ERASMUS+ (I13086-1)

ERASMUS+ is the European Union's programme for education, youth and sport. The previous EU programmes for lifelong learning, youth and sport, as well as the European university cooperation programme, are combined in ERASMUS+.

At the end of the first year of their university course, students can study at a European university in another country participating in the programme in order to expand their social and cultural skills and improve their career perspectives. They get to know the academic system in a foreign university including the methods of teaching and learning. To do so, students can apply for an ERASMUS scholarship.

Furtwangen University participates in the ERASMUS+ programme

HFU ERASMUS Coordinator: Brigitte Minderlein
ERASMUS Charter for Higher Education 2021-2027 (ECHE) Download file:ECHE Furtwangen University
European Policy Statement (EPS) Download file:EPS Furtwangen University

Contact person for general complaints regarding ERASMUS programme is the Internal link opens in the same window:Vice-President International and Executive Learning.

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General information about the ERASMUS+ Programme starting 2021

Erasmus+ is the EU programme for the promotion of education, training, youth and sport in Europe.

It has a budget of approximately €26.2 billion. This is almost twice as much as for its predecessor programme (2014-2020).

The 2021-2027 programme focuses on social inclusion, the green and digital transformation, and promoting young people's participation in democratic life.

It supports priorities and activities set out in the European Education Area, the Digital Education Action Plan and the European Skills Agenda.
The programme:

  • supports the European pillar of social rights
  • implements the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027, and
  • promotes the European dimension of sport.

Funding will primarily strengthen mobility within Europe and, to a lesser extent, with other parts of the world. Students in all study cycles up to and including doctoral studies who wish to undertake partial studies or internships abroad are included. Students can be funded for up to 12 months in each of the Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral cycles.

Erasmus+ also contributes to the further internationalisation of the universities by funding short-term lectureships and further training stays for teaching and administrative staff. Furthermore, universities can invite corporate staff from abroad for teaching visits and now also participate in multilateral Strategic Partnerships with other European partners (also from the non-academic sector) and jointly develop innovative projects (e.g. in the field of curriculum development or on cross-educational topics).

Funding for most mobility measures is awarded by the National Agencies in the programme countries (all EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, FYR Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Turkey). In Germany, as previously, this task is performed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Under the umbrella of Erasmus+ the EU education programme, the following mobility measures are funded in the higher education sector:

  • Study abroad for Students (SMS)
  • Internship abroad for students (SMP)
  • Mobility of teachers (STA)
  • Staff Mobility (STT)

With Erasmus+, students can complete stays in programme countries in other European countries during each phase of their studies:

  • Up to twelve months each for Bachelor's, Master's, PhD, or 24 months for single-course programs (state exams, etc.).
  • Study stays in other European countries of 3-12 months each (also multiple).
  • Internships in other European countries of 2-12 months each (also multiple).

Note on special funding
Erasmus+ aims to promote equal opportunities and inclusion, for this reason access to the programme is facilitated for learners from disadvantaged backgrounds (this applies in Germany in the Erasmus+ programme for single parents during study abroad) and with special needs.

Special support for participants with disabilities
Useful information on universities with disabilities from the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education: External link opens in a new

Special support for students with a child as a lump sum.
Students who take their child/children with them to the Erasmus+ study visit in a programme country and who are single parents there during the Erasmus+ mobility can receive special funding as a lump sum. The maximum monthly funding amount is given by three country groups.
Reporting obligation
All beneficiaries who have participated in an Erasmus+ mobility measure are obliged to prepare a Beneficiary Tool report (if available) and submit it together with relevant supporting documents (e.g. on the duration of the stay) by 4 weeks after the end of the measure at the latest. If documentation is not received by the deadline, a 3-step reminder process will go into effect. If the documents are still missing, the ERASMUS+ grant must be partially or completely repaid, see the corresponding notes in the fields "Documents and Finances".

Note on data protection

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Information on the DAAD
For further information and advice on Erasmus+ mobility measures, please contact:

German Academic Exchange Service
National Agency for EU-University Cooperation
Kennedyallee 50
53115 Bonn

Phone: +49(0)228/882-8877
Fax: +49(0)228/882-555
Email: Email application is started:erasmus(at)
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