ERASMUS+ Scholarships

Erasmus+ scholarships of the European Commission allow the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg to fund internships in Europe and studies abroad at one of its partner universities. Stays abroad for lecturers and employees of the H-BRS can be supported through the Erasmus+ fund as well.


I. Erasmus Outgoing

  1. Erasmus+ Study Abroad (SMS)
  2. Erasmus+ Internships Abroad (SMP)
  3. Erasmus+ Staff Mobility (STA/STT)

II. Erasmus Incoming

  1. General information regarding the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
  2. Application
  3. Visas, registration and residence permit
  4. Courses
  5. Language requirements
  6. Accomodation
  7. Costs
  8. Health Insurance
  9. Welcome Centre

III. Erasmus Charta (ECHE) und European Policy Statement (EPS)


I. Erasmus Outgoing

Students can receive Erasmus+ funding during each study phase:

  • Up to twelve months each during their Bachelor's and Master's degree programme 
  • Study periods in European countries with a duration between 3 and 12 months (more than one stay possible).
  • Internships in European countries with a duration between 2 and 12 months (more than one stay possible).
  • Internship within one year after completing a study phase (graduate internships), if the application has taken place within the last year of the respective study phase


1. Erasmus+ Study Abroad (SMS)

After completing their first year at university, students may study at one of the European partner universities of their home university to improve their social and cultural competences as well as their CV. This way they have the chance to learn about the academic system of another country and university as well as the culture of their host country.


Advantages of an Erasmus+ study period abroad:

  • Academic recognition of the credits gained during the study abroad
  • Not having to pay tuition fees at the host university
  • Support during the planning phase and the application process
  • Possibility to complete a language course online
  • Special fundings rates for students with children
  • Special funding rates for students with disability


Requirements for an Erasmus+ (SMS) scholarship:

  • Regular immatriculation at a German university
  • Completion of the first year of studies
  • Studying at a partner university which has a cooperation agreement with the student's home university 
  • Home and host university both are in possession of a valid Erasmus Charta for Higher Education (ECHE)


Criteria for the allocation of places at Erasmus partner universities

The selection procedure is carried out by the responsible coordinators for international affairs in the departments. Selection criteria include the academic record, motivation for the semester abroad, extra-curricular commitment, language skills and a complete application submitted on time.


Funding rates:

A successful application for an Erasmus+ study period automatically leads to the application for a partial scholarship. From the winter semester 2020/21 onwards, the maximum duration of funding is four months if you are staying abroad for one semester and eight months for a two-semester stay abroad.

In the academic years 2020/21 and 2021/22 the following rates of funding per month (30 days) apply for studying abroad in the groups of countries below, due to the different costs of living: 

  • Group 1 (450 Euro/month): Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom.
  • Group 2 (390 Euro/month): Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus.
  • Group 3 (330 Euro/month): Bulgaria, Estonie, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Rumania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary.

Taking part in a compulsory online language test and writing a report after completing the stay abroad are part of the scholarship.


2. Erasmus+ Internships Abroad (SMP)

Students can absolve internships through Erasmus+ SMP in organisations and firms in European countries that are part of the programme. 


Advantages of an Erasmus internship abroad:

  • EU internship contract between university, company and student
  • Academic recognition of the internship
  • Support throughout the internship by one contact person at the home university as well as one contact person at the company
  • Support during the planning phase
  • Special funding rates for students with disability


Requirements for an Erasmus+ internship abroad:

  • Regular immatriculation at a German university
  • Both home and host university are in possession of a valid Erasmus Charta for Higher Education (ECHE)
  • No funding available for internships at EU institutions and other EU facilities including specialized acengies (complete list here


Funding rates:

Students who apply for an Erasmus+ funding of an internship abroad receive 100 Euro per month on top of the funding rates for studying abroad, i.e.: 

  • Group 1 (520 Euro/month): Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom.

  • Group 2 (460 Euro/month): Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus.

  • Group 3 (400 Euro/month): Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Rumania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary.

Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg has set the maximum period of funding to four months (120 days) at the monthly rates above. Please note: in the case of two-month internships, especially for the month of February, please ensure that your stay abroad is for a minimum of 60 days!


3. Erasmus+ for Teaching (STA)/ Erasmus+ for Training (STT)

Advantages of an Erasmus+ staff mobility:

  • Mobility is based on a coordinated programme
  • Professional exchange and new perspectives
  • Strenghtening of competences
  • Expansion of networks


Erasmus+ for Teaching (STA)

Inviting guest lecturers enables the host university to strengthen the European dimensions of their institution, to add new facets to their curriculum, and to provide foreign expert knowledge for students who are not willing or able to study abroad themselves.

If possible, the presence of the guest lecturer should lead to the development of shared study programmes as well as the exchange of teaching content and methods between guest and host university.

Apart from university lecturers it is also possible to invide personnel of foreign companies or organisations to German universities for teaching purposes.

Staff Mobility needs to take place in one of the Erasmus+ programme countries, which is neither the country of the sending university (exception: incoming mobility, see below) nor the country of main residence of the respective staff member. 

The duration of a staff mobility has to be between two days and two months (each without travel time); the lecture time should be at least eight hours per stay or per commenced week. Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg is currently able to finance 3 days plus 2 additional travel days from the limited funds of the Erasmus+ programme.

The following groups of people can receive funding for staff mobility:

  • Professors and lecturers who have a contractual relationship with a university
  • Teachers for special purposes
  • Research Staff
  • Business personnel (incoming)


Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Training (STT)

Erasmus+ provides the opportunity to take part in advanced training and professional development programmes to further internationalisation.

Personnel of German universities with a valid ECHE can receive funding for visiting either a foreign university with ECHE or another foreign facility/institution that is active in the field of general or vocational education.   

Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Training needs to take at least two days and not more than two months. Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg is currently able to finance 3 days plus 2 additional travel days from the limited funds of the Erasmus+ programme.

Through STT, university staff from all departments can be supported, e.g.:

  • General and technical administration
  • Library
  • Faculties
  • Departments
  • Finances
  • International Office
  • Public Relations
  • Study Guidance Service

Forms of training (examples):

  • Job Shadowing
  • Study visits
  • Participation in workshops and seminars


Funding rates:

The funding of Erasmus+ mobility programmes for teaching purposes or for professional training is oriented on the different living expenses in the programme countries:

  • Group 1: 180 Euro per day for Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden.
  • Group 2: 160 Euro per day for Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus.
  • Group 3: 140 Euro per day for Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Rumania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary.

Additionally, travel costs can be funded depending on the distance between starting point and destination of the mobility. Travel costs are calculated with a calculation device that is used for the whole of Europe. For each stay and depending on the distance, the following rates will be funded:

  • 20 Euros for <100 km
  • 180 Euros for 100 km – 499 km
  • 275 Euros for 500 km – 1.999 km
  • 360 Euros for 2.000 km – 2.999 km
  • 530 Euros for 3.000 km – 3.999 km 
  • 820 Euros for 4.000 km – 7.999 km 
  • 1.500 Euros for 8.000 km or more


II. Erasmus Incoming

If you are studying at one of our partner universities and are interested in attending our university, please first contact the International Office of your university. They will provide you with information about the application procedure. 


1. General information regarding the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg:

The Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS) was founded in 1995. It is a dynamic and research-driven university with around 9,000 students and an overall staff of 1,000 including 150 professors. They are supported by highly qualified lecturers from the fields of academia, business and industry. The University has three campuses located in Hennef, Rheinbach and Sankt Augustin.

The following departments offer degree programmes:

  • Department of Management Sciences, Rheinbach
  • Department of Management Sciences, Sankt Augustin
  • Department of Computer Science, Sankt Augustin
  • Department of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Technical Journalism (EMT), Sankt Augustin
  • Department of Natural Sciences, Rheinbach
  • Department of Social Security Studies, Hennef

The academic year is divided into two semesters. Most degree courses start in the winter semester. Only Business Administration courses in Rheinbach and Sankt Augustin as well as Computer Science (Master programme) start in both the summer and the winter semesters.

a) Winter semester (WS): 1 September to 28 February

Lectures begin: end of September

Lectures end: end of January

b) Summer semester (SoSe): 1 March to 31 August

Lectures begin: end of March

Lectures end: end of June

Dates when lectures are held vary slightly from semester to semester and between the different departments.

Please note: Exchange students and first semester students should arrive in time for the compulsory Orientation Weeks of the different departments (mid September or mid March).


2. Application:

Exchange students must be nominated by their home universities by 15th October for the following summer semester, and by 15th May for the following winter semester.

They must then apply to us by 30th October and by 30th May respectively. Please note that we only accept applications submitted through our online application system.

For more information, see application procedure for exchange students

The deadlines for applications for degree seeking students can be found on the website of the Registrar’s Office (Studierendensekretariat).


3. Visas, registration and residence permit:

Most non-EU citizens will need a student visa in order to travel to Germany. The visa must be applied for before arrival at the German Embassy in your home country. The student visa itself allows for entry into Germany and residency for up to three months. Anyone who wants to stay longer than three months must then apply for a residency permit at their local foreign authority (Ausländeramt) in Germany.

Students must register at their place of residence within 8 days of arrival. Registration forms are available from the town hall (Bürgeramt) in the student’s city of residence. Students living in Bonn need to apply online for an appointment. Any changes of address must also be communicated to the Bürgeramt within one week of the move. Shortly before the end of your stay, the Bürgeramt should be notified of your departure.

In order to obtain your confirmation of registration (Meldebescheinigung), you will require the following documents:

  • A completed application form (Anmeldung)
  • Passport
  • confirmation of your accomodation by your landlord (Wohnungsgeberbescheinigung)


4. Courses:

We aim to continuously develop our curriculum and courses further. At the moment these include more than 30 degree programmes at Bachelor’s and Master’s level, some taught in German, some in English. In addition, visiting students can participate in the language and intercultural training courses offered by our Language Centre 

For those courses held in German, proof of good German language skills is required at the point of application.

Each semester, visiting students can choose from a variety of courses offered in English. Students are welcome to pick courses from the subject area which the Erasmus+ agreement was signed for. Please note that some courses might be subject to change.

Proof of sufficient English proficiency is needed for application.

Additionally, students from our partner universities have the option to complete an International Management Certificate


5. Language requirements:

No test results required (reference in online application is taken as evidence of language proficiency).  Exception: Degree-seeking students, e.g. double degree.


6. Accomodation:

For information about accommodation, please visit the website of the International Office Welcome Centre at:


7. Costs:

Information about the current semester contribution can be found on the webpage of the registrar's office (Studierendensekretariat).

The semester contribution includes costs for the SemesterTicket (VRS) and NRW-Ticket, which serve as a travel pass, entitling students to the free use of all train and bus services in the local network Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS) and also in the North Rhine-Westphalia-Region.

The recommended amount that students should have access to per month should be at least as high as €850. For general information on the cost of living in Germany please have a look at these websites:


8. Health Insurance:

There is a general obligation to have health insurance in Germany. Health Insurance is mandatory for all international students before enrolment. Health insurance tariffs are available for students for the duration of their studies (until the age of 30).

1. There are health insurance agreements with all EU countries. Students from these countries should bring their home country EU health insurance card (EHIC) and submit it to a statutory health insurance company of their choice. They will then be exempted from the German compulsory student health insurance. The EU health insurance (EHIC) must be obtained from the student’s national health insurance in his or her home country before departure. It must cover the entire period of the planned stay in Germany. Otherwise, they have to apply for German health insurance.

2. Students from Non-EU countries have to have a health insurance that is accepted by German law. Either the students have obtained health insurance in their home country which is accepted by German law (unlimited coverage!) or apply for German health insurance.

Some German health insurance companies offer the possibility of online application.

The staff of the International Office will help you if necessary.


9. Welcome Centre:

The International Office and the Welcome Centre are meeting and service points for all international students and guest academics at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. We provide advice and support before and during your study period at our university. You will receive all information relevant to the formalities required, search for accommodation as well as life in Germany and on campus.


III. Erasmus Charta (ECHE) und European Policy Statement (EPS)

The Erasmus Charta for Higher Education, signed by the university principal, is the basis for the participation of the university in the Erasmus+ programme. By signing the ECHE, the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg commits itself to stick to the main principles of the Erasmus programme in the way they are predefined by the European Commission. 

In the European Policy Statement, the H-BRS outlines its stategy for the cooperation with other European universities in the context of the Erasmus+ programme.

ECHE and EPS can be downloaded under "related documents"