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Erasmus+ is the European Union’s programme for education, youth and athletics. Erasmus+ now comprises all former EU programmes for lifelong learning, youth and sport as well as the European cooperation programmes for higher education. The programme includes three key actions:
Key action 1 – learning mobility for individuals
Key action 2 – cooperation for the support of innovation and the exchange of well-established practices
Key action 3 – political reform support
Erasmus+ has a budget of approximately 14,8 Mrd. € by 2020, more than four million people will have benefited from the EU funds. The seven-year programme is designed to improve skills and employability while also modernising the systems for education and job training and advancing services for children and youth. Information on Erasmus+ can be found on the European Commission’s website:
The funding primarily focuses on strengthening mobility within Europe, but starting in 2015 it will also include other parts of the world, though to a lesser extent. By 2020, there should be approximately two million students benefiting from the Erasmus+ programme, over a quarter million of which from Germany. This applies to students across the board, including those who wish to complete their doctorate, a partial study or an internship abroad. For the first time Bachelor, Master and Doctoral students are eligible for funding for a period of up to 12 months. In order to further boost the financial incentive for stay abroad, the mobility allowance for students has been increased as well, especially for host countries with higher costs of liv-ing. Internships abroad shall also be possible in the future after graduating. Finally, Erasmus+ offers the possibility of a low-interest loan for students who wish to complete an entire mas-ter’s programme in Europe. The former Erasmus Mundus grant for excellence, which fully promoted outstanding M.A. students in selected European study programmes for a common degree, will be continued under Erasmus+.
Erasmus+ also contributes to the further internationalisation of universities by offering short-term teaching opportunities and further training secondments for teaching and administrative staff. Furthermore, the universities can invite corporate staff from abroad for teaching visits and can now even participate with other European partners (also from the non-academic sec-tor) in multi-lateral strategic partnerships, thereby developing innovative projects together (e.g. in the area of curriculum development or for topics spanning more than one subject). With the new Knowledge Alliances Erasmus+ promotes the collaboration with the private sector. Uni-versities that want to become involved in capacity building in third countries may do so as part of the programme’s international academic partnerships.
Funding for most of the mobility grants and strategic partnerships shall be awarded to the 33 countries in the programme (28 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, FYR of Macedonia, Norway, Turkey) by the national agencies. In Germany, this will continue to be carried out by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Under the umbrella of the EU education programme, Erasmus+, the following mobility grants are awarded:
+ Study Abroad for Students (SMS)
+ Internship Abroad for Students (SMP)
+ Mobility for Teachers (STA)
+ Mobility for Staff (STT)
Any institution of higher education participating or applying for the EU Programme for Gen-eral Education and Professional Training, Youth and Sport 2014-2020 (hereafter referred to as “the Programme”) must have a valid Erasmus Charta for Higher Education (ECHE).
The ECHE is awarded by the European Commission. It attests that a university fulfils all re-quirements, making it eligible for participation in the Erasmus+ Programme.
The Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education for the Cologne Business School.
Please find the Erasmus+ European Policy Statement for CBS here.
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Further information and advice concerning the Erasmus+ mobility grants can be obtained from
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation
Rates for Funding Student Mobility (SM)
The financial support for students from Erasmus+ for periods of stay abroad are based ac-cording to the various costs of living in the target countries (“programme countries”).
Starting in 2014, the minimum amounts for studies (SMS) shall apply throughout Europe for the following three country groups:
Internships through the Erasmus+ programme shall be additionally supplemented with a monthly minimum of 100 €, meaning 350 € for Group 1, 300 € for Group 2 and 250 € for Group 3.
Funding for lecturers and staff mobility grants (ST)
The financial support provided by Erasmus mobilities for educational purposes or for further education and training is based on the different costs of living in the target countries (“pro-gramme countries”). For support provided by German colleges uniform daily rates apply.
Starting in 2014, the following fixed daily amounts for the four country groups apply for Ger-many for a period of stay up to 14 days; from the 15th day to the 60th day of stay, 70% of the daily amount shall be granted:
In addition to the paid daily amounts, travel costs shall also be awarded in relation to the actual distance between the place of origin and the destination for mobility. These are determined using a calculation tool, which applies a uniform standard for all of Europe.
The following amounts shall be reimbursed per stay and depending on the distance:
Student Mobility for Studies (SMS)
With Erasmus+ after completing their first year of studies at a European college or university, students may go on to study in another, participating country, where they can expand their social and cultural skills in order to improve their career prospects. Here, not only do students become acquainted with the academic system of a foreign university but also with its teach-ing and learning methods.
Stays are sponsored in all programme countries.
Advantages of studying abroad
Erasmus+ new features starting in 2014
With Erasmus+ students can go abroad to any of the European programme countries during any phase of their studies:
Pre-requisites for an Erasmus Study Abroad
Student Mobility for Placements (SMP)
With Erasmus students can complete internships in enterprises and organisations in other Eu-ropean countries.
Stays abroad are supported for all programme countries.
Advantages of an Erasmus Placement Abroad
Pre-requisites for an Erasmus Work Placement Abroad
Selection Criteria for Erasmus+ Studies and Internships
Twice annually the Cologne Business School’s International Office announces availabilities at Erasmus+ partner schools. Students with a compulsory semester abroad should apply during their third semester of study, indicating preferences for availabilities at partner schools abroad. Students from other study programmes may also complete a voluntary semester abroad, for which they should apply during their second semester of study. Detailed infor-mation regarding each of the partner schools and application forms are available on the Co-logne Business School intranet.
Funding and support for Erasmus+ internships is announced once annually. Information re-garding this is available at the CBS Career Services as well as on the Cologne Business School intranet.
Mandatory Language Tests
Since October 2014, the European Commission has made available an online language test for five major languages (German, English, Spanish, French, Italian and Dutch). This must be completed in the working language by all students/graduates both upon selection/before commencement of mobility exchange as well as upon conclusion of the stay abroad. It is, however, not an Erasmus+ programme selection criterion for promotion and does not apply to native speakers. The implementation of the language test is intended to serve as a test for documenting the current language level of those participants already selected for promotion by Erasmus+. The test shall be administered both before and upon completion of each partic-ipant’s stay abroad in order to obtain and record comparable results, which demonstrate achieved progress in language acquisition of the promoted students.
The language exam for determining an individual’s linguistic ability is systematic and con-sistent throughout Europe, which makes for the effectiveness of the Erasmus+ evaluation.
Agreements as to a particular language proficiency level between partner schools or institu-tions in Inter-Institutional Agreement (IIA) and Learning Agreement (LA) shall, therefore, nei-ther be imposed nor discounted by the Online Test. Such proficiency levels must be verified using other evidence during the selection process.
Erasmus+ Student Charta
The duties and powers of students within the Erasmus+ programme are governed by the “Erasmus+ Student Charta”, which shall be given to each student prior to commencement of the stay abroad.
The Erasmus+ Student Charta can be downloaded here.
Erasmus+ shall promote equal opportunity and equality. For this reason, facilitated access to the programme shall be made available to disadvantaged students as well as to those with special needs (for the Erasmus+ programme in Germany this applies to single parents during their studies abroad).
Special funding for participants with disabilities
For useful information about handicapped accessible colleges/universities of the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education: www.european-agency.org.
Special funding for students with children as lump sum
Students whose child/children are to accompany them to an Erasmus+ study abroad pro-gramme country and will be acting as single parents during their stay with Erasmus+ Mobility may be eligible to receive special funding in the form of a lump sum. The maximum monthly aid amount is determined according to three country groups.
All grant recipients participating in an Erasmus+ mobility initiative are required to make a re-port upon completion of the initiative using the Mobility Tool Plus and must submit this togeth-er with supporting evidence (e.g. length of stay).
International students who wish to complete a semester or academic year at the Cologne Business School through the Erasmus+ programme can access all information concerning courses offered to international students, the application process, language requirements, support and CBS contact persons in our area for Visiting Students.
Erasmus+ provides support for guest lectureships at European partner schools which have a valid Erasmus Charta for Higher Education. The ideas is that guest lecturers will strengthen the host university’s European dimension by supplementing its curriculum and offering their expertise to students who cannot or will not study abroad.
Where possible, collective study programmes should be developed between partner universi-ties; additionally, the exchange of lecture contents and methods should also play a role. Even personnel from foreign companies and organisations can be invited to German universities for teaching purposes as well.
Staff mobility must take place in a programme country that is not the country of the home university (exception Incoming mobility, see below) and not the primary country of residence of the person concerned.
For educational purposes the staff of a German college or university with ECHE may also receive funding at a host school with ECHE (Outgoing mobility) as well as personnel of other institutions located in another programme country (Incoming mobility ), which are active in the labour market or in the fields of education and training or youth education (for examples, see Appendix C).
Teaching secondments within Europe may range from two days and up to two months (in each case excluding travel time); the teaching assignment is for at least eight hours per stay, that is, per week or part thereof.
The following persons are eligible for support:
Erasmus+ makes further education and training measures possible for all academic staff in programme countries for the development of internationalisation.
For further educational and training purposes the staff of a German college or university with ECHE may also receive funding at a host school with ECHE or other institutions located in another programme country, which are active in the labour market or in the fields of educa-tion and training or youth education.
The period spent abroad range from a minimum two days to a maximum two months.
The STT is there to promote university staff from all areas. Examples:
Training Formats (Examples)
Advantages of an Erasmus+ Stay Abroad
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