The Welcome Centre assists international research interns on organizational issues concerning a research stay at the University of Konstanz.
As soon as a researcher of the University of Konstanz has confirmed your internship position, you are welcome to get in touch with the Welcome Centre for starting the planning of your stay.
Step 1: Find an internship position.
Browse the university website to find a research field that could interest you. Send a professor or academic staff member in this research area your cover letter, CV (résumé) and academic transcript.
Step 2: Reach a specific agreement.
If you have been offered a research internship, contact your supervisor to reach an agreement that includes the following (template agreement):
- contact person/supervisor
- time period and task
- accommodation and (where relevant) payment or funding
Please only decide on your exact period of stay after you have found a potential accommodation. It is especially difficult to find affordable housing in Konstanz from June through August.
Step 3: Clarify your funding.
Clarify funding options in your home country. Research interns usually arrange their own funding. Programmes that fund internships / short-term stays using different selection criteria include, for example
- ERASMUS Placement (EU+ Türkei)
- DAAD- RISE (UK, USA, Canada), DAAD-WISE (India), DAAD-IAESTE (exchange organised by the student)
- university partnerships (i.e. Ontario-Baden-Württemberg student exchange)
Step 4: Prepare for your stay.
Find out beforehand, whether
- your department can help you find housing.
- your health insurance coverage is also valid in Germany.
- you will need an entry visa/work permit (if you are a citizen of a non-EU country)
- and whom you can contact to assist with any remaining questions.
Step 5: Arrive and settle in.
You can pick up your guest library card and guest email account at the International Office or your department. You can also
- purchase a cafeteria and copy card.
- buy a monthly bus ticket (Schülerkarte (just for pupils) or Umweltticket) or rent a bicycle.
- join our Facebook group for social activities and register for excursions.
You may only enrol as a student if you have received a letter of admission before you arrive. However, this is not usually the case for research interns.
Contact us at the International Office with all your questions about a research stay in Konstanz. Speak with your supervisor about questions specifically related to your internship.
New: Federal International Placement Services (ZAV) has set the binding minimum wage for Erasmus+ interns from abroad (see minimum wage law). International Erasmus+ interns are exempted from this minimum wage limit when the Internship Agreement specifically classifies their stay as a “part of the curriculum” or a “compulsory internship”,even if they are staying for longer than three months.
For Erasmus+ and students (KA103): If the stay is not a “compulsory internship”, then minimum wage will need to be paid starting the first day of the fourth internship month.
For graduate / postgraduate internships: minimum wage regulations apply from the start.