Information for Outgoings of Berufsakademie Sachsen
Despite the tightly scheduled structure of our cooperative degree programs, it is possible to spend time studying abroad. While studying abroad is common practice at universities and colleges, it is rather an exception in cooperative degree programs - but not impossible. However, this requires very close consultation between the head of your degree program and the foreign partner university in terms of harmonization and recognition of academic achievements. In some degree programs this will be easier due to their contents.
One way to gain practical work experience in another country is an internship abroad, which you can complete during one of your practical semesters. As in the case of studying abroad, the consent of your practice partner will be required. An internship abroad enables you to gain personal skills and improve your foreign language competences – valuable experience that will pay off both personally and professionally and will certainly convince your practice partner as well.
If you are interested in a stay abroad, be it in Europe or worldwide, please first contact the Erasmus representatives at our locations or the Consultant for International Affairs/Intercultural Communication at the Central Office. Berufsakademie Sachsen itself does not provide funding for internships abroad, however, there are various contact centers that can help you. If you would like to do an internship in one of the Erasmus Program countries (inside and outside Europe), please contact the Leonardo Office Saxony in Dresden. There you will be given competent information on how to apply for and finance your stay abroad as well as support in terms of contract preparation and processing. Furthermore, the Leonardo office organizes regular information sessions at each of our locations. Please note that during your Bachelor's degree program and again during any subsequent Master's degree program, you can receive funding for an internship abroad of up to six months and additionally for a study abroad program of up to six months. It is also possible to obtain funding for an internship abroad immediately after completing your Bachelor's program. In this case, it is important that you apply for funding with the Leonardo Office while you are still enrolled at Berufsakademie Sachsen. Students at Berufsakademie Sachsen who would like to study or do an internship outside Europe or take a language course abroad can also apply for a PROMOS scholarship. To do so, please apply directly to the Consultant for International Affairs/Intercultural Communication at Berufsakademie Sachsen. The current announcement can be found on this page under "Announcements".
In addition, you can find here offers provided by our (international) partners, which include further possibilities for stays abroad (language courses, advanced studies, internships...). Please also ask your practice partner about internal opportunities, e.g. employment with an international branch or a supplier/customer of the practice partner.
Erasmus plus – 3 surprising facts about the Erasmus + Program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmQinDk6nig
Internship abroad with Erasmus +: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTQgPk2_nYg
Berufsakademie Sachsen has been participating in the Student Mobility Program (PROMOS) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) since 2019. This program is awarded annually to support shorter stays abroad (up to 6 months) worldwide. Countries supported by the Erasmus Program are excluded from PROMOS funding. PROMOS funds study trips, internships and language courses. Selection for the program depends on certain criteria. The scholarship must be awarded within the respective calendar year. For details, please refer to the respective current announcement.
PROMOS Scholarship Commission
In order to ensure a transparent selection procedure for the awarding of PROMOS scholarships, a commission was set up that includes members of all seven study academies and the Consultant for International Affairs/IC at the Central Office. As of July 2020, the commission is chaired by Prof. Dr.-habil. Kerry U. Brauer (Leipzig).
Lively partnership with Iowa Ellsworth Community College
Our student Rasmus Emcke reports from the Midwest
Rasmus Emcke, student of Service Management, specialization in Sports Management at our location in Riesa completed his practical phase in the first quarter of 2019 as Assistant to the Director of Athletic und Student Life at our partner university, the Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls (USA). This stay was funded by the Erasmus+ ICM Program, which is managed by the LEONARDO OFFICE SACHSEN as part of the Saxon consortium. Rasmus reported from Iowa at regular intervals.
In the study course Agricultural Management to the Midwest of the USA
High-tech in agriculture up close - these were the experiences of Luise, a student in the agricultural management program at the Dresden location, in autumn 2019. Thanks to the Erasmus + International Credit Mobility program, she was able to spend two months at our partner Ellsworth Community College and on Family Farms experiencing the exciting everyday life of American farmers. Here's her brief report (in German language).
Internship in Omsk/Russia
Alexandra Okolzin, student of Business Administration -Service Management with specialization in Event Management in Riesa, reports on her stay in Omsk, Nov. 25, 2019 - Feb. 7, 2020. This internship was funded by the Erasmus+ ICM Program. We would also like to thank our partners in Omsk, the International Office of Dostoevsky Omsk State University for arranging the internship and support during the stay as well as the LEONARDO office in Dresden for handling the organization of the internship.
Alexandra Okolzin's report: "Despite the cold season, I will keep only warmest memories of my stay in Omsk. During this stay abroad I was fortunate to meet wonderful and extraordinary people, make real friends, and broaden my horizons enormously. From a professional point of view, I was able to gain extensive practical experience in marketing with the help of the open-minded and dynamic team of OJSZ Sladonezh. I was also able to improve my social and communication skills and develop my language skills not only in Russian, but also in Spanish and English.
Only one conclusion can be drawn from this: A longer stay in any country gives you the chance to see everyday things from a different perspective and thus changes and complements your own view of the world. Therefore, I wish that everybody could make this experience at least once in their life."