International Affairs

Erasmus+ Programme

Programme overview

The Erasmus+ programme was launched by the European Commission in 1987. It supports the objectives of European education policy, promotes the modernisation, internationalisation and digitalisation of higher education in Europe, enhances the attractiveness of the EU as a place to study and research, and contributes to the sustainable development of higher education in third countries. It also strengthens, above all, the international competences, personal development and employability of all participants.

Mobility measures are the origin and core of the Erasmus+ programme. German higher education institutions have a wide range of options at their disposal for promoting the mobility of students, teachers and university staff within and outside Europe. In addition, a wide range of cooperation and partnership programmes offer extensive opportunities for institutional exchange between higher education institutions in Europe and worldwide.

Erasmus+ Programme 2021-2027

The following Erasmus+ programme lines (in higher education) exist from 2021 (Website):

  • Key Action 1 (KA1): Mobility in higher education
    • Mobility of Individuals (KA131, formerly KA103)
    • Mobility consortia (KA130)
    • Mobility with partner countries (KA171, formerly KA107)
  • Key Action 2 (KA2): Cooperation Projects
    • Cooperation Partnerships (KA220, formerly Strategic Partnerships (KA203))
    • Erasmus Mundus
      (Erasmus Mundus Design Measures, Erasmus Mundus Joint Master)
    • Teacher Academies
    • Jean Monnet Actions
      (Jean Monnet Actions in higher education, Jean Monnet Actions in other fields of education and training, Jean Monnet Policy Debate)
    • Alliances for Innovation (Lot 1: Alliances for Education and Business, Lot 2: Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation for Skills Development)
    • European Universities: TU Berlin is a coordinating member of the European netwok ENHANCE.
    • Capacity Building Projects in Higher Education
      (Strand 1 - Promoting access to cooperation in higher education,
      Strand 2 - Partnerships for Change in Higher Education,
      Strand 3 - Structural Reform Projects)
  • Key Action 3 (KA3): Policy Support
    • European Experimental Measures
    • Social Inclusion Projects

Here  you can find an overview of all Erasmus+ actions:

Further information from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) can be found here.

In 2021, a new 7-year programme generation started. In addition to the already well-known focus on credit recognition, the new Erasmus+ programme generation 2021-2027 puts digitalisation, inclusion and diversity, Erasmus+ "Green" and participation in democratic life as horizontal themes in the programme's focus.

The digitalisation of the Erasmus+ programme consists of several components. On the one hand, the digitalisation of the administration with Erasmus without Papers (EWP) is on the agenda and the digital link with all European Erasmus+ higher education institutions, on the other hand, new funding opportunities such as "Blended Mobility" and "Blended Intensive Programmes" will be launched.

Social participation
Inclusion and diversity are key themes of the Erasmus+ programme generation 2021-2027. With a variety of measures at different levels, the programme aims to make a significant contribution to more equal opportunities in all areas of education.

Erasmus+ "Green"
With the aim of integrating Erasmus+ into the European Green Deal, the programme's content and scope aims to unlock the potential for environmental change and reduce its environmental impact.

Participation in democratic life
Strengthening European identity and promoting the active participation of individuals and civil society in democratic processes are crucial for the future of the European Union. The Erasmus+ Generation 2021-2027 programme therefore aims to help increase people's interest in and knowledge about the European Union.

The Recommendation on Recognition recommends that Member States take the necessary steps by 2025 to ensure "automatic mutual recognition" without having to go through a separate recognition procedure. After prior agreement in the Learning Agreement and upon proof by the Transcript of Records, full recognition of their achievements should be made possible for funded students in accordance with European Credit Transfer. The digital Learning Agreement will support the process of automatic recognition. Starting in June 2021, all intra-European student mobilities must have a digital learning agreement by the academic year 2022/2023 at the latest.

Erasmus+ at TU Berlin

The individual Erasmus+ programme lines are managed by different units of the Office of International Affairs.

  • Key Action 2: Cooperation Projects and Key Action 3: Policy Support
    • The Section "International Projects" provides advice on this. Further information can be found here.

Erasmus+ benefits for students

  • Waiver of tuition fees at partner universities for all Erasmus+ exchange students 
  • Monthly grant (amount depends on current budget)
  • Additional funding for students with fewer opportunities
  • Additional funding for “green” travel to and from your study destination
  • Support for Erasmus+ students before, during, and after their mobility from TU Berlin by the responsible university professor and Erasmus+ team in the Department of International Affairs as well as the Erasmus+ advisors at the partner institution 
  • Academic recognition of study credits earned abroad upon prior agreement with the respective examination chairperson
  • Guarantee of a general quality framework on the basis of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 

Amelie Krüger

ERASMUS+ Institutional Coordinator, Program development Europe, European Academic Networks

+49 30 314-71429

+49 30 314-24067

Organization name Student Mobility
Office INT SB
Room H 0042

Erasmus+ mobility grants & Top Ups

Monthly grant

The Erasmus+ scholarship usually consists of two parts:

  • Exchange place at the partner institution with Erasmus+ status and
  • depending on the budgetary situation, a monthly PARTIAL grant for the mobility abroad.

The grant is usually awarded for a maximum of 4 months (=120 days, if studying abroad for one semester) or 8 months (=240 days, if studying abroad for two semesters) (4 months, if studying abroad for one trimester; 6 months, if studying abroad for two trimesters: 8 months, if studying abroad for three trimesters). The grant is intended to help cover living costs and is financed and determined by the European Commission. TU Berlin is not responsible for it in any way.

Country group 1 (up to and including 2023/24): 
Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom
Monthly grant, Group 1: 600€

Country group 2 (up to and including 2023/24):
Belgium, Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus
Monthly grant, Group 2: 540€
Country group 3 (up to and including 2023/24):
Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, North Macedonia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary
Monthly grant, Group 3: 490€


Country group 1 (from 2024/25):
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom
Monthly grant, Group 1: 600€

Country group 2 (from 2024/25):
Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Cyprus
Monthly grant, Group 2: 540€
Country group 3 (from 2024/25):
Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Turkey
Monthly grant, Group 3: 540€

Switzerland has not been an Erasmus+ program country since 2014/15. Nevertheless, TU Berlin students can study at Swiss partner universities without paying tuition fees. However, you generally receive the mobility grant from the respective Swiss partner university instead of TU Berlin.

Additional funding for students with fewer opportunities

Beginning winter semester 2022/23, Erasmus+ students with fewer opportunities can receive additional funding amounting to EUR 250 per month (EUR 8.33 per day) in addition to the mobility grant. You can only submit an application for additional funding through one of the following funding lines:

Those who wish to apply for a Top up should meet one of the following criteria:

  • Working students
    -  can receive the Top up if they have to give up a job for the stay abroad, in which they have worked for at least 6 continuous months prior to the mobility and have earned between 450€ and 850€ net on average per month. The TU Berlin has decided to allow an averaged calculation of the income, provided that the net income averaged over 6 consecutive months is above 450€ and below 850€ per month as a result.
    -  The period in which the job was held should be within a time window of 6 months before the start of the mobility.
    -  Termination of employment is not a prerequisite for receiving the top up, the employment contract can also be paused.
    You are also not allowed to take a job during your stay abroad.
  • First-generation students
    -  Students whose two parents or one single parent do not have a degree from a (technical) higher education institution or a comparable degree (for example, from a university of cooperative education) can apply for Top up.
    -  Whether a degree is considered an academic degree can usually be looked up on the website Hochschulkompass of the HRK as well as on the website of the Foundation Accreditation Council.
    -  In the case of foreign degrees, students must be able to prove that they do not count as an academic degree.
  • Students who start their mobility with child/ren
    -  and take at least one child with them during their entire stay can receive a Top up regardless of the number of children.
    -  If both parents go on a stay abroad, double sponsorship of a child is excluded. If both parents take two or more children with them, both can receive a grant.
  • Students with a chronic illness
    -  can apply for the Top up if they have additional financial needs abroad due to a chronic illness.
  • Students with a disability
    -  who have a degree of disability of 20 or more can also apply for Top up if they have additional financial needs abroad due to their disability.

Additional funding for “green” travel

Erasmus+ students travelling sustainably can apply for additional travel days (max. 2 days for outward journey and max. 2 days for return journey). The special funding of €50 has unfortunately been cancelled by the EU Commission (from 2024/25).

The "green travel" option is intended to increase the number of mobilities with more environmentally friendly means of transport and reduce the ecological footprint of the Erasmus+ programme. The prerequisite for receiving travel days is that you travel to and from the host university using the most environmentally friendly means of transport possible. Travelling by plane, boat or car alone is not considered environmentally friendly.

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Information from the DAAD: Further information and advising on Erasmus+ mobility measures is available from the

German Academic Exchange Service
National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation
Kennedyallee 50
53115 Bonn

Tel: +49(0)228/882-8877
Fax: +49(0)228/882-555