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Erasmus Map und Postkarten
Erasmus Map und Postkarten

What you need to know about the Erasmus programme

This page provides you with all of the necessary information about Erasmus study abroad in Europe.

Erasmus programme participating countries

All 27 EU member states participate in the Erasmus programme, as well as Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Turkey, Serbia and Northern Macedonia.

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Erasmus partner universities

Erasmus exchanges are subject-specific. RUB students can study at Erasmus partner universities abroad with which there is a cooperation with their faculty/department/institute in their subject area.

Click on "Exchange opportunities" button below and select your faculty ("Fakultät/Institution"). As your programme ("Programm/Rahmen") choose "Erasmus-Studium". The search will result in a list of all the universities compatible for an Erasmus exchange with your faculty/department/institute.

Exchange opportunities

Attention: Please note that the academic calendar abroad may differ from that at Ruhr-Universität Bochum!

Erasmus departmental coordinators

Click the button below to access an overview of Erasmus departmental coordinators at RUB.

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Erasmus funding

Erasmus students do not have to pay tuition fees at their host institution and receive a grant from their home institution for the time spent studying abroad. This grant is supposed to cover any additional costs students may be confronted with in a foreign country.

The amount of funding is based on three country groups (created according to cost of living) established by the EU Commission. Since 2018, the National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has been determining the Erasmus funding rates for students at higher education institutions in Germany.

Erasmus grant rates 2022/23

Countries participating in the Erasmus programme are divided into three groups (created according to cost of living):

€600/month for country group 1:
Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden

€540/month for country group 2:
Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus

€490/month for country group 3:
Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, North Macedonia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary

Important information about Erasmus funding in the UK:
As the UK is no longer part of the EU since 2021 and has decided not to participate as a programme country in the 2021-27 generation of the Erasmus programme, stays abroad in the UK can only be funded until 31 May 2023. Grants must be paid from the Erasmus 2020 budget. The funding rate valid in 2021/22 for country group 1 applies: 450 euros per month.

Erasmus grant rates 2021/22

Countries participating in the Erasmus programme are divided into three groups (created according to cost of living):

€450/month for country group 1:
Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom

€390/month for country group 2:
Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus

€330/month for country group 3:
Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Republic of North Macedonia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary

Additional funding

Funding for students with special needs:

Students with a degree of disability (Grad der Behinderung, GdB) of at least 20 as well as students with children may apply for additional funding. Further information on this additional fundings can be accessed here (page available in German only).

Erasmus Top-up for Green Travel:

In the academic year 2022/23 it is again possibile to apply for additional funding for green travel, if students plan to use “green travel” for at least 50 percent of their mobility. I.e. the outward and/or return journey to and/or from the host institution must be by environmentally friendly means of transportation (train, bus, carpooling, boat). Students can apply for an additional one-time amount of € 50 for green travel and up to four additional funding days for a longer arrival and/or departure. To register for the Erasmus Top-up for Green Travel, please use the honorary declaration of "Green Travel" (Erasmus+).

UNIC Train instead of Plane (TIP) Scheme

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is a member of the international university consortium European University of Post-Industrial Cities (UNIC). Similarly to the Erasmus Top-up for Green Travel, UNIC also promotes green mobility with the Train instead of Plane (TIP) Scheme in order to keep the ecological footprint of the European University as small as possible. With the TIP Scheme, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), as part of the consortium, offers 15 scholarships per year to students of UNIC universities who commit to travel by train to any of the UNIC universities. In addition to RUB, the following universities belong to UNIC: Koc University (Istanbul, Turkey), University College Cork (Ireland), Erasmus University (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), the University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain), the University of Liège (Belgium), University of Oulu (Finland) and the University of Zagreb (Croatia).

Erasmus eligibility requirements

All full-time students enrolled in one of Ruhr-Universität Bochum's degree programmes (Bachelor, Master, Diplom, Magister or Staatsexamen) from the first term on are eligible to participate in the Erasmus programme. Each student may receive Erasmus funding up to 12 months per study cycle (Bachelor, Master and PhD). Students may study and/or intern abroad within these 12 months as many times as they wish (as long as the minimum study period of two months/60 days and the minimum internship period of two months/60 days are met). Students enrolled in state examination degree programmes may receive Erasmus funding for up to 24 months.

In the Erasmus Student Charter you can read about your entitlements, responsibilities, rights and obligations as an Erasmus student.

Credit recognition and transfer

Part of the Erasmus programme agreement between participating countries is the recognition and transfer of credits earned abroad. The faculties/departments/institutes are responsible for the recognition and transfer of credits, not the International Office.

Further information

Contact and advice

Regarding the application and selection process, credit recognition and transfer and any other subject-related issues please contact your Erasmus departmental coordinator.

For general questions about the Erasmus programme, formalities and the mobility grant you are welcome to get in touch with the Outbound Mobility Services of the International Office.

The Erasmus institutional coordinator is Mrs. Jutta Schmid.

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