Erasmus+ funding for studies in Europe
What can Erasmus+ offer me?
The Erasmus+ programme offers students a total of 12 months per study cycle (Bachelor, Master) or 24 months for diploma programmes. You can complete as many study and work placements as you like within this framework. The maximum participation period always refers to the study cycle, not the subject.
If you have already completed a Bachelor's degree and are now completing a second Bachelor's degree, you can only participate in the Erasmus+ programme if you have not yet used up your Erasmus+ contingent in the first Bachelor's degree. If you have already received Erasmus+ funding for 12 months in your first bachelor's degree programme, you cannot participate in the Erasmus+ programme again in your second bachelor's degree programme.
You can participate in the Erasmus+ Programme several times per study cycle, regardless of the type of mobility activity (traineeship or study). However, the minimum duration of each mobility activity must be respected.
The Erasmus+ contingent available to you is generally considered an eligible period for the purposes of the Erasmus+ programme. At the h_da, the period of financial support through the mobility grant is limited to 120 days for semesters abroad.
Erasmus+ Charter for Students
The rights and obligations of students in the Erasmus+ programme can be found in the "Erasmus+ Charter for Students".
What you need to know:
- Funding your study abroad
- How long can a study abroad programme be funded by Erasmus+?
- How do I calculate my total Erasmus+ eligible period?
- When will I receive the mobility grant?
- How do I calculate my final payment?
- Repaying or reclaiming the mobility grant
- What does "Zero Grant" mean?
- Grant Agreement
- Special funding
1. Funding your studies abroad
Study stays within the Erasmus+ programme take place for one or two semesters at a European partner university.
For your semester abroad with the Erasmus+ programme, you will receive an Erasmus+ grant, the so-called "mobility grant", to support you with the additional costs incurred abroad during your stay. The amount of the respective grant depends on the individual destination country.
The countries participating in the Erasmus+ programme are divided into a total of three country groups according to the levl of local living costs:
Mobility grant academic year 2022/23*
Mobility grant Project 2021
Mobility grant Project 2022
Country group 1
Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden; Partner countries from Region 14 (Faeroe Islands, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Country group 2
Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands , Austria, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus; Partner countries from Region 13 (Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican)
Country group 3
Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slowenia, Northern Macedonia, Turkey, Czech Republic, Hungary
All data subject to reservation and corresponding allocation of funds by the EU Commission.
* Due to the availability of funds and in order to make the best possible use of all funds, the International Office of h_da funds mobilities within the Erasmus+ programme depending on the type of mobility with different projects. The conditions and rates of the respective funding project apply.
2. How long can a study abroad programme be funded by Erasmus+?
The Erasmus+ mobility grant at the h_da has been limited to 120 days (4 months) for semesters abroad since the academic year 2019/20. Periods of stay that exceed this limit are counted as a so-called "zero-grant period". However, you retain the status of an Erasmus+ student. Your Erasmus+ quota of 12 months per study cycle will be reduced by the confirmed total period (period of financial support plus zero-grant period).
BAföG recipients can also receive Erasmus+ funding.
3. How do I calculate the period eligible for Erasmus+?
- Start date: first day you are present at your host university for study purposes or introduction days.
- End date: last day you are present at your host university for study purposes.
- Start date and end date can only be weekend or public holidays in exceptional cases.
- Full months are counted as 30 days and additional days are added.
- Funding is limited to 120 days.
- If your semester abroad lasts less than 120 days, you will receive funding for the confirmed total period on a daily basis.
- If your semester abroad is longer than 120 days, you will receive the financial support for a maximum of 120 days and the exceeding period will be counted as a "Zero Grant Period". This “Zero Grant Period” will be added to your Erasmus+ mobility grant. This way your Erasmus+ contingent of 12 months per study cycle will be reduced by the confirmed total period of your stay (financial support period plus Zero Grant Period).
4. When will I receive the mobility grant?
The Erasmus+ Mobility Grant is usually paid in two payments:
- In the first payment, you will receive 75% of the total funding amount. The funding is usually paid out before the start of your stay abroad, as soon as all the required documents have been signed and submitted completely.
- In a second payment (final payment), the retained 25% of the funding amount will be paid as soon as all required final documents have been submitted completely. The second payment will be made after the end of your stay abroad when you have returned.
5. How can I calculate my final payment?
The Confirmation of Stay signed of the partner university forms the basis for the calculation of the completion rate. For this purpose, the confirmed period of stay is compared with the period of financial support of a maximum of 120 days and may result in the following consequences:
- The confirmed period of stay is equal to the period of financial support of a maximum of 120 days.
- You will receive the retained 25% of the mobility grant as a final instalment.
- The confirmed period of stay is longer than the period of financial support of a maximum of 120 days
- As the financial support is limited to 120 days, you will receive the retained 25% of the mobility grant as a final instalment. The period exceeding the 120 days is defined as a "Zero Grant Period" and is counted as part of the Erasmus+ mobility phase.
- The confirmed period of stay is shorter than the period of financial support of a maximum of 120 days
- Your final instalment will be reduced according to the number of days by which your confirmed stay is shorter than 120 days. If necessary, you might be asked to pay back the amount of funding you received that exceeds your actual period of stay. The minimum duration for Erasmus+ semesters abroad (3 months) must not be undercut, otherwise the entire grant must be paid back.
You can find the general participation requirements and eligibility conditions here.
6. Repaying or reclaiming the mobility grant
Mobility grants that you have not been used in accordance with the contract Grant Agreements (sample contract) must be paid back.
By accepting the mobility grant, you undertake to submit the required documents promptly and within the specified deadlines. If you do not comply with this obligation by the specified deadline despite being asked at least twice, the funding commitment will expire and you will have to repay the entire mobility grant.
The "Zero Grant Period" are days or periods of stay that a student participates in the Erasmus+ programme in but does not receive a mobility grant for.
All Erasmus+ eligibility conditions must be fulfilled. Your Erasmus+ contingent of 12 months per study cycle is always reduced by the total confirmed period of stay (i.e. financially eligible period plus zero-grant period).
8. Grant Agreement
The Grant Agreement forms the contractual and financial basis of the stay abroad and must therefore be submitted in the original. It contains, among other things, the duration of the funding period, the reporting obligations of the grantees as well as the intended financial Erasmus+ funding and the method of payment.
Equal opportunities and inclusion are key concerns in the Erasmus+ programme. Students with disabilities or with children can apply for special funding to finance their stay abroad.
- for participants with disabilities
Students and graduates with a Degree of Disability ("Grad der Behinderung (GdB)") of at least 30 who receive funding for a study or internship abroad through Erasmus+ can receive additional funding through the Hochschule Darmstadt.
Depending on your financial needs, you will either receive a flat rate grant (from a GdB of at least 30) or submit an independent application ("long application") (from a GdB of at least 50).
- for participants with children
Students who are funded for a stay abroad through Erasmus+ and travel abroad with their child/children can apply for a monthly rate which is paid in addition to the regular Erasmus+ funding rate.
When preparing your Erasmus+ stay, we ask you to inform us about your situation and to estimate the additional costs that are likely to occur during your Erasmus+ mobility or in the host country. Please contact email@example.com for this purpose.
Personal data are confidential and will only be processed in accordance with the respective federal laws to the extent necessary for your application and your participation in the Erasmus+ programme.
General information can be found on the website of the DAAD National Agency (NA DAAD).
You are also welcome to take a look at the European platform (https://inclusivemobility.eu/ ) on inclusion and support services offered by higher education institutions, national agencies and ministries of education for international students.
Top-ups for travelling sustainably
Students can receive a one-off €50 for sustainable travel. You must travel to your host institution by bus, train and/or carpool. In addition, up to 4 additional days of travel can be funded as days of stay.
This top-up for environmentally friendly travel can also be combined with the special funding.
As proof of environmentally friendly travel, you must sign a declaration on your honour.
Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst (DAAD)
Nationale Agentur für EU-Hochschulzusammenarbeit
Tel.: +49(0)800 2014 020 Fax: +49(0)228 882 555
For our (online) consultation hours, see here.
Apply for your stay abroad via our MoveON-Portal.