Start planning your period abroad in Europe now! Take the opportunity to study under Erasmus+ through your department’s agreements or within the Utrecht Network or the Arqus European University Alliance. This page explains our European partner universities, how to apply and the options for financial support.

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Funding, partner universities and requirements

How does Erasmus+ fund your stay abroad? 

  • no tuition fees at the partner university
  • Erasmus+ funding for several stays flexible for Erasmus+ studies and/or Erasmus+ internships
    • bachelor’s and master’s students: maximum twelve months each
    • State Examination and Diplom degree programmes: maximum 24 months

You apply for Erasmus+ funding when applying online to the International Centre.

Please note: given the size of the overall budget for Leipzig University, the duration of an Erasmus+ stay may differ from the duration of financial support. We want to ensure the maximum amount of financial support for every Erasmus+ scholar while treating every participant equally.

The terms and conditions regarding Erasmus+ funding levels and top-up amounts are about to change. You can find information on this on the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) website. At our university, these changes will be implemented starting from the academic year 2023-24. Your application process for this period begins during the 2022/23 winter semester. You will find more detailed information here in due time.

You will receive detailed information here in due course.

Financial spport for stays abroad in the academic year 2022/23

The duration of a period of study abroad is a minimum of two months up to a maximum of twelve months. The actual duration is determined by the enrolment date and end-of-study certificate of the partner university.

Financial Support According to Country of Destination

Country group 1: €450/month Denmark, Finland, Irland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, Switzerland via SEMP*
Country group 2: €390/month Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany (excluded if sending country), France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain
Country group 3: €330/month

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

*Switzerland promotes student exchanges to Swiss universities via the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP). To apply, there has to be an inter-institutional agreement between Leipzig University and the Swiss partner university. If you are interested, please contact your Erasmus+ departmental coordinator, as application and nomination is done through your department. Once you have been nominated, please register online.

You will find current Erasmus+ study vacancies, information on partner universities and the contact data for the respective departmental coordinators on the Study Abroad Portal.

Further contacts for other student mobility funding

Special “top-up” grants (not valid for the UK)

You can apply for top-up grants for study abroad during the 2022-23 academic year when registering online for your Erasmus+ grant.

Note: you cannot apply for top-ups for study periods in the UK.

To apply, click on the corresponding top-up on the form and sign to agree to abide by the listed regulations. The top-ups will be included in the overall amount of your grant. After applying, you will receive the grant agreement and notification of the total amount of your grant.

Please note: the “Social top-up” is granted only once, even if two or more categories apply. However, you can combine this special grant with real costs if two or more categories apply to you.

Green Travel top-up

Students who undertake at least 50 percent of the round trip to the partner university using the following sustainable means of transport may apply for this top-up:

  • Train: Tickets/receipt with name and date
  • Carpooling: Fuel station receipt as close as possible to destination, Informal declaration of the carpool, if possible screenshots of the journey after arrival at destination (using a suitable tracking app)
  • Bus: Tickets/receipt with name and date
  • Bike: if possible screenshots of the journey after arrival at destination (using a suitable tracking app)

This special top-up is a one-off payment of 50 euros.
By applying online and signing, you agree to keeping the original receipts for the outward and homeward journeys for at least six years and submitting them on demand to the International Centre.
 

“Social top-up” for students with a disability or chronic illness

Students with a disability (degree of disability of 20 or more) or chronic illness may apply for this top-up. This special grant amounts to 250 euros per month in addition to the monthly grant. You apply for it during the online registration process. Please submit proof in the form of a medical certificate, expert opinion and/or severely disabled ID (copy) to the International Centre, together with the original of the signed online registration.

Real costs claim for study abroad:
Instead of the monthly special grant, participants with a disability (degree of disability 20 or more) or chronic illness may submit a claim for their real costs to the NA DAAD (National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation of the German Academic Exchange Service). To do so, send the completed and signed application form to the NA DAAD by post two months before you travel.

  • Copies of your severely disabled ID, attestation by the state social welfare office and a medical certificate are required as proof.
  • Please contact the International Centre via E-Mail for an application.

Real costs claim for preparatory visits
Instead of the monthly special grant, participants with a disability (degree of disability 20 or more) or chronic illness may submit a claim for the real costs of preparatory visits to the NA DAAD (National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation of the German Academic Exchange Service). To do so, send the completed and signed application form to the NA DAAD by post two months before you travel.

  • Copies of your severely disabled ID, attestation by the state social welfare office and a medical certificate are required as proof.
  • Please contact the International Centre via E-Mail for an application.
     

“Social top-up” for students with child(ren)

Students who will be spending their entire period of study abroad with their own biological child(ren) are entitled to apply for this top-up amount. The top-up is granted per family (regardless of the number of children) and amounts to 250 euros a month in addition to the monthly grant.

You apply for it during the online registration process. Please submit proof in the form of the birth certificate of each child (copy) and the travel documents for each child (copy of receipts for outward and homebound journeys) to the International Centre together with the original of the signed online registration.

Real costs claim for preparatory visits:
Alternatively, participating students who wish to take their child(ren) with them for their entire stay abroad may submit a claim for the real costs of preparatory visits to the NA DAAD (National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation of the German Academic Exchange Service). To do so, submit the completed and signed application form to the NA DAAD by post two months before you travel.

  • A copy of the declaration of intent to take the child with you during the mobility period and the child’s birth certificate or similar document are required as proof.
  • Please contact the International Centre via E-Mail for an application.

You have the choice between numerous Erasmus+ study places at our partner universities across all EU Member States as well as in Turkey, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia and Serbia. Participation in an Erasmus+ programme is independent of your own nationality.

You can search for vacant Erasmus+ study places in our portal for periods abroad. In addition to available exchange places, this portal provides you with information on the partner universities and getting in touch with the relevant contact persons (Erasmus+ departmental coordinators).

  • When taking up your studies under the Erasmus+ programme, you must have already successfully completed your first year of study at Leipzig University (exception: master’s students).
  • You need to fulfil the necessary language requirements for the language of instruction at the host university.

Subject-Specific Exchange Places

Applying for Subject-Specific Exchange Places

You should submit your application for a nomination for an Erasmus+ study visit to your institute. Once nominated, you register with the partner university and finally register with our International Centre.

The first step is to apply to your Erasmus+ departmental coordinator for nomination for a subject-specific exchange place. Please check your department at the beginning of the winter semester to find out how the application process works, which application documents are required and when the application period ends.

Application form
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If your application is successful, your departmental coordinator will nominate you for a subject-specific exchange place.

Please note: You can use a leave semester for your period abroad under the Erasmus+ programme. Credits earned during the leave semester can be recognised. The Student Office can assist you with applying for a leave of absence.

Has your Erasmus+ departmental coordinator nominated you for a place? Congratulations!

Your Erasmus+ departmental coordinator will then inform the partner university of your nomination. The partner university will inform you on how to register as an exchange student and any necessary application documents. It is important that you follow these instructions and send the necessary documents back to the partner university yourself.

No later than three months before the start of your stay, you will need to register online with the International Centre and submit your registration together with your Erasmus+ Grant Agreement. This requires the following steps:

  • Log in with your university login and complete the online registration.
    Please follow the instructions in our click guide (in german).
  • Upload the confirmation of your nomination from your Erasmus+ departmental coordinator to the portal.
  • Print out the completed registration form, sign the original and hand it in to the International Centre.
  • After approval of your registration, you will receive an e-mail with a password-protected link to your Erasmus+ grant agreement and the notification of the provisionally determined Erasmus+ financial support. Please send one signed original of the Erasmus+ grant agreement to the International Centre by post.
Postal address International Centre
Goethestraße 3–5
04109 Leipzig
Or in person Letter box for time-sensitive documents
Goethestraße 6
04109 Leipzig

In table A1 enter all the modules/courses you wish to attend at the partner university. Please align your choice of courses with official recognition criteria:

  • Courses must have comparable learning objectives and skills
  • The level of study and workload during the semester must be comparable
  • The courses at the partner university must match the qualification objective and study profile of your degree programme

In table B1, list the modules/courses of your degree programme at Leipzig University that will be replaced by modules/courses during your period of study abroad. The number of credit points in tables A1 and B1 may differ. Then you and your Erasmus+ departmental coordinator or recognition officer should sign the Learning Agreement, followed by the partner university.

Once you have collected all the signatures, send a scan of the document via E-Mail.

Please take note of further recognition procedures to be taken during and after your period of study abroad.

The Learning Agreement is a compulsory Erasmus+ study document that governs the subsequent recognition of your credit points abroad. Our explanatory video shows you how to fill it in. Please start early with it to collect all the signatures before you leave to study abroad.

Practical tips on filling in your Learning Agreement

After registering online with the International Centre and once your application has been processed, you will receive an email inviting you to take an online language test for the language of instruction at the partner university (email sender: Erasmus+ Notification System). This is provided by the Online Linguistic Support (OLS) programme and is mandatory if you wish to receive your Erasmus+ grant. You are only exempt from participating if you are a native speaker of the language of instruction or if the required language is not available.

OLS covers the following languages:

Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovenian, Slovak, Spanish and Swedish.

Please note: If the result of your online test is below B2, you will be given access to an online language course in that language. This offer will be made automatically. Of course, you can also take part in a language course voluntarily, even if you achieve a higher test result. These language courses are also a way to learn the local language.

Our tip: Our Erasmus+ study checklist can help make sure that you have completed all the necessary steps prior to going abroad.

Flexible-Field Study Exchange Places in Networks (Utrecht Network and Arqus)

Leipzig is a member of the Utrecht Network and Arqus European University Alliance. Through these networks and the partner universities they comprise, you also have the opportunity to spend time abroad in and even beyond Europe.

Partner universities in the Utrecht Network

Country University
Austria University of Graz
France Université Lille-I
Latvia University of Riga
Lithuania Vilnius University
Netherlands Utrecht University
Norway Universitetet i Bergen
Switzerland University of Basel
Spain Complutense University of Madrid (philology only)

Partner Universities in the Arqus European University Alliance

Country University
Austria University of Graz
France Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University
Italy University of Padova
Lithuania Vilnius University
Norway Universitetet i Bergen
Poland University of Wrocław
Portugal University of Minho
Spain University of Granada

 

The Utrecht Network cooperates with other university networks around the world. This also gives you the opportunity to study in the US or Australia.

When studying abroad under this programme, you will not be required to pay tuition fees at the partner university. Once you have been admitted by the partner university, please apply for an Erasmus+ grant.

You can also combine an Erasmus+ grant with Auslands-BAföG (International BAföG) or other scholarships.

Applying for Flexible-Field Study Exchange Places in Networks (Utrecht Network and Arqus)

You can apply to up to three universities. Please find out in advance whether your desired subject is offered at the partner university. As soon as you have decided on a university, you can start your application for an exchange place. First you need to be nominated by your department, then you apply to the International Centre and finally to the partner university.

Application deadlines for periods abroad in the next academic year:

  • Stays abroad in the winter semester 2023/24 and summer semester 2024: 15 February
  • Stays abroad in the winter and summer semester (a full academic year): 15 February

To apply to study in the Utrecht Network, you first need to be nominated by your department. For this purpose, you will go through a subject-specific nomination procedure. More information about how this works and what you need to know is available from your Erasmus+ departmental coordinator. must submit your notification of nomination together with your application to the International Centre.

Once you have been nominated by your department, please apply at the International Centre. You should begin by completing the application form.

In addition to your application, you will be expected to prepare a study plan detailing what you intend to study at your chosen partner university.

You then send the above documents, in the order indicated below and as a single PDF file, in an email to the International Centre. We will make a formal selection on the basis of the documents received.

Once have submitted your application, your preferred partner universities will be informed of your nomination. Only then will those partner universities decide whether to admit you to the desired subject.

The host university will then contact you by email and provide you with information on the application process. This usually involves registering online.

No later than three months before the start of your stay, you will need to register online with the International Centre and submit your registration together with your Erasmus+ Grant Agreement. This requires the following steps:

  • Log in with your university login and complete the online registration.
    Please folow the instructions in our click guide (in german).
  • Upload the confirmation of your nomination from your Erasmus+ departmental coordinator to the portal.
  • Print out the completed registration form, sign the original and hand it in to the International Centre.
  • After approval of your registration, you will receive an e-mail with a password-protected link to your Erasmus+ grant agreement and the notification of the provisionally determined Erasmus+ financial support. Please send one signed original of the Erasmus+ grant agreement to the International Centre by post.
Postal address International Centre
Goethestraße 3–5
04109 Leipzig
Or in person International Centre
Goethestraße 6
Letter box outside room 403
04109 Leipzig

Please note: When you reach the section ”Preferred Stay Abroad” during the online registration process, please select “fachflexibel” from the subject area drop-down menu.

Practical tips on filling in your Learning Agreement

After registering online with the International Centre, you will receive an email inviting you to take an online language test for the language of instruction at the host university (email sender: Erasmus+ Notification System). This is provided by the Online Linguistic Support (OLS) programme and is mandatory if you wish to receive your Erasmus+ grant. You are only exempt from participating if you are a native speaker of the language of instruction or if the required language is not available.

OLS covers the following languages:

Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovenian, Slovak, Spanish and Swedish.

Please note: If the result of your online test is below B2, you will be given access to an online language course in that language. This offer will be made automatically. Of course, you can also take part in a language course voluntarily, even if you achieve a higher test result. These language courses are also a way to learn the local language.

Unser Tipp: Vergewissern Sie sich mit unserer Checkliste zum Erasmus+ Studium, ob Sie alle nötigen Schritte vor dem Beginn Ihres Auslandsaufenthalts erledigt haben.

Extension of the physical mobility period

You can extend your physical mobility period abroad after approval by the partner university. Please apply for an extension of more than one month at least one month before the scheduled end.

What Does Brexit Mean for Your Period Abroad in the UK?

Following the withdrawal agreement of 31 January 2020, the UK will only participate in the expiring Erasmus+ programme (2014 to 2020). It will no longer participate in the subsequent generation of the programme.

You can still apply for an Erasmus+ study period for the academic year 2023/24; to study in the United Kingdom please contact your departmental coordinator, as before.

Erasmus+ grants for studying abroad during the academic year 2022/23 end on 31 May 2023. However, you may complete the semester you began with “exchange student” status even after this date.

New visa rules from 1 January 2021:

  • No visa is required for (study-related) stays of up to 6 months (“visitor route”). German citizens may enter the country using an electronic passport (ePass).
  • A visa is required for (study-related) stays of more than 6 months at a British University (“student route”). Visa holders are also required to pay what’s called the immigration health surcharge to allow them to use the National Health Service (NHS).
  • Please note that the visa requirements for internships under the Erasmus+ programme are still unclear.

New insurance rules from 1 January 2021:

  • Although your European Health Insurance Card will remain valid, you will also need to take out travel health insurance for the duration of your stay. Please enquire with your health insurance provider and your partner university about recommendations for health insurance and additional insurance for your stay abroad.
  • A German driving licence will suffice. If requested, you will need to present a green card proving that your vehicle is insured.

Please check with your mobile phone provider what international charges apply to the UK, as EU data roaming agreements now no longer apply.

Please keep yourself informed about the current status:

Student mobility with Erasmus+ and Corona pandemic

Are you planning a stay abroad? Has the coronavirus pandemic left you feeling unsure whether you want to or are able to do this? It is difficult to predict how the situation will develop. We are aware of your concerns and are available to answer your questions.

With Erasmus+ you can combine physical and virtual mobility periods and receive financial support. For this, the partner university must offer virtual study options. The financial support starts at the beginning of the physical mobility period abroad. The duration of the study period abroad determines the amount of financial support. If you start your mobility period virtually at your home university, you receive no financial support.

You can shorten the physical mobility period abroad or replace it by a virtual period for Covid-related reasons. Please state this in your declaration. When you switch from physical to virtual mobility, whether abroad or in your home country, your financial support will be continued. When you have achieved your learning objectives in accordance with the Learning Agreement, you will receive the Erasmus+ grant as stated in your grant agreement.

The partner university confirms virtual/physical mobility periods by means of the enrolment and the end-of-study certificates. You can have your credit points recognised whether acquired during a virtual or physical mobility period.

You will find further information on this on the DAAD website.

Please inform yourself regularly about travel conditions and warnings on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

Do you have ongoing costs that are directly linked to the authorised study period abroad (e.g. rent, electricity, travel costs) even though you did not start your mobility period?
Please state this first of all in your declaration. If the costs cannot be cancelled, you can apply for a refund. Please send all the original receipts (in German or English, for any other languages please include a translation) to the International Centre with the completed refund claim form.

If you have to terminate your physical mobility period abroad early, please notify the International Centre.

Do you have ongoing costs that are directly linked to the authorised study period abroad (e.g. rent, electricity, travel costs)?
Please state this in your declaration. Regardless of whether you are still abroad or have already returned, you will receive the Erasmus+ grant as stated in your grant agreement. Warning: the amount of the grant is based solely on the current academic period (see declaration).

Do you have no further ongoing costs directly linked to the authorised exchange (e.g. rent, electricity, travel costs)?
Please state this in your declaration. In that case, you will receive the financial support for the duration of your physical and, if applicable, subsequent virtual mobility period. This will be paid according to the exact number of days of the required minimum stay (no more than 30 days per month), and beyond that, depending on the agreed funding rates, either paid to you or paid amounts claimed back.

Irrespective of the declaration please submit all further compulsory Erasmus+ study documents to the International Centre.

Student mobility with Erasmus+ to neighbouring countries of Ukraine and Russia

Do wish to terminate, postpone or cancel your physical Erasmus+ mobility in neighbouring regions of Ukraine and Russia? Since the summer semester of 2022 this is considered a case of force majeure in the Erasmus+ programme. Please fill in this declaration (PDF) if you make any changes to the course of your mobility period.

You can apply for a refund of any ongoing or incurred costs that are directly related to the authorised student mobility period (for example rent, electricity, and if applicable, allowance for high travel costs resulting from the situation). The amount of the refund cannot exceed the maximum amount of the Erasmus+ grant as provided for in the grant agreement. If the period is less than the minimum period, the financial support for the actual duration of the stay will correspond to the exact number of days. To obtain it please fill in the cost refund form (PDF).

You may continue your mobility period virtually, but no financial support can be provided.

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