International Affairs
Erasmus+ KA 171: Mobility with Partner Countries
You can find here information about Erasmus+ Mobility with Partner Countries (KA 171) as well as advice about how to apply.

Erasmus+ Mobility with Partner Countries* – E+ KA 171

The Erasmus+ EU funding program supports international learning mobility for individual persons within Key Action 1. Mobility grants can be used for studying and research as well as continuing education and teaching for both incomings and outgoings and is intended for students (bachelor's, master's, PhD candidates), teachers, and other academic and non-academic university staff.

In addition to the funding for classic mobility between universities from program countries provided by KA 131, funding has also been available for mobility with non-European partner universities since 2015 through KA 171 (until 2020: KA107). Mobility directions and levels eligible for funding depend on the partner country and are determined by the European Commission. Restrictions within KA 171 affect mobility for students in particular.

With the start of its new generation of programs, Erasmus+ has made funding for inclusion and equal opportunities key areas of focus. It also provides additional financial support (inclusion funding) to assist participants with disabilities and students wishing to complete a stay abroad with their children. 

Within KA 171, each university may only submit one overall application covering all relevant regions/countries for each call round. International Projects is responsible for coordinating and submitting applications. Information is provided below for academic chairs and research groups wishing to participate.

* Erasmus+ distinguishes between EU member states and countries associated with the program (program countries) and countries not associated with the program (partner countries). Starting with the 2022 call, the Programme Guide no longer uses the terms "program countries" and "partner countries." However, for reasons of practicality we will continue to use these terms here. Program countries include the EU members states as well as the associated countries Iceland, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, and Turkey. Partner countries refers to all other non-EU countries.

Participating in the program

Participating as an academic chair or research group

Within KA 171, each university may only submit one overall application covering all relevant regions/countries for each call round. The basis for applications are the current Erasmus+ call and the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. The latter includes relevant program information and application deadlines and is published each November by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). The deadline for applications for Erasmus+ KA 171 is usually the start of February. International Projects is responsible for coordinating and submitting applications to the NA DAAD. 

In consultation with the head of the Department of International Affairs at TU Berlin, a list of relevant partner countries and universities is decided on prior to each call. The strategic interests of TU Berlin are an important consideration here. Where possible, there should also be existing research cooperation between the selected partner universities and a number of academic chairs at TU Berlin. The selection of partner countries and universities is announced by the advisors on international affairs and the deans of the faculties. This information is also published on our website. In keeping with the University's strategic considerations, mobility applications are generally submitted for doctoral researchers and university staff only.

Academic chairs or research groups interested in being part of an application should contact International Projects. The proposals we receive will be reflected in our annual selection of partner countries and universities.

Participation as a grant holder

The funding for grants approved by the NA DAAD (primarily for doctoral researchers and university staff) is allocated to the academic chairs involved in the applications, who then advertise and directly award the funding. Applications to receive a grant must therefore be submitted directly to the academic chairs. Any residual funding will be published on this website and applications should be submitted here.

Beteiligte Partnerländer

Partner countryPartner universityProject 2019
(ends July 2022)
Project 2020
(ends July 2023)
EgyptAin Shams University x
EthiopiaAddis Ababa University x
AustraliaUniversity of Technology Sydney x
GhanaKwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technologyx 
GhanaUniversity of Energy and Natural Resourcesx 
GhanaUniversity of Ghanax 
IranUniversity of Tehran x
IsraelBar Ilan Universityxx
IsraelBen-Gurion University of the Negev x
IsraelTechnion - Israel Institute of Technologyxx
IsraelTel Aviv Universityxx
IsraelUniversity of Haifaxx
Russisan FederationPeter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University currently suspended
South AfricaUniversity of Cape Town x
South AfricaUniversity of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg x

Completed projects

International Projects has been responsible for coordinating Erasmus+ KA 107 projects since 2017. Upon completion, project results are published on the Erasmus+ Project Results Platform.

Project period:2017-2019
Funding volume:EUR 461,530.00
Partner:Australia (University of Technology Sydney)
Egypt(American University in Cairo, Helwan University)
Iran (Tarbiat Modares University, University of Tehran)
Israel (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Technion,
Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa)
Jordan (German-Jordanian-University)
Russian Federation (Peter The Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University)
Tunesia (Ecole Superieure des Sciences et de la Technologie de Hammam Sousse, Sfax University)
Project period:2018-2021  
Funding volume:194.184,04 EUR  
Partner:Australia (University of Technology Sydney)
Israel (Bar Ilan University, Ben Gurion University, Technion, Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa)
Libanon (Notre Dame University)
South Africa (University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand)
  

Funding

Who and what is eligible for funding?

The following are eligible for funding:

  • Longer stays of between 3 and 12 months for students for the purpose of studying (bachelor's, master's and PhD level)
  • Shorter stays of between 5 and 60 days for PhD students (new for the 2022 call)
  • Stays abroad of between 5 and 60 days for university staff for the purpose of teacher training or continuing education programs

Funding is in principle available for both incomings (from a partner country to Germany) as well as outgoings (from Germany to a partner country). Please note that there may be restrictions regarding mobility level and mobility direction depending on the partner country. Restrictions are defined in the Programme Guide. However, the universities themselves may also determine further restrictions and areas of focus.

Funding in KA 171 includes a subsidy for travel costs and living costs. Additional support for inclusion is also available for certain target groups.

Please also refer to the relevant TU regulations in the "Participating in the program" section.

Travel subsidy

Travel subsidies are calculated on a flat rate basis per kilometer. The distance between your home location and the host university is relevant for this. The maximum travel subsidy available is 1,500 euros.

To help promote "green travel," you can apply for a single additional subsidy of 50 euros per stay. To qualify for this, at least 50% of your journey (there and back) must be completed using a low-emission form of transport. If any flights are taken (even if only for stages of your journey), you lose your right to this additional subsidy.

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DistanceTravel subsidyGreen travel premium
500 - 1999 kmEUR 275EUR 45
2000 - 2999 kmEUR 360EUR 50
3000 - 3999 kmEUR 530EUR 80
4000 - 7999 kmEUR 820n.a.
8000 km und mehrEUR 1500n.a.

Living costs subsidy

The living costs subsidy is paid as a daily or monthly flat rate.

The amount of the subsidy is based on the direction and duration of the mobility stay (incoming/outgoing; short term/long term) as well as the mobility level (student /staff).

For stays which include incomplete months, a partial living costs subsidy is paid based on a per diem rate. The per diem is calculated as 1/30 of the monthly flat rate x the number of actual mobility days.

Longer mobility stays for students (bachelor's, master’s, PhD) - 3 to 12 months

FromToLiving costs subsidy 
GermanyPartner countryEUR 700/month 
Partner countryGermanyEUR 850/month 

Mobility stays for university staff (teaching training and continuing education programs)

INCOMING    
FromToDurationLiving costs subsidy 
Partner countryGermany1 to 14 daysEUR 160/day 
Partner countryGermany15 to 30 daysEUR 112/day 
     
OUTGOING    
FromToDurationLiving costs subsidy 
GermanyPartner country1 to 14 daysEUR 180/day 
GermanyPartner country15 to 60 daysEUR 126/day 

Support for inclusion

Erasmus+ promotes equality of opportunity and inclusion. To reflect this, the program also includes two further funding instruments:

  • Social top up: Students travelling with children as well as students with chronic illnesses and students with a degree of disability > 30 receive a monthly subsidy of EUR 200/month towards the costs of their stay. Please note that multiple disabilities or illnesses do not qualify for multiple subsidies.
  • Special funding for a degree of disability of at least 50: Students with a degree of disability of > 50 can apply for special funding rather than the social top up. Special funding arrangements refund actual additional costs incurred. Additional costs of up to EUR 10,000 can be reimbursed.

Funding is available for outgoings as well as incomings.

Social top upEUR 200/monthmonthly subsidy
Special fundingmaximum EUR 10,000actual costs / “Langantrag”

Support for inclusion

Social top up for students traveling with children

Students wishing to take their children with them on a stay abroad are eligible for an additional monthly subsidy of EUR 200. This is a flat rate payment and is not paid per child. To qualify, your child or children must be with you for the entire duration of your stay. In order to qualify for additional funding, you need to indicate when submitting your application that you plan to take your child/children with you. You can submit copies of your children’s travel documents or proof of local childcare as evidence.

General information about studying and stays abroad with children can be found via the following links:

NA DAAD: Information from the NA DAAD on studying with children
Studieren weltweit, erlebe es: Tips and experience reports about studying abroad with children
Auslandsstudium-mit-Kind.de: Tips and experience reports about studying abroad with children
TU Berlin Family Services Office: Central point of contact for questions relating to combining career, studies, and family life
TU Berlin Academic Advising Service: General information and advice about studying with children at TU Berlin.

Social top up for students with chronic illnesses

Students with chronic illnesses are eligible for a social top up provided they meet the requirements and can present the necessary documentation. The social top up provides an additional payment of EUR 200 per month to the living costs subsidy. The social top up is paid to anyone able to prove (for example, by a doctor's note) that they will incur additional costs during a stay abroad as a result of a chronic illness.

Social Top Up für Studierende mit GdB > 30

Students with a degree of disability of > 30 are eligible for a social top up provided they meet the requirements and can present the necessary documentation. The social top up provides an additional payment of EUR 200 per month to the subsistence subsidy.

TU students are required to provide a copy of their proof of degree of disability. Incoming students require a medical certificate in English, on the basis of which TU Berlin International Projects will assess their degree of disability.

Please provide this information when submitting your application.

 

General information about studying and stays abroad with chronic illnesses and disabilities can be found via the following links:

NA DAAD: General information from the NA DAAD about studying with disabilities
NA DAAD: Inclusion and integration in EU higher education cooperation
Studieren weltweit, erlebe es: Tips and experience reports about studying abroad with disabilities
TU Berlin Office of Staff with Disabilities: Representative for staff with disabilities at TU Berlin
TU Berlin Academic Advising Service: General information and advice for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses at TU Berlin.

Extra funding for individuals with a degree of disability of 50 or more (individual application)

Additional funding to cover any extra costs arising from a stay abroad can be applied for from the NA DAAD for students and university staff with a severe disability or chronic illness (minimum degree of disability: 50). A condition for receiving additional funding is that the individual additional costs are not covered by health insurers, the department of social welfare, BAföG, studierendenWERK Berlin, etc. Funding is available to cover additional travel costs, local travel costs, accommodation, costs for care, special learning material, etc. Original copies of receipts for additional costs must be provided. Please make sure you keep original copies and submit them to International Projects (flight tickets, rental contracts, contracts with care persons, purchases of materials, etc.).

The maximum sum available for individual extra funding from Erasmus+ is EUR 10,000 for the entire funding period of a mobility.

Please ensure you apply before commencing your trip

You can apply for additional funding to the NA DAAD once you have received approval for regular funding from Erasmus+ KA 171. You must ensure, however, that you apply before commencing your stay abroad. Retroactive funding is not possible. In order to obtain approval for funding in good time, it is essential to clarify the situation with the relevant institutions well in advance (at least 2 months before your mobility begins). Applications for additional funding for both outgoing and incoming scholarship holders are submitted via International Projects in cooperation with the grant holder.

 

General information about studying and stays abroad with chronic illnesses and disabilities can be found via the following links:

NA DAAD: General information from the NA DAAD about studying with disabilities
NA DAAD: Inclusion and integration in EU higher education cooperation
Studieren weltweit, erlebe es: Tips and experience reports about studying abroad with disabilities
TU Berlin Office of Staff with Disabilities: Representative for staff with disabilities at TU Berlin
TU Berlin Academic Advising Service: General information and advice for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses at TU Berlin.

Contact

Patricia C. Szendro Terán

Deputy head of section, project coordination, ERASMUS+ with partner countries, finance

ip@international.tu-berlin.de

+49 30 314-26556

Room H 2519

Liability clause

This project is financed with the support of the European Commission. The author is only responsible for the content of this publication; the EU Commission bears no liability for any further use of the information contained therein.

Reference to the NA DAAD

Further information and consultation regarding the Erasmus+ mobility programmes is given at

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

Nationale Agentur für die EU-Hochschulzusammenarbeit

Kennedyallee 50

53115 Bonn

Tel.:                 +49(0)800 2014 020

Fax:                 +49(0)228 882 555

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