Financial Support

(Except for mobilities to the United Kingdom. Information on this can be found here).

Students who pursue a study period within the framework of Erasmus+ receive an Erasmus+ grant in addition to the waiver of tuition fees abroad. This is a partial grant to cover the additional costs due to the stay abroad. The Erasmus+ grant is paid exclusively by the International Relations Department.

On this page you will find information about financial support during your Erasmus+ stay:

  • Erasmus+ grant
  • Recipients of study grants (Studienbeihilfe)
  • Tuition fees
  • Financial Top-upsTop-Up: Green Travel
  • Top-Up: Students with children
  • Top-Up: Students with disabilities or chronic illnesses
  • Inclusion Support

Erasmus+ Grant

The specific duration of the financial support (if applicable in combination with Zero Grant) is determined by the Paris Lodron University Salzburg (PLUS) for each academic year – based on the Erasmus+ budget available to PLUS. Currently, the financially supported period for study purposes is at least 4.5 months.

Program countries are divided into three country groups as defined in the European Commission’s Program Guide. The current grant amounts can be found in the E+ funding rates, which are provided under “Downloads”.

In principle, 30 ECTS must be earned per semester, but at least 3 ECTS per month of stay, which are recognised at the home university. The repayment limit for the grant depends on the length of stay; if you do not provide at least 3 ETCS per month of stay, the grant must be repaid. Here, the ECTS recognized at the University of Salzburg count!

The Erasmus+ grant is paid in two installments: 70% at the beginning of the stay and 30% after the stay. The payment will be made on a per day basis.

Please note that the payment of the 2nd instalment of the Erasmus+ grant will only be made after the recognition notification and the confirmation of stay have been reviewed.

Explanation Zero Grant:

  • Erasmus stay without financial grant while maintaining Erasmus status (e.g. tuition waiver).
  • The difference between the actual duration of the stay (mobility period) and the financially supported duration of the stay (Erasmus grant period) is called the zero grant period
  • Zero Grant Period:
    > counts towards the general Erasmus mobility phase.
    > counts towards the total available Erasmus funding period of 12 (or 24) months per study phase
    > must be covered by ECTS (3 ECTS/month)
  • Example: E+ stay abroad planned for 5 months (= mobility phase), of which 4 months are funded by PLUS according to E+ guidelines (= Erasmus funding period) and 1 month is zero grant (= zero grant period).> entire mobility phase recorded as Erasmus stay> Evidence must be provided for entire mobility phase (= 5 months): confirmation of stay; ECTS certificates (at least 3 ECTS/month recognized at PLUS)

Recipients of study grants (Studienbeihilfe)

Recipients of study grants (Studienbeihilfe) can also apply to the Scholarship Office (Stipendienstelle) for a study abroad grant (“Auslandsbeihilfe“). Simultaneous receiving of study abroad grant and Erasmus+ grant for the same stay is allowed as of the academic year 2019/20. Here you can find  information on the amount of the study abroad grant as well as the travel grant.

Please note that as a recipient of a study abroad grant, you must submit a transcript of records to the Scholarship Office after completing your stay abroad (again, the minimum requirement of 3 ECTS per month of stay applies), otherwise you will have to repay the entire study abroad grant. The study grant (“Inlandsbeihilfe”) itself is not affected by this.

Tuition fees

During your Erasmus+ stay you are exempt from tuition fees at the University of Salzburg and at the host university.
Attention: During your stay abroad you have to pay the ÖH-fee in accordance with the deadline (!) – otherwise you will be exmatriculated! Some host universities charge Erasmus+ Incomings amounts similar to the ÖH fee – you cannot be exempted from these fees.

A leave of absence at the University of Salzburg is not possible during a semester abroad. Students who study at several universities at the same time must in any case report the planned stay abroad to every other university if they want to maintain their admission.

The exemption from tuition fees is only valid for the period of the stay abroad. A stay abroad completed within this period does not lead to a later exemption from tuition fees.An Erasmus+ stay abroad does not extend the number of tolerance semesters! After completion of the minimum period of study + 2 tolerance semesters, the tuition fee must be paid.For recipients of the Austrian “Studienbeihilfe”, an extension of the tolerance semesters can be applied for under certain conditions and if announced in time. The contact person for this is the scholarship office ( Stipendienstelle).

The receipt of family allowance, on the other hand, could possibly be extended by one semester due to an Erasmus+ stay. Please contact the tax office directly!

Financial Top Up

In addition to the Erasmus+ grant, further financial support (Top Up) can be applied for:

  • Green Travel: travel cost support for environmentally friendly travel.
  • Students with fewer opportunities: please note that this top-up can only be applied for once, even if you fall into more than one of the above groups:
    • Students with children in need of care who will be taken to the study/internship site
    • Students with disabilities, if this results in increased financial expenses during the stay abroad (compared to the stay in Austria)
    • Students with chronic illness, if this results in increased financial expenses during the stay abroad (compared to the stay in Austria)
  • Inclusion support: if the Top-Up for students with fewer opportunities is not sufficient, Erasmus+ participants with disabilities or chronic illness can apply for inclusion support instead.

For more information on the Top-Ups, please see the respective items.

Top-Up: Green Travel

Students who choose to travel to AND from the study/internship location in an environmentally friendly way can apply for a one-time travel support for green travel. This includes travel to and from the site by bus or train. The application process takes place as part of the E+ Scholarship application.

The honorary declaration must be submitted by email to the PLUS International Relations Department no later than 1 month prior to the start of the stay:

Top-Up: Students with child

If you are doing an Erasmus+ study stay/internship together with your child/children, you can apply for the Top-Up for students with fewer opportunities in the amount of 250 euros per month. The application process takes place during the application for the E+ scholarship.

Top-Up: Students with a disability or chronic illness

Students with a disability or chronic illness can apply for the Top-Up for students with fewer opportunities in the amount of 250 euros per month. The application process takes place during the application for the E+ scholarship.

Inclusion support

If the Top-Up is not sufficient for students with fewer opportunities, students with a disability or chronic illness can apply for inclusion support instead. This does not provide a lump sum, but is intended to cover the actual additional costs incurred as a result of the disability or chronic illness. Deadline for application: three months before the start of the stay.

Erasmus+ students who are not among the lower-opportunity participants identified in Austria, but who can still demonstrate a real need for additional financial support on a real-cost basis. These individuals may not receive top-up, but may apply for inclusion support. Please note: There is no automatic entitlement to inclusion support, it is always a case-by-case assessment by the higher education institution as well as by the OeAD as the national agency.We ask you to take this addition into account and also to inform the students about it.

Other helpful links for students with physical, mental or health impairments:

Data protection

Personal data are confidential and will be processed in accordance with the respective federal laws only to the extent necessary for your application and participation in the Erasmus+ program.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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