Erasmus, or rather Erasmus+ is a programme to promote Europe-wide cooperation in all areas of education and thus an important concern of the European Union. Because the goal is a common European education area. This means that there is a lot of funding available and a lot of funding opportunities for students.
Erasmus+ is intended to promote lifelong learning, enable sustainable growth, strengthen social cohesion and European identity, and drive innovation. The focus is on inclusion and diversity, digitalisation, civic education and sustainability, which are closely interlinked.
Of course, higher education institutions - and thus we - are also part of this programme.
We offer university members the following funding opportunities:
- Student Mobility: Study Abroad (SMS) and Internship Abroad (SMP)
- Lecturer Moblitiy (STA) and Staff Mobility (STT)
In addition, the programme also supports cooperation projects, programmes or events.
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Mobility is a temporary stay at a higher education institution abroad, usually a semester or year abroad. It is not intended to lead to a degree at the host university, even if it is possible to write a thesis (e.g. Master's thesis) at the host university. The Erasmus+ programme supports various types of student mobility - one of them is studying at a partner university abroad (minimum duration 3 months/90 days - maximum duration 12 months/360 days).
What are the benefits of such mobility?
Students can use Erasmus+ to study at a European higher education institution in another Erasmus+ participating country to enhance their social and cultural skills and improve their career prospects. They get to know the academic system of a foreign higher education institution as well as its teaching and learning methods. Advantages of studying abroad:
- Academic recognition of academic achievements abroad;
- Exemption from tuition fees at the host university;
- Support for additional costs incurred abroad through a scholarship;
- Support in preparation (cultural, linguistic, organisational);
- Special grants for students with children and for students with disabilities, also for students who are the first in their families to study or those who work full-time/part-time
You can be funded by Erasmus+ if you want to do a traineeship in a public or private institution in one of the participating countries h SMS).
Your internship must last at least two months and can last a maximum of twelve months.
The funding rate must be calculated and is based, for example, on the country group classification of your internship country.
Erasmus+ supports visiting lecturers at European partner universities that have a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). Visiting lecturers should strengthen the European dimension of the host higher education institution through their stay, complement its teaching offer and impart their expertise to students who do not want to or cannot study abroad.
Where possible, the development of joint study programmes between the partner universities should play a role, as should the exchange of teaching content and methods. Staff from foreign companies and organisations can also be invited to German higher education institutions for teaching purposes.
Staff mobility must take place in a programme country that is not the country of the sending higher education institution (except for incoming mobility, see below) and not the main country of residence of the person concerned.
For teaching purposes, higher education staff from a German higher education institution with ECHE may be sponsored at a receiving higher education institution with ECHE (outgoing mobility). Staff from another institution established in another Programme Country (incoming mobility) working in the labour market or in the fields of education, training or youth may be funded for teaching purposes at a German higher education institution with ECHE. Teaching stays within Europe last between two days and two months (excluding travel time); the teaching load is at least eight hours per stay or per week or part thereof.
The following persons are eligible for funding:
- Professors and lecturers with a contractual relationship to the higher education institution
- Lecturers without an endowment
- Lecturers with contracts for work and services
- Emeritus professors and retired lecturers
- Research assistants
- Company staff
The two forms of staff mobility, STA and STT, can be combined. A brief overview of the mobility procedure can be found here.
Erasmus+ allows for training of higher education staff in Programme Countries in order to enhance internationalisation.
For training purposes, higher education staff from a German higher education institution with ECHE may be supported at a host higher education institution with ECHE or at another institution established in another Programme Country and active in the labour market or in the fields of education, training or youth.
The stays abroad last a minimum of two days and a maximum of two months.
STT can support higher education staff from all sectors. Examples:
- General & technical administration
- International Office
- Public Relations
- Student Advisory Service
- Technology & Transfer
- Continuing Education
Further education formats (examples):
- Job shadowing
- Job shadowing
- Study visits
- Participation in workshops and seminars
- Participation in language courses
Advantages of an Erasmus+ stay:
- Stay on the basis of a coordinated programme
- Professional exchange and new perspectives
- Strengthening of own competences
- Expansion and deepening of networks
The two forms of Staff Mobility, STA and STT, can be combined.
A brief overview of the mobility procedure can be found here.
If you are interested in a stay abroad, please contact the International Office directly.