Practical Traineeships for Foreign Students of Natural and Technical Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry

Practical training placements for students of the above mentioned subjects are arranged by the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE). Placements are, however, only available to countries with a National IAESTE Committee. Within the DAAD, unit 225 is the German National IAESTE Committee.

Usually, traineeships are two to three months in duration with various firms, institutions of higher education and research institutes. In individual cases, traineeships of extended duration can be arranged.

Trainees are usually paid 615,-- euros per month; the DAAD, however, is not able to grant additional funds to cover travel costs.


  • Specific information on conditions of eligibility is available from the National IAESTE Committee of the member country concerned.
  • Language Proficiency: Requirements regarding language proficiency of German differ greatly; some firms require their foreign trainees to have a good knowledge of German, while others only ask for some basic knowledge required for communicating at work. In many cases a good knowledge of English is sufficient.
  • Training placements recruited in Germany are offered exclusively by the responsible National IAESTE Committee abroad, which in turn arranges placements for German university students. Unfortunately, the DAAD is unable to arrange traineeships for individual foreign applicants, except within the framework of the IAESTE exchange scheme.

Country-specific information, dates and deadlines, application address and advice

  • Precise information on when to submit applications is available from the National IAESTE Committee of the applicant's home country.
  • Students of the stated subjects interested in a training placement in Germany should address the National IAESTE Committee in their home country. Addresses of the National IAESTE Committees and further information are available via Internet