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Career Step abroad – Internships

Karriere Step Ausland

The project

In 2008 the submission for approval of the Leonardo da Vinci – Mobility Project of the Foreign Language School in Heilbronn was again successful. This enabled 16 graduates of the Foreign Language School to assist a practical training in France or Spain.

The graduates received a stipend which covered the costs of travel, lodging and insurance. The practical training had a span of 3 to 6 months and took place in the most varying of organisations. For example, some of them were placed in the German Chamber of Commerce in Madrid, in the administration of a clinic and in departments of the Council of Europe. During the practical training the graduates received guidance via e-mail, telephone or fax.

The placements lead to experiences and competences pure classroom learning cannot offer. The profession based supplemental education strengthens chances in a profession in a lasting way. The students enhance their attractiveness as potential employees because they can show, through the practical training that they have a command of a foreign language, can assert themselves in new situations, are capable of successful contact with people and have a firm knowledge of approaches to work and living specific to a country. Their work in a foreign country is proof of their engagement and openness. In personal regards, self confidence and independence are demanded. Most of the graduates are young and for many their stay in a foreign country was a completely new experience. In the foreign country, one had to plan independently one’s daily routine.

Also for the Foreign Language School of Heilbronn the profit is significant: the evaluation of the practical training offers the possibility of checking the schools education programme and of adapting it to meet the demands of the European job market.

EU Lifelong Learning Programme


Project execution
Kolping Training Institution Wuerttemberg Registered Association,
Kolping Training Centre Heilbronn, Foreign Language School, Germany

Project partners
Conseil de l’Europe, Straßbourg, France
Office Franco-Allemand pour la Jeunesse, Paris, France
Conseil Regional du Limousin, Limoges, France
Clinica Cima, Barcelona, Spain
GSAR Marketing, Madrid, Spain
German Chamber of Commerce for Spain, Madrid, Spain
Ampodi SL, Gerona, Spain
Agence Quatuor Immobilier, Séte, France

Contact person
Helena Struemann, Head of Foreign Language School Heilbronn

EU-Funding Programme
Leonardo da Vinci – Mobility Projects

Sum of Funding
63,134 €

Period of Funding
01.06.2008 - 31.05.2009

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commision cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.