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Application for the Erasmus+ Programme: going abroad from Bielefeld



[Before the application]

Student Exchange


Information about Erasmus+ partner Institutions

Before the application you should inform yourself about the universities of your interest. Get an impression of the study system and course offerings, and find out about particular conditions and application requirements for Erasmus+ students at the corresponding universities. A first impression of our partners can be found on this website, under the topic Partner Univeristies.

Application Deadlines

The application deadline for participation in the Erasmus+ programme in the following academic year (winter semester and the following summer semester) is January, 31st.

Languages of Instruction

Before you apply for participation in the Erasmus+ Program, it is important to find out about the language of instruction at the partner university and language proficiency requirements. Please be aware that at some partner universities, languages other than English or the national language, might be  be used as languages of instruction. Some partner universities require an official proof of language proficiency. Please inform yourself about the conditions of our partner universities on their corresponding websites.



[Application Process]


How to apply

You may apply for an Erasmus+ semester at up to three partner universities and rank them according to your preferences. To do so, you must submit the following application documents to all coordinators at the universities at which you would like to study. This means you will have to hand in a set of your application documents to each coordinator, who is responsible for a univerity you apply for.

To apply for the Erasmus+ programme, please submit the following documents to the responsible Erasmus+ coordinator(s):

  1. Application form:
    You can choose up to 3 partner universities for an Erasmus+ stay. Please make sure that the order of your choice is the same on all application forms.

  2. Motivation letter (one page in German or English):
    In your motivation letter you justify why you choose the university you wich to attend.  You will have to make references between your field of study and the course offer at the partner univerity. The goal is to show that you are informed about the partneruniversity and its study and course focus. Please also state how studying at the host university would benefit your academic progress and personal goals.

  3. Transcript of Records (is available to print online in your personal examination management) MA students in their 1st semester hand in their BA Transcipt of Records.

  4. Curriculum Vitae

  5. Official language certificate or credible proof that you will provide a certificate that meets the requirements of the partner university until the date of departure (if required by the partner university).

If your documents are in English or German language, no further translation is necessary.

More useful information and Erasmus+ documents (in German) can be found on the website of the International Office.


[After the application]


Once the deadline for applications has expired, the coordinators will review all completed applications, determine which students are eligible for the Erasmus+ programme, and inform the candidates. After the selections have been made, all candidates must confirm their participation. Coordinators then communicate their selection and the International Office officially nominates the candidates at the respective partner universities. This process can take several weeks. After the nomination process is finished all candidates will receive an e-mail with information from the International Office and also from the partner university. After the nomination candidates need to enroll officially as Erasmus+ students at the respective partner universities. Nominees will have to inform about deadlines and further information at their coordinators or at the partner univerities homepage.

Learning Agreement

To facilitate the recognition process after the students have concluded their stay at the partner university, all Erasmus+ students are asked to fill out a personal Learning Agreement that lists the courses with which the student will attend at the partner university. The Learning Agreement is filled out in an online portal. All nominees will receive a link from the International Office.

Erasmus+ Internationale Dimension

The application and deadlines for partnerships in the frame of the International Dimension may slightly differ. Please be aware of announcements or consult the corresponding coordinators for more information.

(Teaching) Staff Exchange Programme

Most of our Erasmus+ partner agreements also provide (teaching) staff exchange opportunities. If you are planning an exchange with one of the partner universities under the Erasmus+ staff mobility programme, please contact the coordinator who is responsible for the partnership agreement with the university of your choice. A list of the coordinators with their corresponding cooperative agreements is available here. Details on duration and financing of the staff mobility programme are available for teaching staff and administrative staff (in German) on the website of the International Office.

It is also possible to realize a mobility period up to one week in order to prepare a new Erasmus+ agreement and discuss the possibilities and framework for a future cooperation. If you have contact with international partners at a university that has no Erasmus+ cooperative agreement with the Faculty of Sociology, you may solicit a grant for preparatory visits (in German) that aim to establish new partnerships, in the International Office.

Events & Deadlines

PDF-DokumentEnglish Courses for exchange students - WS 2019/20


Alle Kurse für das kommende Wintersemester 2019/20 sind auch im eKVV online einsehbar! Englischsprachige Veranstaltungen finden Sie HIER.

All courses for the upcoming winter semester 2019/20 are also available online in the eKVV. You can find an overview of courses in English HERE.









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