Study abroad with Erasmus+

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Erasmus+ enables you to spend time as an exchange student at a European university in another Erasmus+ programme country.

What are the benefits of choosing the Erasmus+ programme for your semester abroad?

  • Exemption from tuition fees at the host university
  • Funding
  • Assistance with preparing and organising your stay 
  • Academic recognition of your performance in studies abroad

Criteria

  • for studying at a partner university based on an Erasmus cooperation agreement (practically all European partners of Kempten University of Applied Sciences)
  • Duration of study abroad:  at least 2 months 
  • Enrolled as a student at Kempten University of Applied Sciences
  • Completed and passed first year of degree programme
  • Adequate progress with studies (at least average performance)
  • Good to excellent knowledge of the language that classes are taught in at the host university

Students can receive multiple grants, up to a maximum of 12 months per study programme (bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate). Funding is limited to a maximum number of months per semester abroad, see "Amount of grant".

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funding options for students

Students who complete a semester abroad on the Erasmus+ scheme get their tuition fee abroad paid plus a monthly mobility subsidyin the form of a partial grant to help cover additional costs incurred abroad, not a full grant. 

The amount of this monthly mobility subsidy depend on the category of country and the academic year in question. This is included in your overall grant, so you don’t need to apply separately for this subsidy. You automatically qualify for an Erasmus+ mobility subsidy if you are awarded an exchange with an Erasmus+ partner university and haven’t yet used your full 12 months’ allowance per programme of study.

Amount of grant

Funding for Erasmus+ trips abroad is based on the differences in cost of living between your home and host country (“programme countries”).

For Winter Semester 2022/23 the following grants apply:

Group 1 

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Norway, Sweden

600 euros per month*
Group 2 

Belgium, Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus

540 euros per month*
Group 3 

Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary

490 euros per month*

 

*The maximum duration for grants (3, 4 or 5 months) is set specifically for each semester, as it depends on the available funds. 

 

Brexit and Erasmus+
Trips to study abroad in the UK can now only be subsidised using residual funds and must be completed no later than 31 May 2023.  The old rate of applies 450 euros for a maximum of 5 months.

Social top-up

Inclusion and equal opportunities amongst potential grant recipients are considered central to the Erasmus+ scheme.

For this reason, the following target groups can apply – in addition to the “regular”  Erasmus+ mobility allowance – for a “social top-up” at the present rate of € 250 per month:

  • Students with a disability (disability level 20+) or chronic illness
  • Students with child/ren
  • Students from a non-academic parental home
  • Working students

Subsidy criteria for a social top-up

Even if you meet more than one of the following criteria (e.g. first person to study in the family and in employment), you can only qualify for a single social payment (i.e. € 250 per month).

Green top-up

The Erasmus+ programme supports sustainable travel to or from your host country in the form of a one-off subsidy worth € 50, plus up to four days’ additional qualifying period for fundingfor the duration of the regular grant. If you use low-emission transport such as buses, trains or car-sharing for most of your return journey, you can apply for a subsidy at the of your stay abroad via the International Office.

Virtual/blended mobility

Virtual mobility
Mobility that is exercised purely virtually in your home country – i.e. without physically attending the partner university – doesn’t qualify for Erasmus+ funding. However, virtual students are awarded Erasmus+ status (incl. exemption from tuition fees at the partner university) and offered OLS linguistic support.

 

Blended mobility 
If a virtual component is combined with a short stay at the partner university, then an on-site stay lasting 5–30 days can be funded. The online studies can completed either before or after the on-site stay and must be worth 3 ECTS in total.

Duration of stay

GrantSocial top-up*Green top-up**
Days 5–14€ 70 per day€ 100 one-off€ 50 one-off
Days 15–30€ 50 per day€ 150 one-off

*Students with special needs (disability level 20+) and students with child/ren
**Sustainable transport there and back (using low-emission means such as rail, bus or car-sharing)

The same applies for mobile participants on blended intensive programmes (BIP).

Erasmus+ procedures

Applications

  • Apply via the International Office to spend a semester abroad at a partner university (see application process for partner universities).
  • If you are granted an exchange, you will be automatically assigned to the Erasmus+ programme. 
  • Approx. 4 weeks after the applications deadline, you will be notified of the outcome of the selection process and guided through the next steps via our mobility software.

Learning Agreement

  • Once your application is a approved, you can complete the Digital Learning Agreement (study programme at the partner university) in Mobility Online.
  • The International Office then forwards it to your faculty’s Examinations Committee. Once the Examinations Committee has approved and signed the document, the Digital Learning Agreement is automatically sent to the partner university.

OLS language test

Before you commence your semester abroad, you will be invited to take the mandatory EU online language test (OLS = Online Language Support).
The result of the language test simply helps you to evaluate your own skills and then gives you the option of taking an online language course free of charge.

Online language support is available for all 24 official languages in the European Union: Bulgarian (BG), Czech (CS), Danish (DA), German (DE), Estonian (ET), Greek (EL), English (EN), Spanish (ES), French (FR), Irish/Gaelic (GA), Croatian (HR), Italian (IT), Latvian (LV), Lithuanian (LT), Hungarian (HU), Maltese (MT), Dutch (NL), Polish (PL), Portuguese (PT), Romanian (RO), Slovakian (SK), Slovenian (SL), Finnish (FI), Swedish (SV).

Two weeks before the end of your planned stay abroad for studying or an internship, you will be sent another invitation and link to retake the language test.

Grant Agreement

Before you set off, you will receive your Grant Agreement which you need to please fill out, sign and return the original to the International Office.

Upon receipt of the signed Grant Agreement, you will be paid the first instalment of your Erasmus+ funding by bank transfer. 

After you return,

please ensure that you submit your completion documents within 4 weeks of finishing your studies abroad to obtain the remainder of your Erasmus+ funding .

Completion documents:

  • Participants’ report via the EU’s Mobility Tool
  • Summary for Kempten University of Applied Sciences
  • Evidence of the actual time spent studying abroad (“Letter of confirmation” signed by the partner university)
  • OLS language test part 2 (you will be emailed the link for this)

 

Transcript of records

Please ascertain before you leave the partner university how your transcript of records will be sent. We can only accept a document by email if the partner university sends it directly to international(at)hs-kempten.de
 

You can find further information under Recognition of exam performances.

Disclaimer

The European Commission provides funding to subsidise this project. The responsibility for the content of this publication lies solely with the author, and the Commission is not liable for how the details cited therein are put to further use.