Cooperation and mobility of individuals with so-called program countries is probably the best known funding line of the Erasmus+ program. Through the funding line KA131, the University of Potsdam cooperates with approximately 300 universities in Europe. With the help of more than 500 inter-institutional agreements in various departments, between 500 and 600 students as well as dozens of faculty and staff members annually complete an Erasmus+ mobility going abroad or coming to the University of Potsdam.
The Erasmus+ program is thus a driving force of internationalization and individual mobility, offering a variety of innovative formats and inclusive and green funding opportunities in the framework of the new generation 2021 - 2027 to enable an even larger target group to experience a stay abroad.
European Union member states
Erasmus+ program countries outside of the European Union
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. Great Britain is also not part of the Erasmus+ program countries anymore. Students of the University of Potsdam can still study at the British partner universities free of charge, but have to work out their own funding options for their stay.
The many possibilities for cooperation or stays at Erasmus+ partner universities in other European countries are available in our search engine for study-abroad periods as well as in our search engine for teaching-abroad periods.
The respective exchange coordinators of the faculties or departments/institutes are responsible for the academic supervision of the partnerships, while the International Office is responsible for the administrative supervision.
Inter-institutional contracts with existing or new partner universities are concluded centrally by the International Office in consultation with the respective exchange coordinator. If you are interested in signing a new student or staff mobility agreement, please contact the Intenational Office; applications can be submitted at any time.
The International Office assists members of the University of Potsdam in implementing the traditional mobility formats of the Erasmus+ program:
- Stays for academic purposes for students including doctoral candidates**
- Stays for internship purposes for students and graduates including doctoral candidates**
- Stays for teaching purposes for teaching staff
- Stays for further education and training purposes for (teaching) staff members
**The minimum duration in the new Erasmus+ program is now 2 months instead of 3. The maximum duration remains 12 months per academic cycle.
In addition, the new Erasmus+ generation 2021–2027 offers further opportunities for mobility abroad, which the International Office is happy to advise on:
- Short-term mobilities (5–30 days) for doctoral candidates
- Blended mobilities, i.e. short physical stays abroad (5–30 days) combined with a virtual component
- Blended Intensive Programs (BIP), i.e., short-term formats for students and/or staff that combine a physical and virtual component and are jointly developed by at least three universities.
- KA131 international/ mobility with partner countries for students and employees
In the area of student mobility, the new generation 2021–2027 of the Erasmus+ program has seen the most changes to enable even greater levels of inclusiveness and participation. The target groups for special funding for students, so-called social top-ups, now include not only students with a disability or chronic illness and students with child(ren), but also working students and first-generation academics. Even eco-friendly travel is rewarded with a lump sum for travel expenses.
In addition, for participants (students and employees) with an official degree of disability (“Grad der Behinderung”) of 20 or more and for participants (students and employees) with a chronic illness that results in additional financial needs abroad, there is a possibility to submit a long-form application for subsidies for the real additional costs of international mobility of up to 15,000 euros per semester and up to 30,000 euros per year.
For more details on funding opportunities for students and employees, please see the respective sub-pages.