An innovation in the Erasmus+ program generation 2021-2027 are the Blended Intensive Programs (BIP). These 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.
Within the BIPs, students and teachers can participate in a short physical group mobility (5-30 days) combined with virtual phase (duration not specified) 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 students to participate, and they should be able to achieve a minimum of 3 ECTS.
The International Office applies for the funding centrally via the application portal of the European Commission.
Teaching staff of TU Dortmund University can apply for funding for group mobility within the framework of a Blended Intensive Program via e-mail to Silke Viol.
It is important to know whether TU Dortmund University is the coordinating university of the BIP.
The development of short, intensive and joint curricula and activities is intended to provide students (SM) and teachers (ST) with the opportunity to participate in a short physical group mobility (5-30 days) at an Erasmus+ partner university combined with virtual phase. The duration of the virtual mobility phase is not predetermined and may vary as needed. The physical mobility can be conducted at the host institution or at another location in the host country.
A minimum of 15 learners (students and/or teachers, e.g. 5 of each participating institution) 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, this means Inter-Institutional Agreements (IIA) between the universities have to be in place in order to receive funding.
For organizational support, the lead university, which is usually the university where the physical mobility takes place, can apply for up to 6,000 EUR for the following activities, covering the costs of:
- the preparation, design, development, implementation and follow-up of the BIP,
- the implementation of virtual activities and general administration and coordination,
- the preparation of documents or teaching materials
- the rental of premises and/or equipment,
- field trips, communication activities, translation and interpretation,
- preparatory visits and administrative tasks.
Conceptual elaboration requires at least 3 higher education institutions (HEI) holding an Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education (ECHE), from 3 different Program Countries. Additional HEIs or organizations from Program or Partner Countries may optionally participate in a BIP. The physical stay of participants from partner countries must be funded by the sending institutions.
The participants from Program Countries receive their funding from the respective sending HEI.
The coordinating university applies for funds on behalf of all partners for organizational support for the organization and implementation of the BIP. These are granted for a maximum of 20 Erasmus+ participants.
Participants from program countries receive their funding from the respective sending university for the physical mobility phase (5-30 days).
So, if TU Dortmund University students, graduates and PhD students go to a partner university (Inter-Institutional Agreement must be in place) in the framework of a BIP, they will receive the following funding rates:
Day 1-14: 70 EUR/day
Day 15-30: 50 EUR/day
Nachhaltiges Reisen: 50 EUR einmalig + bis zu 4 zusätzliche Tage einmalig
Green travel: 50 EUR once + up to 4 additional days once
Participants with fewer opportunities can receive an additional 100 EUR one-time plus travel expenses by 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 spend their stay abroad with their child/children
- if applicable, first-time academics (students from a non-academic home)
- if applicable, working students (eligibility criteria - page 11).
University staff also receive the daily rate plus travel expenses by distance.
The International Office decides on the applications. Since the program is new and funding is already available, the chances for funding are good (as long as the planned BIP meets the requirements).
The application can currently be submitted informally by email to Silke Viol with the following information:
- Name of the department and the contact person in the department (TU Dortmund University).
- Name of participating universities and role distribution (coordinating/receiving or sending institution)
- Erasmus Inter-Institutional Agreements (IIA) in place?
- Title of the planned BIP
- Topic/subject of the program
- Brief description of the content of the BIP
- Teaching and learning methods and expected learning/training outcomes
- Virtual component description
- Period and location of physical mobility
- Number of mobile students/graduates/doctoral candidates/staff
- Language of instruction
- Field of study of the students
- Education level targeted (Bachelor | Master | Phd)
- Number of ECTS targeted
If the BIP is coordinated by TU Dortmund University, funds for the organization for the BIP can be disbursed to the department. For this purpose, the notification of the planned use is also important.
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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".Zum Lageplan