IES-PROGRAM

International Excellence Scholarship Program (IES) is a scholarship program that enables motivated students of all fields of study from Eastern and Southeastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia with above-average grades to spend a semester abroad in Berlin. This program gives students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge at the best German universities (HU Berlin, FU Berlin, HWR Berlin, University of Potsdam). During the 6-month stay, the scholarship holders will actively participate in the life of the association. They will also experience German culture first-hand through the cultural events and social meetings. In addition, the scholarship holders take part in the program's accompanying and developing activities, which they help to shape intensively.

The program participants are supervised by an experienced team. In order to adapt quickly and smoothly in Berlin, the scholarship holders receive highly qualified guidance. They are also supported by our mentors during their first encounters.

Program sequence

1st Month

ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES

UNIVERSITY COURSES

CULTURAL EVENT

SOCIAL VOLUNTEERING

2nd Month

INTERNSHIP SEARCH 

UNIVERSITY COURSES

INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR

SOCIAL VOLUNTEERING

3rd Month

INTERNSHIP SEARCH

UNIVERSITY COURSES

CULTURAL EVENT

SOCIAL VOLUNTEERING

4th Month

EXAMS PHASE

CULTURAL EVENTS

EDUCATIONAL TRIPS

SOCIAL VOLUNTEERING

5th Month

INTERNSHIP

INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR

PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS

SOCIAL VOLUNTEERING

6th Month

INTERNSHIP

SOCIAL VOLUNTEERING

ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES

CLOSING GALA

Scholarship

COPERNICUS BERLIN offers 3 funding opportunities under the IES program:

FULL SCHOLARSHIP, PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP PLUS, PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP

1) The FULL SCHOLARSHIP consists of the following parts:

  • Pocket money is paid monthly;

  • Health insurance costs are reimbursed;

  • The costs for accommodation, enrollment, liability insurance, educational trips, social meetings, administration, welcome package, cultural events, international seminars, consulting, mentoring and workshops are covered directly by COPERNICUS BERLIN;

  • Travel expenses are not covered

2) The PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP PLUS consists of the following parts:

  • Pocket money is paid monthly; 

  • The costs for accommodation, enrollment, liability insurance, educational trips, social meetings, administration, welcome package, cultural events, international seminars, counseling, supervision and workshops are covered directly by COPERNICUS BERLIN; 

  • Travel expenses and health insurance costs are not covered. 

3) The PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP consists of the following parts:

  • Pocket money is paid monthly;

  • The costs for enrollment, liability insurance, educational trips, social meetings, administration, welcome package, cultural events, international seminars, counseling, supervision and workshops are covered directly by COPERNICUS BERLIN;

  • Travel expenses and health insurance costs are not covered;

  • Accommodation costs for two months (1.650 EUR) have to be paid, the rest will be covered by COPERNICUS BERLIN.

Study at the university

The scholarship holders receive a place at the Free University of Berlin or Humboldt University of Berlin.  The study program is limited to only one semester. There are two semesters: winter semester (application runs from October 1 to December 20) and summer semester (application runs from April 1 to June 30).

The winter semester begins on October 1 and ends on March 31 of the following year.

The summer semester begins on April 1 and ends on September 30.

Within the framework of the scholarship program it is possible to attend several language and subject-related courses, but it is required to submit three graded transcripts from the main subject and one graded transcript from a German language course. 

Internship

The internship is an important part of the IES program and is designed to provide international work experience and to develop personal and professional skills. The COPERNICUS BERLIN team will support the IES scholarship holders with advice and assistance. There will be also offered internships at COPERNICUS BERLIN. As part of the IES program, a minimum of 8 weeks of full-time internship should be completed. ​

Accommodation

During the International Excellence Scholarship Program, the scholarship holders will be accommodated in a Copernicus Berlin apartment in the heart of Berlin. A one- or two-bed room with desk, closet and internet connection will be provided. 

What can you expect?

Unforgettable time in Germany

Improvement of German and English language skills

Personal and professional development

Intercultural communication

Support before and during the scholarship

Networking and making friends

Deepening of academic knowledge

Learning to think critically and analytically

New perspectives after the scholarship

Educational travel

Requirements

1.

To be a student in the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

2.

To be a student (Bachelor, Master, or Doctorate) at the time of starting the scholarship

3.

Not older than 28 years of age at the time of starting the scholarship

4.

All fields of study

5.

German language skills at least B1 OR English language skills at least B1

Application documents

The following documents are required for a successful application:

1) Complete chronological curriculum vitae (CV) with photo. The resume should not exceed one page. It should be written chronologically and in German or English.

2) School transcript in original language (is also called Attestat, University Entrance Qualification and School diploma) is the list of grades of all school subjects, what you get after graduation from school.

3) University transcript of records in original language is the preliminary overview of grades of all university subjects, which you receive at the end of each semester after the successful exams. ONLY the students of the first semester can upload the enrollment certificate in original language instead of the university transcript of records.

Please note that a language certificate for German or English is not required for the application. If the application is complete and convincing, the selection committee will assess the language skills accordingly during the interview. 

Application procedure

The application procedure consists of three stages:

1) ONLINE APPLICATION VIA THE APPLICATION FORM 

Application period:

October 01 - December 20 (for the following winter semester)

April 01 - June 30 (for the following summer semester)

Only successfully passed applicants will be informed about the next step

2) TASK PHASE

The selected candidates will be given certain tasks to complete including a tutorial task via our YOUTUBE channel.

Only successfully passed applicants will be informed about the next step

3) INTERVIEW PHASE

The selected candidates will be invited for Skype interview

FAQ

1. how is the IES program financed?

The International Excellence Scholarship Program is funded by several foundations, private sponsors, public donations and membership fees.

2. What are the administrative formalities? 

This is a visit to an authority to take care of the bureaucratic formalities. In the framework of the IES program, the scholarship holders have to complete the below mentioned formalities within the first two weeks:

a) Residence registration

b) Registration with a health insurance company

c) Opening a bank account

d) Enrollment at the university

3. At which university will I study?

The selected scholarship holders will be assigned by the selection committee to one of our partner universities in Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, High School of Economics and Law Berlin, University Potsdam) according to specific criterias. 

4. What should I do during the semester at the university?

Within the framework of the IES program, scholarship holders must submit three graded transcripts from the main subject and one graded transcript from a German language course C1.

5. Why is the internship mandatory during the IES program?

The scholarship holders should not only deepen their theoretical knowledge, but also learn to apply it in practice, therefore a job-related full-time internship is mandatory.

6. Which non-university activities are planned?

In order that the scholarship holders can experience an intensive cultural exchange at first hand, a variety of cultural, socio-political and occupation-related events are organized. The scholarship holders actively partake in the event planning.

7. What kind of social volunteering is expected?

It is important for COPERNICUS BERLIN to encourage its scholarship holders to get involved in volunteer work for a good purpose. Therefore they will be involved in the development of the association.

8. What do I learn during the international seminars?

COPERNICUS BERLIN's diverse international seminars on relevant topics are organized throughout Europe to provide young people with the necessary knowledge and experience. During these seminars scholarship holders have the opportunity to strengthen intercultural communication, build international networks and create lifelong friendships.

9. What should scholarship holders do during an educational trip?

Educational trips enable our scholarship holders to broaden their horizons and get to know Germany and Europe better. 

10. What should I take with me to Germany?

Before you travel, you should find out what kind of weather is expected during the coming semester and bring the corresponding clothing.Since the scholarship holders* have the opportunity to present their countries in Germany, it would be wise to take along country-specific long-lasting food specialties (which are allowed for import) as well as souvenirs, brochures, postcards, national costume.