Study Abroad with Erasmus+
The Erasmus+ program was launched in 1987 to promote the cooperation between European universities and the mobility of students and lecturers.
The Erasmus+ European education program allows students to spend part of their studies at a European partner university, offering a number of attractive incentives:
a waiver of tuition fees at the partner university
monthly mobility grant
recognition of study achievements abroad
established network structures
simplified nomination and registration procedures at the partner universities
often also free or low-cost language courses
To participate in the program, European universities must submit an application to Brussels every seven years for a so-called Erasmus+ Charter (ECHE). The University of Cologne received the ECHE in both 2014 and 2021 and is thus entitled to participate in the Erasmus+ program until 2028.
In order to obtain the ECHE, an Erasmus Policy Statement (EPS) had to be submitted, in which the university outlines which strategies and objectives it is pursuing with the Erasmus+ program and through which measures the quality in the mobility activities is to be ensured.
The Erasmus+ program provides for the recognition of study achievements. The most important instruments for recognition are the Learning Agreement and the Transcript of Records.
Please note that the faculties are responsible for the recognition of credits earned abroad and not the International Office. Therefore, if you have any questions regarding recognition, please contact the colleagues in your faculties or the respective examination board directly. Recognition at the UoC is based on ECTS, the examination regulations of the individual subjects according the Lisbon Convention.
The University of Cologne currently cooperates with approximately 300 European universities in over 600 subject agreements. Please note that the partnership agreements are not valid across subjects.
An overview of the current partner universities can be found on the pages of the Centers for International Relations (ZIB) or from the Erasmus+ subject coordinators in the faculties.
The ZIB serve as a direct point of contact for Cologne students who wish to spend a period of study abroad at a partner university. Here you can also obtain information on the application, selection and recognition procedures.
Erasmus+ Program Organization at the University of Cologne
In the implementation of the program we assume a centralized - decentralized implementation model. In doing so, we try to keep the administrative processes as far away as possible from the academic supervision.
The Erasmus+ coordinators in the faculties are responsible for selection and academic advising. They determine the selection criteria (e.g. letter of motivation or grade point average) and make the selection of students who will receive an exchange place. There is no standard application deadline in the Erasmus+ program. Please refer to the ZIB website (see above) for dates and deadlines (also for possible information events). Usually, the selection takes place between January and May for the following academic year and often also depends on the deadlines of the partner universities.
The administrative organization and financial management is carried out by the central Erasmus+ coordination in the International Office. This includes among others: Overall coordination of the EU program, central administration of contracts, initiation and extension of contracts after consultation with the subject coordinators, application to the relevant European institutions, funds management, disbursement of mobility grants or organizational funds, reporting to the DAAD/EU Commission and advising students also in administrative matters.
Additional funds are available each year for students with disabilities and/or chronic illness. The funds can be applied for via the International Office at the DAAD (at the latest two months before departure). For further information please contact the International Office (contact person: Christina Roll).
Your Contact at the International Office
Tel.: 0221/ 470 - 5804