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.
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.
ERASMUS students receive a grant for the time spent studying abroad. This grant is supposed to cover any additional costs students may be confronted with in a foreign country. The amount students receive is re-assessed every year. For the academic year 2019/20 the funding rates were set nationally by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), as the National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation in the Erasmus+ Programme.
ERASMUS participating countries are divided into three groups.
450 EUR/month for country group 1:
Denmark, Finland, Republic of Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom
390 EUR/month for country group 2:
Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus
330 EUR/month for country group 3:
Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, FYR Macedonia, Czech Republic, Turkey, 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.
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, 2020 for semester abroad in winter semester 2020/2021 or summer semester 2021).
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!
If you want to study successfully abroad, you need a good linguistic preparation. Erasmus+ supports students in developing their language skills. The language support OLS is divided into two components: a compulsory language test before and at the end of Erasmus+ mobility and, if necessary, a language course.
The European Commission now provides an online language assessment for 24 languages: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish. All students/graduates must take this test both before the start and after the end of their stay in the main teaching language/main working language. However, it is not a selection criterion for the Erasmus+ programme and does not apply to native speakers. The OLS language test is mandatory and a component of the concluded Grant Agreement. In the case of multiple funding, multiple tests must be proven.
The language test serves to document the current language level. The test should take place both before and at the end of the respective stay abroad in order to obtain comparable results and to be able to record any progress made by the sponsored participants in language acquisition.
The systematic, Europe-wide review of the development of individual language competence makes it possible to evaluate the effectiveness of Erasmus+.
The agreements reached between partner universities/institutions in Inter-Institutional Agreements (IIA) and Learning Agreements (LA) on specific language levels should therefore not be confused with the online test. These language skills must be backed up by other proofs when selecting the participants.
NEW: If the 1st test already achieved a result at C2 level, no final 2nd test is required anymore.
If you missed the deadline for the initial language test, please contact us immediately. If you missed the deadline for the final language test (when returning from your mobility period), proceed as follows: Register on the Erasmus+ OLS website. Check at the bottom of the page whether the "Start language test" button is still available. If this is the case, you can still take the language test. If not, then set the date of the end of your mobility in your OLS profile to the current month. If it has already been set to the current month, then save your profile. It should now be possible for you to perform the test.
Apply for a semester abroad in Georgia / Agricultural University and International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET) or in Armenia / Armenian National University of Agriculture, International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education (ICARE).
On the basis of the Erasmus+ agreement there will be two places available (one for each country) in the academic year 2019/20. These students will not have to pay tuition fees and each will receive an Erasmus+ grant of €700 for a maximum of 5 months, as well as a travel allowance.