Placements in Europe - Erasmus+

Which placements can be funded?

You can receive funding for placements

  • with a minimum duration of 60 days and a maximum duration of 360 days
  • in businesses of the private sector, organisations, public authorities and more
  • as well as in schools of any EU country
  • relevant to your study contents

We fund both mandatory and voluntary work placements as well as paid and unpaid placements.

How can I find a suitable placement?

  • We recommend that you first consider where you want to go and what you want to learn. You can then send an unsolicited application to a suitable establishment.
  • We will support your placement search if needed.
  • The Career Service provides detailed information on applications abroad.

Please find some advice and further links on unsolicited applications here.

How much money will I receive?

Erasmus+ trainees receive a partial grant for every month amounting to between €480 and €600”. The grant amount varies according to the different living costs in the host countries. The following table shows the current Erasmus+ grant amounts per month:


Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom


Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain


Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey

Disabled students and students with particular needs (such as single parent students travelling with a child) can apply for additional Erasmus+ subsidies. Please find further information here.

Who can receive an Erasmus+ grant?

Students and graduates of all UDE faculties, including EU citizens as well as third country citizens, can receive Erasmus+ grants.

To receive an Erasmus+ grant, you must be registered as a regular student in a University of Duisburg-Essen study programme that culminates in a higher education degree (up to and including doctoral studies).

You can be funded by Erasmus+ (study abroad periods and work placements) for up to 12 months within each cycle of study (bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral studies). This also applies to placements for teacher training students. Medical students can receive Erasmus+ support for up to 24 months.

Graduates may also be eligible for funding. However, graduates must apply for their Erasmus+ grant while they are still enrolled at UDE and their placement must end within 12 months after their graduation.

How do I request an Erasmus+ grant?

Your placement can start at any time.

The Erasmus+ grants can be awarded at short notice, there is no registration deadline. However, please register for the Erasmus+ grant before the start of the placement. You can currently make use of our telephone consultation hours or send us an email if you would like to register for Erasmus+ funding (please find all contact information below).

You can find all information on the Erasmus+ grant procedure, starting with your registration, here (in German).

If you plan to do a placement in the United Kingdom, you will have to consider the deadline for your visa application when registering for an Erasmus+ grant. Please find further information on placements in the United Kingdom below.



Brexit and visa

Erasmus+ Placements in the United Kingdom

The terms of the Brexit agreement of 31 January 2020 state that the United Kingdom will continue to participate in the ongoing Erasmus+ programme generation. This means that Erasmus+ funding for the UK is expected to be possible until March 2023 or longer.

However, new visa regulations for everyone doing a placement in the United Kingdom have been in place since 1 January 2021. A Tier5 visa is now mandatory for all students who complete a placement in the UK. We summarised the most important information regarding visa as of 7 July 2021 here (in German). Please find further information from the DAAD  here (in German).

Blended mobility and more

Erasmus+ placements abroad during the corona crisis

In view of the the coronavirus pandemic, the EU now also allows ‘blended mobility/virtual mobility’ options.

Blended mobility consists of two phases: Phase 1 is a work-from-home period in Germany while, in Phase 2, the placement is continued in the host country.

Phase 2 should cover at least 60 days, but, depending on the situation regarding the pandemic, it may also be shorter. However, Phase 1 and Phase 2 combined should amount to a total of at least 60 days. Phase 1 and Phase 2 may be separated by a (short) break.

Funding will be provided for Phase 2.

Virtual placements can also be an alternative to a physical stay that offer an opportunity to acquire new competences in an online environment, among other things. We will keep you updated on the International Office website as soon as virtual placements abroad are also eligible for Erasmus+ funding.


The experience I gained during my placement taught me that even the biggest manual will not sufficiently prepare you for the practical world. Practical experience will always remain one of the best lessons. And when you gain practical experience in a new cultural context, it will not only bolster your professionality but it will also support your personal growth. So what are you waiting for?

Kyra (B.A. Teacher Training)

Erasmus+ placement at a school in Brighton

Erasmus+ for placements FAQs

I already received Erasmus+ funding for a semester abroad. Can I receive Erasmus+ funding for a placement?

You can be funded for 360 days in each study period. This means that if you received Erasmus+ support for a semester abroad that lasted 180 days, you can still receive an Erasmus+ grant for a placement for a maximum of 180 days.

If you received an Erasmus+ grant during your bachelor's studies and have started your master's studies by now, you can be funded for another 360 days. This also applies to doctoral studies.

Medical students can be funded for 720 days.

I am not a German citizen. Can I be funded with Eramus+?

Every full-time UDE student can participate in the Erasmus+ programme regardless of their citizenship – the programme is open to German citizens, EU citizens and third country citizens.

Do I need an appointment to come to your consultation hours?

No, our consultation hours are open to all students, this means you don't need an appointment.

Currently, our office hours are held by telephone, you can find all information on this in the contact details below.

Do I have to pay back the Erasmus+ grant?

You will not have to pay back the Erasmus+ grant.

Will I have to do a language test?

Those who participate in Erasmus+ have to take a language test as part of the Erasmus programme. The test results will not affect your eligibility for an Erasmus+ grant.

The test will take place online. You will receive the invitation link after registering for the Erasmus+ programme. If the working language during your placement is your native language, you will not have to take a language test.

Does the Erasmus+ programme arrange placements?

The Erasmus+ programme does not arrange any placements. In most cases, you can register for Erasmus+ for placements as soon as you have found a placement.

I have exceeded the standard period of study. Can I still receive Erasmus+ for placements?

You can receive an Erasmus+ grant even if you have exceeded the standard period of study.

Will I receive my visa for my host country at the International Office?

No. Information on how to get the right visa for your host country is usually available from the embassies of the host country.

Will the Erasmus+ programme help me find accommodation?

You will have to find accommodation yourself. Many institutions and businesses help their interns find accommodation.

I don't have the best grades. Can I still participate in the Erasmus+ placement programme?

You can participate in the Erasmus+ programme regardless of your grades, we will not consider your grades when deciding on Erasmus+ funding.

I have read that I will need a Learning Agreement. Where will I receive my Learning Agreement?

We will provide you with your Learning Agreement after you have registered for the Erasmus+ programme.

Is there a registration deadline?

No, there is no registration deadline for Erasmus+ for placements at UDE. However, all necessary documents must be signed BEFORE the first day of the placement.

I have found a placement in India Can I be funded with Erasmus+?

India does not belong to the Erasmus+ programme countries. There are other programmes for funding placements outside the Erasmus+ partner countries, among them PROMOS and DUE-Mobil.

Got more questions?

Contact & consultation

Duisburg campus


Friedhelm Pottel
Tel.: +49 203 379 3849

 Consultation hours


Essen campus

Lisa Otto
Tel.: +49 201 183 4742

Consultation hours