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During the course of  the Coronavirus Pandemic, countries and institutions have been adopting numerous measures with the intention of at least slowing down any further spread of the pandemic.


The NA DAAD is closely monitoring the situation and is aware that these regulations and resolutions lead to uncertainty with regard to the funding and implementation of the Erasmus + program. This raises many questions both among sponsored recipients and home universities.

The European Commission has already given the participating institutions various options in the Erasmus + program, in order to keep disadvantages for participants as low as possible.


We have put together a provisional list of frequently asked questions and answers for affected Erasmus + funding recipients:


Erasmus +

[Translate to English:] Erasmus Plus

The new program phase of the EU education program Erasmus + for education, youth and athletics started on January 1st, 2021. From 2021 to 2027, the new program has a total budget of around 26 billion euros; this is significantly more than in the previous program phase from 2014-2020. The program is intended to reach significantly more people with 10 million participating in the future. 83% percent of the funds are earmarked for education and training activities.

Erasmus + will continue the proven vertical program architecture of the previous program:

  • Key Action 1: Mobility of Individuals
  • Key Action 2: Cooperation and exchange of best practice
  • Key Action 3: Erasmus + Policy Support

The new Erasmus + program generation 2021-2027 focuses on the following horizontal topics:

  • Inclusion & diversity
  • Digitalization
  • Environmental protection & sustainability
  • International dimension

The following three funding lines have been added:

  • "DiscoverEU" (non-formal learning experience on linguistic and cultural diversity in Europe)
  • Centers for professional excellence (including partnerships for professional education and training)
  • European universities

Like its predecessor, the program provides the possibility for partner countries outside the EU to associate themselves with the program. Norway, Iceland, Serbia, Turkey, Liechtenstein and North Macedonia have made use of this in the previous generation of programs. The association‘s negotiations on the current program (as of March 2021) have not yet been formally concluded. Great Britain has decided against an association to Erasmus + for the time being. (see BREXIT below)

The legal basis of the Erasmus + program, and the Erasmus + regulation, has not yet been finally adopted as of March 2021, but should apply retrospectively for the program start on January 1, 2021.

If you are interested in funding for Switzerland, please contact: the Foundation for Federal Cooperation

The following mobility measures are funded under the umbrella of the EU education program Erasmus +:

  • Study Abroad for Students (SMS)
  • Internship Abroad for Students (SMP)
  • Lecturer Mobility (STA)
  • Personnel Mobility (STT)


This link brings you to the website of the German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD as the national agency for the organization of these funding measures.

Explanatory Videos for the Erasmus + Mobility Formats


The DAAD has put explanatory videos on youtube for the mobility formats specified above; they can be found under the following links:



Mobility at our partner universities in the United Kingdom will be eligible for funding through Erasmus + up to the winter semester 2022/2023 (including 31.5.23).

The new visa requirements for mobility to the UK, which have been valid since January 1st, 2021, can be found on the DAAD website.

For study stays of up to six months: no visa required

For study stays over six months: student visa required

For staff stays of up to one month: no visa required

Notes on Brexit - Erasmus + and the United Kingdom - National Agency for EU University Cooperation - DAAD

Internships - according to the current state of knowledge, internships are only possible:

during studies (for a stay that requires a visa, i.e. more than six months), as part of fixed exchange programs such as IAESTE / AIESEC or (still) Erasmus +,

if the host companies / institutions / universities have a "TIER5 Sponsorship License". However, the number of visas in the TIER5 category are limited.

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