Study Abroad: How to Apply for Erasmus

Study Abroad: How to Apply for Erasmus

If you’re looking for a chance to spend time in Germany while getting credit toward your degree, Erasmus might be the exchange program for you. But what do you need to know before you apply? How do you get started?
by Nicolette Stewart

The Erasmus website has answers to the most frequently asked questions from students considering an Erasmus program.  But there is a lot of information to wade through, and here at Young Germany, we frequently get emails asking for help.  So we’ve compiled a few basic facts to get your started on your Erasmus application.  Best of luck—we’re rooting for you.

Do I qualify for Erasmus?

Erasmus programs are open to students from 33 countries.  Applicants must be enrolled in a university program in order to apply.  There are additional programs dedicated to professors and university staff.

Can I afford Erasmus?

Students going abroad on Erasmus do not pay any university fees.  (However, you will need to continue to pay fees at your home university.)  An Erasmus grant may be awarded to help cover travel and subsistence costs during the period spent abroad.

How do I apply for Erasmus?

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question.  Because Erasmus connects hundreds of universities in 33 countries, the details will change depending on where you are currently studying and where you would like to go.  Contact the International Relations Office at your university to find out what your options are and to start the application process.  Search your university website for the terms Erasmus, study abroad, or study exchanges to find more information online.

Further information

More answers to frequently asked questions about Erasmus can be found here.

History of Erasmus

Erasmus homepage

Erasmus Student Network

Read Generation Erasmus: Auf dem Weg nach Europa

by Nicolette Stewart