Application Process


The application process and Erasmus+ scholarship grant are broken down into the following phases:


First, you have to find out about exchange opportunities through your faculty or department and select one. It may be helpful to read the experience reports of other Erasmus students. Get advising from your faculty or department's Erasmus+ coordinator to plan the curriculum during your study abroad.

During this step, we highly recommend attending one of the International Office's Erasmus+ group advising sessions.

Applying for Erasmus Study Placements in the 2021/22 Academic Year

The application round for Erasmus study placements in the 2021/22 academic year starts on January 4, 2021, at midnight and ends on January 31, 2021, at 23:59. You must submit your application via this central Online Application Portal.

You can apply for up to three of your faculty’s or department’s partner universities. You will have to write a customized motivation letter for each of your desired host universities. Use up to 2000 characters, including spaces, to give your academic/subject-specific reasons, and up to 1500 characters, including spaces, to outline your general/personal reasons for wanting to study there.

Please also have the following documents ready for the online application:

  • Academic progress certificate
  • Tabular resume
  • A current transcript of records and Bachelor’s certificate if you are in the 1st semester of a Master’s program
  • Suitable proof of language skills in the language of instruction
  • Information on courses you want to attend at the host institution
  • Further voluntary documentation, such as awards, proof of volunteer work, involvement in the BeBuddy program et cetera

Please refer to your faculty’s or department’s Erasmus website for more information.

Your faculty or department may also offer students the opportunity to apply for any remaining places for the 2022 summer semester. Please contact your faculty or department to find out whether there are any remaining places available. The application period for the allocation of remaining places begins on April 1, 2021, at midnight and ends on April 15, 2021, at 11:59pm. You must apply for these spots via the central online application portal as well.

When you apply for an Erasmus study placement, you are also applying for an Erasmus scholarship at the same time.

Allocation of Erasmus+ Study Placements by the Faculties and Departments

After you submit your application, the faculties or departments select the Erasmus+ exchange students. If you are selected, your faculty or department will contact the respective faculty at the host university and also inform the Erasmus Outgoing Student Support at the RWTH International Office about your selection. In case that your application is approved, the Erasmus Outgoing Student Support team will make sure that you will also receive your Erasmus stipend without having to apply for it separately.



Your faculty or faculty division/department is responsible for the allocation of Erasmus+ study places. Therefore, please contact them with any questions regarding the application for an Erasmus+ study placement and the selection process. They are also responsible for all academic questions regarding the Erasmus+ study stay, for example, course selection or recognition.

The International Office’s Erasmus Outgoing Student Support, on the other hand, is your contact for all non-academic questions concerning your planned stay abroad, especially for questions concerning an Erasmus+ scholarship and the rights and obligations that come with it.