The Erasmus+ Program
Erasmus+ is the education, youth and sport program of the European Union and has a budget of about EUR 14.8 billion. The funding primarily aims to support the mobility between the 34 European program countries (28 EU member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, FYR Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, and Turkey) and, since 2015, to a lesser extent also with other parts of the world (Erasmus+ Worldwide program line).
By 2020, about two million students are to benefit from Erasmus+, among them more than a quarter of a million from Germany. This includes students in all study cycles, including doctoral degree studies, who would like to undertake “partial studies” or an internship abroad.
Erasmus+ also contributes to the further internationalization of universities by promoting short-term lectureships and further training visits for teaching and administrative staff.
The Erasmus+ program supports the mobility of individuals (students and staff members) within Europe and worldwide:
- Opportunity of studying at one of the Erasmus host institution
- For each degree program (bachelor’s, master’s, PhD), students will receive funding for a maximum of 12 months (= 360 days).
- Exemption from tuition fees at the host institution.
- Financial support in the form of an Erasmus grant.
- Recognition of study achievements made at the host institution, after prior consultation with the examination committee, the Erasmus Departmental Coordinators within the faculties, and lecturers. Detailed information regarding the recognition of study achievements can be found in our FAQs.
- Support in the subject- and language-specific preparation for the stay abroad by the University of Stuttgart and the host institution.
- Assistance by the host institution regarding accommodation and cultural life.
- You are enrolled at the University of Stuttgart during your planned stay abroad.
- At the time of your stay abroad, you are enrolled at least in the 3rd semester of a bachelor’s, or in the 1st semester of a master’s degree program.
- The exchange period is at least 3 months (= 90 days) and no more than 12 months (= 360 days). Internships abroad take at least 2 months (= 60 days).
- The stay abroad can be integrated into your study program, i.e. the possibility of recognizing study achievements made abroad is given, but not compulsory.
- Funding: During your exchange, you are not receiving grants from another EU and / or DAAD program (e.g. DAAD annual scholarship, PROMOS etc.). The Erasmus grant can be combined with a BAföG grant for studies abroad and, for example, with a scholarship from one of the German Begabtenförderungswerke (organizations funding gifted education / talented and gifted programs).
- Language skills: You have sufficient language skills to be able to attend the courses at the host institution. The EU strongly recommends a language level of at least B2 for English, and B1 for all other foreign languages. Each host institution has its own language requirements, which you must meet in order to be admitted.
Erasmus+ is designed to promote equal opportunities and inclusion. Therefore students from disadvantaged backgrounds (in Germany, this applies to students with children) and students / staff with special needs are given easier access to the program. As part of an Erasmus+ mobility measure, special funding can be applied for as a grant for additional costs. More information on additional support for special needs can be found on the DAAD website, or you can ask our Erasmus+ Institutional Coordinator.
Also, you can find more information at the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education.
If you are interested in university studies abroad or in doing an internship within the scope of the Erasmus+ program, please contact Department 22: Global Studies within the Division II - International Office of the University of Stuttgart. The most important information is conveyed at the International Center (IZ) as part of the group advising session for Europe. At the International Office, Ms. Katja Schuster will be at your disposal if you have questions about the Erasmus+ Europe program line, and Ms. Britta Goertz will provide information about the Erasmus+ Worldwide program line.
The subject-specific and organizational advice as well as the application for a place in the Erasmus+ program is handled by the Erasmus Departmental Coordinators. They also provide information on the areas of specialization at the individual partner universities, the prerequisites for the department’s recognition of study achievements abroad, application modalities and deadlines, and the selection criteria.
The Erasmus+ program does not include insurance coverage. Neither the European Commission nor the University of Stuttgart is liable for damage, illnesses, and accidents that arise in connection with a stay abroad. Students and staff must make sure that they are adequately insured during their stay abroad. Please inquire with your insurance companies in advance.
The following insurance coverage is recommended:
- International health insurance with return transport
- Accident insurance with international travel cover (applies after primary care by the health insurance, e.g. in the event of consequential damage resulting from an accident)
- Liability insurance with international travel cover
Statutory health insurance:
- Coverage: Via EHIC only if there is a social security agreement between the home and the host country
- Hospitals and doctors: usually only “contract” hospitals; possibly no free choice of doctor
- Coverage of treatment costs: only up to the rate usual in Germany; the difference must be paid from your own resources
- The return transport is usually not included
A private additional travel health insurance should include:
- Coverage: Guaranteed in all countries
- Free choice of doctor
- Complete coverage of the treatment costs incurred
- Return transport
You have the following health insurance options:
- As a member of a statutory health insurance, you can also claim benefits abroad using the form E128 or the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), depending on the applicable social security law in the relevant country. Before you leave, you should check with your insurance provider to what extent this agreement applies to your host country, and then you can apply for the required insurance form or card. The DAAD points out that the introduction of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) often only guarantees emergency medical care in the event of illness or an accident in the respective host country. Since the insurance coverage is therefore insufficient, the DAAD recommends a private additional travel health insurance.
- Private health insurance companies generally do not have Europe-wide social security agreements. Please check with your health insurance provider in advance about insurance coverage abroad.
- Partner universities offer student health insurance as part of the enrollment, which you can or must use in addition to your health insurance
- Students have the option to be included in the group insurance of the DAAD for health, accident, and private liability insurance.
The difference between the health insurance and accident insurance is that, although the health insurance is effective in the event of an accident (e.g. broken leg), it does not cover the resulting consequential damage (e.g. rehab measures). Accident insurance, therefore, steps in after the primary care provided by the health insurance. Important: Accident insurance is never included in the statutory health insurance. The statutory accident insurance only covers costs for accidents on the way to and from work; valid only in Germany. A private accident insurance ought to guarantee coverage both during working hours and during leisure time, worldwide. Please inquire with your insurance provider.
In case of serious complaints and fundamental criticism of the Erasmus+ program, please do not hesitate to contact the following persons:
Every higher education institution participating in the Erasmus+ program must have a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). The ECHE is awarded by the European Commission and demonstrates that a university meets all the requirements for successful participation in the Erasmus+ program. According to the requirements of the European Commission, both the ECHE and the European Policy Statement (EPS) must be published on the website of the university:
The obligations and rights of the students in the Erasmus+ program are laid down in the student charter.
This project was funded with the support from the European Commission. The author is solely responsible for the content of this publication; the Commission is not liable for the further use of the information contained therein.