This section provides information on funding opportunities for an Erasmus+ placement abroad.


In the Erasmus program, two types of student mobility (SM) are required: Studies abroad (SMS) and Placements abroad (SMP)

Generally, all sending and receiving universities must have a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) for relevant measures. For a funding of studies abroad (SMS), home and guest universities must have an Erasmus+ Inter-Institutional Agreement, in which the number of places, duration of stay and course of study to be exchanged is agreed. Both parties agree to no tuition fees for Erasmus guest students by signing the cooperation agreement.

An overview of HfG Karlsruhe’s partner universities can be found under Partner Universities.

Eligible Countries

Erasmus+ program countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, UK, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Czechoslovakian Republic, Turkey, Hungary and Cyprus.

In addition to the countries mentioned, each of the overseas areas are also eligible.

Target Group

Students enrolled in German universities who still have examinations to pass, are entitled to apply for an Erasmus Mobility Grant. In addition to German and national citizens of a participating country, national citizens of a non-member state who have completed school and own a recognized higher education qualification, can also participate in the Erasmus program. Exchange students are not entitled to Erasmus grants.

Students can receive funding from the second year of study for SMS, and already from the first year of study for SMP. Participation/Funding is applicable up to and including doctorates.

Duration and Repeat Funding

With Erasmus+, students can go abroad to a European country within the program at any stage of study:

  • Up to twelve months for Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
  • Study visits in a European country each 2 to 12 months long
  • Placements in a European country each 2 to 12 months long
  • Placements within one year of completion of a study phase (graduate placements), if the application is made within the last year of the study phase.

Please note the semester dates for the partner institutions. The beginning of the semester is generally at the start or middle of September or January/February.

Academic Recognition

The content of an overseas stay must be agreed with the examination office/board of examiners of the relevant department in advance through the Learning Agreement.

After the conclusion of an overseas stay, an application for the recognition of foreign can be handed in.


Tuition Fees:
Erasmus students are exempt from tuition fees at the guest university, but they may be required to keep paying the fees at their home university during their time abroad.

Insurance costs, student social security, or material costs are not included in tuition fees.

Students who receive BAföG in Germany are generally entitled to funding abroad, if the performance credits abroad are valid and can partially count towards the studies in Germany. Please note the crediting regulation § 21 Abs. 3 Nr. 2 BAföG, which applies indiscriminately to all talent and performance based scholarships. Scholarships of over 300€ a month are considered as income and are to be taken into account.

Bafög advisory office in Karlsruhe

Funding Amount:
Detailed information (funding criteria, amount and much more) regarding Erasmus+ can be found on the KOOR – Erasmus Services BW.

Application Procedures

Interested students should get in touch with the where you will be given advice and further information.

Process of Application:

  • If you are interested in an Erasmus overseas stay, please contact the IO at HfG Karlsruhe at least half a year in advance, in order to ask for the application formalities. There will be also info sessions organized.
  • Send the necessary documents before the deadline to the university.
  • The decision over the allocation of places is decided by the relevant partner university

Learning Agreement:
Students who have been given a place must create a Learning Agreement in consultation with the department. The exam office or the board of examiners must confirm the formal recognition of performance credits after your stay. For further support regardidng the Erasmus grant, contact .

Work Placements Abroad

A work placement can also be funded by the Erasmus program, if the relevant conditions are met.

Work placements must be full time (30 to 40 hours a week), and must be concluded within a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of twelve months. Furthermore, a statement of consent from the work placement should be already be provided at the time of application.

Further Information:
Students who are interested in a work placement abroad (SMP) are asked to inform themselves on the Erasmus coordination center KOOR – Erasmus Services BW.