Erasmus + is the program for education, youth, and sports programs within the European Union for the period 2014 to 2020, aiming to improve and modernize the educational opportunities for young people as well as vocational training and chances for employment. The program has a budget of 14.7 billion Euros. For further information, please visit the European Commission website:
Thirty-three countries participate in this program (28 EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway and Turkey). The following travel programs are supported:
Participating universities must have a valid Erasmus charter for higher education (ECHE). This is awarded by the EU Commission and proves that a university fulfills all prerequisites for successful participation in the Erasmus + program.
Further information about the Erasmus + program can be obtained from the German Academic Exchange Service National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation,
53115 Bonn, Germany
Tel .: +49 (0) 228 / 882-578 - Fax: +49 (0) 228 / 882-555
Information for students (SMS): The financing is calculated for three different country groups, which are based on the cost of living in each country. Support for 3 months, regardless of length of stay, is set with the following rates:
Applications for a foreign semester take place in the respective home institution about one year in advance (for SoSe by early July and for WiSe by the beginning of January). From there the documents are submitted to the International Office (IO) following the close of the application period. In February, March, or August you will receive an email from the IO with further information as well as instructions for sending the documentation (Learning Agreement, Grant Agreement, etc.). Students who are interested in an internship abroad (SMP) within Europe should contact the LEONARDO office in Thuringia, which is based at the TU Ilmenau.
Information for teachers (STA) and university staff for further education and training purposes (STT):
Financial support is provided in four different country groups based on fixed day rates up until the 14th day of stay and then between the 15th and 60th days with a rate of 70%:
In addition travel costs are set independently depending on real distances between the starting point and destination of travel, which is determined uniformly with a distance calculator throughout Europe. The teaching stays must include at least 2 days and at least 8 hours abroad. Foreign residences for continuing education and training last at least two days and a maximum of two months. An application for professional travel is required to have a cost and financial plan as well as the Teaching Agreement of the EU. The partner university is to provide a "letter of confirmation" with the exact dates of residence.
Benefits of an Erasmus + stay
For further information about residence in the Erasmus + program, please contact the International Office.
Haus A, Raum 0008
Tel.: +49 (0) 3683-688 1011
Fax:+49 (0) 3683-688 981011