Frequently Asked Questions

Which countries take part in the CrossCulture Programme?

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Egypt
  • Germany
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Malaysia
  • Morocco
  • Mauritania
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Republic of the Sudan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tunisia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan

How long is a CrossCulture Internship?

Internships last at least 8 weeks and last up to maximum of three months. Stays for a longer period do not receive ifa support.

If I am selected for the CrossCulture Programme, when will the internship take place?

Earliest beginning of CCP for all participants is mid-May. For applicants from Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia the internship can be conducted until Mid-December at the latest. Applicants from all other countries can conduct their internship until mid-April of the following year. Since CrossCulture Internships are planned and organised individually for each candidate they take place at different times of the year and for different periods of time. The exact dates are coordinated in detail with the respective host organisation and the CrossCulture fellow.

What requirements do I have to meet in order to take part in the CrossCulture Programme?

Applicants are required to have a long-term involvement with an organisation or institution in their home country. They should be between 23 and 45 years of age. Applications from matriculated students cannot be considered. Candidates are also required to be in a good state of health and to have the physical and intellectual capability required for spending a lengthy period of time abroad and working within the context of the internship.

A good command of English is another important prerequisite for successful participation. Knowledge of the German language is an additional qualification, but not a requirement for applicants from abroad. Alternatively, knowledge of the language of the CCP host country may be valuable for applicants from Germany.

How and when to apply?

Starting 2017, applications for CCP are to be submitted online via our new application portal. The filled in application form along with all required documents are to be uploaded during the process. Please make sure you have all necessary documents ready when starting the application process, since only complete applications will be processed:

  • a letter of motivation
  • your CV
  • a recommendation letter by your home organisation (find a template here)
  • your portrait.

You find the application form here.
Please notice that the application deadline for the year 2017 has been reached.

Please pay attention to the technical requirements.
Do not send e-mails with your documents to ifa as they cannot be processed!

Please note: Applicants from abroad must apply on our English webpage, Applicants from Germany only on our German webpage!

Can I apply for the CrossCulture Programme (again) if I have participated in CrossCulture or CCP Refugees and Migration before?

This is unfortunately not possible.

What happens after I have submitted the application?

ifa in cooperation with the Germany Embassy/Consulate will examine the applications received by the deadline. This process will take some time due the huge numbers of applications to be screened. Promising applicants will probably be invited to attend an interview at the Embassy/Consulate (eventually also done by Skype/phone). At this interview, the staff will examine the applicants’ aptitude for participation in the CrossCulture Programme. Selected applicants will be informed by ifa end of April/early May.

Some applicants will be notified by ifa that they have been put on a waiting list. That means that they may have the opportunity to take part in the programme if places become vacant at short notice during the respective application year. In this case, applicants may be notified of the opportunity to take part throughout the whole of the application year.

The other applicants will receive a rejection letter via e-mail (without any reasons being given).

What happens next if I have been selected for the CrossCulture Programme?

Selected applicants have to confirm their acceptance of the scholarship. Then, the CCP team identifies an appropriate host organisation. Any contacts CCP fellows may already have with German organisations are very helpful and should be indicated in the application documents or communicated after acceptance.

As soon as a host organisation has been found, the CCP fellow is informed to prepare all the necessary steps for the trip to Germany. The candidate receives precise instructions from ifa staff and from the German Embassies/Consulates so that a visa can be obtained and a flight booked as quickly as possible.

It is expected that German candidates plan and organise their internship placement and their stay abroad themselves. If any questions or problems arise, ifa staff will of course support candidates as far as possible.

What does the CrossCulture Programme cover?

CCP fellows from abroad receive a monthly scholarship of 550 Euro. In addition, the following costs are met by the project:

  • Visa
  • Return flight
  • Health insurance
  • Accommodation at destination (town of the host organisation)
  • Monthly ticket for the public transport at destination
  • Transport and accomodation for the intercultural workshop in Stuttgart

German CrossCulture fellows receive a monthly scholarship of 1,100 Euro on their bank account. This covers accommodation and public transport costs in the host country. The costs of visa fees and return flight are reimbursed. Health insurance for Germans abroad will be concluded by ifa for the duration of the CrossCulture Internship.

Return flight
The cost of a return flight will be financed by the project. CrossCulture interns shall inform ifa staff without delay and without being especially requested to do so of any changes they would like to be made to bookings, regardless of the reasons the intern has for them. Any resulting costs shall be borne by the candidates themselves. CrossCulture candidates are required to organise the transport of any excess luggage, such as special tools or other equipment for work (e.g. cameras, artists’ utensils, etc.) and meet the cost of such transport themselves. Unfortunately, ifa staff is unable to assist in such cases.

Health insurance
The health insurance covers any emergencies during the intern’s stay in Germany or abroad. It does not cover the cost of treating any illnesses the interns already had before departure and such costs therefore have to be met by CrossCulture participants themselves.

Any visits to or treatment by physicians on account of a pregnancy/birth will also not be met by the insurance. These costs, too, have to be met by CrossCulture scholarship holders themselves – neither the insurance company nor the ifa can accept such costs.

In Germany, CrossCulture fellows will be provided with furnished accommodation (either a room in a shared apartment or with a family or a small apartment with bathroom and cooking facilities). Electricity, heating and water are included. These apartments do not have internet access or a telephone since ifa cannot meet the communication costs.

The apartment provided and all the items in it shall be treated with care by CrossCulture interns. The costs of any major damage to the apartment, furniture or electrical items shall be borne by candidates themselves.

May I take members of my family abroad with me for the duration of my Internship?

Unfortunately, this is not possible. The programme cannot provide any financing or take any responsibility for accompanying persons (e.g. spouse or children).

How will I find my way around on my first day in Germany?

CrossCulture participants from abroad will be met by tutors at the airport or train station at destination in Germany and escorted to their apartment. The tutors will buy scholarship holders’ first monthly travel pass and show them the surroundings of their apartment. They will also help fellows to obtain a SIM card for their cell phone. CrossCulture participants are required to inform ifa staff of their new cell telephone number in Germany as soon as possible so that they can call them in an emergency.

The tutors will also accompany CrossCulture participants to their host organisation on their first day at work.

What sort of activities can I expect from the accompanying programme?

The Internships are supplemented by an intercultural workshop with other participants of the programme and an appointment to visit other organisations of relevance to interns’ field of interest. This accompanying programme is intended to promote candidates’ intercultural, vocational and specialist skills and can be used to make contacts and strengthen networks.


Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
CrossCulture Programme
Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart
Fax +49.711.2225.195