Erasmus+ Studies

Erasmus+ enables students to study at a higher education institution in another participating European country in order to broaden their social and cultural skills, and to improve their career prospects. They learn about the academic system of a foreign university, as well as their methods of teaching and learning.

Stays of 3 to 12 months are supported at partner universities in the 28 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey. Each month is calculated as 30 days. Thus, the stays can be a minimum of 90 days and no more than 360 days long. There is an exception for trimesters only. In such cases, the stays can also be less than 90 days long. Students must have completed their first year of studies at the home institution before the start of the mobility (does not apply to master's programmes).

Switzerland is not currently participating in Erasmus+. However, stays at the partner universities there are still possible. Switzerland has established its own funding system for foreign exchange students.

Note on the impact of the Corona pandemic on Erasmus mobility for studies

Please note that we are currently accepting and processing applications for a semester/year abroad in the Erasmus programme and forwarding them to the host universities as usual.

However, admission for a semester/year abroad is currently always subject to the provison that circumstances permit the stay abroad and study at the host university.

Possible factors in this regard are:

  • Restrictions concerning departure from Germany
  • Restrictions on entry into the host country
  • Travel warnings of the Federal Foreign Office (no stays in areas for which a travel warning exists!)
  • availability of the host university for Erasmus periods (Some host universities are currently not accepting Erasmus students and are still deciding when this will be possible again. If you are applying for a university that will certainly not accept students for the period you have chosen, we will inform you).
  • It is possible that studying at the host university can only take place virtually (i.e. by attending online courses).

As this is a very dynamic situation, it is not possible to assess all circumstances on a long-term basis. It is therefore possible that Erasmus study periods have to be cancelled at short notice.

Advantages of studying abroad with Erasmus+

  • academic recognition of study achievements abroad
  • exemption from tuition fees at the receiving institution
  • financial support as a contribution to travel and subsistence costs abroad
  • support in preparing the mobility (cultural, linguistic, organisational)
  • special needs support for students who take their children abroad
  • special needs support for students with disabilities


  • enrolment as degree-seeking student at a German university
  • completion of the first year of study (does not apply to master's programmes)
  • study abroad period only at universities with which the sending institution has concluded an Erasmus+ cooperation agreement (inter-institutional agreement)
  • Sending and receiving institutions must have a valid Erasmus University Charter (ECHE)

Financial support


Financial support for Erasmus+ student mobility for studies is based on the different costs of living in the destination countries.

The European minimum and maximum values ​​for three country groups for study visits apply (from project year 2018 onwards):

Country groups:

  • Group 1: Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, UK.
  • Group 2: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain.
  • Group 3: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, FYR Macedonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey.

Mobility within the same country group: 220-470 euros per 30 days
Mobility from group 2 to group 1, and from group 3 to group 2 or 1: 270-520 euros per 30 days
Mobility from group 2 to group 3, and from group 1 to group 2 or 3: 170-420 euros per 30 days

Students who take their children abroad, but not their partner ("single parent abroad"), can receive additional funds.

Students with special needs due to disability (minimum of 50% degree of disability) may also apply for additional funds.

Participation in the programme is not necessarily linked to financial support. Since each institution only receives a certain amount of funds, no financial support is possible once the institution has exhausted these funds. In such cases, the other advantages of the programme (such as exemption from tuition fees) can still be taken (zero-grant mobility).

Funding rates for Germany

The funding rates for Germany are set by the National Agency at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from the project year 2018 onwards, and amount to:

  • for mobility with destination in country group 1: 450 euros per 30 days (standard month)
  • for mobility with destination in country group 2: 390 euros per 30 days (standard month)
  • for mobility with destination in country group 3: 330 euros per 30 days (standard month)

The period of financial support is at least 3 standard months per stay (90 days = minimum period) and is otherwise set by each institution depending on the allocated funds and planned number of mobilities.

Funding practice at Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences project year 2020

All confirmed days of stay are supported with the above mentioned rates for the different destination countries. Please note that only days actually spent abroad are eligible for financial support.

For example, a total amount of € 1,690.00 (390:30*130) is paid for a stay at a partner institution in Belgium for 130 days.

Although we aim to provide financial support for all admitted participants, we cannot guarantee support in individual cases (see above). The fact that no mobility grant can be paid is especially possible for applications submitted by the July deadline. The available grants will be awarded to the admitted participants in the order in which the complete application documents are received by the International Office.

Linguistic support

Online language tests are available from the European Commission for Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Spanish and Swedish. The tests are compulsory for all students/graduates (not for native speakers) both before the start of the mobility period and at the end of the stay (if the language is offered; the 2nd test is not required if a level of C2 was already achieved in the 1st test).

The test is not a selection criterion for participation in the Erasmus+ programme. Once the participants to be supported through Erasmus+ have been selected, it should serve as a placement test to document their current language level and/or as a means of recording the progress achieved in language acquisition after completing their stay.

The European Commission also grants licenses for online language courses in the above languages. The home institution passes these on to a certain percentage of participants on the basis of the test results.

You can find further details about Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support (OLS) here.

In addition, preparatory language courses in the host country can be financially supported in addition to the actual stay. The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Up to 21 language course days are supported in addition to the actual study period. Costs for the actual language course cannot be assumed.
  • The course must be related to the Erasmus+ study period in terms of content and time. Only periods that are BEFORE the actual study period can be funded.
  • You will receive the funding upon written application to the International Office. The application must include at least the duration of the course (start and end dates), the course provider, a brief description of the content, the language level of the course and the number of hours per day and week.
  • The funding is subject to the availability of financial resources. Eligible applications will be considered in the order they are received.
  • At the end of the course, you will need to submit a certificate of participation with the exact start and end dates.

Here, you can find options for linguistic preparation in Magdeburg (Tab "Linguistic Preparation").

Rights and obligations

The rights and obligations of the students in the Erasmus+ programme are set out in the "Erasmus+ Student Charter", which is handed out to every student before starting their study abroad period.

You can also find the student charter here.

For example, all participants in an Erasmus+ mobility period are required to submit a report via the Mobility Tool Plus upon completion of the stay, and to present proof of eligibility for support (e.g. confirmation about length of stay).




How to apply

Application deadlines

The deadline for your Erasmus+ application is 24 January for studies starting the following winter semester, and also if the period abroad is to start the summer semester thereafter.

For mobilities planned to begin with the summer semester*, and mobilities taking place in the summer semester plus the following winter semester, you can also submit your applications by 31 July of the previous year (e.g. by 31.7.2018 for stays starting in Jan/Feb 2019). However, after 24 January, you can only receive unfilled places at the partner institutions. In addition, applications submitted by the July deadline are more likely to not receive any financial support.

*Please note that the summer semester at foreign universities usually starts in January or February. Therefore, it is also called the spring semester there rather than the summer semester.

Application process

Here, you can find the application portal for Erasmus+ study mobilities. Please enter your details there and follow the instructions. You can create a printable PDF file in the portal after you have entered your details in full.  

Please also note

Documents that you must attach to the application:

  • Certificate of proficiency in your main language of instruction at the desired receiving institution (see below, not applicable for native speakers)
    Please note that Communications students must also submit a language certificate.
  • Detailed tabular curriculum vitae with information on additional language skills, study interests and main focus, as well as extra-curricular activities and interests (in the main language of instruction of the  receiving institution (1st choice) or in English if required by your ECTS coordinator)
  • Letter of motivation (approx. 1 page) explaining why you would like to study in the chosen country and at the institution of your choice (personal and professional reasons), also how you are preparing yourself for the study mobility (in the main language of instruction of the  receiving institution (1st choice) or in English if required by your ECTS coordinator)
    The letter of motivation should be directed to your ECTS coordinator, who will review your application and assign it to the corresponding receiving institution. If you have specified more than one receiving institution in the application (2nd and 3rd choice), you should briefly justify these choices, too.
  • Transcript of records of current studies
    If you are already studying at Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, you can download the transcript from the "Online Studierendenservice". You do not need to have this downloaded transcript confirmed by the examination office.
    Students who are in the first semester at the time of application can submit the transcript until 15 May.
    Students who are not yet enrolled in the course of studies in which the mobility period is to take place at the time of application (master's studies) can submit the current/final transcript of their bachelor's programme.
  • Enrolment certificate of Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences (can be handed in subsequently, if not yet enrolled)

After applying in the portal, please print out the application form generated at the end as a PDF, sign it and upload it together with all the above attachments back to the portal.

Please note:

These application documents remain at Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences and will not be forwarded to your receiving institution. If you have any questions about the application documents, please contact the International Office. We are happy to help you.

How do you obtain a language certificate?

If you are currently attending a foreign language course at Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, you can have your certificate issued by the course instructor. The language certificate is intended to provide information about your knowledge of your main language of instruction at the receiving institution. Here, you can find a form that can be used. 

Language Certificate

If you have an official language certificate, such as TOEFL, DELE or similar, that is no more than 2 years old you can also submit this with your application.

All students who are not in the above groups can take a language test in English, French or Spanish at the Berlitz language school in Magdeburg. The test costs 55 euros. You will receive a receipt, which you can then submit to the International Office of Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences for reimbursement.

Please make an appointment in advance:

Berlitz Sprachschule
Hasselbachplatz 3
39104 Magdeburg
Tel: 0391/541 4688

For the reimbursement, please submit the following application form, the receipt for the language test fees and proof of the reason for issuing the language certificate. Proof of this is the Erasmus application itself or reference to an existing Erasmus application.  

Application for reimbursement

In Stendal, Ms  Angret Zierenberg, English lecturer and coordinator of foreign language training at the Stendal campus, will also provide you with a language certificate via the above form.

What next?

At Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences 

  • The ECTS coordinators make a selection from the received applications and, together with the International Office, assign the applicants to the respective partner institutions. The main selection criteria are: Academic performance, motivation and language skills
  • The International Office nominates the selected applicants at the partner institutions six to eight weeks after the application deadline.
  • The partner institutions decide (on the basis of a separate application; see below) who will be admitted to the programme.
  • All eligible students will receive detailed information from the International Office around April, including information about the Erasmus+ mobility grant and insurance issues.
  • Around August/September is when the first instalment of the mobility grant is paid out.

With applications for a later start of the study abroad period, this procedure applies with a corresponding time lag.

At the receiving institution: 

After the nomination (see above), the receiving institution usually contacts the applicants directly. It is then necessary to apply again at the receiving institution directly. The receiving institution will inform you how and by when this is to be done.

Note: Please note that the application documentation that you submit for selection at Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences is not sent to the receiving institution. You will need to apply there separately.

If you do not receive any notification from the receiving institution by three weeks after the nomination (you will be notified by the International Office when your are nominated), please look at the receiving institutitons website for the relevant information or, in case of doubt, contact their International Office. If you cannot find the relevant information, please contact the International Office of Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences.

The information on the application procedure at the receiving institution almost always provides information on how to obtain accommodation in the host country, too.

During and after the study abroad period: 

A number of supporting documents and reports need to be submitted during and after the study abroad period. You will receive further information after your application has been received. When all the required proof has been submitted, you will receive the 2nd mobility grant payment. After completing your studies abroad, your receiving institution will issue a transcript of records on the academic performance abroad, which forms the basis for their recognition at the sending institution.

Learning Agreement

The Learning Agreement is a key document for your study mobility and the basis for subsequent recognition of your academic achievements abroad. The International Office of the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences will provide you with the current form after you have been nominated at the receiving institution.

How to complete the Learning Agreement:

  • In section "Before the mobility" in Table A, list the courses you would like to attend at your receiving institution.
  • If your receiving institution uses the European Credit Transfer System you will find information about the courses in the ECTS Information Package.
  • For partners who do not use ECTS or do not offer an ECTS Information Package, you will need to obtain the information from their course catalogue on the website or directly from the contact persons at the partner university.
  • Please discuss your choice of courses with your ECTS coordinator. The "Before the Mobility" section in Table B is then completed by the ECTS coordinator, who then signs this part of the Learning Agreement under "Responsible person at the sending institution, ECTS Coordinator".
  • You sign this part of the Learning Agreement under "Student".
  • Give the Learning Agreement to the International Office to get the necessary signature from there (The sending institution, International Office).
  • Send the Learning Agreement to the partner university, and have them complete and sign it (Responsible person at the receiving institution) and return it to you.
  • The complete Learning Agreement, signed by you, as well as the sending and receiving institution, must be submitted to the International Office of Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences before the start of your studies abroad.
  • If any changes to the Learning Agreement are needed (rather the rule than the exception), these must be documented in the form section "During the mobility".

Erasmus+ blanks for students

General blanks

Official Transcript
(blank for translating the German transcript of records that you can download from the Online-Studierendenservice into English, if needed for application at the receiving institution)

Erasmus+ Partner Institutions

First-Hand Reports

Here, you will find a selection of first-hand reports from students who have already completed a study-related stay abroad (not exclusively Erasmus, German).

Additional first-hand reports are available from the International Office on request.

Contact: Nancy Brosig,

New features in the current programme generation Erasmus+ 2014-2020

  • Students can be supported several times in each study cycle (bachelor, master, doctorate).
  • In each study cycle funding is possible for up to twelve months. Study and internship mobilities can be combined freely within this period (subject to the respective minimum duration). That is, mobilities in several countries can be funded.
  • In addition to one-semester mobilities and the combination winter semester plus the following summer semester, it is now also possible to combine the summer semester plus the following winter semester.
  • Students who were supported in the previous LLP Erasmus programme can receive further support in Erasmus+, provided that they have not yet exhausted the maximum duration of 12 months in the relevant study cycle.

Liability clause

This project was funded with support from the European Commission. The sole responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the author; the Commission is not liable for how the information contained therein is made use of.


Erasmus+ Coordinator
Nancy Brosig

Tel.: (0391) 886 42 29
Fax: (0391) 886 42 53

Advice on Erasmus+ studies and internships

Visitors' address: Building 4, Room 2.19

Telephone consultation hours:

Wednesday 11.00 - 13.00 at (0391) 886 42 51

On Wednesday, 09.09 the telephone consultation hours are cancelled. In urgent cases, a consultation hour is still possible by prior appointment. For this purpose, registration must be made by 08.09.2020. The registration should be sent by e-mail, using the subject "consultation hours Erasmus", to

 complete staff


Erasmus+ Coordinator
Nancy Brosig

Tel.: (0391) 886 42 29
Fax: (0391) 886 42 53

Advice on Erasmus+ studies and internships

Visitors' address: Building 4, Room 2.19

Telephone consultation hours:

Wednesday 11.00 - 13.00 at (0391) 886 42 51

On Wednesday, 09.09 the telephone consultation hours are cancelled. In urgent cases, a consultation hour is still possible by prior appointment. For this purpose, registration must be made by 08.09.2020. The registration should be sent by e-mail, using the subject "consultation hours Erasmus", to

 complete staff

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