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.
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.
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").
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.
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: