Financing & costs
Which financing or support possibilities are avaliable?
During your study abroad at a Viadrina partner university in another European country you will receive an Erasmus+ Mobility Grant. A direct application to the EU for an Erasmus+ Mobility Grant is not possible. The financial support of the Erasmus+ is determined by the living costs of the destination (“Program countries”).
Amount of the Erasmus+ Mobility Grant 2022/23
Social Top Up
Social Top Up
|Country group with high cost of living||Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden||
600 EUR / month
20 EUR / day
850 EUR / month
28,33 EUR /day
|Country group with medium cost of living||Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain||
540 EUR / month
18 EUR / day
790 EUR / month
26,33 EUR /day
|Country group with low cost of living||Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Northern Macedonia, Turkey||
490 EUR / month
16,33 EUR / day
740 EUR / month
24,66 EUR /day
Funding rate United Kingdom (valid until the end of May 2023): 450 EUR /month or 15 EUR /day.
- Green travel*: 50 EUR one-time (+ max. 4 additional travel days in the amount of the respective daily rate in your country group)
- Social Top Up**: 250 EUR / month
* Green travel refers to trips where low-emission means of transportation are used for the majority of the trip (min. 50% of travel to and from your study abroad), e.g. train, carpool, bus or bicycle. Eligible for the daily rate for additional travel days are all participants who require extended time to travel due to the use of sustainable transportation.
**Participants with fewer opportunities eligable for a Social Top Up:
- Students with disability or chronic disease
- Degree of disability of 20% or more. Chronic disease, with additional financial expenses abroad.
- Students with child(ren)
- At least one child is brought along during the entire stay abroad. Top Up amount independent of the number of children.
- First-time academics
- Both parents or caregivers have no academic degree (from a university of applied sciences/technical college or university, university of cooperative education or a foreign academic degree even if it is not recognized as such in Germany).
The employment must have been carried out continuously for at least 6 months with a temporal relation to the mobility.
The employment period must be within a time frame of 6 months before the application deadline or the date of the start of the mobility. The activity must have taken place during this period:
Study abroad in the winter semester: December 1 of the previous year until July 31 of the year abroad.
Study abroad in the summer semester: December 1 of the previous year until January 1 of the year abroad.
The employment in the sending country will not be continued during the stay abroad (this also includes mobile working, online working, paid leave, etc.). Termination is not a requirement, the employment contract can also be paused.
During the minimum period of employment prior to application, monthly earnings must be above 450 Euro and below 850 Euro (net earnings of all occupations per month summed up).
As a rule, self-employed activities and dual/ extra-occupational study programs with a fixed salary are excluded.
Amount of the Erasmus+ Mobility Grant 2020/21 and 2021/22
You can receive the Eramus+ grant for a maximum of 12 months (one month always equals 30 days). It is paid for the exact total of days you are studying abroad, based on to the period confirmed in your "Letter of Stay" (Arrival and Departure) by the partner university and definded in your Grant Agreement. Furthermore, in the spirit of sustainability the "Erasmus+ Green" initiative subsidizes the use of environmentally friendly means of transport to and from your stay abroad with a one-time Green travel top-up of 50€. In addition up to a maximum of 4 additional travel days can be subsidized with the respective daily rate. You need to provide an information of your green travel by filling a declaration of honor.
|Country Group 1: 450 € per Month / 15 € per day / 50€ Green travel top-up (if applicable)|
|Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden|
|Country Group 2: 390 € per Month / 13 € per day / 50€ Green travel top-up (if applicable)|
|Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus|
|Country Group 3: 330 € per Month / 11 € per day / 50€ Green travel top-up (if applicable)|
|Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, The Czech Republic, Turkey|
For students who received an exchange place at one of the Erasmus+ KA107 partner universities.
Exchange stays of up to 5 month can be funded for Bachelor or Master students as well as PhD students of all faculties. The financial grant is 700 EUR per month. Additionally, travel costs of 275 EUR, 360 EUR or 820 EUR are provided depending on the distance. You will receive further information after admission to any of the partner universities.
Coordinator Erasmus+ KA107: Oleksii Isakov
Please be aware that from the start of 2011 the DAAD decentralized a series of their grant programs under the name “PROMOS” and gave the responsibility for grants to the universities. The Viadrina has decided on the basis of its internationalization strategy, to use this program to ensure a high level of student mobility and its expansion into some areas.
- For Bachelor and Master students of the Viadrina who want to study a semester stay abroad at one of our partner universities in a non-EU country.
- For Master students who want to study a semester abroad to work on their master thesis.
- Bachelor or Masters Students who want to do an internship, that is relevant to their area of study, in a non-EU-country. (Further information can be found at the Career Centers page).
- That you are enrolled as a regular student at the European University Viadrina and that you have the intention to complete your studies here.
- The PROMOS grant is performance related and can only be received by students with a GPA better than 2.5 (law students: better than 9 points).
- The grants for the completion of a thesis are not intended for those attending courses at a university. The application for a grant is only possible when the awarding of the final thesis is confirmed and a confirmation from the relevant contact person at the foreign institution has been received.
- For information concerning the possibilities of combining a PROMOS grant with other grants please contact the Department for International Affairs - Contact person: Claudia Casiano.
- For studies abroad a monthly grant of 350 EUR is available; the grant will be paid for a maximum of four (4) months (even if the study stay is longer than four (4) months). If you already have been granted a PROMOS scholarship, you can receive the scholarship for maximum 2 more months, as the maximum total funding period is 6 months.
- For internships a monthly grant is available; this will be paid for a maximum of three months (even when the internship is longer than three months).
- For a stay to complete a Master thesis a one-time travel allowance is available, the amount are determined by the DAAD specifications.
- Application form.
- Letter of Motivation. (please mention the reason for your application for a PROMOS Scholarship)
- Enrollment confirmation from the partner university. (Can be submitted at a later point)
- If you wish to complete your Master thesis abroad:
- Confirmation of thesis assignment
- Confirmation from a supervisor abroad
- Assessment from the thesis supervisor at the Viadrina
- Transcript of Records.
- Certificate of enrollment at the Viadrina.
Proof of language proficiency.
- Copy of I.D. or passport.
- If applicable, notifications of diverse grants / BAföG notification.
- Bachelor Degree Certificate. (Only applies to master students)
There are a number of deadlines throughout the year, which will be published here. The next prospective application period (for a semester abroad during the winter semester 2023) is between the 15th May- 11th June 2023. Please submit the application form together with the relevant documents in one PDF by email to email@example.com by June 11th 2023, 11:59 p.m.
For details of the PROMOS program, please contact the Department Viadrina International Affairs – Contact person: Claudia Casiano.
As part of the program for "International Study and Education Partnerships (ISAP)" are bachelor students from the Faculty of Economics entitled to apply for a full scholarship including a travel allowance and a subsidy for health insurance.
The current call for applications can be found here.
- 5 months in the winter semester of 2023; from 01.08.2023 - 31.12.2023.
- 5 months in the summer semester of 2024; from 01.01.2024 - 31.05.2024.
- 10 months in the winter- und summer semester of 2023/24; from 01.08.2023 - 31.05.2024.
- Travel allowance of a one-time amount of 1.400,00 Euro
- Monthly scholarship award in the amount of 1.025,00 Euro
- Monthly insurance aid in the amount of 35,00 Euro
- Enrollment in the bachelor's degree program "International Business Administration" or "Internationale Betriebswirtschaftslehre" with at least 4 completed semesters at the time of starting the stay abroad.
- Proof of sufficient knowledge of the Spanish language at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.
- Proof of sufficient knowledge of the English language at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference.
- Motivational Letter
- Transcript of Records; a min. of 2,5 GPA is required
- Proof of Language Proficiency
Please send all documents in one PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 9th, 2023.
For queries and further information, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Contact Person: Ms. Claudia Casiano
- One-time travel allowance of 1875€
- Montly allowance of 1150€ for 10 months
- Montly subsidy for health insurance of 35€
- Immatriculated students of IBA or IBWL
- Spanish skills of B1/B2 at time of leaving to the partner-university (= an Oberstufe courrse at the Viadrina Language Center)
- Overview of Grades from the HIS-Portal (GPA of 2.5 in the Gerrman system as a miminum)
- Proof of Spanish proficiency
- Motivation letter
- Immatriculation certificate
- A one-time travel allowance of 1.225 EUR, monthly subsidy for health insurance of 35 EUR (for a maximum of 10 months), subsistence allowance of monthly 975 EUR (for a maximum of 10 months).
- Student of Master IBA
- A minimum of two completed semesters before the date of departure
- Spanish proficiency to level B1-B2 before the date of departure (minimum a completed advanced course or equivalent)
For Master European Studies with the Istanbul Bilgi University/Turkey:
- A one-time travel allowance of 225 EUR, monthly subsidy for health insurance of 35 EUR (for a maximum of 10 months), subsistence allowance of monthly 775 EUR (for a maximum of 10 months).
- Student of Master European Studies.
- A minimum of two completed semesters before the date of departure.
- English proficiency to level B2.
- Only for students that have an exchange place within the GUS-Partnership of the Viadrina.
- The application for the Go-East program is done through the Viadrina, it is not possible to apply individually for it. After the confirmation of a stay at a partner university in the relevant countries, we will inform you about the possibility of this grant.
- The scholarship is available for a maximum of 5 months and comprises 350 EUR/month (partial scholarship); daily rate (in the following month) up to 22 days 12 EUR. In addition, there is a one-time travel allowance depending on the destination region.
You can apply for this scholarship if you are going to one of the following universities:
- Moscow State Humanities University (RGGU).
- Moscow State Linguistic University
- St. Petersburg State University
- Federal University of the Urals "Boris Yeltsin" in Yekaterinburg
- NEFU Yakutsk, North Eastern Federal University
- Immanuel Kant State University Kaliningrad
- FEFU Vladivostok, Far Eastern Federal University (probably new from 2022)
- TSU Tibilisi, Georgia (probably new from 2022)
For further information, please contact Christin Reise: email@example.com.
- When do I apply to the Federal Education and Trainings Assistance Act (BAföG) for a study abroad?
- Where is the Federal Education and Trainings Assistance Act (BAföG) office that is appropriate for me?
- What deadlines are to be met?
- How will the funding for a stay abroad be calculated?
A student loan is another method to fund your stay abroad. Student loans of this type have relatively cheap lending rates for the financing of educational projects. Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Administration Office.
There are many organizations and charitable foundations that can fund a part of your study abroad. Every organization has its own application processes and its own terms and conditions. The receipt of funding depends mainly on professional qualifications and personal suitability. This is determined through academic performance, written assessments of professors and lecturers and the type of course or research stay to be taken. The particular deadline of each organization must be respected, some of which are a considerable time before the planned foreign study.
Please note: More than one funding stream is often not possible! Often you cannot be funded for a stay abroad by more than one organization. There are exceptions for funding by the the Federal Education and Trainings Assistance Act (BAföG) or EU grants. Also the Deutschlandgrantium (Deutschlandstipendium) can be combined with other funding streams in certain circumstances.
This is a short list of possible funding organizations and further information sources for grants:
- "Down Under Scholarships" for Australia and New Zealand Ranke-Heinemann Academic Foundation: The scholarship covers 10% of the tuition fees charged on Australian by New Zealand universities.
- Eidam & Partner: Eidam & Partner offer grants for study stays abroad in any country for Master students.
- European Grant Data Bank: The initiative for transparent student support (ItS) founded the European Grant Funding Bank with the European Funding Guide.
- Foundations: You can find information on how to apply to various foundations on the website of the Federal Association of German Foundations.
- Full scholarship for Australia and New Zealand Ranke-Heinemann Academic Foundation: The scholarships covers tuition fees for one semester charged by Australian and New Zealand universities.
- Fullbright Commission: The Fullbright Commission provides grants for study stays in the USA. Nicole Klück is the contact person and also for application responsible. Please keep yourself informed on the homepage of the Fulbright Commission. There are several grants with different application deadlines.
- German Academic Scholarship Foundation: “Metropolis in Eastern Europe.”
- GFPS e.V: GFPS offers grants to German students or PhD students that are interested in a semester stay at a Polish or Czech university or that wish to take a semester language course in Poland.
- GoEuro-Scholarships: GoEuro offers 10 scholarships of 2.000 € each. More information about the conditions you will find here, or check the website.
- Grant database: You can find information on various grants on the website of the Scholarship Portal.
- Mawista Grants: Grants for study stays abroad with children.
- Mygrantium: At the website, mygrantium.de you can find extensive information on funding possibilities.
- National Scholarship Program of the Slovak Republic: At the website, scholarships.sk you can find extensive information on funding possibilities.
- Scholarship Times: At the website, Scholarship Times you can find information on international grants for students of any subject as well as grants for PhD students.
- Study Advisory Scholarships: Motivation Grants for student stays and internships abroad.
- StudyPortals Scholarship: Motivation grants for stays abroad.
- The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): The deadline for application for DAAD grants depend on the type of grant and the destination country. Please inform yourself about the DAAD grants as soon as possible as the application deadlines tend to be very early. Further information can be found on the grant site of the DAAD.
- Vacasol Global Engagement Scholarship: Five scholarships of 1.000 € each in 2021 for a stay abroad. You can only apply online! Applicants can find information here and download the application form.
- ZEIT Foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius: "Arnold Heidsieck Scholarships" for one or two-semester study visits to US universities. The scholarships are aimed at BA students of the humanities whose main focus is on German culture, language, history, music or art.
What needs financing?
If you have a stay abroad in one of the Viadrina’s many partner universities, usually, there are no tuition fees to pay. Sometimes there are administrative fees to be paid, i.e. for the issuing of student identification or a mandatory membership in a student organization that entitles you to benefits.
Please note: If you organize your stay abroad yourself, in most cases, you will have to pay tuition fees. You can find the exact amounts directly on the website of the foreign university that you wish to apply to.
There are many living costs that are connected to a stay abroad, pay particular attention to the following areas:
- Administrative fees, Visa
- Travel to destination
- Excess baggage costs
- Gas, electricity, internet, telephone etc.
- Weather appropriate clothing
- Medical and accident insurance
- Local travel
- Banking fees
- Leisure activities
This list is, of course, not complete. It is simply a general overview of the possible costs. You should be aware before your application for a stay abroad of the possible costs involved. Also remember that the living costs in some countries (e.g. Great Britain or the USA and also Scandinavia) are considerably higher than the comparable costs in Germany.
Information on Living Costs can be found for example at:
- on the websites of partner universities
- at the relevant embassies
- in the country information of the DAAD
- in the experience reports of former exchange students (only available in German).
Please note: If you are applying for a grant or have already received one, check to see if travel costs will be paid or if it will continue to be paid during your stay abroad.