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Friederike Müller
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Important Datas

Application Deadline:
winter term: 31th March
summer term: 15th January


Further Information

is available on the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) website at


ERASMUS + is the European Union's program for education, youth and sport, initially continuing until 2021 with funding of 14.8 billion euros. ERASMUS + contributes to further internationalization of universities by promoting short-term lectureships and advanced training stays for teaching and administrative staff.

In Germany, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) acts as a national agency (NA) for EU programs in higher education. It is responsible for financial management in cooperation with all participating universities, enabling them to promote exchange of students and interns, lecturers and administrative staff with those from other, primarily European, partner institutions. This is intended to provide targeted support for employment diversity and personal development opportunities and to strengthen internationalization and stabilization of European networking.

The EU Commission has appointed Karlsruhe University of Music as an Erasmus + University Charter (EUC) member for 2014 to 2021. This guarantees that our university meets all requirements for successful participation in the Erasmus + program.

The following mobility measures are funded under the umbrella of the EU Erasmus + education program: Study abroad for students (SMS); internship abroad for students (SMP); teacher mobility (STA); staff mobility (STT).

Erasmus + Innovations from Project Year 2014

  • Students may receive multiple funding for each course (bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, doctorate)
  • Each study cycle may be funded for 12 months 
  • Internships may be funded for two months during and after graduation
  • Teaching assistantships are funded as internships

SMS (Study Abroad for Students)

After completing their first year of study, students may study with Erasmus + at a university in another participating European country to expand their social and cultural skills and improve their career prospects. They will have an opportunity to learn about a foreign university’s academic system as well as teaching and learning methods.

The promotion of language acquisition and skills is an important goal of the European Union's education program, Erasmus + (from 2014 to 2020). Erasmus + supports student mobility in acquiring and refining work and/or language expertise. An online language support (OLS) system includes a language test before and after the overseas stay, as well as a language course.

Language Course

With an OLS language course, Erasmus + students and interns may improve their foreign language skills during a stay overseas.

Online language support is available for all official European languages: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Greek, English, Spanish, French, Gaelic, Croatian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Maltese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Finnish and Swedish.

The system has a digital platform: Students receive OLS licenses for the language test from their home university.

All Erasmus + students and interns must take the OLS language test in their language of study, except for native speakers of languages. The test consists of two parts, before and after study abroad. The test measures and documents language level development through international mobility. This provides a useful record of individual skills. In this sense, it is not a selection criterion for an Erasmus + grant. If the language test is completed before study overseas with a language level of C2, the language test after study abroad is omitted.

Requirements for Erasmus Study Abroad

  • Regular enrollment at a German university
  • Completion of the first year of study
  • Study visit at a partner university with which the home university has concluded an Erasmus cooperation agreement or inter-institutional agreement
  • Home and host university have a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE)

Erasmus Funding for Study And Internship

The Erasmus + program is divided into projects. The level of funding rates for the three country groups is set by the DAAD national agency at a national level to create equality and transparency for students. Please contact the International Office to learn the current funding rate for target countries.

Instructor Mobility (STA)

Erasmus + supports guest lectureships at European partner universities with a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). During their stays, guest lecturers should strengthen the European dimension of the host university, complement its range of courses, and impart specialist knowledge to students who are unable to study abroad. If possible, joint study programs in the partner universities should be developed, as well as exchange of teaching content and methods.

Personnel from foreign companies and organizations may also be invited to German universities for teaching purposes. Staff mobility must not occur in a program country which is the main country of residence of the person concerned.

Teaching stays within Europe last from two days to two months, not including travel time. Teaching workload is at least eight hours per stay or per week.

Personnel Mobility (STT)

Erasmus + enables supplementary training of university staff in program countries to enhance internationalization. Stays abroad last from two days to two months. STT can support university staff from all areas.

Further training formats include: internships, study visits, and participation in workshops and seminars. A stay means professional exchange and new perspectives, strengthening personal competences, and expanding and intensifying networks.

Application Process

January 15 is the registration deadline for study and internships for the following full academic year, consisting of winter and summer semesters. The application is submitted to the European Online Application System after prior consultation with the International Office.

Required documents:

  • Table format résumé
  • Motivational letter
  • Recommendation from a major subject instructor or institute director
  • Transcript
  • A recent meaningful audio and/or visual recording

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