.
If you begin your exchange virtually and continue it on-site, you will only receive the nomination and the Student Agreement after you have submitted your Certificate of Arrival to the OeAD Erasmus Office Vienna. The virtual phase will not be counted towards the exchange period you receive financial aid for.
A template for the Certificate of Arrival can be found here. Other documents, or emails sent directly from the host institution will also be accepted.
An agreement with the OeAD Erasmus Office must be submitted to the Erasmus Office before leaving for your exchange.
Learning Agreement for Traineeships: The student is responsible for retaining the Erasmus+ contract and the Learning Agreement for Traineeships for his or her records.
Students selected for an Erasmus+ internship are required to take a mandatory language skills assessment in the institution’s main working language before and after their stay (exception: native speakers).
All exchange students have to obtain appropriate insurance coverage (at least accident and liability insurance) for the respective host country.
During your international internship
Amendments to the Learning Agreement for Traineeships (e.g. extensions) must be submitted in due time.
The Confirmation of Attendance must be issued by the host institution during the last week of the Erasmus stay abroad.
Only one extension can be applied for. An application for an extension (in German) must be received by the International Office at least 4 weeks before expiration of the originally scheduled period. The extension must be an immediate continuation of the originally scheduled period and may not be longer than this period.
After your return
The signed and stamped Letter of Confirmation must be received by the Erasmus Office in Vienna within 4 weeks of the end of the stay and the exchange report submitted using the Mobility Tool.
The Traineeship Certificate (the section to be completed AFTER THE MOBILITY in the Learning Agreement for Traineeships) must be confirmed by the host institution and a copy submitted to the IO.
The language skills assessment.