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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

The date of stay confirmed by the partner university on the "Letter of Stay" (Confirmation of Arrival and Departure) and the arrangement in the Grant Agreement are decisive for the calculation of the grant. One month always corresponds to 30 days. In addition, there are top ups for participants with fewer opportunities "social top up" and for sustainable travel, "green travel". In order to receive at top up you need to provide a Declaration of Honor.
You will receive your Erasmus+ Grant in two installments. After sending us the confirmation of arrival in your Letter of Stay, you get the first installment of approx. 70% of your grant within about 4 weeks. A second installment will be paid after your return and send in all your Erasmus+ documents. For double degree students the Erasmus+ mobility grant will be paid in three installments. Accordingly, the first installment for double degree students will be about 30% of your full grand.

Group Destination



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.

Top Ups

  • 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).
  • Employed students

    • 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.
You will receive your Erasmus+ Grant in two instalments. After sending to us the confirmation of arrival in your Letter of Stay, you will receive the first instalment of approx. 70% of your grant within 4 weeks. A second instalment will be paid after your return and after you handed in all your Erasmus+ documents. For double degrees the Erasmus+ mobility grant will be paid in three installments. Accordingly, the first installment for double degree students will be about 30% of your full grand.
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.

Who are the grants for?
  1. 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.
  2. For Master students who want to study a semester abroad to work on their master thesis.
  3. 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).

What are the requirements to receive a grant?
  1. That you are enrolled as a regular student at the European University Viadrina and that you have the intention to complete your studies here.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. For information concerning the possibilities of combining a PROMOS grant with other grants please contact the Department for International Affairs - Contact person: Claudia Casiano.
What is included in the grant?
  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. For a stay to complete a Master thesis a one-time travel allowance is available, the amount are determined by the DAAD specifications.

Which documents do I need to submit with my application?
  1. Application form.
  2. Letter of Motivation. (please mention the reason for your application for a PROMOS Scholarship)
  3. Enrollment confirmation from the partner university. (Can be submitted at a later point)
  4. 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
    • Timetable
  5. Transcript of Records.
  6. Certificate of enrollment at the Viadrina.
  7. Proof of language proficiency.
  8. Copy of I.D. or passport.
  9. If applicable, notifications of diverse grants / BAföG notification.
  10. Bachelor Degree Certificate. (Only applies to master students)
Application Deadline:
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 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.

The Scholarship

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.


  1.  5 months in the winter semester of 2023; from 01.08.2023 - 31.12.2023.
  2.  5 months in the summer semester of 2024; from 01.01.2024 - 31.05.2024.
  3. 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

Application Requirement

  • 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.

Application Documents

  • CV
  • 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 by April 9th, 2023.
For queries and further information, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Contact Person: Ms. Claudia Casiano

As part of the DAAD program “Integrated International Study Programs with Double Degree” students can apply for a full grant that includes travel costs and a subsidy for health insurance.
For Bachelor IBWL and IBA with the Universidad Católica de Córdoba/Argentina:
Amount of support:
  • One-time travel allowance of 1875€
  • Montly allowance of 1150€ for 10 months
  • Montly subsidy for health insurance of 35€
Application Requirements:
  • 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)

Application documents:

  • CV
  • 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

Master IBA with the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Campus Bogotá or Campus Manizales)
Amount of support:
  • 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).
Application Requierements:
  • 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)
Contact person: Claudia Casiano

For Master European Studies with the Istanbul Bilgi University/Turkey:
Amount of support:
  • 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).
Application Requirements:
  • Student of Master European Studies.
  • A minimum of two completed semesters before the date of departure.
  • English proficiency to level B2.
Contact person: Kerstin Hinrichsen
  • 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:

The support from the Federal Education and Assistance Act (BAföG) is a national funding that is dependent on fulfilment of particular requirements (e.g.  nationality, age, qualifications, income). The current requirements can be found at the website of Auslands-BAföG.
Search for the answers to the following questions:
  • 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?
Which additional payments can I receive from the Federal Education and Trainings Assistance Act (BAföG)?
Information: Even if you’re not eligible for the domestic funding (Inlands- BAföG) it is possible that your are eligible for the international funding (Auslands-BAföG ) as the requirements differ. For an estimation of your funding possibilities you can use the funding calculator (BAföG-Rechner) by typing in your destination country.

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:

  • 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?

Tuition fees

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.

Living costs

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
  • Accommodation
  • Gas, electricity, internet, telephone etc.
  • Food
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Medicine
  • 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:

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.