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Erasmus+ Programme


What is Erasmus+?

Erasmus+ is the European Union’s programme for education, youth and athletics. Erasmus+ now comprises all former EU programmes for lifelong learning, youth and sport as well as the European cooperation programmes for higher education. The programme includes three key actions:

  • Key action 1 – learning mobility for individuals

  • Key action 2 – cooperation for the support of innovation and the exchange of well-established practices

  • Key action 3 – political reform support

Erasmus+ has a budget of approximately 14,8 Mrd. € by 2020, more than four million people will have benefited from the EU funds. The seven-year programme is designed to improve skills and employability while also modernising the systems for education and job training and advancing services for children and youth. Information on Erasmus+ can be found on the European Commission’s website.

Erasmus+ Goals & Content

What are the aims & contents of the ERASMUS+ programme?

The funding primarily focuses on strengthening mobility within Europe, but starting in 2015 it will also include other parts of the world, though to a lesser extent. By 2020, there should be approximately two million students benefiting from the Erasmus+ programme, over a quarter million of which from Germany. This applies to students across the board, including those who wish to complete their doctorate, a partial study or an internship abroad. For the first time Bachelor, Master and Doctoral students are eligible for funding for a period of up to 12 months. In order to further boost the financial incentive for stay abroad, the mobility allowance for students has been increased as well, especially for host countries with higher costs of living. Internships abroad shall also be possible in the future after graduating. Finally, Erasmus+ offers the possibility of a low-interest loan for students who wish to complete an entire master’s programme in Europe. The former Erasmus Mundus grant for excellence, which fully promoted outstanding M.A. students in selected European study programmes for a common degree, will be continued under Erasmus+.
Erasmus+ also contributes to the further internationalisation of universities by offering short-term teaching opportunities and further training secondments for teaching and administrative staff. Furthermore, the universities can invite corporate staff from abroad for teaching visits and can now even participate with other European partners (also from the non-academic sector) in multi-lateral strategic partnerships, thereby developing innovative projects together (e.g. in the area of curriculum development or for topics spanning more than one subject). With the new Knowledge Alliances Erasmus+ promotes the collaboration with the private sector. Universities that want to become involved in capacity building in third countries may do so as part of the programme’s international academic partnerships.

Funding for most of the mobility grants and strategic partnerships shall be awarded to the 33 countries in the programme (27 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, FYR of Macedonia, Norway, Turkey) by the national agencies. In Germany, this will continue to be carried out by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Under the umbrella of the EU education programme, Erasmus+, the following mobility grants are awarded:

+ Study Abroad for Students (SMS)
+ Internship Abroad for Students (SMP)
+ Mobility for Teachers (STA)
+ Mobility for Staff (STT)

  • Erasmus Charter for Higher Education ECHE/EPS

Any higher education institution wishing to participate and/or apply to the EU Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport 2014-2020 (hereinafter referred to as "the Programme") must have a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE).

The ECHE was awarded by the European Commission. It proves that a higher education institution meets all the requirements for successful participation in the Erasmus+ programme.

You can view the Erasmus Declaration on European Higher Education Policy here.

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Further information and advice concerning the Erasmus+ mobility grants can be obtained from

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation
Kennedyallee 50
53115 Bonn
Tel.: +49(0)228/882-8877
Fax: +49(0)228/882-555
E-mail: erasmus@daad.de
Homepage: www.eu.daad.de

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Here you can find the most important Erasmus+ FAQs for CBS students on studying and internships in Europe:

Semester & internships abroad in Europe

What is Student Mobility in Studies (SMS)?

After completing their first year of study, Erasmus+ enables students to study at a European higher education institution in another participating country, in order to broaden their social and cultural skills and improve their career prospects. They get to know the academic system of a foreign higher education institution as well as its teaching and learning methods.

Stays are funded in all programme countries.

What are the advantages of studying abroad?

  • Academic recognition of study achievements abroad

  • Waiver of tuition fees at the host university

  • Support for additional costs incurred abroad

  • Support with preparation (cultural, linguistic, organisational)

  • Special grants for students with children

  • Special grants for students with disabilities

How often and for how long can I be sponsored?

  • Students can be funded multiple times in each study cycle (Bachelor`s, Master`s, Doctorate).

  • Up to twelve months can be funded per study cycle.

  • Internships can be funded for two months or more (previously three months) during and after completion of studies.

  • Students who want to complete their entire Master's programme abroad in Europe can do so with a low-interest bank loan.

  • Study visits abroad in Europe of 3-12 months each (also multiple).

  • Internships within one year after completion of a study phase (graduate internships) if the application was made within the last year of the study phase.

How do I get an Erasmus+ scholarship to study abroad?

Requirements for Erasmus study abroad

  • Regular enrolment at the CBS

  • Completion of the first year of study

  • In the case of a compulsory semester abroad, you apply to the programme in your third semester at the CBS.

  • In the case of a voluntary semester abroad (e.g., in the Master's programme), you apply in the second semester.

  • Watch out for the announcements, info sessions and information that the CBS International Office regularly publish on the Erasmus+ programme. 

  • Study visit at a partner university with which the home university has concluded an Erasmus cooperation agreement (inter-institutional agreement).

  • Home and host university have a valid Erasmus University Charter (ECHE)

What is Student Mobility in Practical Training (SMP)?

  • Students can use Erasmus to complete internships in companies or organisations in other European countries.

  • Stays are funded in all programme countries.

What are the benefits of an Erasmus+ placement abroad?

  • EU internship contract between university, company, and student

  • Academic recognition of the internship

  • Support during the internship through a contact person at the home university and at the company

  • Support for additional costs incurred abroad

  • Support with preparation (cultural, linguistic, organisational)

  • Special grants for students with children

  • Special grants for students with disabilities

Who can apply for an Erasmus+ work placement abroad?

  • Students enrolled at CBS

  • Watch out for the announcements, info sessions, and information regularly published on Erasmus+ internships by the CBS Career Service.

  • Internships in European institutions or organisations, national diplomatic missions, and organisations that administer EU programmes are not eligible for funding.

What criteria do I have to meet to have a chance of getting an Erasmus+ study and work placement? Selection criteria

The International Office of the CBS International Business School announces available places at the Erasmus+ partner universities twice a year. Students with a compulsory semester abroad apply for places at partner universities abroad in the course of the 3rd semester, specifying various options. Students from other degree programmes can complete a voluntary semester abroad, for which they apply during the 2nd semester. Detailed information on the individual partner universities and application documents can be found on the CBS International Business School intranet.

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Erasmus+ funding

How much Erasmus funding is available for students? 

Financial support for Erasmus+ student stays is based on the different costs of living in the destination countries ("programme countries").

As of the 2018 project year, the following minimum levels for three country groups for study visits (SMS) will apply across Europe:

  • Group 1 (€ 450 per month): Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden.

  • Group 2 (€390 per month): Belgium, Greece, Iceland, Croatia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Cyprus.

  • Group 3 (€330 per month): Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia.

Erasmus+ trainees receive at least an additional €105 per month, i.e., €555 in Group 1, €495 in Group 2 and €435 in Group 3.

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Erasmus+ obligations and rights!

What happens once I have received a commitment for an Erasmus+ grant?

Erasmus+ Student Charter

The obligations and rights of students in the Erasmus+ programme are set out in the "Erasmus+ Student Charter", which must be handed out to each student before the start of the stay abroad.

Compulsory language tests (OLS language test)

The European Commission provides an online language test for the five major languages (DE, EN, ES, FR, IT, NL). This test is compulsory for all students/graduates in the working language both after selection/before the start of the mobility and after the end of the stay. However, it is not a selection criterion for funding in the Erasmus+ programme and does not apply to native speakers. Once the participants to be funded in Erasmus+ have been selected, the language test serves as a placement test to document their current language level. The test takes place both before the stay abroad and at the end of the respective stay abroad in order to be able to compare results and, if applicable, to record progress made in language acquisition by the grantees.

The systematic, Europe-wide review of the development of individual language competence enables an evaluation of the effectiveness of Erasmus+.

Agreements made between partner higher education institutions/institutions in inter-institutional agreements (IIA) and learning agreements (LA) on certain language levels are thus not to be substantiated/confused with online tests. These language competences must be backed up by other evidence when selecting participants.

Special promotion

Erasmus+ aims to promote equal opportunities and inclusion, which is why learners from disadvantaged backgrounds (this applies in Germany in the Erasmus+ programme to single parents during the study abroad period) and with special needs are facilitated access to the programme.

Special support for participants with disabilities

Useful information on disability-friendly higher education institutions from the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education: www.european-agency.org.

Special support for students with children as a lump sum

Students who take their child/children with them on an Erasmus+ study visit to a Programme Country and who are single parents during the Erasmus+ mobility there can receive special funding as a lump sum. The maximum monthly amount of funding is determined by three country groups.

Reporting obligation

All grantees who have participated in an Erasmus+ mobility action are required to prepare and submit a Mobility Tool Plus report together with relevant supporting documents (e.g., duration of stay) after the end of the stay abroad.

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Here you can find the most important Erasmus+ information for lecturers and university staff:

Mobility for teaching purposes/teacher mobility

Erasmus+ supports visiting lecturers at European partner universities that have a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). Visiting lecturers should strengthen the European dimension of the host higher education institution through their stay, complement its teaching offer and impart their expertise to students who do not want to or cannot study abroad. Where possible, the development of joint study programmes between the partner universities should play a role, as should the exchange of teaching content and methods. Staff from foreign companies and organisations can also be invited to German higher education institutions for teaching purposes. Staff mobility must take place in a programme country that is not the country of the sending higher education institution (except for incoming mobility, see below) and not the main country of residence of the person concerned. For teaching purposes, higher education staff from a German higher education institution with ECHE may be promoted to a receiving higher education institution with ECHE (outgoing mobility) as well as staff from another institution established in another programme country (incoming mobility), which is active in the labour market or in the fields of education, training, or youth (for examples see Annex C) for teaching purposes to a German higher education institution with ECHE. Teaching stays within Europe last between two days and two months (excluding travel time); the teaching load is at least eight hours per stay or per week or part thereof.

The following group of people can be supported:

  • Professors and lecturers with a contractual relationship to the university

  • Lecturers without endowment

  • Teaching assistants with work contracts

  • Emeritus professors and retired lecturers

  • Research assistants

  • Company personnel

Mobility for training purposes/staff mobility

Erasmus+ enables training and development of higher education staff in programme countries to enhance internationalisation.

For further education and training purposes, higher education staff from a German higher education institution with ECHE may be promoted to a receiving higher education institution with ECHE or another institution established in another programme country that is active in the labour market or in the fields of education, training, or youth.

The stays abroad last a minimum of two days and a maximum of two months.

STT can be used to support university staff from all fields. Examples:

  • General & technical administration

  • Library

  • Departments

  • Faculties

  • Finance

  • International Office

  • Public relations

  • Student counselling

  • Technology & transfer

  • Further education

Further education formats (examples)

  • Hospitations

  • Job shadowing

  • Study visits

  • Participation in workshops and seminars

  • Participation in language courses

Advantages of an Erasmus+ stay

  • Stay on the basis of a coordinated programme

  • Professional exchange and new perspectives

  • Strengthening of own competences

  • Expansion and deepening of networks

How much Erasmus+ funding is available for faculty and staff mobility?

Financial support for Erasmus mobility for teaching purposes or for further and continuing education is based on the different costs of living in the destination countries ("programme countries"). Uniform daily rates apply for funding by German higher education institutions.

As of the 2018 project year, the following fixed daily rates apply for Germany for four country groups up to the 14th day of stay; from the 15th to the 60th day of stay, funding is 70% of the daily rates mentioned:

  • Group 1: 160 € per day for Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden

  • Group 2: 140 € per day for Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Turkey

  • Group 3: 120 € per day for Germany (incomer), Lithuania, Malta, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain

  • Group 4: 100 € per day for Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Slovenia

In addition to these daily rates, there are travel costs depending on the real distances between the point of departure and destination of the mobility, which are determined uniformly throughout Europe using a calculation tool.

The following amounts are reimbursed per stay and depending on the distance:

  • 100 km - 499 km with 180 €

  • 500 km - 1,999 km with € 275

  • 2,000 km - 2,999 km with € 360

  • 3,000 km - 3,999 km with € 530

  • 4,000 km - 7,999 km with € 820

  • 8,000 km and more with € 1,100

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Incoming Erasmus+ students at CBS International Business School

International students who would like to complete a semester or a year of study at CBS International Business School as part of the Erasmus+ programme can find all information on the courses offered for international students, the application process, language requirements, support, and contacts at CBS in the section for exchange students.