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Study visit within Europe

Erasmus+ is a European Commission programme to encourage student mobility in Europe. Students who successfully apply are exempt from tuition fees at the host university and also receive a financial subsidy. This video provides an overview of Erasmus+.

Our information sessions give you the opportunity to learn more about the conditions and regulations of the Erasmus+ programme. You can find the dates in our calendar of events and on our Facebook page.

General tips and tricks for studying abroad can be found in the DAAD brochure.

Information on the Erasmus+ programmeHide

Erasmus+ (2014-2020), the European Union's programme for education, training, young people, and sports, was launched in January 2014. Under the familiar name ERASMUS, the programme line for higher education supports stays abroad for students, doctoral researchers, teaching staff, and non-academic staff in Europe and worldwide. The programme thus helps establish a European Higher Education Area as part of the Bologna Process. Requirements for the Erasmus+ programme include a valid ERASMUS Charter for Higher Education and the commitment to the 02-ERASMUS Policy Statement.

The Erasmus+ programme currently covers 28 countries and 319 universities: all EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Turkey. Erasmus cooperation agreements are subject-specific exchange agreements. Here you will find information on the Erasmus cooperation agreements in the individual subject areas.

Important: As of 2014/15, Switzerland no longer participates in the Erasmus+ programme. However, it is possible to study abroad in Switzerland. Grants for study visits to one of our Swiss partner universities are provided by the host university using funds from the Swiss government. For further information, please contact the host institution.

Fostering language skills and language learning is another important objective of Erasmus+.
Erasmus+ helps mobile students to acquire and improve their command of working and/or national languages. The Online Language Support (OLS) system includes both a language test (before and after mobility) and a language course.

Equal opportunities are at the heart of the Erasmus+ programme. The NA (National Agency) DAAD is also committed to equal treatment of people with disabilities. Since 1999, the DAAD has therefore been encouraging the mobility of participants with disabilities in the Erasmus+ programme.

Students who are supported by Erasmus+ for a visit abroad and will be travelling abroad with their child/children can apply for an additional monthly lump sum via their university.

Under the links below, you will find Erasmus+ videos explaining the history of Erasmus:

Partner universities for student exchangeHide

Here you can find all partner institutions of the University of Bayreuth and read reports written by other students.
An overview of the semester periods is intend to support you in choosing the right institution.

  • You are enrolled as a regular student at the University of Bayreuth.
    Exchange students are not eligible to participate in the Erasmus+ programme.
  • You have not yet exhausted your maximum Erasmus allocation.
    Up to 12 months can be funded per study phase (BA, MA, PhD).
    Programme that lead to state examinations (e.g. law, teaching) are allocated 24 months.
  • There is a contract between the University of Bayreuth and the host institution in your field of study.

Please note that the above points are requirements of the Erasmus+ programme. Your department may have defined further admission requirements.

Language requirementsHide

In order to guarantee that students can follow lectures at the partner universities, we expect the following language skills at the time of application or nomination at the partner university:

By taking the free DAAD test, which is offered twice a year by the UBT Language Centre, you can obtain a corresponding language certificate. Further information on the DAAD test and the registration periods can be found on the website of the Language Centre.

The successful completion of language courses at the appropriate level is also sufficient proof of language proficiency.

Please note: An Abitur certificate is not sufficient proof of language level.

Application and selection processHide

1. Please apply using the appropriate application form and submit the printed application as a PDF file from MoveOn and the letter of motivation to the International Office in due time:
ZUV, Room 1.89, attn. Anna Lehnig

2. For the Erasmus applicants, the representatives of the relevant degree programmes decide on the distribution of available places.

3. The International Office will offer you a place at a partner institution. You decide whether to accept the offer.

4. UBT’s nomination for study at the partner university is only a suggestion and requires the final approval of the partner university. Please note that UBT nominations may be rejected by the partner institution at any time for various reasons.

5. Please apply to the partner university in due form and time.


6. Once you have received the Letter of Acceptance from the partner university, you can start planning your stay. Please note the information on general safety precautions in your host country.

When writing a letter of motivation for your Erasmus application, please note the following information:

Contents of the letter of motivation (1 page in length; line spacing 1.15; font size 12, free form if you wish):

  • Why do you want to study at that institution in particular?
  • Why do you want to study in that country in particular?
  • What do you hope to learn and how does this stay abroad fit into your life and career planning?
  • How do you intend to represent the University of Bayreuth abroad?

If you apply but do not receive a place in the first round, you can apply for remaining study places in the second round. 

Further rounds of remaining study places will follow for new and previously unsuccessful applicants.

You can find a more detailed description of the application process under the tab "General application process"

Certificate of Advanced Intercultural AwarenessHide

We offer all participants in the exchange programme the opportunity to acquire a Certificate of Advanced Intercultural Awareness. There are many ways to ensure that future generations of students can start their semester abroad with the best possible information.

In order to receive the certificate, the following must be completed:

  • Feedback interview in the International Office directly after returning from abroad
  • Participation in the International Day (WS) or Homecoming Event (SS)

In addition, one of the following must be completed:

  • Giving a presentation at one of the information sessions
  • Posting to the International Office’s Instagram or Facebook page

If you have any questions on this topic, please do not hesitate to contact the Outgoing Team:



Through the partnership contracts in the Erasmus+ programme, each exchange place is linked to financial support. There is no need for a separate application for financing.

The following are included in Erasmus:

  • Waiver of the tuition fees at the host institution.
  • Students with children can also receive a specific grant to cover additional costs within the framework of an Erasmus stay.
  • Students with disabilities can also receive a specific grant to cover additional costs within the framework of an ERASMUS stay.

The Erasmus programme funding generally runs for one semester. Stays of more than two semesters are also possible.

Information on additional financing options can be found under the "Financing tab.

Important documents for your Erasmus+ study visit Hide

Information materials

This information is relevant to you as soon as you have accepted a study place.

You will need the following documents to apply for Erasmus funding:

Sample Erasmus+ grant agreement forms:

Please note:
If you need an English translation of your Transcript or Degree Certificate, please use our template to complete the translation yourself. Submit the original and the translation to our translator Daniel Mook for review
(ZUV, Room 0.11.4).

Transferring credits for courses completed abroadHide

The International Office is not responsible for the transfer of credits you earn while you are abroad. The procedure differs from study programme to study programme. As a rule, you should contact your programme coordinator, Erasmus coordinator or the chair.

In any case, a learning agreement is mandatory. While you are abroad, you will earn at least 20 ECTS points. In principle, it is advisable to take on the same level of coursework at the host institution as local students.

For business studies, economics and P&E, the departments have developed a procedure for the crediting of foreign academic achievements.

Information on the crediting models can be found here:

Short visits - Summer / Winter SchoolsHide

Summer / Winter Schools offer you the opportunity to gain experience abroad during a short stay at a foreign university. The application, organization and financing of the stay is the student’s own responsibility. They are not included in the Erasmus+ programme. An overview of the most important facts about short stays can be found in the DAAD brochure.

Summer / Winter Schools usually take place during the semester break, allowing them to be easily integrated into the general course of studies. ECTS points can often also be earned during Summer / Winter Schools.

In our 'Current Information' section we publish current offers for Summer Schools, Winter Schools and language stays abroad.

Reading about the experiences other students have had can help you make your own decision about where to spend your time abroad. Here you can find the Personal reports.

FAQs for Erasmus exchanges

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