Study semester abroad

On this page we have summarized information concerning the funding opportunities and programs for you, as well as details about the recognition of credits received abroad. You will find further information regarding stays abroad, especially regarding finance possibilities on our useful links page.

Here you can find our leaflet (in German) for a study semester abroad

With about 100 cooperation contracts existing with European Universities as part of the Erasmus+ program, the following advantages are provided:

  • Up to 12 months financial aid for stays abroad at partner universities within the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Turkey
  • Minimum period for studies abroad 2 months (60 days)
  • Multiple funding BA, MA, PhD is possible (maximum 12 months per cycle, studies abroad and internships abroad will be summed up). The days stayed abroad without ERASMUSgrant (Zero Grant) will also be counted towards the max. contingent.
  • No study fees.
  • Recognition of the credits received abroad (credit transfer) according to the learning agreement
  • Counseling during the preparation and followup work as well as during the stay itself by the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer
  • Simplified process of application
  • Experiences in terms of exchange are available

Further information about the ERASMUS study stay abroad can be found in the  short explanation-clip  of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). 

A direct link towards the Erasmus+ program of the European Union is available  here.

Maybe also virtual or blended mobility could be interesting for you.  Here are some reasons for this.

Application: Please consider the current announcements for the available university places of your faculty (in February/march). Find out about your future host university/institution and coordinate projects and study contents with the coordinators of your degree course within the faculty. The internal online application (including current enrollment certificate, overview of your grades, proof of language skills, as well as CV and motivation letter) have to be submitted until 01.03. The application for the Erasmus place is also the application for the Erasmus grant (see also "Erasmus+ financial information").In case of remaining places for the summer semester, places will be allocated in accordance with the receipt of the applications, the chance to get the Erasmus grant might be lower in that case.

Selection: The decision about the allocation of places will be made by the faculties. Decisive selection criteria are the qualification and the performance of the student, the evidence of purpose of the intended stay with regard to the previous studies, the motivation as well as existing language skills that are necessary for the execution of the stay abroad.

Finally, the nomination at the host university including completion of the application documents from your future host university will take place. Further information concerning the application and the payment of the mobility grant are provided in the International Office of the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer.

Possible monthly mobility grants:

These are the ERASMUS+ rates for studies abroad:

- Group 1 (higher costs of living): Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Norway, Sweden: 600,- € per month (30 days)

-Group 2 (average costs of living): Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus: 540,- € per month (30 days)

-Group 3 (lower costs of living): Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Rumania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary: 490,- € per month

Possible top ups:

  • Single payment of 50 € for "green travel" of at least 50% of the total distance ==> in total for return trip (The definition of green travel has not been decided on finally. Flights will be excluded in any case.)
  • Up to 4 days additional grant for "green travel" if needed
  • Top up of 250 € monthly for the following student groups (only possible for one criterion even if several are true):
    • Students with a chronic disease who have an increased financial need abroad
    • Students with a degree of disability of minimum 20
    • Students, who go abroad with a child/children
    • First generation students (parents have not studied)
    • Working students (certain conditions have to be fulfilled)

The grant will be transfered in two rates: 75 % before or at the beginning of the mobility and 25% after the mobility, when all ERASMUS documents will have been handed in.

Calculation example: A mobility of 100 days equate to a full mobility of 3 grant-months and 10 days (3x monthly rate + monthly rate/30 days x 10 days)

Study semesters of 1-6 months duration can be funded by University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer worldwide (except in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia , Norway, Serbia and Turkey) via the PROMOS program. Here you will find the current announcement and application deadlines. For advice and questions about the PROMOS program, please contact Ms. Janine Hülsen (janine.huelsen|at| Further information on the program can also be obtained directly from the DAAD at:

Furthermore, you will find a reportage (in German) under the link PROMOS bewegt (, where you can accompany the student Lea, who wants to get to know PROMOS. On her way, she meets interesting people who explain in video and audio formats with texts and pictures how PROMOS has "moved" them.

Please also note the following:

Support may only be granted if there is no travel warning from the Foreign Office for the region in question (there is an exception for Covid-19 warnings). See

Scholarship holders with physical disabilities can sign up for a special requirement. Therefore, an informal application must be submitted to the International Office.

There is a selection process. The approval rate and amount depends on the respective financial allocation. The selection takes place in a selection committee, which consists of representatives of the faculties/departments, employees of the International Office and the Vice President for international affairs.

Please address feedback and criticism of the selection process to Dr. Sandra Koch (sandra.koch@hs-emden-leer).


HAW.International programme of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for studies abroad of 3-6 months or for periods abroad of 1-6 months in the framework of the final thesis

You have to apply individually via the DAAD portal, thus there can be no counselling from the International Office or the international faculty coordinators. In case of questions, please inform yourself in the announcement text/FAQs or contact the DAAD directly. Please inform the International Office if the HAW.Interntional scholarship has been granted to you in order to avoid two grants at the same time as this is not allowed for the same purpose.

You will find further information in regard to this programme on our announcement page.

Here you will find a link to the DAAD Scholarship Database, which shows you further ways to finance a study abroad.

You can find a good overview of possibilities to finance your stay abroad in the scholarship brochure of the DAAD, including scholarships of other organisations as well (brochure is in German).

In order to help students in planning a study semester abroad, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) created a webpage with an approximate time frame and a checklist. Here is the direkt link(only in German).

Please bear in mind, that the time frame in the link is the ideal situation. Before you give up your plans, because you think that you are too late, please contact us in the International Office.

Under certain circumstances, students who receive the regular BAföG and also students who are not eligible for the regular BAföG may receive funding for studying abroad (Auslands-BAföG).

Application: At different BAföG offices, depending on the target country ==> if possible apply 6 months before your stay abroad

Amount of exemption: 300 Euros per month of a scholarship are not considered for the calculation of "Auslands-BAföG"

Funding: If applicable regular BAföG-funding + lump sum for travel costs + subsidy for insurance + subsidy for a stay outside of the EU and Switzerland + study fees up to 5.600 Euros for maximum one year

Further information: 


You can find everything about recognitionof the effected performances abroad of study achievements abroad (including documents) here.


Please also remember to check your insurance (eg. health insurance, liability insurance, accident insurance) for validity abroad before your stay abroad! Even within Europe e.g. the health insurance is very limited without additional protection. A good option is provided by the DAAD Group Insurance (health insurance, liability insurance, accident insurance). Further information about costs, requirements, services, etc. can be found here