Recognition of study requirements / credits
The participating universities undertake to grant full academic recognition for successfully completed courses and certificates of achievement.
The ECTS recognition system (ECTS = European Community Credit Transfer System) was introduced for this purpose. ECTS points are awarded for study requirements / credits earned abroad and are used for recognition in Bielefeld. The respective programme coordinators and the examination office are responsible for recognition.
Partial scholarships and BAföG
Within the framework of Erasmus+, partial scholarships are awarded which are independent of study requirements / credits. The monthly scholarship rate is based on three country groups and is awarded as follows:
In addition to the Erasmus+ partial scholarship, BAFöG recipients can apply for BAFöG abroad. Those who have not been able to receive BAFöG so far should perhaps have this checked, as the income limits for BAFöG abroad are different from those for BAFöG in Germany. The application must be submitted to the BAFöG office responsible for the country in question.
Facilitating your studies
Erasmus+ students do not have to pay tuition fees and, as a rule, the enrolment procedure is also simplified. In addition, many places offer further support, e.g. introductory days, language courses for Erasmus+ students or support in finding accommodation. No semester fee has to be paid at Bielefeld University during a study abroad programme (in the case of leave of absence).
Step by step to the Erasmus+ Semester
The most important point of contact for students who intend to study with Erasmus+ in another country is the respective programme officer. The programme officers in the Faculties are responsible for sending students to the partner universities and they provide information about Courses offered by the partner universities.
The application for participation in the Erasmus+ programme also takes place via the programme officers. The application is made via the database Mobility Online. Instructions on how to do this can be found here.
Step 3: After the acceptance
As soon as you have received an acceptance letter from your programme officer, please go to the homepage of the host university to find out about the registration requirements and the registration deadline. Please register at the host university by the deadline. The Erasmus+ code for Bielefeld University is: D BIELEFE 01.
Under Downloads you can find the a checklist to download and print out.
Contacting the host university
Contact your host university as early as possible to ask about accommodation, Course start, language and preparation courses. You can often find the most important information, contact details and application forms on the university's website. If this is not the case, please contact the International Office or Erasmus+ Office of the university. Please note the deadlines there!
Payment of the Erasmus+ grant
Your grant will be paid in two instalments. In the first instalment at the start date of your stay abroad, 75% of the total funding will be paid to you. The second instalment will be paid after your return and after you have submitted the necessary documents. The second instalment will be paid according to the period stated in the Confirmation.
Some universities require proof of sufficient language skills. For such proof, you should contact the Fachsprachenzentrum [Language Centre]. However, even if you do not have to provide proof of language proficiency, you should make use of the services offered by the Fachsprachenzentrum [Language Centre] to prepare for your stay with the help of language courses.
In addition to the Erasmus+ partial scholarship, BAföG recipients can apply for BAföG abroad. If you have not been able to receive BAföG so far, you might want to have this checked, as the income limits for BAföG abroad are different from those for BAföG in Germany. The application must be submitted to the BAföG office responsible for the country in question. You can find information on the internet under BAföG .
To ensure that the study requirements / credits you earn at the host university are recognised upon your return, you should enter all the courses you would like to take there in the Learning Agreement. It is best to discuss the choice of courses with your Erasmus+ Programme Officer. The Learning Agreement must be signed by you, your programme officer and the recognition officer at the Faculty and the Erasmus coordinator at the host university before your departure. After your arrival in the host country, changes can still be made to the Learning Agreement.
Apply for the European Health Insurance Card for those with statutory health insurance or talk to your insurance company about insurance coverage abroad if you have private insurance. It is also recommended that you take out additional accident and liability insurance (this is possible through the DAAD [German Academic Exchange Service ]).
Leave of absence/ re-enrolment at Bielefeld University
You can take a leave of absence for the duration of your stay. To do so, you need the application for leave of absence from the Student Office and the confirmation of your Erasmus+ nomination, which you will receive by post from the International Office. Please note: A leave of absence is not possible if you want to take an exam or finish your studies at Bielefeld University in the semester in which you are studying abroad. For more information, please contact the Student Office.
Information event of the IO
In April/May, the International Office offers an information day especially for Erasmus+ students, where you can get a lot of additional information and have the opportunity to exchange ideas with former Erasmus+ students.
Translation of the transcript
If your host university requires a transcript in English, the translation can be checked and stamped by the International Office. You can find more information regarding the translation as well as the transcript template under Downloads.
If you would like to offer your shared room or flat for interim rent to international students/promotion students, you can do this via the International Office.
Please enter the details of the room/flat here.
International Mentoring Programme
If you would like to get a taste of the Erasmus+ atmosphere, the International Mentoring Programme offers you the opportunity to supervise Erasmus+ students who are currently spending one or two Erasmus+ semesters in Bielefeld. You can find more information about the programme and registration here.
There are certainly many things you would like to know about your future place of residence and the university. In order to get a first impression and to increase your anticipation, it is worth reading the testimonials of former Erasmus+ students. You can find them here. You can find a guide for writing testimonials under Downloads.
"Confirmation of Participation
Please have your date of arrival confirmed as soon as possible after your arrival. The "Confirmation of Participation" must be signed and stamped by the host university. Before your departure, you should also have the end of your stay confirmed.
Adjust the Learning Agreement if necessary: Changes to your original study plan must be agreed with both the academic coordinator at the host university and the programme officer at Bielefeld University.
"Transcript of Records
Ask your host university to issue a "Transcript of Records" (ToR) at the end of your study stay (most universities do this automatically). The ToR contains an overview of the courses you attended and the results. You need the ToR for the recognition of study requirements / credits. Please also submit a copy to the International Office after your return.
In case of problems: IO
If there are any problems at the host university, you can contact us (the International Office) at any time.
Submitting the documents
Please upload the following documents to the database after your return:
Country ambassadors are contact persons for students who are planning a stay abroad in the same country. They provide useful advice on country- and university-specific questions about the host university, the city and the country of the stay abroad. They can also inspire students who have not yet decided to study abroad. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact the World Office in D0-140 or send an email to
International Mentoring Programme
Would you like to continue to have contact with international students? How about volunteering in the International Mentoring Programme? In this mentoring programme, Bielefeld students can personally look after international students, support them during their stay in Bielefeld and thus establish international contacts. You can find more information and registration for the International Mentoring Programme here.
These are some of the departments that can offer internships:
Erasmus+ cannot fund placements at these institutions:
An application for an Erasmus+ traineeship grant is possible at any time. Please upload the complete application documents to the application portal at least 6 weeks before the start of the internship:
Selection criteria for the award of Erasmus scholarships are:
The amount of your Erasmus grant depends on the exact project duration and the destination country of the traineeship. The monthly funding rates may vary from year to year.
Project 2022 (for projects ending before 31/07/2024):
The scholarship is paid in two instalments: