Erasmus+ Study Mobility Program

ERASMUS+ Study Mobility Grant 2020/2021
- Exceptional Open Call for applications -

Within the Erasmus+ Key Action 1 – Mobility of Individuals, opportunities are provided for students to undertake a study period abroad at a Higher Education Institution awarded with an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education and having signed an inter-institutional agreement with CEU before the mobility takes place. The receiving institution must be located in an Erasmus+ Program Country. Please, consult the list of current partner universities by Departments:

CEU students may spend 1 or 2 semesters or terms at a partner university under the Erasmus+ Study Mobility Program. Students receive a grant, which is a contribution to travel and the cost of living and studying in another country. Students are selected for an Erasmus+ Study Mobility on the basis of academic ability and the relevance of the proposed study plan to their studies at CEU.
Participants in the Erasmus+ Study Mobility Program continue to pay tuition fees at CEU, but are exempted from tuition at the host university.

Please be informed that participation in the Erasmus program is conditional on physical international mobility to the country of the chosen receiving university. Also, please note that online, remote study periods are not eligible in the frames of the Erasmus+ Mobility program.
We would like to draw your attention to the fact that due to the uncertainties arising from the current global health situation, we cannot guarantee that it will actually be possible to fund a study mobility period, even if the application is selected for financial support from the Erasmus funds. Please be aware that final approval of the study mobility award and actual disbursal of funds will depend on the possibility of physical mobility, as well as on regional, national and organizational measures as well as on eventual changes in the health situation.

Application deadline: SEPTEMBER 15, 2020

 Who can Apply?

The applicant must be a degree-seeking student at CEU during the application process and must remain enrolled during the entire study period abroad. Students must return at the end of the study period and complete their program at CEU. All enrolled two-year Masters and Doctoral students regardless of their nationality, who receive a degree accredited in Hungary or those who enrolled in Postgraduate Specialization Programs at CEU are eligible to receive an Erasmus study mobility grant. Other high ranking applicants may receive funding from CEU’s own resources.
Please, note that Erasmus Mundus Masters Degree - Scholarship holders are excluded from eligible applicants.

LOCATION of the activity

Students must carry out their mobility activity in a Program Country different from Hungary.
The Erasmus Program Countries are currently the following:
Member States of the European Union (EU): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom*
Non-EU Program Countries: North Macedonia, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Serbia, Turkey

The receiving institution must be a Program Country higher education institution awarded with an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education, having signed an inter-institutional agreement with CEU. For the full list of CEU partner institutions, please visit Erasmus Agreements by Country or Erasmus Agreements by Department.

Duration of the Activity

  • Minimum duration of a study period abroad is 3 months, or 1 academic term or trimester. The actual length of your stay will depend upon the host university’s term dates.
  • The study mobility period must be carried out between 1 January 2021 and 31 July 2021
  • For the sake of the equitable distribution of available resources, financial support for longer mobility period than 5 months cannot be guaranteed. However, it is possible to apply for a longer period of stay.
  • The duration is calculated from the first day the student is required to be at the host university. The end date is the last date they need to be present there.
  • Priority will be given to students participating in the program for the first time (during their CEU studies) and to those choosing a destination country different from their home country/country of permanent residence.

Financial rules

Selected applicants are eligible to receive a grant to partially support their mobility, thus may not cover all the actual expenses incurred. Students are responsible for making all their travel, accommodation and related arrangements. The amount of the grant is set by the Erasmus Program and depends on the receiving country. It is calculated at a monthly rate, where one month is equivalent to 30 days. In case of incomplete months, the number of days are multiplied by 1/30.
Based on country rates due to recent changes in the Erasmus+ Program the amount of the grant can be:

  • 520 EUR/month for Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom
  • 470 - 520 EUR/month for Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and The Netherlands
  • 420 - 470 EUR/month for Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey

The grant will be paid in two instalments: 80% pre-financing upon the signature of the grant contract but not sooner than 30 days prior to the start of the Study Mobility. 20% is transferred at the end of the mobility period, pending on receipt by the Erasmus Office of all documentation and the submission of the online EU survey. All payments are processed through bank transfer.

Award recipient obligations

Students who receive an Erasmus+ grant will fully or partially reimburse the EU grant if they do not comply with the terms of the grant contract and fail to complete the study mobility and submit the required documentation at the end of their visit (unless they were prevented from completing their planned activities abroad due to a case of force majeure). Erasmus Office must be notified about any changes at

How to Apply?

STEP 1: Get prepared

  • Find out where you can go. You must choose a host institution which holds and Erasmus+ Inter-Institutional Agreement with your home department at CEU. Check CEU's Erasmus website for partner institutions listed by department or by country
  • Identify your study or research area. You should check all academic requirements with your supervisor for your time abroad including confirmation of courses that you will need to study abroad
  • Check the courses that the host university offer, check the language of teaching/ assessment/ the academic calendar including exams. Ask for advise on requirements and suitable options, whether the partner institution offers courses which are related and compatible to your field of study and taught at the study level and in the language suitable for you

STEP 2: Make a decision

  • Select your host institution - Please, note that you can apply for one university only!
  • Contact relevant faculty/department for course information and requirements if you havent' yet to see if they are going to host students on their premises

STEP 3: Prepare your application package

  • Applications can be submitted electronically through the Application Platform 
  • Prepare the Study Plan: fill out the form, enter the courses you wish to attend at the host institution, sign it yourself and have it signed by your supervisor / head of department
  • Write a motivation letter providing answers to the following questions:
    • Reasons for choosing the specific host university
    • Which courses/study program would you like to attend? Why?
    • How will these courses contribute to your studies at CEU?
    • What is the expected outcome of the mobility regarding your career plans?
  • Get recommendation letters from two CEU Professors. Letters can be sent via email only by the recommender to, with a subject: "Recommendation Letter_Name of the Applicant". Contents of the recommendation letter may include:
    • The applicant's studies, skills, experiences that are relevant for the program
    • Why the applicant is suitable for the program and how can he/she benefit from it
    • Anything outstanding about the applicant, e.g. relevant beyond classroom activities, presentations, publications, previous engagements, experiences, particular talents, etc. 
    • Brief description of the applicant's personal qualities
    • For further help or tips, please visit
    • I hereby acknowledge that I have obtained the explicit consent of my referees to transfer their personal data to CEU in support of the evaluation of my application.
  •   Request an unofficial copy of your Transcript of Records from and upload it to the Application Platform
  • Prepare your CV
    • The Career Services Office’s recommended CV and resume templates can be found here.
    • By submitting my photo as part of my CV, I give my voluntary and explicit consent to the University to manage it together with my other data for the purpose of processing my application.

STEP 4: Submit your application package

  • Fill out and submit the online application form on the Application Platform
  • Upload all required documents to the Application Platform (make sure to have signed where necessary)
    • Study Plan
    • Motivation Letter
    • CV
    • Transcript of Records (Unofficial copy accepted)
  • Make sure that your 2 Letters of Recommendation have been sent to
  • Applications must be submitted not later than by midnight September 15, 2020
  • Late, incomplete and/or e-mailed application forms will not be considered
  • Applicants will be notified about the application decisions within five weeks after the deadline

If you have questions, comments or queries, do not hesitate to contact CEU Erasmus Office:

Ms. Dorottya Urai
Tel: +36 1 327 3000 x 2616

*Please, keep in mind that changes to be expected following Brexit may affect your planned activities!