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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 Instagram 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 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:

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This project was funded with support from the European Commission. The responsibility for the content of this publication lies solely with the author, i.e. the University of Bayreuth. The Commission is not liable for any further use of the information contained therein.

Reference to NA DAAD
Additional information and guidance on Erasmus+ mobility measures can be obtained from the

German Academic Exchange Service National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation (NA DAAD):
Kennedyallee 50
53115 Bonn

Phone: +49(0)800 2014 020
Fax: +49(0)228 882 555


Partner universities for student exchangeHide

Our Publisher is the interactive partner overview. All exchange opportunities are portrayed there. Please make sure to search for exchange opportunities within your study programme.

  • 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).
    Programmes 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

Sound knowledge of the language of instruction is crucial for the success of a stay abroad and must already be demonstrated at the time of application for an exchange place in the University of Bayreuth's programmes. 

The exact language requirements for your application in our exchange programmes can be found in the information on the individual universities in the MoveOn Publisher.

In addition, we have summarized the most important information on the topic of language certificates.

Application and selection processHide

1. Please apply using the appropriate application form and submit the online application.

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?

For assistance in writing your motivation letter, contact the Writing Center at the University of Bayreuth.

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"


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.
  • The grants depend on the respective target country and can be combined with BAföG benefits.

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

Information on the financing options can be found under the "Funding rates in the Erasmus+ programme generation 2021-2027 tab.

Translation of documentsHide

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.

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.

General information regarding insuranceHide
  • The participant must have sufficient insurance coverage. We recommend that you obtain supplementary international health insurance and liability insurance that will cover you in the host country. In addition, some partner institutions require specific types of insurance which must always be obtained when applying. This information can be found on the website of the relevant institution.

  • The participant has been informed that his or her national health insurance coverage with European Health Insurance generally offers basic insurance coverage for his or her stay in another EU country. However, please note that the coverage provided by the European Health Insurance Card or private insurance may be insufficient, especially if repatriation or special medical procedures are required. For such cases, supplementary private insurance may be advisable. The participant confirms that he or she has been expressly advised to check the conditions of his or her health insurance before the start of the mobility phase.

  • The participant has been informed that liability insurance covers damages caused by the participant during his or her stay abroad, regardless of whether the participant is at work or not, e.g. in the case of an internship abroad. The participant confirms that he or she has been expressly advised to check the conditions of his or her liability insurance before the start of the mobility phase.

  •  The participant has been informed that he or she must provide evidence of his or her accident insurance coverage. This insurance covers damage caused to employees by accidents at work. In many countries, employees are insured for accidents at work. The participant confirms that he or she has been informed that - if the host institution does not offer such protection - he or she is strongly advised to obtain appropriate insurance coverage prior to the start of the mobility phase.

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