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Erasmus+ (exchange semester/year)

On this website, you will find all information regarding the Erasmus+ grant for an exchange semester.

General information

  • The Erasmus+ grant is a financial support for an exchange stay in one of the 27 EU member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Northern Macedonia, Serbia, and Türkiye.

  • Available for regular WU students who have been nominated for a stay abroad at an Erasmus+ partner university.

  • The ÖH student union's fee must be paid during the stay abroad.

  • Students can complete several funded stays abroad of up to 12 months per study cycle (e.g. bachelor's, master's or doctorate).

  • Mobility to the country of origin is not possible if students usually reside in the neighboring country and have their center of life there (e.g. cross-border commuters).

  • Individuals receiving a federal study grant (Studienbeihilfe) can receive both the Erasmus+ grant and the federal study grant for studies abroad (BAS = Beihilfe für ein Auslandsstudium) at the same time.

Prerequisites & Requirements

  • Physical stay at the place of the host institution

  • Length of stay: at least two full months (60 days)

  • Academic achievement abroad*: Students must complete at least 3 ECTS credits per month and have them recognized as curriculum-specific module upon their return to WU. If applicable, confirmation from the supervisor of the bachelor's thesis, master's thesis or dissertation must be provided.

* The stay abroad should not lead to a loss of study time ("no loss of progress" principle). Therefore, students should complete courses to the extent of 30 ECTS credits per semester. We expect all WU outgoing students to adhere to the requirements of the partner university in terms of minimum and maximum number of courses.

Financial information

The Erasmus+ grant is a financial support for the cost of living abroad. The following monthly allowances will apply from the winter semester 2023/24 onwards:

CountriesGrant amount/month
Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slowenia, Türkiye€420
Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain€470
Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden€520

Eligible students may apply for any or all of the following Erasmus+ Top Ups: 

Top-Up Green Travel

Top-Up Individual Support

Inclusion Support

The grant will be paid directly by WU:

80% of the grant will be paid at the beginning, the remaining 20% after the completion of the stay abroad and upon timely submission of all documentation. The grant amount will be calculated on a daily basis.

Payment is made only to the student's own account.

Information regarding the federal study grant (Studienbeihilfe)

Before your exchange

Which steps are necessary to receive the Erasmus grant?

How do I apply for the pre-recognition notice and the Online Learning Agreement (OLA)?

Travel/health insurance

Non-EU countries

  • Additional travel and/or health insurance is recommended. For insurance policies issued in Austria, it’s a good idea to take an English translation with you to demonstrate what is covered by your policy. Some universities require students to purchase separate student insurance in the host country.

EU countries

  • If you are a citizen of an EU member state, the health insurance provided by your home country is usually sufficient. Don’t forget to take your European insurance card (e-card) with you when you go abroad! If you are not an EU citizen, be sure to arrange for the necessary insurance coverage well in advance.

Accident and liability insurance is optional but recommended. The ÖH insurance includes accident and liability insurance also at the place of study in the host country. Please inform yourself accordingly, for example here.


  • The Erasmus+ Charter for Students can be found here. It informs you about your rights and obligations as well as what you can expect from your home and host university during phases of exchange.

During your stay abroad

I have arrived in the host country. What to do now?

When will I receive the first grant installment?

I would like to extend my stay, what should I do?

What should I do before I leave?

After your exchange

What to do after the return?

When will I receive the second grant installment or the remaining installment?

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