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Erasmus+: Frankfurt School goes Europe – The European Union’s Mobility Programme

Erasmus+ is the European Union’s programme for education, youth and sport, including European cooperation programmes in higher education. Erasmus+ mainly strengthens the mobility in Europe (in programme countries) but also, to a lesser extent, in other parts of the world (in partner countries).

The programme offers all members of the institution, students, professors and staff, the opportunity to study, work, teach or train abroad. Participants will receive financial funding to support these initiatives. Especially in a globalised world, international experiences are of great value. Therefore, Erasmus+ offers chances for personal experiences and the improvement of language skills and cultural competencies.

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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Erasmus+ has an estimated budget of 26.2 billion EUR, nearly doubling the funding compared to its predecessor programme (2014-2020), complemented by around 2.2 billion EUR  from the EU external cooperation instrument. 70% of the budget will support mobility opportunities for all, from a lifelong learning perspective.

This investment in knowledge, skills and competencies will benefit individuals, institutions, and society as a whole by contributing to sustainable growth and ensuring equity, prosperity and social inclusion in Europe and beyond.

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.

Erasmus Semester 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 the semester abroad
  • Academic recognition of the studies abroad
  • Exemption from study fees at the foreign university
  • Mobility funding for the extra costs of living abroad of up to 450 EUR per month depending on the host country group
  • Green Travel Support
  • Top-up's for students with "fewer opportunities"

Online language support

The European Commission provides an online language test in Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish or Swedish (or additional languages once they become available in the Online Linguistic Support OLS). All Erasmus+ students are required to complete an OLS online test in the working language of their host university before the semester abroad. 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.

Funding

The monthly Erasmus grant depends on the different target countries. Student Mobilities are funded according to the following categories:

  • Countries of Category I:

450 EUR per month (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom)

  • Countries of category II:

390 EUR per month (Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus)

  • Country category III:

330 EUR per month (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Macedonia (FYROM), Turkey)

The funding is supposed to cover costs during the stay abroad and support students. Erasmus scholarships can also be combined with BAföG abroad, education credit and Germany scholarships. Students taking children abroad may receive additional funding. The same applies to students with disabilities.

Internship 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
  • Recognition of your work placement achievements abroad
  • Monthly financial support of up to 555 Euros depending on the country group

Online Language Support

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.

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.

Staff Mobility for teaching, training and development purposes

Erasmus+ supports visiting lectureships at European partner universities as well as training and development measures for university staff in order to foster the European dimension and internationalisation of higher education institutions.
Lecturers and staff from all departments of Frankfurt School can apply for the financing of short-term visiting lectureships or job shadowing, participation in "staff weeks" or attending language courses. A minimum of two days and a maximum of about a week 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.

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission (EC). The content of this web page is the sole responsibility of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management gGmbH. The EC cannot be held responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained in these pages.

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