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Combination: Short Physical Group Mobility and Virtual Phase

Blended Intensive Programs (BIP)

The Blended Intensive Programs (BIP) make up a new component of the Erasmus+ program generation 2021-2027. They are designed to promote the use of innovative learning and teaching methods and to take advantage of the opportunities for online collaboration. A BIP involves the mobility of a group.

In the BIPs, students and teaching staff can participate in a short physical group mobility (5-30 days) combined with a virtual phase at an Erasmus+ partner university. A BIP requires at least 3 higher education institutions participating in the Erasmus+ program, from 3 different program countries and at least 15 mobile participants, and each should be able to achieve a minimum of 3 ECTS.

The intention to participate in a BIP abroad or to host a BIP in Dortmund must be registered in the International Office by 31 March of each year for the following academic year.

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BIPs are intended to provide a short study or training period abroad (5-30 days), which is carried out within the framework of a jointly offered class. This offer supports the development of joint short-term programs that are ideally embedded in the curricula of the collaborating universities. BIPs can be part of the universities' existing curricula or complement them. They can be established as a new teaching format or interpreted as an extension of existing formats with additional features.

A BIP requires at least 3 HEIs holding an Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education (ECHE), from 3 different Program Countries. Other HEIs or organizations from Program or Partner Countries can optionally participate in a BIP. The physical stay of participants from Partner Countries must be funded by the sending institutions.

Participants from Program Countries receive their funding from the respective sending HEI.

The coordinating university applies for funds on behalf of all partners for support for the organization and implementation of the BIP. Funds are granted for a maximum of 20 Erasmus+ participants.

A central element of the BIPs is the obligatory virtual component, which enables content-related preparation, monitoring and follow-up of the short mobility phase. The scope and frequency of the virtual component are at the discretion of the organizing HEIs and depend on the learning objectives of the respective class.

The BIPs funding line can and should also appeal to and encourage staff and universities to design coursework with colleagues abroad who have had little experience with this form of collaboration. At the same time, the format also makes an experience abroad possible for students who may not be able to participate in a longer stay abroad. Funding is available and can be used flexibly in order to help the cooperating universities organize and implement the BIPs.

At least 15 mobile participants (students and/or teachers, e.g. 8 from each participating university) must participate in a BIP. Funded students should be able to achieve at least 3 ECTS that contribute to the completion of their studies.

A BIP takes place in cooperation with Erasmus+ partner universities, i.e. there must also be an Erasmus+ Inter-Institutional Agreements (IIA) between the universities in order to receive funding.

If TU Dortmund University students and teaching staff go abroad as a group within the framework of a BIP, funds for these mobilities can be applied for through the International Office. All administrative conditions of the program must be met (e.g. Learning Agreement, Certificate of Attendance, Transcript of Records).

If a department of TU Dortmund University carries out a BIP and is thus the organizing/receiving institution, funds can be applied for from the International Office for organizational support.

The International Office applies for the funding centrally via the European Commission's application portal as a part of the regular KA131 application.

TU Dortmund University teaching staff can apply for funding for a group mobility within the framework of a Blended Intensive Program through 31 March by e-mail to Silke Viol.

The notification by e-mail by 31 March refers to planned BIPs in the following academic year, e.g. 31 March 2023 for projects in the winter semester 2023/2024 and summer semester 2024.

It is important to know whether TU Dortmund University will be the coordinating university of the BIP or whether TU Dortmund University students/teaching staff will be mobile.

Students, Graduates and Doctoral Candidates of TU Dortmund University (Outgoings)

If the deaprtment involved in the BIP has applied on time to and received approval from the International Office for funding for students, graduates and doctoral candidates of TU Dortmund University in the BIP and if an Erasmus+ Inter-Institutional Agreement with the university hosting and coordinating the attendance phase is in place, then they will receive the following funding rates:

Day 1-14: 70 EUR/day

Day 15-30: 50 EUR/day

Green travel: 50 EUR + up to 4 additional days (both one-time stipends)

Participants with fewer opportunities can receive an additional one-time stipend of 100 EUR (for 5-14 days) or 150 EUR (for 15-30 days) plus travel expenses based on distance (round-trip travel expenses).

  • students and graduates with a disability of GdB 20 or more or with a chronic illness
  • students and graduates who bring their child/children along during the stay abroad
  • if applicable, first-generation students (both parents never received a higher education degree)
  • if applicable, working students who have to give up or pause the job in order to go abroad (eligibility criteria - page 11).

University staff also receive the daily rate plus travel expenses based on distance.

An overview of all funding rates in the new Erasmus+ program generation can be found on the website of the National Agency for Erasmus+ (DAAD).

 

TU Dortmund University as Organizing University

If a department of TU Dortmund University organizes a BIP in Dortmund, it can apply through the International Office for funds for the organization (deadline 31 March). TU Dortmund University students are then not mobile and, thus, do not receive an Erasmus+ mobility grant.

Participants from program countries receive their funding from the respective sending university for the physical mobility phase (5-30 days).

The organizational support for a BIP is 6,000 EUR for 15 mobile participants and can reach up to 8,000 EUR for 20 or more participants. TU Dortmund University usually applies for BIPs for 15 mobile participants, so that up to 6,000 EUR is available per BIP that TUDO takes the lead in organizing on site. The funding for organizational support is paid to the lead university, which is usually the university where the physical mobility takes place, and can thus cover the costs for:

  • the preparation, design, development, implementation and follow-up of the program,
  • the implementation of virtual activities and general administration and coordination,
  • the preparation of documents or teaching materials,
  • the rental of rooms and/or equipment,
  • field trips, communication activities, translation and interpretation and
  • preparatory visits and administrative tasks.

The application can currently be submitted informally by e-mail to Silke Viol by 31 March of each year and should contain the following information:

  1. Name of the department and the contact person in the department (TU Dortmund University).
  2. Name of participating universities and role distribution (coordinating/receiving or sending institution)
  3. Erasmus Inter-Institutional Agreements (IIA) in place?
  4. Title of the planned BIP
  5. Topic/subject of the program
  6. Brief description of the content of the BIP
  7. Teaching and learning methods and expected learning/training outcomes
  8. Virtual component description
  9. Period and location of physical mobility
  10. Number of mobile students/graduates/doctoral candidates/staff
  11. Language of instruction
  12. Field of study of the students
  13. Target education level (Bachelor | Master | Phd)
  14. Number of planned ECTS (3 ECTS minimum)

If the BIP is coordinated by TU Dortmund University, funds for the organization of the BIP can be issued to the department. For this purpose, a description of the planned use of these funds is also important.

If the plan for a BIP is not complete by 31 March, funds can still be reserved. In any case, contact Silke Viol by the deadline to reserve funds for a BIP.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

 

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

 

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

 

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

 

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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