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ERASMUS+ Programme

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Erasmus+ is the EU Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. Erasmus+ integrates the former EU programmes for Lifelong Learning, Youth and Sport and the European cooperation programmes in higher education. ERASMUS+ has a budget of around 14.8 billion Euros. More than 4 million people will benefit from this EU funding until 2020. The seven-year programme is intended to improve skills and employability and further the modernisation of education, vocational training and youth systems. You can find more information on Erasmus+ on the website of the European Commission.

The funding will strengthen mobility within Europe and - from 2015 - to a lesser extent also with other parts of the world. By the year 2020, around 2 million students are expected to benefit... [click here for further information]
... from Erasmus+, including over a quarter of a million people from Germany. The programme is open to students in any study cycle, including doctoral students, who wish to do an internship abroad or pursue part of their studies abroad. Students on a Bachelor, Master or Doctoral degree can apply for up to 12 months of funding. To make the programme more attractive financially, the monthly mobility grant is going to be increased, in particular in guest countries with a higher cost of living. It will also be possible to do an internship after graduation. Furthermore, Erasmus+ offers a low-interest loan for students wishing to do a Master?s degree in Europe. The former Erasmus Mundus Excellence Programme, which funded outstanding students throughout their selected joint European Master's Programmes, will be continued under Erasmus+.

In addition, Erasmus+ contributes to the internationalisation of universities by funding short-term lectureships and training abroad for academic and administrative staff. The university can also invite staff for a teaching leave from enterprises from abroad. In addition the university can now participate in multilateral strategic partnerships with other European partners (including non academic actors) to develop innovative projects (e.g. in curriculum development or on cross-cutting educational themes). Erasmus+ provides funding for the cooperation with business in the new "Knowledge Alliances". Universities wishing to engage in building facilities in developing countries can do this within the Programme's international university partnerships.

The funding for most of the mobility measures and the strategic partnerships are granted by the national agencies of the 33 participating countries (28 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway, Turkey). In Germany, the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) has taken on this role. Further information and advice on the Erasmus+ mobility measures is available here:
National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation
Kennedyallee 50
53115 Bonn
Phone: +49(0)228/882-8877
Fax: +49(0)228/882-555

Every university wishing to participate in or apply for the new programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport for 2014-2020 must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE).

The ECHE is awarded by the European Commission. This certifies that a university has fulfilled all criteria to successfully participate in the Erasmus+ Programme.

The International Office coordinates the ERASMUS Programme at Bielefeld University.

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ERASMUS+ funds 3 key actions:


Key Action 1: Mobility

+   Mobility of individuals [in German] +   ERASMUS+ Mobility with Partner Countries beyond Europe

+   Mobility in joint Master's Degree Courses [in German]

+   ERASMUS+ Master's student loan [in German]


Key Action 2: Partnerships and cooperation projects

+   Strategic Partnerships [in German]

+   International Partnerships [in German]

+   Knowledge Alliances [in German]


Key Action 3: Support for Policy Reform

+   Further information in German

Further funding initiatives of Erasmus+


Jean Monnet

+   Further information in German


+   Further information in German

If you would like to build an ERASMUS cooperation with another European university or if you have any questions about the ERASMUS Programme please contact the following members of staff:

  • Karin Kruse, ERASMUS-Coordinator
  • Sabine Scheuer, responsible for international ERASMUS Students ("Incomings")
  • Monika Bokermann, responsible for ERASMUS Students from Bielefeld ("Outgoings")
  • ERASMUS−code: D BIELEFE 01
  • EUC−Number: 29885


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