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Internship abroad

You can also complete your compulsory semester abroad via an internship.

A self-organized internship requires a high degree of initiative. Think about where and with whom you would like to do an internship and for what professional and possibly private reasons. Write to the person in question and ask about the possibility of an "internship". They may ask for a transcript or letter of recommendation from one of your professors here before accepting.

Tips for asking for a letter of recommendation

To make it a little easier for those issuing a letter of recommendation, please include the following points right in your email:

What do you need the letter for?

Is a pdf sufficient or does it need to be uploaded to a portal (if so, please provide the link)?

Give a date when you need the review (allow time for both sides).

If you have a transcript, attach it (otherwise write a grade summary yourself).

Why did this intership offer catch your interest? What qualifies you in particular?



Specific CogSci conditions for an internship

Whether you are doing an internship in Europe (through ERASMUS+) or outside Europe, the following conditions always apply:

  • The internship can be done at a university or university comparable research institution.
  • The duration should be 3 - 6 months (at least three full calendar months without interruption or 12 weeks).
  • Workload: 30 working hours per week
  • You must have the internship approved before starting. For this purpose please use
    the form "Request for Approval of Semester Abroad" and send it to:
  • All deviations (e.g. internships with companies, shorter duration, etc.) must be approved on a case-by-case basis. Approval is usually granted when relevance to the course content in the Cogsci subject is evident. Note the deviation from the conditions on the RoA. We will then take care of the approval.
  • An internship in a European country can be supported by ERASMUS+. Please contact us.

At the end of your internship, the host institution must sign and, if possible, stamp the Request of Approval. You send the form back to the Mobility Office after your return.

For students studying according to the new examination regulations, the following applies: There are 6 ECTS for the elective area for each month of internship. A maximum of 4 ECTS can be recognized for the compulsory elective area for internships. The Dean of Studies will decide on the recognition for the compulsory elective area on a case-by-case basis after consultation with a colleague relevant to the area in question.

Thesis with ERASMUS+ abroad


The necessity of the final thesis must arise comprehensibly from the topic of the thesis.  In addition, one of the two reviewers must be from the host university. Since the thesis does not have a scope of 24 - 30 ECTS, additional courses should be taken at the host university.

This should be a full-time internship of 30 - 40h/week.

If you plan to do this, be sure to make an appointment with the Dean of Studies.

Further information

On the pages of the International Office of Osnabrück University you will find general information about internships abroad.

Internship opportunities through the DAAD: RISE and MITACS

In recent years, Cogsci students have been very successful in obtaining internships through the DAAD.

You can obtain the language certificate needed for the RISE application (you do not need a certificate for MITACS) from the Mobility office at IKW. Please send an email with your matriculation number to:

Information about the application procedure can be found here:

Helpful links for Canada can be found here.

The IKW is only an intermediary for the DAAD. Those who have been awarded a place must submit a Request of Approval before departure (see above).


Report MITACS/L. Zörlein

Report RISE Iowa

Report MITACS/Toronto

Please contact Petra Dießel if you like to get in touch with former RISE or MITACS participants.

Internship report from Israel


FAQ regarding the DAAD programs

About the letter of recommendation:
Only 1 letter of recommendation needs to be uploaded. This is automatically linked to every application - just like the CV, the transcript and the other documents. Only the motivation letter differs and should be tailored to the respective projects.

Cognitive Science is not on the shortlist, what should I click?
Students can find Life Science, for example, under Biology and click that. Students can then designate the exact subject in the next text box.

Does the transcript of records need to be certified?
If the transcript is issued in English by the university, then the electronically issued transcript can simply be uploaded without notarization. Notarizations are only necessary if the applicants have to make a translation themselves. However, this is not the case at the University of Osnabrück.

By applying to RISE Weltweit, students apply for specific projects and for the scholarship. If they are successfully assigned, they automatically receive the scholarship.

Additionally still important in connection with the scholarship:
The Deutschlandstipendium and the RISE Weltweit scholarship are not compatible, i.e. the Deutschlandstipendium must then be suspended.