Studying in Europe with Erasmus+

What is Erasmus+?

Since 1987, the EU education programme Erasmus supports the transnational mobility of students and university staff (teaching and administration) in Europe and is one of the largest success stories of the European Union.
The latest Erasmus+ programme generation, running from 2021 - 2027, continues all previous actions with a focus on individual mobility.

At the Leuphana University Lüneburg, the International Center is responsible for the Erasmus+ programme.

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Which countries are part of Erasmus+?

All member states of the European Union are part of the Erasmus+ programme: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

In addition to these, the EEA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as well as the Republic of Northern Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey participate in the programme.

What services does the Erasmus+ programme offer students?

Within the scope of Erasmus+, study periods at European partner universities and study related internships in Europe are funded.

Currently, mobilities from different Erasmus+ projects are funded. The funding confirmation will tell you which project you will receive funding from.

Studying at a European partner university gives students the possibility to expand their technical, social and cultural competencies. They get to know the academic system of a foreign university and can profit from its teaching and learning methods. As a participant of the Erasmus+ programme you will furthermore enjoy a number of advantages. These include:

  • easier application and admission at a partner university
  • exemption from tuition and examination fees at the partner university
  • financial support to cover the additional costs of the stay abroad (currently between 330€ and 600€ per month for a study abroad programme).
  • if applicable, plus top-ups for study-related internships, for students with a disability, students with children and for sustainable travel.
  • organised assistance, for example regarding enrollment and the search for accommodation
  • academic support at the host university
  • academic recognition of passed exams in foreign countries

Another goal of the Erasmus+ programme is to give students and graduates the possibility to gain practical professional experience in foreign European countries and thus to promote the cooperation of universities and corporations. Students taking part in study related internships to test and improve their personal and technical skills through practical professional experience in foreign European countries can apply for funding from the Erasmus+ programme.

Additionally, Erasmus+ gives participating students the possibility to acquire new or improve existing language skills. Additional information on the Erasmus+ Online Language Support can be found here: OLS (only in German).

 

Who can take part in the Erasmus+ programme?

Generally, students from all study programmes and academic levels are eligible to take part in the Erasmus+ programme. Every year at the beginning of the winter semester, the study places at Erasmus partner universities of the Leuphana for the following academic year are tendered university-wide. Everyone receiving a study place will be funded as part of the Erasmus+ programme for an at least 2 months long study stay abroad. Moreover, students and graduates can receive funding for an at least 2 month long internship.

Formal prerequisite is the possession of citizenship of a country taking part in the Erasmus+ programme. Students with other nationalities can also take part in the Erasmus+ programme however, if they are regularly enrolled at a German university and are completing their entire studies there. At a minimum, the first year of studies at the home university has to be completed before the start of the study abroad.

Students with limited opportunities, such as students with children, chronic illnesses, or disabilities are specifically encouraged to apply. More information (only in German)

 

How many study related stays abroad can be funded?

Students of every study phase (Bachelor, Master, Doctorate) can be funded for a maximum of twelve months spread across one or more study visits or internships. For every (new) funding the minimum terms of two months for an internship or for a study visit at a partner university apply.

Should an application for an internship abroad have been filed in the last year of the study phase, it can be funded within one year (12 months) after graduation. The term of the internship will be added to the maximum of twelve months per study phase. If for example, you have taken part in an eight month study abroad, you are left with four months for an internship after graduation. Graduates have to be exmatriculated during the internship.

 

How large is the financial support?

For study periods at European partner universities no tuition fees have to be payed. Additionally, students receive the Erasmus study grant, the amount of which depends on the destination country and the Erasmus+ project from which funding is received. In addition to the monthly funding rates, there are monthly top-ups for internships and participants with fewer opportunities. Information on funding rates and top-ups can be found here (only in German).

In the new generation of the Erasmus programmes, sustainable travel is to be particularly promoted. Participants who forgo air travel, for example, will receive a one-off top-up of 50€ and the daily rate for up to four additional days of travel.

All students and graduates participating in the Erasmus+ programme will be informed of the final funding amount before the beginn of the study visit abroad.

 

How can I apply?

Every winter semester, the study places at Erasmus partner universities of the Leuphana for the following academic year are tendered university-wide by the International Center. You can find information regarding the tender process and the criteria used to allocate the exchange places here. All students that have received a study place at a European partner university take part in the Erasmus+ programme. Should you want to apply for funding of an internship through the Erasmus+ programme, please refer to the Study Abroad Coordinator in the International Office, Eva Vosshagen. General information regarding internships abroad can be found here.

The German National Agency for Erasmus+ provides practical information for students (only in German).