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Studying abroad with Erasmus+

HKA has concluded cooperation agreements with almost 100 universities in 27 European countries as part of the Erasmus+ program. This means that you can receive funding from EU funds for an exchange semester at one of these partner universities. 

Who can apply?

You can receive Erasmus+ funding if ...

  • you have completed the first year of your studies
  • HKA and the host university have concluded an Erasmus cooperation agreement
  • you have agreed on a so-called Learning Agreement with the coordinator of your study program,  thus guaranteeing academic recognition of the study credits received abroad

You can find out from our database of exchange opportunities with which universities in the Erasmus program countries such bilateral agreements exist for given subject areas and study cycles (Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate), which means that Erasmus funding is generally possible. Selection criteria are study progress and foreign language skills. A detailed list of criteria for funding with fewer opportunities can be found here.
The deadline for applying for the "Social Top Up" is June 30 for the following academic year (winter semester and summer semester).

What is funded?

You will receive ...

  • a monthly grant of 490 - 600 €, depending on the country of destination
  • a waiver of fees for tuition, registration, examination, laboratory and library use at the host university
  • support for the preparation and implementation of the stay abroad (cultural, linguistic, organizational)
  • if applicable, an online language course funded by Erasmus+ within the framework of Online Linguistic Support (OLS)
  • if applicable, special grants for a stay abroad with children
  • if applicable, special grants for special needs
  • Extraordinary costs for so-called expensive travel by Green Travel Point 4: If the travel allowance according to the distance category does not cover min. 70% of the real travel costs for sustainable travel, participants can be reimbursed 80% of the real costs for sustainable travel. Details can be found on this website.

Grant length and deadlines

An Erasmus+ study period can last between three months and twelve months. In total, students can be funded for up to 12 months per study cycle (Bachelor, Master or PhD) for study and / or internship. It is possible to split up and make use of the funding more than once within a study cycle, e.g. twice for six months each.

Deadlines: Applications and expressions of interest will be accepted until February 15 for the upcoming winter semester and September 15 for the upcoming summer semester, and subject to space availability and nomination deadlines at partner universities. The selection is made in consultation with the study abroad coordinators of the study programs

Erasmus+ also allows a combination of study and internship: Students can thus study at a university on the one hand and complete an internship in a company or other institution within the same mobility period on the other.


Your contact person for funding a study period abroad through Erasmus+ is Hannes Schwarz at the International Office of HKA.

General information on studying abroad with Erasmus+ can be found here on the pages of the National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation.

You can also contact the National Agency for general questions and suggestions. You can reach them via their information hotline at 0800 2014 020 or via  erasmusspam prevention@daad.de