Are you working in order to cover the cost of studying? Do you wonder, how you should be able to afford a stay abroad if you have to pause or even completely give up your job? If you go abroad with the Erasmus+ program you can apply for additional funding so that you do not have to miss out on this amazing opportunity.
Erasmus+ Inclusion Top Ups for Stays Abroad in Europe (Program Countries)
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.
Students who work alongside their studies and have to pause or give up the job for their planned 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
- Hella Koschinski (studies)
- Laura Hope (internships)
Erasmus+ Studies: At least three months before the start of your mobility, the Honorary Declaration Form (Ehrenwörtliche Erklärung) should be submitted. You will receive a separate email after you have been accepted into the Erasmus+ program. In this email you will find important informationen about social topups and the Honory Declaration as an attachment.
Erasmus+ Internships: When you apply for the Erasmus+ grant (at least one month before your stay abroad) 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!
What is considered employment?
The job/employment must be carried out for at least six continuous months before going abroad.
During the required timeframe of employment before the application, you must have earned a monthly salary of more than 450 EUR and less than 850 EUR (monthly net earnings/take home pay for all jobs added together).
The job must have been subject to social insurance contributions (sozialversicherungspflichtig). Freelance work or jobs carried out in a dual/vocational degree program are not eligible.
May I retain my job while I am abroad?
No. The job may not be carried out during your stay abroad. However, you do not have to completely give up your job; it may be paused for the duration of your stay abroad.
In case you plan to continue working in your job during your stay abroad, check with your employer regarding all questions about remote work (the Corporate Center Human Resources at TU Dortmund University can assist all students employed by the university). In this case, you will not be eligible for an Inclusion Top Up.
Proof of employment can be shown through your salary statements and tax return(s).
Please note that you will need to hold on to all documents verifying your eligibility for an Inclusion Top Up, since the university will conduct random verification checks. Upon request you will need to promptly turn in all documents.