Erasmus Exchange

Explore Europe while studying

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In 2014 the EU launched a new program for Education, Youth and Sports called Erasmus+. It is running for the years 2014-2020. The University of Bremen has been awarded with the Erasmus University Charta for the whole duration of the program in accordance with the European Policy Statement.

The Erasmus University Charta is valid until 2020 and allows the University to participate in all Erasmus+ activities concerning higher education.

Under the Erasmus+ program, students of the University of Bremen can spend between 2 and 12 months on each study level (bachelor, master, PhD) studying their subject at one of our EU partner universities. This means that if you have already spent 12 Erasmus months abroad during your bachelor studies you get new "credit" of 12 Erasmus months for your master studies and also for your PhD studies.

The following countries are participating in the Erasmus+ program: all 27 EU member states and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey. There are no exchange activities with Switzerland under the Erasmus+ program at the moment. The exchange is currently financed completely by our Swiss partner institutions.

Information about Erasmus in UK and Brexit are published on the website of the DAAD.

Prerequisite is the existence of an inter-institutional Erasmus agreement between the faculty you are enrolled in and the partner university.

Here is a list of Erasmus+ agreements sorted according to faculty/study field and partner country.

  • no tuition fee has to be paid to the hosting university
  • intensive counseling, both at the home university as well as at your host university
  • language preparation
  • recognition of credits awarded abroad
  • mobility grant according to country category
  • duration of an Erasmus study period must be at least 2 months and no longer than 12 months.

The monthly Erasmus mobility grants for 2022/27 are set by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) according to country categories. These grants only apply from winter semester 2022/23 onwards.

600 Euro per month for country category I (Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden)
540 Euro per month for country category II (Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus)
490 Euro per month for country category III (Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slowenia, Northmacedonia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary

For the 2023/24 university year, we received less funding from the DAAD for student mobility than expected. Fortunately, the numbers of mobilities have increased. More than half of the students receive the Social Participation supplement, which is also reflected in the budget. Due to budget cuts, we had to make changes in the allocation of the mobility grant. The mobility grant will be paid as follows: students studying abroad for one semester will receive a grant for up to 4 months (120 days), students studying abroad for one academic year will receive a grant for up to 8 months (239 days).

The mobility grant is calculated on a per-day basis.

Equal opportunities is one of the core values of the Erasmus+ Programme.

For this reason, students with special needs may apply for additional funds for their stay abroad.

Students with a disability of 20% or more can apply for a flat-rate subsidy. Regardless of the destination country, the additional monthly allowance is 250 euros.

However, should the mobility abroad be cause for significant additional costs due to the disability, the applicant may file a detailed application for additional funding up to 15.000 Euros. The application should be submitted to DAAD at least two months before departure.

Students who travel with a child/with children and who will function as single parent while being abroad, can apply for an additional monthly sum of 250 Euros on top of the regular monthly Erasmus mobility grant (regardless of the number of children).

Students from a non-academic home as well as working students will also receive an additional grant of 250 euros per month from the academic year 2022/23.

Preparatory travel for participants with a disability or chronic illness and for participants with child(ren).

The application must be submitted at least two months before the trip through the Erasmus+ University Coordinators at the NA DAAD via the Real Cost Application Form for Preparatory Travel. A maximum of 15,000 EUR per mobility can be approved. For more information please contact International Office of University of Bremen.

Many students with special needs have overcome the obstacles a mobility poses and have started their journeys with the support of the Erasmus program. You can find their inspiring reports on the web pages of the DAAD.

  • Enrollment at the University of Bremen
  • students must have completed at least one full year of studies before the start of their stay abroad
  • good knowledge in the language of instruction (B2, according to the European framework of languages) at the host university
  • at least basic knowledge of the language spoken in the host country

In contrast to the former Erasmus program, multiple Erasmus study periods up to 12 months per study level (Bachelor, Master, PhD) are possible. Erasmus study and Erasmus internship periods can be combined within one study level. Minimum stay for Erasmus internships is 2 months.


Applications have to be submitted online. Additionally, a set of signed documents must be passed on to the Departmental Erasmus Coordinator for your study field/faculty. The Departmental Erasmus Coordinators decide on the allocation of the Erasmus study places. They will also provide you with information on the recognition of study credits obtained abroad and other formal as well as language requirements.

Deadline for applications is 15th of February for the whole of the following academic year.

This deadline does not apply for Erasmus internships! Applications for Erasmus internship grants can be submitted throughout the year.

After the allocation of Erasmus places in March late applications for an Erasmus study period are possible until November. Please check with the Departmental Erasmus Coordinators for available options before applying.

Before filling the Erasmus online application form please read the "Information about the Erasmus+ application procedure" and the "Instructions for the online application".

Information about the Erasmus+ application procedure

Instructions for the online application

The application deadline is expired.

Please note that you have to fill a separate online application for each exchange program and each study field you want to apply for.

From March onwards it will be possible to apply for remaining Erasmus exchange places. Please check with your Erasmus Coordinator at the faculty before applying.


Important information for students who already participated in the former Erasmus program:  The Erasmus+ program allows multiple Erasmus study or training periods (up to a maximum of 12 months in total)  during each study level (BA, MA, PhD).

When the student returns from her/his study abroad period he/she shows her/his learning agreement and the transcript of records to the person responsible for recognition . The person who is responsible for recognition will issue a ‘Anerkennungsbestätigung’ which the student hands in to the registrar’s office (Prüfungsamt). Before handing in the paper the student uploads the documents (transcript of records, Anerkennungsbescheinigung) in Mobility online. Some departments might have other regulations regarding the recognition procedure.

In case the student does not want to have the course recognized towards his/her degree because he/she has already accumulated all the credits needed, he/she should apply to get the courses entered as additional courses (“Zusatzleistung”) in the Degree Certificate.

The student should start the recognition  procedure immediately after her/his return or after having received the transcript of records from the host institution.

Important: Credits awarded during the exchange period abroad cannot be recognized for failed exams at the University of Bremen, even if it was stated in the Learning Agreement. If the exam was started at the University of Bremen the exam has to be finished at the University of Bremen as well. Start of the exam is the registration for the exam. (see also "Allgemeiner Teil der Prüfungsordnungen (AT) §20 Abs. (5): "An der Universität Bremen nicht bestandene Prüfungen können nur an der Universität Bremen wiederholt werden.“)