What is WISP?
"WISP" is the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for Vocationally Qualified People "Work Immersion Study Program", a three-month summer fellowship offered exclusively to college students in vocational fields. The program consists of one month of intensive German language training in Radolfzell, and two months working at an internship placement with a German company in Baden-Württemberg. It is funded by the Baden-Württemberg-Stiftung and administered by Cultural Vistas and its partners.
What does the WISP program provide for participants?
WISP covers the following costs for participants:
Where do I live in Germany?
Participants either live in pre-arranged dormitory housing, with a host family, or in housing provided by the host company. All WISP participants are placed in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
What type of insurance coverage is offered?
All participants are provided with health/accident insurance through HTH Worldwide.
What services does Cultural Vistas provide?
Cultural Vistas provides participants with: temporary work authorization, pre-departure orientation materials, a program manual to assist participants with everyday life while abroad, orientation, final seminars, health insurance, and continued support and advice throughout the program.
Are internships paid or unpaid?
Internships are both paid and unpaid. Since this is a scholarship program, every participant will receive at least EUR 300 per month in the form of a stipend. For instance, if your internship pays EUR 100 per month, you will receive a stipend of EUR 200 per month. If your internship is unpaid, you will receive the full EUR 300 per month from the program. In rare cases, internships will pay more than EUR 300 per month, in which case the participant does not receive the additional monthly stipend, but will still receive free housing.
Will the stipend cover my living expenses?
As WISP is a scholarship program, participants receive a monthly stipend of EUR 300 per month in addition to free housing. Participants are also expected to supply any additional funds they may require for travel, entertainment, and unforeseen costs; we recommend US$200 per month, though this can vary depending on each individual’s spending habits.
How much does the program cost?
While WISP is a scholarship program, there is a $300 fee to participate, which is applied to the cost of administering each participant’s program, and the services provided by Cultural Vistas. This fee must be paid at the time of the participant’s decision to take part in the program.
In addition, we require a $100 deposit to be paid at the time of the participant’s decision to take part in the program, which will be refunded at the end of the program. Deposits are withheld only if the participant does not fulfill any obligation related to their participation in WISP, or to pay for any incidental damages caused.
What does the application consist of?
The complete application includes:
What happens after I apply?
Select applicants who fulfill all of the criteria for the program will be invited to participate in telephone interviews, conducted by Cultural Vistas. From those being interviewed, up to 10 final participants will be selected to participate in WISP, in accordance with available funding.
How do I apply?
We encourage all community and technical college students (pursuing an associate degree) with an interest in German to apply to WISP. If you have not yet taken any German language, you may still do so prior to departure for the program. If you are interested in applying for WISP, please complete our online request form. If you choose to complete the application online (preferred), you will be sent a password and login information. If you complete a hard-copy application, you can mail it to us by the application deadline. The application deadline is December 1 for the program beginning the following June.
Who administers the WISP fellowship?
WISP is administered by Cultural Vistas, Inc. (formerly known as CDS International and the Association for International Practical Training) and its partner organizations in Germany. The program is funded by a grant provided by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung gGmbH.
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