Erasmus+

Erasmus+ enables you to complete part of your studies at a higher education institution in another European country. As well as expanding your social and cultural understanding and improving your foreign language skills, you’ll get to know the academic system of a foreign higher education institution and profit from the different teaching and learning methods there.

Requirements

  • Enrolment as a regular student  (Bachelor’s or Master’s degree course) or doctoral student at Hochschule Geisenheim University;
  • Study at a partner higher education institution abroad with which the home institution has an ERASMUS cooperation agreement;
  • The earliest date for participation in an Erasmus+ study program is after the second academic semester;
  • The study period abroad must be a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 12 months’ duration.
  • Language requirements: B1 level in the language of instruction. A language test must be taken prior to starting the semester abroad, as well as at the end.

With Erasmus+ you will be able to complete up to 12 months of study or internship abroad during each of your study cycles (Bachelor, Master and PhD). During these periods, your country of destination can vary.


This means that during a Bachelor’s degree course, for example, you could spend 5 months studying at a French higher education institution, complete a 3-month compulsory internship in Italy and then do two more 2-month internships with companies in, say, Portugal and Spain during and after your Bachelor’s degree.

Benefits for Erasmus+ Students

  • Exemption from tuition fees at the host institution;
  • Mobility grant;
  • Formal academic recognition of the coursework completed abroad;
  • Support in preparing for your time abroad (culture, language, organisation);
  • Extra funding for students with children;
  • Extra funding for students with disabilities

Grants 2017/18

The so-called Mobility Grant is part of the Erasmus+ study abroad program. It is intended to help cover the additional costs incurred when living abroad. The monthly grant payments depend on the country in which you spend your study period abroad.

  1. Group 1 (€9/day; €270/month): Denmark, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, Austria, Sweden;
  2. Group 2 (€7/day; €210/month): Belgium, Greece, Iceland, Croatia, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Cyprus;
  3. Group 3 (€5/day; €150/month): Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary.

Erasmus+ participants receive a mobility grant for a certain, approved period. This funding period is not necessarily identical with the actual period spent abroad.
In accordance with the Erasmus+ guidelines, the mobility period is calculated as an exact number of days, therefore the possible mobility period can only be ascertained when you submit your Certificate of Attendance at the conclusion of your stay.

Application

Bilateral cooperation agreements between Hochschule Geisenheim University and its partner higher education institutions form the basis for student exchanges within the framework of Erasmus+.

We thus suggest that you first find out about the available exchange cooperations. If you are interested in a higher education institution with which we have not yet signed a cooperation agreement, the International Office will endeavour to establish contact with that institution.

Deadline for applications for Erasmus+ is April 1 for the following academic year (e.g. April 1, 2017 for semester abroad in winter semester 2017/ 2018 or summer semester 2018).
A nomination from the partner university may also be possible in Fall for the following summer semester, if there are still places free.

It is therefore important that you start planning your semester abroad as early as possible!

Online Linguistic Support

Good linguistic preparation is vital if your study period abroad is to be a success.

Erasmus+ helps students develop their language skills. Language development is assessed and supported using language tests (before and after mobility periods) and tutored language courses.  These languages are Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Spanish and Swedish. Over the next few years this service will be expanded to include all the languages of the European Union.

The language tests are designed to help make your mobility period a success – they document the development of language skills. They are neither selective, nor are they a requirement for a receiving a grant. The system is entirely electronic: students and interns/trainees receive an email with login details for the online linguistic support platform where they can take tests and complete language courses.