Since 1992, the Copernicus Scholarship Program has been an exceptional opportunity for students, offering a training program in Hamburg and a unique experience that helps advance their academic and professional careers.

Copernicus mainly aimed to promote the values ​​of tolerance, openness and democracy. The program seeks to support the development of higher education for qualified students from targeted regions, as well as to strengthen personal and cultural ties between these countries and Germany. Through this exchange, the program seeks to create a forum for dialogue between foreign and German students, with the aim of supporting stability and democracy in post-communist countries and North Africa.

Program goal

The program includes a full semester at the University of Hamburg, allowing students to immerse themselves in a distinctive educational experience within an advanced academic environment.

After completing the semester, students complete a two- to three-month internship, giving them the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge in a real-world work environment.

Students stay with German host families, which promotes cultural understanding and gives them the opportunity to form friendships and relationships that span generations and borders.

Application deadlines

Scholarship application deadlines are as follows:

  • September 1 for the summer semester (program start: April 1)
  • March 1 for the winter semester (program start: October 1)

The Copernicus Program is characterized by an emphasis on applicants' desire to help others. Selected students participate in volunteer projects in their home countries, such as supporting democracy, protecting the environment, promoting education, or fighting poverty. The program also takes into account the social background of applicants, as the scholarship is awarded to those who cannot afford to study abroad.

The program includes a semester at the University of Hamburg, followed by an internship, as well as accommodation with host families. Students also participate in the social life of the club, contributing to the formation of lasting friendships.

Copernicus alumni

Joining Copernicus allows participants to:

  • An in-depth look at the work of volunteer organizations in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and North Africa.
  • An opportunity to develop personal ideas and projects.
  • Participate in joint activities such as trips, seminars, and training.
  • Develop additional skills through training courses.
  • Join a network of NGOs focusing on the regions of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and North Africa.
  • Obtaining a certificate proving their participation, in addition to being included in the volunteer passport.

Do you have interest?

If you would like to join Copernicus, contact via email [email protected]. To apply as a club member, fill out the application and bring it to the first meeting. You can find contact information in the contact list or at the top.

If you would like to become a member of the club, fill out the application and bring it to our first in-person meeting. You can contact us by phone or email, and find contact information in the contact list or at the top of the article.

Training program in Hamburg

Eligible majors

Students majoring in the following fields can apply for the Copernicus Scholarship:

  • Law/Legal Sciences: This specialization includes studies of law and various legal systems.
  • Political Science/International Relations: This specialization deals with the study of government policies and relations between countries.
  • Economy: This major focuses on the study of economic systems and business administration.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences: This major includes a wide range of studies including history, philosophy, and sociology.
  • Natural Sciences: This major deals with the study of biological, chemical, physical and other natural sciences.
  • computer science: Focuses on the study of information technology, programming and computer systems.
  • Medicine: Students in this major can only apply for the winter semester, and must be in the fourth or fifth year of their studies.
  • architecture: Within the framework of the special program “Architecture for Students from the University of Cluj (Klausenburg) in Romania” at the University of Hamburg.

Training program in Hamburg - application conditions

Students, whether on bachelor's or master's programmes, can apply provided they have completed at least one semester at the time of commencement of the scholarship. An exception is made for medical students, who must be enrolled in their fourth or fifth year at their home universities during their semester in Hamburg.

Unfortunately, we cannot support postgraduate or PhD students (such as those who have already obtained a Master's degree). Exceptions are not possible. Those holding a bachelor's degree in Germany are considered non-graduate students and can apply, provided they are registered as students in their home country during the period of study abroad.

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the German language at a good to very good level (B2 or C1 level). We only take into account German-speaking students.

Students who have resided in Germany for a period longer than 4 months in total or who have completed a previous semester in Germany cannot apply.

  • Your studies must finish within 6 months after the end of the scholarship.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Applicants must have a record of unpaid volunteer work, which demonstrates a commitment to helping others or working for the benefit of the community. Paid work is also accepted if it is necessary for study or to support the family.

Expectations of applicants

We expect applicants to:

  • Have a justified interest in studying in Germany.
  • To view living with a host family as a unique opportunity.
  • Be prepared to contribute to and actively participate in the Copernicus programme.

The Copernicus Scholarship provides a unique opportunity for students to enhance their education and broaden their cultural and personal horizons. This scholarship contributes to building a new generation of leaders who can achieve positive change in their communities.

Advantages

  • Free accommodation in Hamburg
  • Certificate of attendance
  • The duration of training is 3 months.
  • Study at the University of Hamburg for a maximum of one semester.