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Since fall 2014, the new EU program Erasmus+ is taking the role of the former Lifelong Learning Erasmus program (2007-2013) that has been one of the success stories of the European Union. Since 1987, the program has promoted the cross-border mobility of students, teaching staff and staff in Europe. Until now, about 3 million students and teachers have received support for studying and working abroad. Usually all students that have obtained an exchange place in one of the European Erasmus exchange programs of the University of Mannheim are eligible for Erasmus funding. However, funding possibilities depend on the annual Erasmus budget of the University of Mannheim.


Participating countries

The 28 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey.


Note on the participation of Switzerland

On account of the Swiss referendum on tighter immigration laws, the negotiations between the EU and Switzerland on the participation in Erasmus+ have been suspended. Thus, Switzerland will not participate in Erasmus+ as of the academic year 2014/15. However, exchange with Swiss partner universities is still possible under similar funding conditions.


Note on the participation of Great Britain

The British government currently plans to participate in the ERASMUS program at least until 2019/20. However, due to the uncertainty in the Brexit negotiations, this cannot be guaranteed. Exchanges will for sure continue to take place, but students have to make sure to be able to finance such an exchange stay without Erasmus funding if funding should no longer be possible.


Several types of mobilities

Erasmus+ (2014-2020) promotes several types of mobilities. The links below direct you to further information from the International Office:


Funding conditions
Students have to be enrolled at a German higher education institution (this does not apply in case of internships after graduation and master loans). Teaching staff and administrative staff have to be employed at a German higher education institution in order to take part in the program.

Insurance Coverage

The Erasmus+ mobility grant does not include insurance coverage. Neither the University of Mannheim nor the European Commission nor the NA DAAD are liable for damages caused by illness, death, accident or injury of a person and the loss or damage of belongings during the course of Erasmus+ (SMS; SMP, STA, STT). Every scholarship holder is responsible for his or her own insurance coverage. More information on this topic can be found in the information material on the funding conditions.

Special funding for students with children and special funding for handicapped students
Students may receive special funding for additional costs during the time they spend abroad with Erasmus+. Please contact the International Office well in advance, as the University of Mannheim has to apply for extra funding at least two months before the start of the mobility.

Information and advice on Erasmus+
The International Office provides you with information on all types of mobilities. Students who are interested in spending time abroad with Erasmus+ can find all introductory information on this topic on this web page. It also might be interesting to have a look in the Student Guidebook of the International Exchange Erasmus Student Network (esn) to get an overview about many important points concerning your Erasmus stay abroad. To get started, the best thing you can do is go to "Introductory Study Abroad Meeting". There, you will get information about all different kinds of funding options, including Erasmus+!




Student Mobility for Studies (SMS): Funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union

All students who have completed the first year of their degree course and were chosen for an Erasmus+ exchange program of the University of Mannheim or who got an internship in Europe are eligible for funding. However, funding possibilities depend on the annual Erasmus budget of the University of Mannheim. Prior to your mobility, the International Office will automatically provide you with information on how to apply for Erasmus+.


Erasmus+ in every phase of your degree program

Erasmus+ enables students to spend time abroad in one of the program countries in Europe regardless of the phase of their degree program they are currently in. The mobility period ranges from up to 12 twelve months for students in a bachelor's, master's or doctoral program to 24 months for long-cycle degrees such as a state examination program. Funding is available for both study stays abroad as well as internships.


Advantages of an Erasmus+ stay abroad

As it the case with all exchange programs of the University of Mannheim, students who go abroad with Erasmus+ receive support of the university in organizational matters, are exempt from tuition fees at the host institution and can have the coursework completed abroad recognized by means of a "Learning Agreement".


Erasmus+ scholarship

In addition, Erasmus+ offers a "mobility grant" to help students cover the costs of staying abroad. The grants for Erasmus+ mobilities are based on the differing subsistence costs in the receiving countries (program countries). As of the academic year 2014/15, the following minimal amounts of funding apply Europe-wide for three groups of countries:


  • Group 1 (min. €250 per month): Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain*, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Austria, Sweden. (*for Great Britain see note above)

  • Group 2 (min. €200 per month): Belgium, Greece, Iceland, Croatia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Cyprus.

  • Group 3 (min. €150 per month): Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary.

Online Linguistic Support

The Online Linguistic Support (OLS) supports language learning for Erasmus+ mobility participants. The OLS language assessment is mandatory for all participants to Erasmus+ mobility activities. In addition, selected participants may follow an online language course to improve their competence. 


Not a ful-ride scholarship

Erasmus+ is not a full-ride scholarship. Students have to make sure that the basic costs for their mobility period are covered.

Combination with BAföG

Students who get BAföG funding will receive the same Erasmus grant as students who do not receive BAföG. Only if the amount of Erasmus+ funding exceeds €300 it will count towards the amount of BaföG the respective student receives.



All full-time students enrolled at the University of Mannheim can apply for the Erasmus+ program regardless of their nationality.

Partner Universities

Check the Partner Universities Database to see which exchange programs are funded by Erasmus+ (for more information about the universities please click on "more information").

Erasmus+ Student Charter

This Charter highlights your rights and obligations and tells you what you can expect from your sending and receiving organisations at each step of your Erasmus+ experience.




Erasmus+: the New EU Program for 2014-2020 for Education, Training, Youth and Sport
The new Erasmus+ program aims to boost skills and employability of young people and modernize education, training, and youth work. The seven year program has a budget of €14.7 billion. In comparison to the current spending level, this is an increase of 40%. This reflects the EU's great commitment. You can find more information on Erasmus+ on the web page of the European Commission.

Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE)
The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020 (ECHE) is awarded by the European Commission and proves that a university has met all prerequisites to take part in the Erasmus+ program. The University of Mannheim was awarded the Erasmus+ University Charter for the current period from 2014-2020 and thus is entitled to participate in the program. Here you can find the ERASMUS Policy Statement (excerpt from the proposal for the charter).

The University of Mannheim was Awarded the Seal of Quality E-Quality
The University of Mannheim leads the way in mobilities. On 14 July 2012, the University of Mannheim was awarded the quality seal "E-Quality" for best practice in mobilities within the scope of the Erasmus program. The seal of quality is awarded once every year by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for exceptional merits and achievements in Erasmus exchange of German and foreign students and lectures.


For further information and advice on Erasmus+ mobilities please contact the International Office of the University of Mannheim and the



Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst

Nationale Agentur für EU-Hochschulzusammenarbeit

Kennedyallee 50

53115 Bonn

Tel.: +49(0)228/882-578

Fax: +49(0)228/882-555

E-Mail: eu-programme@daad.de

Homepage: www.eu.daad.de

Erasmus+ Programm: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/index_de.htm



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Updated: November 2015




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