Scholarships

International Excellence Scholarship Program (IES)

IES offers ambitious students from Eastern and Southeastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia a unique chance to enrich their education. If you’re a high-achiever, join our program and spend one or two semesters abroad in Berlin! This incredible opportunity allows you to expand your horizons and study at some of Germany’s top universities, including HU BerlinFU Berlin, HWR Berlin, University of Potsdam.

IES Program

The scholarship program in Berlin offers more than just an opportunity to study at a prestigious university. It’s a chance to immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of German culture, actively participate in the life of the association, and shape your own transformative experience. Beyond textbooks and lectures, our program allows for experiencing German culture firsthand. From cultural events that showcase the rich heritage of Berlin to social gatherings that foster lifelong friendships, there’s a chance to become a part of the city’s vibrant cultural scene.

Learning doesn’t happen solely within the classroom walls. We believe that active participation in the life of our association enriches the academic journey and contributes to the growth of our tight-knit community. Our program is not a one-size-fits-all experience. Scholarship holders play a pivotal role in shaping their journey. There won’t be a passive participant; active participation in the program’s accompanying and developing activities is expected. Ideas, energy, and passion will help mold the program into an even more enriching experience for future scholars.

To ensure a smooth transition into Berlin life, our experienced team is dedicated to providing highly qualified guidance. Moving to a new city can be both exciting and challenging, which is why there’s support every step of the way. From practical advice to cultural insights, everything is covered. The first encounters in a new place can be daunting. Mentors are here to offer a friendly hand. They’ll help navigate the initial hurdles, introduce newcomers to the local community, and provide support as they settle into their new home.

At our Scholarship Program, it’s not just about education; it’s about creating a holistic experience that empowers individuals to thrive in Berlin. With the opportunity to engage in the vibrant cultural scene, actively shape the program, and receive support throughout their journey, scholars can truly immerse themselves in the enriching tapestry of German culture and create lifelong memories and connections.

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INTERNATIONAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM is

Study

You will make an exchange semester in one of the top German universities (HU BerlinFU Berlin, HWR Berlin, University of Potsdam).

Internship

After passing exams you will start a full time internship to implement your theoretical knowledge in practice and grow professionally.

volunteering

During your study at the university you will make a volunteering on a daily basis to improve your personal and professional skills.

Travel

You will have an opportunity to travel to Germany to experience German culture and language and to other European countries.

Program sequence

Month 1:

  • ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES
  • UNIVERSITY COURSES
  • SOCIAL VOLUNTEERING

Month 2:

  • UNIVERSITY COURSES
  • INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR
  • SOCIAL VOLUNTEERING

Month 3:

  • UNIVERSITY COURSES
  • CULTURAL EVENT
  • SOCIAL VOLUNTEERING

Month 4:

  • EXAMS PHASE
  • CULTURAL EVENTS
  • SOCIAL VOLUNTEERING

Month 5:

  • INTERNSHIP
  • INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR
  • PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS

Month 6:

  • INTERNSHIP
  • ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES
  • CLOSING GALA

Funding opportunities

COPERNICUS BERLIN offers 3 funding opportunities under the IES program:

FULL SCHOLARSHIP

  • 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.

PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP PLUS

  • Pocket money is paid monthly;
  • 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;
  • Health insurance costs are not covered.

PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP

  • Pocket money is paid monthly;
  • The costs for 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;
  • 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.

A full scholarship of the IES program for one person amounts to Approx. 12,590 EUR and consists of the following parts

Application documents

The following documents are required for a successful application:

Complete chronological curriculum vitae (CV) with photo. It should be written chronologically and in German or in English. It is important to mention following categories in your CV: academical background, working/volunteering background.

University transcript of records in original language. It 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 need to upload the enrollment certificate.

*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. 

Requirements

Application procedure

The application procedure consists of three stages:

ONLINE APPLICATION

Application period:
January 15, 2024 – May 31, 2024 (for the summer semester 2025)


Only successfully passed applicants will be informed about the next step.

TASK PHASE

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

Only successfully passed applicants will be informed about the next step.

INTERVIEW PHASE

The selected candidates will be invited for an interview

Only successfully selected applicants will be informed about the results. 

Application Status

Curious about the status of your application? If you have submitted your application after September 1, 2023, you can check the status of your application at any time here.

FAQ

During the International Excellence Scholarship Program, scholarship holders will be accommodated in a comfortable and furnished apartment at the Copernicus Berlin Campus in the heart of Berlin.

The apartment consists of 3 rooms: Single bedroom, two-bed room and office space. There are only three participants in the apartment. Each participant has his/her own bed, desk, closet and private internet connection. Kitchen and bathroom are shared by the three participants.

No. Participants should take care of their own food.

No. The costs for water, hot water, heating, internet and cable TV are paid directly by Copernicus Berlin.

The scholarship holders receive a place at the Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin School of Economics and Law or University of Potsdam.  The study program is limited to one or two semesters. 

There are two semesters: winter semester (application runs from October 1 to December 30) 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.

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 (40 hours per week) internship should be completed.

By volunteering, the scholarship holders contribute to the growth of Copernicus Berlin. They are assigned various tasks on a daily basis.

During the program, the scholarship holders can participate in some trainings and be part of the organizing team. Thus, they will have the opportunity to visit other European countries.

Mostly no. Germany allows entry to travelers from most countries, regardless of their Covid-19 vaccination status but it is important to check that this information applies to you and to the country you are travelling from. More information you can find here: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/service/gesetze-und-verordnungen/guv-19-lp/coronavirus-einreiseverordnung.html

YES. Berlin is considered a safe destination for international travelers but as with many other major cities, pickpocketing is somewhat common in the busy city center and crowded tourist attractions. For your safety, its best to always remain alert and be aware of your surroundings.

  • 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

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