The Erasmus program is the central educational program of the European Union. The University of Konstanz will participate intensively in the Erasmus program generation 2021-2027 and is eager to implement updates in the upcoming years. In more than 30 years, the departments have established relationships with around 230 partner universities and offer extensive mobility options for study abroad exchanges at all levels (BA, MA, PhD) as well as visiting lectureships and staff mobility for administrators and professional services. These InterInstitutional Agreements are the basis for a wide range of options.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, there are delays at European level. The new Program Guide was published on March 25th: this is the start of the practical implementation of the next exciting Erasmus+ generation. We will now gradually update information for websites and funding lines. Nevertheless, 2021 is a year of transition: some mobilities in the academic year 2021/2022 might be supported within remaining budgets of the old Erasmus generation (including funding opportunities for the UK). All Inter-Institutional Agreements will need to be renewed in Fall 2021 for mobilities 2022-2027.
The new generation 2021-2027 focuses on
Erasmus+ Digital: Promotion of digital skills of students and teachers, virtual and hybrid mobility formats; but also digitization of the program administration under the heading "Erasmus without Paper" (digital learning agreements and recognition processes, inter-institutional managers, nomination tools) and the European Student Card will be further implemented over the next years.
Green Erasmus: Integration of the education program into the European Green Deal by promoting environmentally friendly travel routes and engagement as well as cooperation projects on “green issues”, raising awareness of sustainability, the environment and climate change.
Erasmus+ social participation: directs the focus on equal opportunities through further offers and wants to explicitly address previously underrepresented target groups (e.g. socially disadvantaged, special needs, first-generation academics, small subject areas)
Already since 2020, the University of Konstanz is partner within ERUA - European Reform University Alliance. A pilot project for the European Universities 2020-2023 funded within Erasmus - and supplemented by Horizon2020, DAAD and MWK.
"Erasmus" is more than a simple exchange program! In the following, you can find out how the University of Konstanz uses the program and which funding lines are available ...
The European education programme "Erasmus+ 2021-2027"
General background information
The new EU education program "Erasmus 2021-2027" will start in 2021. Around 23 billion € are available for the next seven years. Erasmus is not only the world's best-known mobility program, but also an important internationalization opportunity for over 3,000 universities in Europe. Adult and vocational education, school and youth programs as well as sports programmes belong to this program, but play a rather small role in the context of universities.
Erasmus is the major facilitator for credit mobility of students, supports the goals of the European education agenda and is a motor for internationalization, modernization and qualitative improvements as well as comparability within the European Higher Education Area. The program also contributes to the development in partner countries around the world.
By the way: ERASMUS is an acronym for European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students.
Under the umbrella of the EU education program "Erasmus 2021-2027", the following funding lines re available:
Mobility of individuals (Key Action1)
• study abroad for students (credit mobility)
• traineeships for students
• study and research abroad for doctoral candidates (new focus)
• virtual and blended formats (new)
• visiting professorships
• mobility of administrative staff and science support service
• to a limited extent mobility to worldwide partner countries (former ICM - International Credit Mobility)
Cooperation projects (Key Action 2 and 3)
• Partnerships for cooperation
• Partnerships for innovation (knowledge alliances, forward looking projects)
• Partnerships for Excellence: European University Initiative, Erasmus Mundus
• Jean Monnet program
Additionally, funding measures are available in the programme lines Sport.
For more information and advice on the Erasmus+ programme , please contact the International Office at the University of Konstanz or the National Agency:
DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service
National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation
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33 countries are participating in Erasmus 2021-2027 program (as of March 2021)
Member States of the European Union (EU)
Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic , Hungary, Cyprus
Program countries outside the EU
Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Turkey
Note: Switzerland and Great Britain are considered partner countries in "Erasmus 2021-2027" – to a limited extend, funding for outbound mobilities might become available within the “international dimension”.
Erasmus+ Charter and European Policy Statement
The EU-Commission awards the Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). This charter confirms that a university fulfils all requirements for successful participation in the Erasmus+ programme and demonstrates its commitment to the core topics of European higher education in the European Policy Statement:
Implementation at the University of Konstanz
Erasmus mobility within the framework of partnerships (Key Action1)
Each year, around 400-500 students use Erasmus Credit Mobility for outgoing study abroad. Students are will be guided by their departmental coordinators in all academic matters and administratively by the International Office. A monthly partial scholarship, waiver of tuition fees, recognition of grades, extensive services by the host university, free online language tests and courses in many European languages are part of the programme. Top Ups for Fewer Opportunities and Green Travel are a new element.
Annually, around 250-350 visiting students enrich the University of Konstanz and enjoy an extensive course offer and cultural programme.
A new funding line will be the Erasmus Blended Intensive Programmes.
The international dimension has options for students and staff with important partner universities outside of Europe.
Joint Master Programs - the University of Konstanz currently has no approved MA programs supported within this scheme
The University of Konstanz is already partner within ERUA (European reform University Alliance) - a European University pilot project funded 2020-2023 within the Erasmus Programme and supplemented by national DAAD and MWK funding.
Contact: International Office
Partnership projects and support for political reforms (Key action 2 and 3)
These funding lines promote the internationalization of European universities within the framework of consortia and alliances as well as the formation of networks and joint projects to build capacity in European neighborhood regions and international partnerships around the world.
These are flanked by projects to support reform processes in the European higher education area through surveys, analyzes, research assignments, ... etc ..
The International Office and research support jointly support the application process through advice and information as well as implementation in the established structures.
Contact: Research Support