Erasmus+ Student Mobility Program (SMS)
TUM supports staff mobility in 32 European countries via the Erasmus+ Student Mobility Program (SMS). Approximately 900 TUM students venture abroad by means of this program every year.
What is Erasmus+?
Erasmus+ is the program for education, youth and sports of the European Union. For further information, please visit the website of the European Commission.
Since 2014 exchange opportunities with Swiss universities continue to exist within the scope of the new “Swiss-European Mobility Programme” (SEMP).
All TUM schools and departments take part in the Erasmus+ program and have agreements with more than 300 partner universities.
Opportunities for stays at selected partner universities are available in each field of study.
Please read testimonials and inquire about the numerous options.
Benefits of the Erasmus+ program (SMS)
The Erasmus+ Student Mobility Program (SMS) offers students and graduates financial and administrative benefits:
- Exemption from student fees at the host university (for studies, enrollment, examinations, access to laboratories and libraries, etc.)
- Financial support
- Payment of a mobility grant. The amount will depend on the country, duration and academic year.
- Special funding for students with special needs (i.a. students with children) and handicapped students (pdf, 42,7 KB)
Annex E1: Grant allowance for severely handicapped students (pdf, 53,2 KB)
Annex E2: Allowance for severely handicapped grant recipients (SMS/SMP, ST) (pdf, 51,5 KB)
Annex E3: Grant for studying single parents with children abroad (SMS only)(pdf, 33,8 KB)
- You may also apply for federally funded study abroad aid (Auslands-BAföG)
- Option of taking a leave of absence from TUM
- Academic recognition of academic performance abroad
- Support from the host institution regarding accommodation, cultural offers, etc.
- Option for participation in a free tutor-led online language course via the Online Linguistic Support (OLS)
- Option of combining studies and an internship abroad in a single stay (SMS), as long as the duration of the internship does not exceed 2 months. Longer internships are supported via SMP.
Further benefits for TUM students
In addition to the benefits of an Erasmus+ Student Mobility (SMS), further grant options and services are available to TUM Erasmus participants through the International Center:
- Cost reimbursement for visa applications
- Grants for language courses in preparation for the Erasmus stay to be completed either in Munich (for languages not offered by the TUM Language Center) or in the host country.
- Opportunity to participate in a training course on intercultural communication offered by the Language Center. Further information about the “Fit for Exchange” seminar is available on the Language Center website.
- Help from TUM students for international exchange students coming to Munich with finding accommodation.
Requirements for participation
Students must meet the following requirements in order to apply for the Erasmus+ Student Mobility Program (SMS):
- Planned stay of a minimum duration of three months and a maximum duration of twelve months
- Successful completion of the first year of studies
- Enrollment in a TUM degree program leading to a university degree (incl. a doctoral degree)
- Sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction in the host country.
- Successful completion of at least one term-accompanying course at the partner university as a prerequisite for the Erasmus+ grant
Applications for the academic year 2018/2019 (WS 2018/2019 and SS 2019) are managed with the online portal MoveON. Please use the form Application for Erasmus+ SMS, Switzerland, Double Degree and Departmental Program 2018/19.
Application period: Friday, December 1, 2017, 8 am – Friday, January 12, 2018, 12 pm
For registration use only your TUM e-mail address. You can list up to four destination preferences. Please upload the following application documents:
- Letter of motivation
- CV with picture
- Language certificates
- Academic records of previous semester
- Preliminary studyplan at the host institution
Make sure to hand in your application as soon as possible because we connot exclude technical problems.
Please also note:
- You can fill in the online form only once.
- Please keep your login data in mind. You will need it again later on.
The application deadline in most departments is January 12, 2018 at noon (except for Medicine). Please contact the Erasmus coordinator of your department to check if this is also applicable for your department and to check whether you need to hand in other additional documents.
Faculties using an additional application system to MoveON are: Faculty of Architecture and School of Management. Please contact these faculties directly for further information.
Contact persons for questions regarding Erasmus+ SMS
There are two main places to go if you have any questions regarding the Erasmus+ Student Mobility program:
- The Erasmus Office of the International Center provides general information about the Erasmus+ program and grants. The team also supports you with valuable information regarding linguistic and intercultural preparation.
- The Erasmus Delegates of the faculties inform you about the application procedure and modalities, selection criteria, partner universities and recognition procedures.
Documents for the Erasmus grant
The Erasmus+ grant will be released after you have submitted the following documents:
- Grant Agreement This document will be provided to students via e-mail. The signed original form must be submitted to the International Center.
- Learning Agreement for studies (Section 1) and annexes. Please also read the Guidelines on How to Complete the Learning Agreement.
- OLS language test Invitations to complete the language test will be sent automatically via Mail by the OLS system. In addition, the EU offers free tutor-led online language courses via the OLS platform.
During your stay abroad
- Learning Agreement (Section 2). If you would like to make changes to your Learning Agreement please complete section 2 of the form and submit it via e-mail at latest 7 weeks after commencing your stay.
- Confirmation of Stay You must have it signed by your supervisor at the host university before your departure.
After your stay
- Confirmation of Stay
- Transcript of Records (if possible, including your ECTS Credits)
- Post-Travel Report
- EU Survey for the European Commission. Students will automatically receive their login details from the EU database.
- OLS online language test Invitations to complete the language test will be sent automatically via Mail by the OLS system.
All documents have to be uploaded in MoveON via the form After Mobility Documents (Erasmus SMS and SMP, Double Degree). You can only submit the complete filled form. If you have forgotten your password, you can request a new one there
For detailed information about the above-mentioned documents and the Erasmus+ Program, please see the checklist.
Please find all templates in the Downloads section*
Stays abroad in Switzerland
Following the results of the referendum on the mass immigration initiative of February 9, 2014, the European Commission has suspended its negotiations with Switzerland for the participation in the Erasmus+ program.
However, we continue to offer student exchanges with our Swiss partner universities within the scope of the new “Swiss-European Mobility Programme” with bilateral exchange agreements.
Please consult our Database to view a list of Swiss universities with which TUM maintains such exchange agreements.
What does this mean for TUM students?
- The timelines and formal requirements for an application for a student exchange opportunity within the scope of SEMP are similar to those of Erasmus+. The first point of contact for questions about the application procedure and modalities, selection criteria, partner universities and recognition procedures is also the Erasmus Officer of your TUM department or school.
- Students wishing to complete their master's thesis in Switzerland are generally not required to apply for a exchange student opportunity but should contact their International Affairs Delegate as early as possible. See also the information under "Internship".
- Grants for TUM students are provided by the Swiss universities, which means that support is available for study phases or internships at universities only (but not for internships in Swiss companies).
- TUM students must inquire about the timelines and modalities of applying for a grant as well as the required documents with their Swiss host university.
- Students staying in Switzerland are not eligible for cost reimbursement for language courses or visas.
- Students will receive a checklist with further information prior to the beginning of their stay.