Study abroad with Erasmus+
With the Erasmus+ program, students of the HfMDK can be supported in their studies or internships in other European countries. The university has signed contracts with partner universities and thus enables the exchange of students via Erasmus+.
Erasmus+ studies at other European universities are also possible in principle, but must be coordinated with the International Office at an early stage.
Students who study with Erasmus+ for a semester or an academic year at a partner university (minimum 2 months, maximum 12 months) enjoy the following benefits:
- academic recognition of credits earned abroad
- Exemption from tuition fees at the host university
- Support for additional costs incurred abroad
- Support in preparation (cultural, linguistic, organizational)
- Special grants for students with children
- Special grants for students with disabilities
Students can receive multiple grants in each study cycle (bachelor, master, doctorate).
- Twelve months of funding can be provided per study cycle.
- In single-cycle programs (state examination, diploma, etc.) 24 months can be funded.
What requirements do I have to fulfill for an Erasmus study abroad program?
- regular enrollment at a German university
- Completion of the first year of study
- Study stay at a partner university with which the home university has concluded an Erasmus cooperation agreement (inter-institutional agreement)
- Home and host university have a valid Erasmus University Charter (ECHE)
How often and for how long can I go abroad?
With Erasmus+ you can complete stays in the program countries of Erasmus+ in Europe during each phase of your studies:
- Up to twelve months each for Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate, or 24 months for single-course programs (state exams, etc.).
- Study stays in other European countries of 2-12 months each (also multiple)
- Internships in other European countries of 2-12 months each (also multiple)
- Internships within one year after completion of a study phase (graduate internships), if the application was made within the last year of the study phase.
How much is the financial support?
The financial support for Erasmus+ student stays is based on the different costs of living in the destination countries ("program countries"). As of the project year 2014, the following minimum amounts apply across Europe for three country groups for study visits (SMS):
- Group 1 (600 euros per month): Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden
- Group 2 (540 euros per month): Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain
- Group 3 (490 euros per month): Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Republic of Northern Macedonia, Turkey
Erasmus+ interns will receive an additional 150 euros per month, i.e. 750 euros in group 1, 690 euros in group 2 and 540 euros in group 3.
Additional financial support
Erasmus+ aims to promote equal opportunities and inclusion. For this reason, access to the program is facilitated for learners from disadvantaged backgrounds (this applies in Germany in the Erasmus+ program for single parents during the study abroad) and learners with special needs.
Special support for participants with disabilities or chronic illnesses
You can find useful information from the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education on universities which are disabled friendly here: www.european-agency.org.
Special support for students with a child
Students who take their child/children with them on 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 determined by three country groups.
Special support for working students and graduates, who cannot continue their work during the stay abroad, under certain conditions
Special support for students with a non-academic family background
For more informatiom visit Zusatzförderung für Teilnehmende mit geringeren Chancen – Nationale Agentur für Erasmus+ Hochschulzusammenarbeit - DAAD.
"Green travel means travel that uses low-emission means of transportation such as bus, rail, or carpooling for the majority of the trip"
- 50 Euro top-up for travel costs
- additional financially supported days, if sustainable travel takes more time
For more information visit Fördermöglichkeiten für „Green Travel“ – Nationale Agentur für Erasmus+ Hochschulzusammenarbeit - DAAD.
How do I apply?
The partner university selects the applicants who wish to study at a partner university. In addition to the application forms, which are available at the International Office, a sample of the applicants' work (audio and/or video) also serves as a quality assurance instrument. Information on this can be obtained from the International Office of the HfMDK.
- Application form
- Learning Agreement (incl. the courses/classes/subjects you have selected)
- Letter of motivation
- Curriculum Vitae (up to the end of 2022, short/tabular)
- Work sample with 3 pieces, or portfolio in case of theatre directing
The application form and the learning agreement are available at the International Office.
Please also check the websites of the partner universities:
- Is additional information required (e.g. transcript or letters of recommendation)?
- Please check whether you need to submit the application in paper form or online.
- Only relevant for applicants to SS 2024: Does the university offer a second application deadline for the summer semester? Even then, the International Office must receive the application form by February 15, 2023. However, a later date can be arranged for the remaining documents and the work sample.
for an ERASMUS study visit in the academic year 2023/24 is February 15, 2023!
Do I need a language test or language course?
The European Commission provides an online language test for a majority of European languages. This is mandatory for all students/graduates to take in the working language both after selection/before the start of the mobility and after the end of the stay. However, it is not a selection criterion for funding in the Erasmus+ program and does not apply to native speakers.
Online language courses are also available for these languages. Each university receives a certain number of licenses which it can pass on to the selected Erasmus+ outgoing students. The prerequisite for this is the completion of the language test.
What is the final report?
All funded students who stayed abroad under the Erasmus+ mobility program are required to prepare a Mobility Tool Plus report upon completion of their stay and submit it together with relevant supporting documents (e.g. on the duration of stay).
Forms and Documents
Manual for the Erasmus+ study abroad program
AEC-Form Outgoing Students (Application form)
(Required only if the partner university does not offer an online application or does not have its own forms).
(submit to the International Office by February 15)
Learning Agreement Outgoing Students
(Required only if the partner university does not offer an online application or does not have its own forms). Please fill out only the first page (before mobility). You will find a detailed explanation in the instructions.