Teaching and research abroad

The International Office provides advice and support to Leuphana researchers and teaching staff, who intend to go abroad for teaching or research purposes or work on a cooperation project with international partners. Please find below an overview of funding opportunities for joint projects with international partners. For further information, please contact us via e-mail or phone. We will gladly support you in the application process.

Funding programmes - Internal application

The following overview includes information about individual funding and project funding programmes, which either require a central application (via the International Office) and/or an internal application.


Erasmus+ is the programme for Education, Youth and Sport of the European Union. The goal is to improve competencies and employability, to modernise the general and professional education as well as to advance the child and youth services. In addition to the EU states, also Iceland, Liechtenstein, FYR of Macedonia, Norway and Turkey participate in the programme.

The Erasmus+ programme comprises three key actions:

  • KA1 - Individual mobility
  • KA 2 - Partnerships and cooperation projects
  • KA 3 - Support of political reform processes

Applications within Key action 1 as well as for Strategic Partnerships are handled decentralised by the respective national agency. For universities in Germany, this is the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - DAAD).

KA1 - Individual mobility

Students from all study cycles, including doctoral students, who want to complete parts of their studies or an internship in a foreign country will be funded. The funding of the individual mobility of students, lecturers and administrative staff principally requires the central application of the University and its approval. The International Office is entrusted with the application process. Such an application usually refers to the classic Erasmus mobility within the participating countries, however an application for the funding of a mobility with a partner country can be filed as well. The yearly application deadlines usually lie at the beginning of February. In both cases the mobilities that are to be funded have to be arranged between the partner universities using so called Inter-institutional Agreements.

If you want to arrange an exchange of students and/or staff with European partners or partners outside the EU, please contact the International Office at an early stage.

You can find more information on conducting a short-term lectureship or training at a partner university here.

The previous excellence program Erasmus Mundus, which supports a complete master’s degree in selected European master’s courses, is also part of Erasmus+.Once a year, funds for the development and implementation of Joint Master Degrees, joint master programmes with partner universities in foreign countries, can be requested. The application process is complex and requires a variety of coordination processes within the university and with potential partner universities beforehand. Likewise, please contact the International Office early on if you plan such an application.

KA2 - Partnerships and Cooperation Projects

Key action 2 supports the project-based cooperation with international partners. It comprises three programme lines designed to give structural support to universities in implementing their internationalisation strategies:

  • Strategic partnership with the goal of innovation and exchange of established processes between universities and other institutions in the education sector;
  • Capacity increasing projects in the higher education sector (ex Tempus, Alfa, Edulink);
  • Knowledge alliances which enable project-based cooperation between universities, corporations and organizations.

You can find more information concerning this on the websites of the National Agency EU-DAAD

Projects, for which funding within key action 2 shall be requested, require a very detailed preparation both internally and with the partners, as well as the embedding into the internationalisation strategy of the university. Thus, interested parties are asked to contact the International Office early on.

KA3 - Support of Political Reform Processes

Key action 3 is supposed to support education-political reform processes in Europe and beyond Europe’s borders, which will modernise the European educational system and will help achieve the goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy. For the higher education level three superior development objectives can be derived:

  • Support of the Bologna-Processes
  • Initiation of cooperations spanning the education sector
  • Policy dialogue with third countries, stakeholders and international organizations

You can find the latest information and tenders on the website of the EU commission. Applications will be handled centrally in Brussels.


Promotion of European and international cooperation in science and research

Science and research thrive on the cross-border exchange of ideas and findings. Both in research and in the design of studies and teaching, international cooperation between scientists and academic institutions makes an essential contribution to securing and expanding the quality of scientific work at Lower Saxony's universities. By establishing and intensifying international cooperation and partnerships at various levels, Lower Saxony's universities are further expanding their position in the global scientific competition for innovative ideas and the brightest minds.

The aim of promoting European and international cooperation is to strengthen Lower Saxony as a location for science in three funding areas:

  • Enhancing the profile of Lower Saxony's universities in the international context
  • Expansion of international scientific cooperation with individual countries and regions and in individual scientific fields
  • Development of new and strengthening of existing international cooperation at universities

Further information on the individual funding formats and the application form can be found on the website of the MWK.

Funding programmes - External Application

At national level the main funding institutions for individual research or teaching stays abroad and for cooperation projects with international partners are, besides an array of smaller organisations, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH). An overview of the funding programs and funding lines with international elements of these largest German funding institutions can be found following these links:


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