Support and funding for stays abroad

Depending on where you want to go, a stay abroad can involve some additional costs compared to a regular semester in Pforzheim. Therefore, we are happy to advise you about financing options and funding for stays abroad.


A semester abroad as well as an internship in another European country are usually funded by Erasmus+. All information about Erasmus+ funding can be found on the website Semester Abroad in Europe.

It is possible to apply for the PROMOS scholarship when spending a semester abroad in a developing or emerging country.

The Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM of the Baden-Württemberg Foundation is a program that serves to promote the international exchange of qualified young people and thus contributes to the global networking of people associated with Baden-Württemberg. Each year, approximately 25 - 30 students participating in selected exchange programs are supported by the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM through the university. The scholarships are awarded both to Baden-Württemberg scholarship holders who wish to spend time abroad and to scholarship holders from abroad who wish to get to know Baden-Württemberg.

Application Procedure

Selection for the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM is made automatically on the basis of your grades; you cannot apply for this. If you are eligible for a Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM (relevant is the grade as well as the partner university), you will be informed by the International Office. The selection criteria will be based on the applicant's previous academic achievements and social commitment.


For students who do not receive any other funding, the International Office awards one-time travel grants for study periods outside of Europe. Unpaid internships in non-European countries can also be funded.

Since we are only allowed to distribute the travel grants once a year, the annual application deadline has been set for the end of July in order to subsidize applicants from the previous summer semester as well as the upcoming winter semester. If there are too many applicants, a selection will be made. The amount of the grant is between €100 and €300 in total and depends on our given budget and the number of selected applicants.

Please note that without proof of your internship or semester abroad you will be excluded from the selection process. For internships or volunteer work, a work contract is required, and for a semester abroad, the Learning Agreement. You can find the application form here.

The HAW scholarship specifically supports students from Universities of Applied Sciences who are completing a stay abroad. The application is made directly through the DAAD.

The selection for the HAW scholarship takes place earlier than the awarding of scholarships at the HS Pforzheim, therefore you have to start applying very soon after you have been assigned a place.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is an association supported by German universities and student bodies. They elect the board of directors in the general meeting, which manages the association. Since its foundation in 1925, the DAAD has supported more than 2.6 million young academics at home and abroad (source: DAAD).

In addition to scholarships, the DAAD also offers a wide range of information on semesters abroad and internships abroad.

The scholarship database provides an overview of DAAD scholarships. Enter your search criteria there, whereby Bachelor students must specify "student" as their status and Master students "graduate". The search engine will then list all eligible scholarship opportunities.