Study Abroad within Europe with Erasmus+

 

Erasmus+, the EU support program for general and professional education training, youth and sport, provides new perspectives in the years from 2014 to 2020 for the mobility of students and, doing so, supports young people and learners in the acquisition of competencies relevant for their work and intercultural skills. In this regard, Erasmus+ supports the cooperative European and international education and training efforts and assists the participating countries in the modernization of their education and training systems.

Currently, the 27 Member States of the EU, as well as Great Britian, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Turkey and Macedonia participate in Erasmus+. These states represent the "program countries". One of the new aspects in the Erasmus+ program consists of the fact that by now there are also numerous support options for exchange program with institutions in the field of university education from so-called "partner countries", such as for instance Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina or Israel.

For whom is the programme intended?

The programme is intended for students who have completed their first year of studies and plan to take studies abroad extending from 3 to 12 months at a partner university of the IPU Berlin. For Bachelor students interested in this option, it is recommended that they complete a stay abroad in their 5th or 6th semester of studies, while a study abroad in their 3rd or 4th semester is recommended for Master students. Other stays abroad are also possible, however they require more precise consultation and agreement.

What are the benefits of the program?

  • You receive a mobility grant for the duration of the studies abroad.
  • Your study achievements completed abroad will be recognized academically at the IPU Berlin by means of a Learning Agreement and ECTS credit points.
  • You only continue to pay your study fees at the IPU Berlin, with the study fees at the host university being waived thanks to the Erasmus+ programme.

Depending on the specific country group, study stays can be supported with currently €330 to €450 monthly. (as by 03/2020)

The financial support from Erasmus+ for study stays is based on the various living costs in the target countries ("program countries").

  • Country Group 1 (€450 monthly): Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom
  • Country Group 2 (€390 monthly): Belgium, France, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus
  • Country Group 3 (€330 monthly): Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Rumania, Slovakia, Former Jugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary
  • Stays abroad for study purposes in Bosnia-Herzegovina are currently supported with €700 monthly and a lump sum of €275 for travel costs.

Follow the link for a Listing of partner universities of the IPU Berlin, together with some initial information about the options for exchange places.

For the winter semester: January 31st, 12pm (application has to reach the International Office)
For the summer semester: July 31st, 12pm (application has to reach the International Office)

In the event that some unfilled places are still available after the expiry of the deadlines, a recall and succession procedure is initiated.

  • Completed application form
  • English résumé/CV in a tabular form
  • Letter of motivation in English: Provide a brief outline (max. 1 A4 page) of why you have decided on the planned stay abroad, the aims you intend to pursue doing so, and how the stay is integrated into your study progress.
  • Certificate of Enrolment
  • Current Transcript of Records Overview of study achievements to date
  • Language Certificate: The language certificate must be issued for the working language of the host university and may be submitted later.

Further documents can be required from the student subsequently, depending on the host university.

The IPU's International Office accepts the applications and assesses the applicants' eligibility for support on the basis of formal aspects and factors. In case that the number of applications exceeds the number of places available for studies abroad, a commission appointed by the executive board of the university meets and conducts a ranking of the applicants.

The following criteria are taken into consideration:

  • Study achievements to date
  • Significance and purpose of the stay abroad
  • Letter of motivation

Documents to be submitted by the students to the International Office

  • Acceptance Declaration
  • Learning Agreement (available in the International Office)
  • Erasmus+ Grant Agreement (available in the International Office)
  • Language Certificate (invitation to online-based language test via email)
  • Proof of health, accident and third-party liability insurance coverage
  • Arrival Certificate (this triggers the payment of the first support amount)
  • A modified Learning Agreement as required (in the event that courses are not offered at the host university)
  • Signed Letter of Confirmation
  • Transcript of Records (submission of the original document approx. 6 weeks after return)
  • Report for the International Office (offline)
  • Report for the DAAD (online, following a written request by email)
  • Academic recognition of the course(s)

Note

Students have to achieve at least 15 ECTS credit points at the host university
 and least one course has to be recognized at the IPU Berlin.

Application Form Erasmus+ Studies
Acceptance Declaration
Arrival Certificate Erasmus+ Studies
Letter of Confirmation Erasmus+ Studies
Extension Application