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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What Does Brexit Mean for Your Erasmus+ 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.

Yes, both for studying and for internships abroad.

Studying abroad with Erasmus+

It is possible to study abroad at an Erasmus+ partner university in the UK under the usual Erasmus+ conditions (no tuition fees, Erasmus+ grant). However, a valid agreement must be in place with the relevant partner university (portal for periods abroad). For more information, please contact your Erasmus+ departmental coordinator.

Internships abroad with Erasmus+

You can also secure your Erasmus+ internship abroad at a host institution in the UK – even up to 18 months after you graduate! This will in fact still be possible until March 2023 under the usual Erasmus+ conditions.

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:

Erasmus+

Are you interested in spending three to twelve months studying at one of our partner universities in another European country? Then consider applying for an Erasmus+ grant! The Erasmus+ programme offers numerous subject-specific exchange places but also “flexible-field” study places through the Utrecht and Arqus networks, as well as financial support for your studies abroad.

Would you like to know how to fund your period abroad under Erasmus+ and what you need to do for this?

  • As an Erasmus+ student you are not required to pay tuition fees at the partner university.
  • You apply for Erasmus+ funding when applying online to the International Centre.
  • Your Erasmus+ funding depends on the duration of your stay and the country of destination.
  • The maximum funding period for bachelor’s and master’s students is twelve months each.
  • For State Examination and Diplom degree programmes, the maximum funding period is 24 months.
  • You can use your Erasmus+ “allowance” flexibly for Erasmus+ studies and/or Erasmus+ internships.

Please note: Spending time abroad under the Erasmus+ programme is possible with financial support, without financial support (no Erasmus+ funding), or with partial support. Leipzig University makes decisions in this respect based on the budget it has at its disposal.

Financial Support According to Length of Stay

For periods abroad ending after 30 September 2019

Length of stay

Grant possible for

From 3 months,
but less than 3 months and 15 days

3 months

From 3 months and 15 days,
but less than 4 months

3.5 months

From 4 months,
but less than 4 months and 15 days

4 months

From 4 months and 15 days,
but less than 5 months

4.5 months

etc.

etc.

From 10 months to a maximum of 12 months

10 months

The length of your stay is determined by when you enrol and the certificate issued by your host university at the end of your time as an Erasmus+ student.

Financial Support According to Country of Destination

This table lists the financial support per country group for stays ending after 30 September 2019. You specify the exact end of your stay when registering.

Country group 1: €450/month Dänemark, Finnland, Irland, Island, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Norwegen, Schweden, Vereinigtes Königreich
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

If you are planning to study in Switzerland, funding is provided by the Swiss European Mobility Programme (SEMP). Each Swiss university is independently responsible for this programme. You should therefore contact your potential host university in Switzerland.

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

Special Funding

Students with a disability or parents with children can apply for special funds at the International Centre. The special funding is paid in addition to the regular grant rates. Please refer to the above table for the country groupings.

Please submit the following applications to the International Centre so that we can approve your grant application:

 

Disabled students should submit the following grant application to the DAAD (copy to the International Centre):

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • In addition to the online registration, you will need to complete the Erasmus+ Grant Agreement. Please also send the signed original (two copies) to the International Centre. We will send you a countersigned original by post before the start of your Erasmus+ study visit.
Postal address International Centre
Goethestraße 3–5
04109 Leipzig
Or in person Letter box for time-sensitive documents
Goethestraße 6
04109 Leipzig
How to register online for funding for a stay abroad

The Learning Agreement forms the basis for your Erasmus+ study visit. It is important for recognising the academic achievements you earn abroad. Please begin by filling in your Learning Agreement as soon as possible so that you can obtain all necessary signatures before you go abroad. Our video explains how to complete your Learning Agreement.

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.

France Université Lille-I
Latvia University of Riga
Lithuania Vilnius University
Netherlands Utrecht University
Austria University of Graz
Switzerland University of Basel
Spain Complutense University of Madrid (philology only)
United Kingdom University of Hull (exceptions: Medicine, Psychology, Law)

Partner Universities in the Arqus European University Alliance

France University of Lyon
Lithuania Vilnius University
Italy University of Padova
Norway University of Bergen (exceptions: Medicine, Art History, Art Teaching and Music)
Austria University of Graz
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: 15 February
  • Stays abroad in the winter and summer semester (a full academic year): 15 February
  • Stays abroad in the summer semester: 15 July

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.
  • 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.
  • In addition to the online registration, you will need to complete the Erasmus+ Grant Agreement. Please also send the signed original (two copies) to the International Centre. We will send you a countersigned original by post before the start of your Erasmus+ study visit.
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.

The Learning Agreement forms the basis for your Erasmus+ study visit. It is important for recognising the academic achievements you earn abroad. Please begin by filling in your Learning Agreement as soon as possible so that you can obtain all necessary signatures before you go abroad. Our video explains how to complete your Learning Agreement.

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.

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