You should not have to miss out on a stay abroad due to your own special needs. The additional funding in the Erasmus+ and PROMOS scholarship programs is available to lift the financial burden of going abroad for all students with special needs (disability or chronic illnesse) or who need and want to take a child along on their stay abroad. The International Office is happy to assist with the application process for the additional funding.
The International Office is working to create equal opportunity study conditions for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses, including when studying abroad, and can disburse funds for the additional costs incurred abroad in selected funding programs or provide assistance in applying for additional funding.
The additional funding opportunities apply in particular to students with
- physical disabilities,
- visual impairment/blindness,
- hearing impairment/deafness,
- speech impairment,
- chronic illness
Support through a lump sum grant
Students with a degree of disability (GdB) of at least 20 or a chronic illness can receive an additional lump-sum grant for their study or internship abroad through the Erasmus+ program. Erasmus+ Outgoings can contact Laura Hope (internship) or Hella Koschinski (study) to receive this special grant.
- Additional funding: 250 EUR per month in addition to the regular Erasmus+ mobility grant
- Application deadline: at least 3 months before the start of the mobility
- Proof of eligibility through: disability ID, confirmation from the Landessozialamt or doctor's note
With chronic illness the doctor's note must confirm that the illness would lead to additional costs while abroad ("Die Erkrankung verursacht einen zu erwartenden finanziellen Mehraufwand im Ausland.")
At the beginning of the new academic year (August 2022 and later), first-time academics (students from non-academic parents) and working students can receive an additional "Social Top Up" of 250 EUR/month. Precise criteria for funding are being developed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and will be published here as they become available.
Funding through an independent application
Students with a degree of disability (GdB) of at least 20 or a chronic illness can alternatively submit a so-called "long application" for the reimbursement of their actual additional costs for their stay abroad. You can download the application form and if you have any questions, please contact Laura Hope (internship) or Hella Koschinski (study), who will be happy to help you with the application. The International Office submits the application to the DAAD on behalf of the student.
The application amount will be calculated according to your personal needs and will be paid in addition to the regular Erasmus+ mobility grant. Please note that only additional costs can be taken into account that
- are not covered by national agencies (integration offices, health insurance companies, regional associations, social welfare offices, student unions).
- incur as a result of the stay abroad. These include, for example, flight costs and costs for accommodation for accompanying assistants or for barrier-free accommodation.
Since you must prove the difference between the costs at home and abroad, please allow sufficient time for the application.
- Additional Funding: maximum 15,000 EUR per semester and 30,000 EUR per academic year
- Application deadline: at least 3 months before the beginning of the mobility abroad
This brand new European platform where universities can register to share their support services for exchange students with disabilities or chronic illness can be of great use in your preparation: InclusiveMobility.eu
Up to 10,000 EUR can be granted within the framework of the PROMOS scholarship program for overseas internships (all countries not participating in Erasmus+) for any higher costs that come from the stay abroad and are not covered through another organization. Students with a certified degree of disability of at least 50 may apply for the additional funding.
Further information is available from Laura Hope. Please note that the application process takes a long time and start planning early on (at least 6 months in advance)!
Further Information (BMBF | DAAD)
Studying and interning abroad with special needs: tips and experience reports (in German)
Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia (MAGS)
Your city officials may be able to issue you a disability certificate in other languages for a stay abroad (in German).
Erasmus+ Additional Funding
Students who have received an Erasmus+ grant for a stay abroad (study or internship) and take their child or children along can receive a "social top up" of 250 EUR per month from the International Office in addition to the regular Erasmus+ grant. Further information is available from Laura Hope (internship) or Hella Koschinski (study). No additional application is necessary, but the International Office should be notified at least four weeks before the planned start of the stay abroad.
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