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First-generation Students

Students whose parents did not study sometimes face more challenges in their own studies, especially when it comes to going abroad. They may receive less support from home and often are not in the best financial position to bear the additional costs of a stay abroad. In order to overcome these hurdles, precisely this group is eligible to receive additional funding in the Erasmus+ program with a monthly Inclusion Top Up.  

Erasmus+ Inclusion Top Ups for Stays in Europe (Program Countries)

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The new program generation of Erasmus+ is now even more inclusive and focused on creating equal opportunities. With its new forms of mobility, additional funding opportunities and broader target audience, the program makes stays abroad more feasible for even more people by breaking down potential barriers to going abroad.

First-generation students who go abroad with Erasmus+ stay abroad may apply for a supplemental grant of 250 EUR per month in addition to the regular Erasmus+ mobility grant. Please note the conditions below. The stay abroad must take place in an Erasmus+ Program Country (KA131, beginning in project year 2022). Stays in so-called Partner Countries - like the United Kingdom - qualify beginning with the project year 2023/24 (stays from approximately August 2023).

Erasmus+ Outgoings can receive assistance with the Inclusion Top Up from

Neither parent or guardian has received a degree from a university or university of applied sciences.

A degree from a vocational school leading to a qualification comparable to a university degree is to be regarded as an academic degree. A master craftsman's diploma is not to be equated with an academic degree in this context.

Courses of study completed abroad by one of the parents that are not recognized as such in Germany (e.g. physiotherapy) are deemed to be academic degrees within the scope of the eligibility criteria for receiving the supplementary grant, so that there is no entitlement to the additional funding.

Erasmus+ Studies:  You will receive a separate email with a Honorary Declaration Form (Ehrenwörtliche Erklärung) after you have been accepted into the Erasmus+ program. In this email, important information about the Social TopUps and the declaration of honor are attached.

Erasmus+ Internships: When you apply for the Erasmus+ grant be sure to mark the appropriate box on the application form and upload your Honorary Declaration Form (Ehrenwörtliche Erklärung).  However, due to limited resources we recommend applying as early as possible!

Proof can be shown through informal statements of parents' educational qualifications and an Honorary Declaration from the parents.

Please note that you must keep all supporting documents regarding Inclusion Top Ups as the university will conduct random verification checks. Upon request you will need to promptly turn in all documents.

Information Sources


E-mail Inquiries

General inquiries: going-abroad
Erasmus+ study abroad: erasmus-outgoings

Office Hours

(Only) Erasmus+ Study Abroad:

Office hours via telephone/zoom Hella Koschinski: by prior arrangement
Tel.: 0231 755-6247

Office hours in presence: only with appointment
Tue 9:00-12:00

General Inquiries - Outgoings (Studies/Internships/Short Programs):

Office hours via telephone / Skype (laura-hope) / Zoom (please send a link when you are online):  without appointment, open
Mon-Tue 10:00-11:30 & 13:30-15:00 (No Advising 24.4-1.5.)
Tel.: 0231 755-4728      

Office hours in presence:  only with appointment
New appointments will be released 14 days in advance. If no appointments are shown as available, this means that all appointments for this time period are already booked.