In view of the developments of the Corona pandemic, it is now possible for the first time within the Erasmus programme that study or internship stays abroad can be started and supported as virtual or "blended mobility" learning experiences. However, the financial support for the mobility with the Erasmus Mobility Grant only starts with the departure to the host country, whether for face-to-face or online study. This means that students will not receive any financial support for the time attending courses at the foreign host university online from Germany/their home country, as no additional costs are incurred.
If possible, a virtual mobility phase completed in the home country at the host institution abroad should be followed by physical mobility abroad with the specified minimum duration of 60 days. However, if there are still restrictions due to the Corona pandemic, the physical mobility phase can be shortened or cancelled and replaced by (an extension of) the virtual mobility phase(s). Interruption periods between the virtual and physical mobility phases are also possible.
Virtual mobility phases in the home country as part of a blended mobility do not count towards the Erasmus minimum duration of 12 months per study cycle. This does not apply to virtual, financially supported mobilities following a physical mobility that had to be cancelled or to a virtual mobility in the host country. As soon as the physical mobility starts (first day on which you start your activity in the host country), students are eligible to receive the regular grant for the stay abroad.
If it is not possible due to Covid 19-related reasons to conduct a minimum stay of 60 days, please contact us as soon as it is indicated that your stay abroad will be shorter than the minimum requirements and describe the situation. Exceptions can be made if the conditions on site have deteriorated, e.g. due to complete lockdowns.