A study abroad period can be eligible for funding from the EU within the framework of Erasmus+. The funding consists of a mobility grant. This is intended to compensate for the additional expenses incurred as a result of studying abroad. For this purpose, the EU created country groups for which fixed monthly funding rates are determined by the University of Potsdam depending on the amount of funding allocated. Currently, these rates are as follows:
|Country group||Countries*||Monthly grant|
|1||Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom||450,00 Euro|
|2||Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain||390,00 Euro|
|3||Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Macedonia (FYROM), Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary||330,00 Euro|
|*Switzerland has not been an Erasmus+ program country since 2014/15. Students of the University of Potsdam can still study at the Swiss partner universities free of charge, but they will not receive the mobility grant from their home university but from the respective Swiss partner university.|
The grant is calculated exactly to the day based on the actual length of your stay. The number of ECTS points to be earned is also based on the duration of your planned stay:
You will be paid 80% of the grant for your entire stay at the beginning of your study abroad period. You will receive the remaining 20% after your return and after submitting all necessary reporting documents.
You should aim for 30 ECTS points per semester (or 20 ECTS points per trimester). If you do not meet this target, you will have to write a statement of reasons (see templates on our website), which we will have to present to the DAAD in case of further inquiries.
If you have achieved less than 15 points per semester, we reserve the right to require you to pay back parts of the grant on a pro-rata basis. If you have not achieved any points at all, you will have to pay back the grant.
If you want to go abroad with your child or if you are chronically ill or impaired by a disability, you have the option of applying for special funds to cover the additional costs incurred abroad. Please contact the International Office as early as possible.
For Erasmus students going abroad with one or more children, it is possible to apply for a so-called Social Top-Up, which amounts to EUR 200 per month of your stay. Further information is available here.
For Erasmus students with a chronic illness or impairment with a disability rating of 30 or higher, there is also the possibility to apply for a 'Social Top-Up', which amounts to EUR 200 per month. Furthermore, with a disability rating of 50 or higher, a long-form application can be submitted, which covers the additional costs incurred abroad of up to EUR 10,000. Further information is available on the DAAD websites. If you have a disability rating of 50 or higher, you also have the option of receiving a grant for preparatory trips - the DAAD provides detailed information on this.
From the academic year 2022/23, green travel can be funded through Erasmus+. If you use sustainable transport for your mobility, you can receive a one-time travel grant of 50 EUR. "Green travel" is defined as travel that uses low-emission means of transport such as bus, train or carpooling for the main part of the trip.
In addition, up to four more days can be funded at the regular daily rate if your travel time is extended due to sustainable travel. If your outbound or return journey is extended by more than 8 hours, you can be funded for one additional day each. If your outbound or return journey is extended by more than 24 hours, you can be funded for an additional two days at a time.
The additional funds for green travel can be applied for via the Declaration of Honour in the Download Centre.