ERASMUS+ is a program of the European Union with the aim of promoting student exchange within Europe. Students are given the opportunity to get to know the academic system of a foreign university and to benefit from its teaching and learning methods. Thereby an ERASMUS+ exchange offers many advantages:
- Support in the preparation of your stay abroad
- Support at the partner university
- Exemption from tuition fees at the partner university
- Free online language courses in all EU languages and/or low-cost intensive language courses at the partner university
- Recognition of achievements made abroad
- Mobility allowance of up to € 450 per month for additional costs incurred abroad
Currently you can apply from October 2022 until 15 January 2023 for the academic year 2023/2024 (WS 2023/24 and/or SS 2024)
Please familiarize yourself with the
requirements and application process described below.
ERASMUS+ Coordination at KIT
If you are interested, the International Students Office/ERASMUS+-team is your first contact at KIT. All Erasmus activities at KIT are coordinated there, such as the administrative implementation of the program, the management of financial resources and the payment of scholarships.
ERASMUS+ Coordination at the KIT-Department BGU
At the KIT-Department of Civil Engineering, Geo and Environmental Sciences, Ms. Angelika Fels is the first contact person for general questions and administrative matters. She can be reached at Erasmus Office, KIT-Department BGU, angelika.fels∂kit.edu phone +49 721 608-47245.
Additionally, there is an ERASMUS coordinator for each field of study, who maintains professional contact with the partner universities and can best provide information about individual partner universities and their study programs.
The faculty coordinator is also available for advise on your study plan (in addition to your mentor/only field of civil engineering).
Civil Engineering / Water Science & Engineering
Prof. Dr. Olivier Eiff, erasmus-civil∂bgu.kit.edu, phone +49 721 608-42201
Prof. Dr. Philipp Blum, philipp.blum∂kit.edu, phone +49 721 608-47612
Geography and Geoecology
Dr. Christophe Neff, christophe.neff∂kit.edu, phone +49 721 608-43481
Geodesy and Geoinformatics
Dr. Hendrik Andersen, hendrik.andersen∂kit.edu, phone +49 721 608-42316
An exchange is only possible with an institution with an ERASMUS contract for the subjects of civil engineering, geo and environmental sciences.
The KIT-Department BGU currently has Erasmus partner universities in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Up to 3 universities can be selected. Information about the required language skills and the number of available places can be found in the list linked above.
All partner universities of KIT as well as further information about the individual universities can be found on the list of partner universities of the IStO.
In principle, any student who is regularly enrolled at KIT in a degree program leading to a university degree (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.) - regardless of nationality - is eligible to participate in the ERASMUS+ program. Enrollment is required both at the time of application and during the entire stay abroad.
Students who study at KIT for a limited period of time within the framework of exchange programs are excluded from participation in ERASMUS+.
In addition, the language in the host country should be mastered to the extent that it is possible to participate in the lectures in a meaningful way, i.e. at least at level B1. For more information on the required language level, please refer to the list of partner universities.
For Bachelor students
- The application for an Erasmus exchange can be submitted at the end of the 3rd semester (within the above-mentioned internal application deadlines).
- By the time of application, at least 48 ECTS of the first 2 subject semesters have been successfully completed, incl. all orientation exams.
- Before the start of the stay abroad, an additional minimum of 24 ECTS have been successfully completed for each additional completed semester.
- The average grade should be at least 2.5 (grade extract).
- There should be no outstanding exam retakes.
- Familiarize yourself with the partner universities of our faculty.
- Select courses from at least 2 universities (max. 3) using the module handbooks, online course catalogs or course descriptions available on the homepage of the host university. Just like at KIT, you should select ca. 30 ECTS in each semester, which may also include language courses. Ask yourself which course work you would like to achieve abroad (e.g. compulsory/elective courses).
- Fill out the Learning Agreement (please have one Learning Agreement for each university of your choice).
Bachelor students Civil Engineering: Discuss the Learning Agreement with the academic advisor Dr.-Ing. Harald Schneider and let him sign the agreement in the appropriate section of the LA. If you are about to transfer to the master's program, please find a mentor ahead of time to discuss the direction of your study plan.
Master students Civil Engineering: Meet with your mentor to discuss your preliminary study plan and possible recognition of your course work abroad, and have him/her sign the Learning Agreement.
2. Submission of application documents
Upload the following documents to the Mobilty Online Portal before the application deadline:
- Learning Agreements, completed as described above and - for civil engineering students - signed by the mentor.
- Letter of Motivation (for the department coordinator, max. 1-2 pages, in English or German. Refer to your CV, your academic career, the profile of the host university and your personal interest in the host country. Your language skills should also be mentioned. Concentrate on your 1st choice university, but include a small paragraph on your 2nd or 3rd choice as well).
- Curriculum Vitae
- Current Transcript of Records
- Bachelor Degree Certificate incl. Grades
- Abitur/High School Certificate
- Language Certificate for the required level at the partner university(ies)
! Only complete application documents will be considered !!
3. Nomination at the partner university
- After successful application you will be nominated by the IStO at your partner university. You will automatically receive an e-mail from erasmus-out asking you to confirm your place in Mobility Online. ∂ intl kit edu
- You will then have to submit the necessary documents for enrollment at the partner university on your own by the corresponding registration deadlines. We recommend that you check the deadlines on the website of the host university in advance so that you can submit the documents as quickly as possible. As a rule, in addition to information about your person, field of study, etc., the learning agreement is also required so that your study plan can be checked on site and any necessary corrections can be coordinated with you BEFORE the start of your stay.
This means: if you want to go abroad in the WS 2023/24 or SS 2024, you must apply by the end of January 2023. You can still apply for remaining places for the SS 2024 until 01. July 2023. However, no ERASMUS mobility grant can be guaranteed for these exchanges, financing depends each year again on the available funding.
Please fill in the section "BEFORE THE MOBILITY" (information about yourself incl. table A (= study plan abroad) + table B (list of courses you want to have recognized at KIT). Discuss the course selection and possible recognition with your mentor. A separate Learning Agreement must be completed for each university of choice.
It is common for deviations from the original Learning Agreement to occur on site. For this purpose there is a change form in the Learning Agreement in the section "DURING THE MOBILITY". You indicate in a table the courses you want to delete or add and have the new selection signed by both the coordinator on site and the coordinator at KIT.
In addition, funding is not provided for the full duration of the stay. Currently, the maximum duration of support is 4-5 months for one semester (depending on the country) and 8-10 months for two semesters.
- Graded courses from the KIT-Sprachenzentrum
(In this case, please attach a separate sheet of language evidence and refer in it to the language course documented in the grade transcript. Mark this in color on the grade transcript)
- DAAD Test Certificate (KIT-Sprachenzentrum)
- Official language certificates with indication of the language level achieved (CEFR) such as IELTS, TOEFL, DELF, Cambridge Certificate
- The Abitur certificate is sufficient for the deparment-internal application as proof of a B2 level of English according to the European Framework of Reference if it shows that the language was also taken during the upper school and the average grade achieved in the course level including the Abitur examination is at least 10 points. For a C1 level, an average of at least 13 points must have been achieved.
As a rule, recognition is granted as an elective module and optionally with or without a grade. Recognition as a compulsory module with a grade can only be granted by an individual assessment of the individual examination performance by a professor of our KIT-Department who offers a comparable lecture. If you wish to be recognized as a compulsory module with a grade, it is essential that you clarify this with the professors in question before starting your stay abroad.
For recognition, you must contact your responsible examination board in the semester following the stay abroad, download the recognition forms from their websites and have them signed off by the responsible mentor or professor.