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Erasmus+ Mobility between Programme Countries

Erasmus+ is the European mobility programme for education and training, youth and sport and runs for seven years (2014-2020). The programme consists of three key actions:

  • Key Action 1: Mobility of Individuals
  • Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
  • Key Action 3: Support for policy reform.

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More than four million people will benefit from the support of the Erasmus+-Budget of ca. € 14.8 billion over the period up to 2020. The programme aims to improve skills and employability, to pro-mote the modernisation of systems for general and vocational education and to support child and youth development. Further information about Erasmus+ can be found on the website of the European Commission.

Key Action 1 includes the mobility of students for a study period and traineeships abroad as well as the mobility of university staff for teaching and training.

Each higher education institution participating in the Erasmus+ programme sets out the guidelines of its European higher education policy in a "European Policy Statement" (EPS) which forms the basis of it being granted the "Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education" (ECHE). The ECHE is awarded by the European Commission and confirms that a university satisfies all the requirements for successful participation in the Erasmus+ programme.

Study Abroad

With Erasmus+, Frankfurt School students have the possibility to study in another European country and widen their social and cultural competencies. They get to know the academic system of a foreign university and gain from their teaching and learning methods. The rights and obligations of students in the Erasmus+ programme are set down in the Erasmus+ Students’ Charter.

The programme offers the following support:
  • Assistance with the preparation of a period abroad
  • Academic recognition of their studies abroad
  • Exemption from study fees at the foreign university
  • Mobility funding for the extra costs of living abroad of up to 350 euros per month

Compulsory online language tests

The European Commission provides an online language test in German, English, French, Italian, Dutch and Spanish. All Erasmus+ students are required to complete this in the working language prior to the semester abroad and after its completion. The test is not a selection criterion for support in the Erasmus+ programme but is intended to assess the language competence of the students both before and after their stay abroad and document the progress they have made. The comprehensive assessment throughout Europe of the development of language competence enables the effectiveness of Erasmus+ to be evaluated.

Special funding

Erasmus+ stands for equal opportunity and inclusion and provides special funding for handicapped people and single parents.

The International Office of the Frankfurt School organises an information event in preparation for the stay abroad for all Bachelor and Master students one year before their semester/year abroad. This also includes a presentation of the Erasmus+ programme. After the information event, individual advice about the programme, partner universities and special funding is provided in the International Office. All students who register for an Erasmus+ partner university will be allocated places based on a ranking. Registration for Erasmus+ is based on submission of a "selection sheet for a university abroad" which will be made available at the information event.

Traineeship Abroad

Erasmus+ supports work placements for students so that they can gain work experience in an international environment and develop key qualities such as communication and cooperation skills, and broaden their minds and knowledge in respect of other cultures and markets. Work placements in foreign establishments within Europe are supported (this excludes EU institutions or those that administer EU programmes as well as diplomatic representatives of the countries of origin of the students).
Students can apply for funding for a full-time work placement of between two and twelve months.

The rights and obligations of students in the Erasmus+ programme are set down in the Erasmus+ Students’ Charter.

The programme offers the following support:
  • Assistance with the preparation of a period abroad
  • EU work placement contract between the university, the company (abroad) and the student
  • A permanent contact from this university to support you during the work placement
  • Recognition of your work placement achievements abroad
  • Monthly financial support of up to 450 euros

Compulsory online language tests

The European Commission provides an online language test in German, English, French, Italian, Dutch and Spanish. All Erasmus+ students are required to complete this in the working language prior to the semester abroad and after its completion. The test is not a selection criterion for support in the Erasmus+ programme but is intended to assess the language competence of the students both before and after their stay abroad and document the potential progress they have made. The comprehensive assessment throughout Europe of the development of language competence enables the effectiveness of Erasmus+ to be evaluated.

Special funding

Erasmus+ stands for equal opportunity and inclusion and provides special funding for handicapped people and single parents.

Students planning their work placement in Europe can apply for Erasmus+ funding. The application process starts with registration with the International Office.

Mobility for teaching, training and development purposes

Erasmus+ supports visiting lectureships at European partner universities as well as training and de-velopment measures for university staff in order to foster the European dimension and internationalisation of higher education institutions.
Lecturers and staff from all departments at the Frankfurt School can apply for the financing of short-term visiting lectureships or job shadowing, participation in "staff weeks" or attending lectures. A minimum of two days should be spent at the host institution which must be a European university participating in the Erasmus+ programme.

The programme offers the following support:
  • (Partial) reimbursement of travel costs
  • (Partial) reimbursement of accommodation costs
The programme offers teaching and university staff the following advantages:
  • Period abroad within a structured programme
  • Information exchange and new prospects
  • Strengthening of personal skills
  • Network development and consolidation

The International Office offers advice with regard to the choice of host university and provides contact information at the desired institution.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), a long-standing partner of Frankfurt School, has also become an Erasmus+ partner for the year 2015/16. Study abroad can be funded as part of the cooperation with an Erasmus+ partner country such as the USA.

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The financial support given for studying abroad in a partner country is set by the European Commission at a Europe wide level: American students studying in Germany receive a monthly scholarship of 800 EUR, and German students studying in the USA receive 650 EUR a month.

In addition to this living allowance, a grant is given for travel costs, which depends on the distance between the departure and destination country of the mobility. The distances are calculated with the Distance Calculator of the European Commission.  

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Further information and advice on Erasmus+ can be obtained from

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
National Agency for higher education cooperation
Kennedyallee 50
53115 Bonn

Tel.: +49(0)228/882-8877
Fax: +49(0)228/882-555
erasmus@daad.de
www.eu.daad.de

Contact

Alexandra Ciftci