This page should help answer all your important questions about your Erasmus+ period.

  • Erasmus plus. What do I need to know?

    Students can receive multiple grants during each cycle of study (Bachelor, Master, PhD). There is a minimum period of three months for studies abroad, and a maximum funding period of twelve months per cycle of study. Students in one-tier programmes (such as Diplom) may receive grants for 24 months. Students on placement may also benefit from Erasmus+ grants.

  • Whom should I contact at HSZG?
    • Student Mobility for Studies (SMS) at HSZG Erasmus partner universities in Europe (KA103):
      Lucie Koutková (lucie.koutkova(at)hszg.de)

    • Student Mobility for Studies (SMS) at HSZG Erasmus partner universities worldwide (KA107):
      Stephanie Ludwig (s.ludwig(at)hszg.de)

    • Student Mobility for Studies (SMS) combined with Student Mobility for Placements (SMP) at HSZG Erasmus partner universities in Europe (KA103). This combined programme is considered an international study experience (SMS):
      Lucie Koutková (lucie.koutkova(at)hszg.de)

    • Student Mobility for Placements (SMP) of HSZG students at European enterprises. The application procedure and the organization of the programme is handled by the LEONARDO-Büro Sachsen at TU Dresden University:
      Simone Kunze (s.kunze(at)hszg.de)
  • What are the benefits of studying abroad?

    Erasmus students:

    • can be sure that all academic achievements attained abroad will be recognized.
    • are exempt from tuition fees at their partner university.
    • receive grants that cover additional costs for living abroad.
    • receive support during the preparation of their student exchange.
    • with children or disabilities receive additional grants.
    • return home with a wealth of new experiences.
  • What are the prerequisites for an Erasmus+ period?

    Successful applicants will:

    • be regularly enrolled students at HSZG.
    • have completed their first academic year at the start of their studies abroad.
    • be studying at a higher education institution with which HSZG has adopted an inter-institutional agreement.

    Both partner universities must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (EHCE).

  • Who can receive additional grants?

    Erasmus+ aims to foster equality of opportunity and inclusion. Access to the programme is thus facilitated for students from disadvantaged backgrounds (this applies to single parents and people with special needs).

    • Additional grant as a lump sum for students with children

    Students who take their child or children with them and are therefore single parents during their Erasmus+ studies abroad can receive an additional lump sum. Currently, the monthly rate is capped at €200 per month, irregardless of the number of children accompanying the student. Please contact the International Office if you wish to apply for an additional grant.

    • Additional grants for students with disabilities

    Useful information about disability-friendly universities, provided by the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education: www.european-agency.org

    Students with a disability degree of 30+ or 50+ who receive an Erasmus+ grant can apply for an additional grant at our University. This is either a monthly grant of €200 or a special allocation of up to €10,000 per mobility, depending on the disability degree. Please contact the International Office if you wish to apply for an additional grant.

  • How do I apply?

    The application process has two stages. After you have successfully applied for Erasmus+ at HSZG, you can send your application to the partner institution.

    You may state up to three desired universities in your application.

    Our Mobility Database will provide you with detailed information on your possibilities for studies abroad. In addition to the websites of our partner institutions, you will also find information about agreements for certain courses of study, application deadlines and language requirements.

    Our Application Form is usually online from 1 December to 15 January. Simply choose your desired exchange possibility and click on the green icon

    Please note that deadlines must be observed for the submission of the necessary forms to HSZG and the application at your partner institution.

  • What are selection criteria?

    Criteria for the selection of students who receive financial support under the Erasmus+ programme are:

    • Duly completed application form and upload of all required documents by due date.
    • The student is still eligible under the programme (12 months in the first tier (Bachelor) and another 12 months in the second tier (Masters), or 24 months respectively for one-tier degree programmes).
    • The student’s average mark based on the latest transcript (uni entrance qualification for students in the first semester, transcript of records etc for Bachelor and Masters students), which should have been issued before 10 January of the relevant year.
    • Proficiency in the teaching language (B1) and at least basic skills in the language of the host country.
    • Are studies abroad compulsory in your curriculum?
  • Was ist die Studierendencharta und wo finde ich diese?

    In der Studierendencharta können Sie nachlesen, welche Rechte und Pflichten Sie als Erasmus-Geförderte/r haben. Darüber hinaus können Sie dem Dokument entnehmen, was Sie bei den einzelnen Schritten des Auslandsaufenthaltes von Ihrer Entsende- und Gasteinrichtung erwarten können. Die Studierendencharta finden Sie hier zum Herunterladen.

  • Will HSZG recognize my achievements abroad?

    All course credit and periods of study will be recognized and transferred under the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). However, it is essential that all three parties (student, sending institution, receiving institution) have signed a Learning Agreement prior to the studies abroad. This chart [de] illustrates the process of recognition and transfer in detail.

    Your host university will issue you with a Transcript of Records at the end of your semester abroad.
    All you need to do is hand it to the Examinations Office, which will take things from there.

  • How does HSZG convert my grades?

     Please refer to this spreadsheet [de] to learn more about the conversion of your marks and grades.

  • What is the financial support?

    Erasmus+ periods abroad in Europe (KA103)

    The programme countries are divided into three groups. You can find the current Erasmus+ grant rates for the country of your choice here [de].

    The grant period will depend on the available funds and number of Erasmus+ applicants, and will be announced in June. Possible, but not guaranteed is a maximum period of 150 days (one Erasmus month is 30 days, and the grant will be calculated on a daily basis.) The minimum duration of your stay abroad is 90 days.


    Erasmus+ periods abroad worldwide (KA107)

    Currently available at two universities in Saint Petersburg (ITMO & UNECON)

    Outgoing students per month€700 plus travelling allowance
    Incoming students per month€850 plus travelling allowance of €275

    The actual quota will be defined in the Grant Agreement prior to your departure.

  • Which partner universities are there to choose from?

    HSZG has many bilateral agreements with Erasmus+ partner institutions throughout Europe. In our Mobility Database you find details with all the info on our partner unis.

  • Can I apply for BAföG for my studies abroad?

    Students who receive or are entitled to receive a BAföG grant or loan can also receive BAföG grants for studies abroad. Erasmus+ student mobility grants up to 300 Euro will not be deducted.

    Please note that you must file your BAföG grant application with a six months prior notice at the relevant regional office.

    The International Office can on request issue a confirmation on the amount granted under the Erasmus+ mobility programme.

  • What is a Learning Agreement?

    The Learning Agreement is a key document that plays a major role before, during, and after your studies abroad. It includes particulars on the courses and lectures you will attend, and whether they are on par with the classes you enrolled in at HSZG.

    A duly completed Learning Agreement, signed by all three parties (you, sending institution, receiving institution) before you leave is essential to receive an Erasmus+ grant.

    Any changes to your predefined study programme abroad must be countersigned by all involved parties within a month after your arrival.

    Rest assured, we will send you all the necessary documents in a timely manner by email.

  • What is the purpose of the Grant Agreement?

    The Grant Agreement is a binding contract between the student and his/her home university. It includes all the important information on the Erasmus grant amount and eligibility period, reporting requirements, and the rights and obligations of the student and the university.

    It is concluded after the completed and signed Learning Agreement has been submitted. Please note that the Grant Agreement must be returned to us in the original.

  • What are reporting requirements?

    All Erasmus+ beneficiaries are required to complete an EU survey through the Mobility Tool+.

    Whilst abroad, we will send you a comprehensive Experience Report Form, which all Erasmus+ students are required to complete.

  • Will there be a language course?

    Increasing the fluency of students in foreign languages is an important objective of the Erasmus+ programme. Your language training abroad will revolve around the respective teaching language, which however may be different to the language of your host country.

    You will be asked to do a compulsory language proficiency test before you leave and on your return to HSZG. Both tests serve to compare your fluency before and after your studies abroad, and can be found here. Please bear in mind that these tests solely serve to assess your fluency without having any impact on grants or the transfer of credits. They are available for the following languages: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish.

    You can take an online language course after this test to further improve your profiency in one or more of these languages. Online courses are not available at the moment for our KA107 programmes (Russian).

  • What is the Experience Report?

    By signing the Grant Agreement, you agree to write a more in-depth report on your Erasmus+ experience. Please use the form you receive from us whilst abroad.
    Your Experience Report will help to evaluate the quality of your semester abroad and improve the quality of overall advice by the International Office. If you agree, we can also pass it on to future Erasmus students.

  • What is there to know about insurance and health?

    The Erasmus+ student mobility grant does not include insurance coverage.

    Please consult your local health insurance office for information on statutory health insurance for students abroad and whether you should take out additional private insurance cover.
    The Grant Agreement for Erasmus+ student mobility includes an obligation to take out sufficient medical, personal and public liability insurance at your own discretion.

    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers comprehensive group insurance.

  • Can I extend the duration of my study period abroad?

    Yes, you can. You only need to remember a few simple things:
    Extensions must be reported (informally) to HSZG four weeks prior to the end of the original Erasmus mobility period, eg by email.
    Inform you faculty coordinator, complete a new Learning Agreement, and remember to obtain a signature from both partner universities. Subsequently, we will prepare a new Grant Agreement.
    Prolonging your study period does not mean you automatically continue to receive payments. We need to verify first whether further funding is possible. You should contact the International Office if an extended Erasmus grant is critical for a prolonged stay.
    Please remember that any extension must be a direct continuation of your Erasmus+ mobility period without any interruptions (except for public holidays and semester breaks).
    Extensions will be deducted from your allotted quota of twelve months per cycle (for studies and work placements).

  • I need to cancel my Erasmus+ period. What do I need to do?

    Please inform us immediately if something unexpected has happened and you can't go abroad any longer. We need to inform your host university, and we may be able to give your place to someone else.


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