With a monthly grant, Erasmus+ offers students the opportunity to gain practical experience abroad during an internship. Here they can learn about other employment markets whilst enhancing their key qualifications, their cooperative and communication skills.
The so-called Mobility Grant is part of the Erasmus+ internship 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 complete your internship abroad.
Please note that Erasmus funding distinguishes between funding period and period of stay.
Internships are financially supported up to a total duration of 4 months, no scholarship is paid for the remaining period of stay.
Students planning to complete an internship in the UK will receive funding from the Erasmus 2020 fund. For internships in the UK that will be completed by May 31, 2023, students can receive an Erasmus grant of 555 euros/ month.
Please note: As of January 1, 2021 new visa regulations were introduced in the UK. Interns are required to apply for a visa (Temporary Worker-Government Authorized Exchange Visa (T5)), for which a "Certificate of Sponsorship" is required. Please contact the International Office as early as possible – at least 3 month before the start of the internship – to get more information.
Your application for an Erasmus + scholarship is complete upon timely submission of:
Please submit your application 4 weeks before the planned start of your internship at the International Office, we will conclude the contracts (learning agreement and grant agreement) before starting your internship. You can also submit the learning agreement with your application to the International Office.
You will receive by e-mail:
Erasmus+ helps students and interns/trainees develop their language skills. Language development is assessed and supported using language tests (before and after the mobility period) 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.
Top-up for Green Travel
“Green travelling” means choosing low-emission modes of transport for the majority of the trip, e.g. travelling by bus, rail, or car-pooling. There is a one-time contribution for sustainable travel of €50 and additionally a maximum of 4 travel days can be claimed. The travel days on which you have traveled sustainably count as additional days of stay and will be financially supported with the valid daily rate of the corresponding country rate
Combinability of the additional subsidies
The following special grants can all be combined with the Green Travel grant. However, the €250 additional grant can only be awarded once, even if several criteria apply to you.
Special funding for students with children
Students who take their child or children abroad with them can also receive an additional €250 per month. The prerequisite is that the child or children is/are taken along during the entire stay. The allowance is €250 per month per family, regardless of the number of children. The application is also possible if a caregiver (partner) travels along.
Special funding for students with chronic illnesses or special needs
If you have a chonic illness (proven by a medical certificate confirming the additional need abroad due to your illness) or have a disability (proven level of disability: 20 % or higher), you can apply for additional funding. Depending on your additional financial need, please apply for a fixed top-up or submit a separate application (a so-called long-term application).
1. Fixed top-up
Students with impairments or special needs will receive a fixed top-up of €250/month in addition to their Erasmus grant, irrespective of their chosen host country. A separate application is not required. Simply inform the International Office that you are eligible for special funding due to a medical condition and submit proof of your level of disability.
2. Individual application
Students with a level of disability of 20 % or more who have received a confirmation from their home university for an Erasmus-funded stay abroad may apply for special funding to cover the actual extra costs during their stay abroad (up to €15,000 per semester).
The extra funding will be calculated on the basis of your specific needs and paid in addition to the regular Erasmus grant. Please note that only the following additional costs can be taken into account:
a.) costs that are not covered by other national sources (integration offices, health insurance providers, social welfare, student unions)
b.) costs that will incur during your stay abroad, such as airfares, costs for barrier-free accommodation or for accompanying persons.
Since you have to prove the difference between the costs at home and abroad, please allow sufficient time for the application.
Please submit your application to the International Office at least two month before your departure. Your application will then be forwarded to the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Unfortunately, any applications submitted after the start of the study period abroad cannot be considered.
The special funds are calculated on the basis of the real additional costs incurred and must be supported by appropriate attachments (internet research, correspondence with national offices, etc.) If you want to apply, please contact the International Office first for assistance with the application process. If you apply for services that are excluded from funding (e.g. acquisition of new technical equipment), the DAAD reserves the right to reduce the application amount accordingly (after consultation with your home university).
Special funding for students from a non-academic background
Studies have shown that students whose parents have not already studied themselves are less likely to consider a stay abroad. With additional funding, the Erasmus program aims to encourage these students to take the step abroad. In this case, students whose parents or caregivers do not have a degree from a university or university of applied sciences are considered first-time academics. Here, too, €250 are available in addition to the regular monthly Erasmus grant.
A degree from a university-like university of cooperative education is considered an academic degree. Likewise, courses of study completed abroad count as academic degrees, even if they are not recognized in Germany. A master craftsman's diploma is not considered an academic degree.
Special funding for working students
Students who earn a significant amount of their own living may be reluctant to embark on a stay abroad, as they are often unable to continue working while abroad and earnings are lost. To alleviate this problem, there is now a top-up amount of €250 if the following criteria apply: