As a European funding programme, Erasmus+ offers our university a wide range of opportunities in worldwide higher education cooperation with Erasmus+ Partner Countries and Programme Countries. The Erasmus+ programme has given rise to a number of partnerships. Experience abroad for students, lecturers and university staff is at the heart of the funding programme, which supports international university cooperation in teaching and study.

  • Erasmus+ Programme Countries are the 28 EU Member States, Turkey, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Republic of Macedonia and (beginning in June 2019) Serbia.
  • Partner Countries are the neighbouring countries of the EU, countries of the regions of Asia, Central Asia, Latin America, the ACP countries (African, Caribbean and Pacific states) and other industrialised countries.

Erasmus+ Key Actions

There are three Erasmus+ Key Actions, which is the collective name for activities and projects that can be funded in the area of higher education:

  • funding of mobility
  • funding of university partnerships
  • support for education policy reform.

The Key Actions are complemented by Jean Monnet Activities and funding for sports projects.

At our university, the International Centre is responsible for the central coordination of the programme. Our Erasmus+ university coordinator is Dr Svend Poller. Under the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020 (ECHE), we are entitled to participate in all Erasmus+ Key Actions. Our specific programme objectives are set forth in an Erasmus declaration on university policy.

Promoting mobility

Within Key Action 1: “Mobility of Individuals” we support the academic exchange of staff between our university and institutions in Partner and Programme Countries.

As part of Erasmus+ KA103 (Europe), we can support our students and our teaching and university staff during periods abroad at institutions in Programme Countries.

Student mobility:


Staff mobility:


Spending time at our university

Given our institutional links with partner institutions in the Programme Countries, under Erasmus+ KA103 members of international universities have the opportunity to stay with us in return:


Inter-institutional agreement

Mobility can be supported if an inter-institutional agreement is in place with a higher education institution in a Programme Country. Agreements are prepared by the Erasmus+ coordinators at the faculties and institutes in consultation with the foreign cooperation partners and our university’s International Centre. Arrangements on the mutual recognition of academic achievements and on the integration of teaching stays into the curriculum at both institutions form the basis of such agreements.

Erasmus+ coordinators

Dedicated Erasmus+ coordinators are authorised by the deans to assume organisational responsibility for Erasmus+ mobility. They are responsible for

  • the conceptual design of the Erasmus+ cooperation for student and staff mobility
  • the specialist arrangements of an inter-institutional agreement
  • selecting participants
  • providing participants with specialist support.

Details of the individual Erasmus+ coordinators can be found via the KISS database for students, teachers and employees. In addition, KISS contains information on who is responsible for the recognition of academic achievements abroad in the individual subjects.

Our university’s International Centre is responsible for central coordination of the Erasmus+ programme.

Erasmus+ KA107 (Worldwide) means that it also possible to provide financial support for study, teaching and training visits to partner institutions in the Erasmus+ Partner Countries.

Leipzig is among the highest funded universities in Germany. Our International Centre is in charge of applications and implementing Erasmus+ funding projects for subject-based exchanges. Since 2015, we have been promoting exchanges with a total of 60 partner universities outside Europe in 29 countries worldwide. Students, doctoral candidates and employees, especially in the philological and social sciences, in theology, chemistry, pharmacy, computer science and theatre studies, can benefit from Erasmus+ all over the world.

One special feature of this part of Erasmus+ is our university’s responsibility for supporting stays by members of the foreign partner institutions at out faculties and institutions.

Support is available for academic stays at institutions in eligible Partner Countries

Support is available for academic stays at our university from institutions in eligible Partner Countries

  • for students  
    (studying between 3 and 12 months)
  • for doctoral candidates
    (between 3 and 12 months)
  • for employees
    (teaching and training stays of between 5 and 60 days)

2019 call for proposals for funding under Erasmus+ KA107

The European Commission usually advertises the Erasmus+ KA107 programmes in the autumn. The International Centre coordinates our university’s application.

  • European Union application deadline: 5 February 2019
  • A 36-month project commences on 1 August.

Academic exchange: Find out about existing study places and teaching options via our university’s portal for periods abroad.

Eine Gruppe internationaler Studierender betrachtet eine Weltkugel und zeigen sich gegenseitig ihre Heimatländer
Studying together at our university can connect students across the globe. Photo: Christian Hüller

Promoting higher education cooperation

Within Key Action 2: “Promoting higher education cooperation”, the European Union supports the development and implementation of strategic partnerships and collaborative projects with institutions in Programme and Partner Countries.

Erasmus+ offers various funding instruments for this purpose, which can be used to support partnerships and collaborative projects on request.

Erasmus+ “Strategic Partnerships” promote structured cooperation between European organisations to support their internationalisation activities. The activities carried out under a Strategic Partnership might include:

  • activities that strengthen cooperation between organisations, facilitating an exchange of good practice
  • activities that support the development, testing or implementation of innovative practices
  • activities that facilitate the recognition and validation of knowledge, skills and competence (formal and non-formal learning)
  • activities that support cooperation between regional authorities to improve the development of education, training and entrepreneurship
  • activities that boost active civic engagement and entrepreneurship

Information about the programme and the application procedure is available from the DAAD’s National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation.

Current examples of Strategic Partnerships are presented on the Project funding page.

Since 2004, the EU’s Erasmus Mundus excellence programme has been encouraging European universities to pursue the internationalisation of their degree programmes. The so-called Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) are now part of the EU’S wider Erasmus+ programme.

The aim is to internationalise curricula within the European Higher Education Area in cooperation with third countries. This goal is achieved by implementing integrated master’s programmes in a consortium of at least three European partner universities, including:

  • the awarding of degrees together in the form of joint double or multiple degrees, and
  • support for qualified student mobility through scholarships integrated into the programme for the mandatory period abroad.

This selection process is highly competitive and the inclusion of a degree programme in the Erasmus Mundus funding framework is a special distinction in terms of curricular quality. This presupposes the successful establishment of a degree programme prior to application.

Information about the programme and the application procedure is available from the National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation and the Executive Agency of the EU Commission (EACEA).

Current examples of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees are presented on the Project funding page.

Knowledge Alliances are collaborative projects between European universities, businesses and other institutions. The aim of these structured, lasting partnerships is to promote innovation in Europe. The project results continue to have an impact even after the project has finished, supporting long-term cooperation between universities and businesses.

Information about the programme and the application procedure is available from the National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation and the Executive Agency of the EU Commission (EACEA).

Capacity building projects support the reform and modernisation of higher education institutions and systems through joint projects in the following areas:

  • curriculum reform
  • modernisation of university administration
  • strengthening links between universities and society.

Information about the programme and the application procedure is available from the National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation and the Executive Agency of the EU Commission (EACEA).

Jean Monnet Activities are designed to promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European integration worldwide, as well as to foster dialogue between the academic world and policymakers on EU-related issues.

Three types of activity are supported:

  • Teaching and research on EU topics
    • modules
    • chairs
    • centres of excellence
  • Policy debate with the academic world
    • networks
    • projects
  • Support for associations contributing to research into the process of European integration.

More information about the programme and the application process is available from the National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation and the Executive Agency of the EU Commission (EACEA).

Current examples of Jean Monnet Activities are presented on the Project funding page.

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