IES-PROGRAM

International Excellence Scholarship Program (IES) is a scholarship program that enables motivated students of the humanities, social sciences and linguistics 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) and to apply theoretical knowledge through subject-related internships. During the 6-month stay you will experience German culture at first hand through living in a German-speaking host family as well as 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

FIRST MEETING WITH OUR ORGANIZATION

ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES

STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY

EVENT

SOCIAL VOLUNTEERING

4th Month

STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY

EXAMS PHASE

EVENT

EDUCATIONAL TRIPS

SOCIAL VOLUNTEERING

2nd Month

INTERNSHIP SEARCH AND APPLICATIONS 

STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY

COURSE AND EXAM OVERVIEW

INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR

SOCIAL VOLUNTEERING

5th Month

INTERNSHIP

INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR

EVENT

PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS

SOCIAL VOLUNTEERING

3rd Month

INTERNSHIP SEARCH AND APPLICATIONS

STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY

PREPARATION FOR THE EXAMS

EVENT

SOCIAL VOLUNTEERING

6th Month

INTERNSHIP

SOCIAL VOLUNTEERING

EVENT

ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES

CLOSING GALA

Scholarship

COPERNICUS BERLIN covers all essential costs of the program participants. They receive a one-time welcome money and monthly pocket money. Travel, visa, book and health insurance costs are also reimbursed. The fees for enrollment, liability insurance and accommodation are paid directly 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 15) and summer semester (application runs from April 1 to June 15).

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.

Both universities offer a variety of exciting courses, which can be found here: FU courses and HU courses. 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 C1. 

Internship

The internship is an important part of the IES program and is aimed to provide international work experience. IES scholarship holders are obliged to complete the internship only in Berlin. Berlin is the largest city in Europe and offers countless opportunities for different fields of study. Within the IES program should be completed at least 8 weeks of full-time internship.

Accommodation

During the International Excellence Scholarship Program, the scholarship holders are accommodated by German-speaking host families. A separate room with a bed, desk, wardrobe and internet connection will be provided. The scholarship holders are considered as family members and therefore they should contribute accordingly.

What can you expect?

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.

Study one of the following fields or related subjects: agricultural science, archaeology, cultural anthropology,  economics, education, geology, history, film studies, linguistics, literary studies, media, musicology, philosophy, political science, journalism and communication, psychology, religious studies, sports science, sociology, theology.

5.

Proven German language skills (language level B2 or C1).

6.

Proven extracurricular activities.

Application procedure

The application procedure consists of three stages:

1) ONLINE APPLICATION VIA THE APPLICATION FORM 

Application period:

October 01 - December 15 (for the following winter semester)

April 01 - June 15 (for the following summer semester)

2) INTERVIEW PHASE

The selected candidates will be invited for Skype, imo or Whatsapp interview

February 10 - February 20 (for the following winter semester)

August 10 - August 20 (for the following summer semester)

3) TASK PHASE

After interview selected candidates will be given certain tasks to complete.

01. March - 30. April (for the following winter semester)

September 01 - October 31 (for the following summer semester)

All candidates will be informed about the final results in the following period:

May 01 - May 10 (for the winter semester)

November 01 - November 10 (for the summer semester)

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) 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. 

ADDRESS

Copernicus Berlin e.V.

Sophien str. 28/29 

10178 Berlin

info@copernicusberlin.de

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