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Erasmus+ 2014-2020

Those who are on the move, move Europe.

The University of Konstanz is an active participant in the EU education programme “Erasmus+ 2014-2020”. For more than 25 years, the departments have established partnerships with around 230 universities around the world. They offer mobility options for student exchange for all degree levels (BA, MA, doctoral studies), guest lecturers and staff members.

To find out about everything else that “Erasmus+” has to offer and how the University of Konstanz implements and uses the programme, check out the following...

The European education programme "Erasmus+ 2014-2020"

General background information

The new EU education programme "Erasmus +" was launched by the European Commission in 2013. The budget for the programme amounts to approximately 15 billion euros for the period 2014 to 2020. Erasmus is not only the best-known mobility programme in the world, but it is also an important internationalisation opportunity for more than 3,000 universities in Europe. Three million students have benefited from EU Erasmus grants since the exchange programme’s launch in 1987, including 450,000 German students. Erasmus is considered the engine behind the outbound mobility of German students. Moreover, the programme plays an important role in both, the development of students' personalities, and a European identity.

ERASMUS (European community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) is the most important mobility programme for students who intend to study in another European country.

The following European countries participate in ERASMUS: The 27 EU-countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, Croatia.

Please note: Since 2014, Switzerland no longer participates in Erasmus+ - inbound and outbound mobility of students, faculty and staff are financed through Swiss confederation funds. Limited funding opportunities for research and consortium projects are possible as a “partner country”.

Under the umbrella of the EU education and training programme 2014-2020, Erasmus+ supports the mobility measures listed in Key Action 1

  • Study stays abroad
  • Internships for study abroad students
  • Guest lectureships
  • Staff mobility
  • to a limited extent since 2015/2016: Mobility between Europe and worldwide partners
  • Joint Master Degrees
  • a credit system for MA students (Master Student Loan System) - currently under development

Key Action 2 lists projects that are funded via larger joint projects – between universities, but also across sectors

  • Strategic partnerships
  • Knowledge Alliances
  • Capacity-building projects

Key Action 3 funds projects addressing political support (dialogue, surveys, etc.)

For more information and advice on the Erasmus+ mobility programme measures, please contact the International Office at the University of Konstanz or the:

German Academic Exchange Service
National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation
Kennedyallee 50
53115 Bonn
Phone: +49(0)228/882-578
Fax: +49(0)228/882-555
Email: eu-programme(at)daad.de

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Additionally, funding measures are available in the programme lines Jean Monnet and Sport.

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 that it demonstrates its commitment to the core topics of European higher education in the European Policy Statement:

ECHE certificate

European Policy Statement

Implementation at the University of Konstanz

Erasmus+ Key Action 1 Mobility through partnerships

480 students per year take advantage of Erasmus+ outgoing study opportunities. They are supported in academic matters by the departmental coordinators and by the International Office in regards to administrative concerns. In terms of the promotion of languages, the “+” offers online tests and courses at no cost in many European languages.

Around 350 guest students visit the University of Konstanz every year and enjoy extensive support.

At the University of Konstanz, students, graduates and international research interns can apply for internships in Europe.

All academic staff members can receive funding for guest lectureships. Staff mobility is available to all research support service personnel at the university.

The international dimension provides exchange scholarships for students and staff with important partner universities outside of Europe.

Joint Master Programme – at this time the University of Konstanz does not have any MA study programmes funded by Erasmus+.

Credit-financed master mobility– the University of Konstanz is not currently providing advice in regards to this funding measure. Since the academic year 2014/2015, the Erasmus+ programme provides the low-interest loans for students interested in completing a Master's programme abroad in a Erasmus country - independent of any cooperation with the University of Konstanz. This loan is covered by the the European Investment Bank. For a one-year MA programme, students may request up to € 12,000 (including tuition fees). For a two-year programme, up to € 18,000 may be requested.
Please visit the DAAD for up-to-date information.

Erasmus+ Key Action 2 and 3: Partnership projects and support of political reforms

These dedicated actions (Key Action 2 and 3) support the internationalisation of European universities in the scope of strategic partnerships and research alliances. Furthermore, networking and joint projects for capacity building in neighbouring regions of Europe, worldwide international partnerships, and supported reform processes within the European universities via surveys, analyses, research assignments etc. are also funded. Together the International Office and Research Support help facilitate the application process with advice and information as well as the implementation via the appropriate channels.
Renate Krüßmann and Dr. Susanne Tönsmann

In severe cases of any injust treatments and massive criticism concerning the Erasmus+ Programme you may contact the head of department Dr. Johannes Dingler (E-Mail: Johannes.Dingler@uni-konstanz.de) or Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Prof. Dr. Nicole Dehé (E-Mail: nicole.dehe@uni-konstanz.de).