Erasmus+ supports students to spend parts of their studies abroad at a European university. Studying abroad is a great opportunity to improve your language skills, strenghten your social and cultural competencies and get to know the academic system of your host university. In addition, you will benefit from different approaches to learning and teaching.
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 2021/22 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/month for country group 1:
Denmark, Finland, Republic of Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom
€390/month for country group 2:
Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus
€330/month for country group 3:
Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, North-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, 2021 for semester abroad in winter semester 2021/2022 or summer semester 2022).
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.
Top-up for green travelling
From the Erasmus project 2021 onwards, students who choose sustainable means of transport can receive a bonus of 50 euros and four additional travel days subsidized. “Green travelling” means choosing low-emission modes of transport for the majority of the trip, e.g. travelling by bus, rail, or car-pooling
Special funding for students with children
Students who wish to study abroad and take their child/children with them can receive a fixed monthly bonus in addition to their Erasmus grant (“social top-up”). Submitting a separate application is not required. Simply inform the International Office that you are eligible and submit a copy of your child’s birth certificate. The top-up can be granted to single parents and couples. However, if both parents are sponsored by Erasmus, only one of them receives the top-up. It amounts to 250 euros per month irrespective of the number of children accompanying the applicant. To prove that you have taken your child with you during your stay abroad, you will have to submit travel documents or proof of childcare services that you have used in your host country.
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 euros/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 euros 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).
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 2021/22. 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.