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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department of History

ERASMUS- Program

What is ERASMUS?

ERASMUS is the European Commission’s educational programme for university students and faculty members. It was introduced over 25 years ago with the goal of increasing mobility between European institutions of higher education.
In 2007 ERASMUS was incorporated into the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP). Under this programme, ERASMUS utilizes initiatives across the education and training sectors to showcase the European postgraduate education system. Maintained by individual bilateral agreements between respective institutions and enterprises, initiatives of the LLP vary by university.
To facilitate the international mobility of its students, the Department of History currently maintains ERASMUS partnerships with 40 institutions of higher learning in 18 European countries.
An ERASMUS term offers a unique cultural and academic immersion experience for students seeking to broaden their personal and professional horizons. During their ERASMUS term, students may elect to take courses with a different thematic or methodological focus, allowing them to forge new cross-cultural perspectives. Students will also have the opportunity to strengthen foreign language skills, improve intercultural competencies and build professional networks. A study abroad is highly valuable to many employers, and often increases students' employability and job prospects.
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) allows for a student’s home university to recognize all academic credit earned abroad, ensuring that an ERASMUS term will not interrupt or delay academic goals and degree plans. In accordance with Humboldt Universität zu Berlin policy, ERASMUS semesters are also classified as academic leaves of absence, and will not be counted as additional study terms.
ERASMUS students often qualify for mobility grants to offset the costs incurred while abroad. Sums often vary from country to country and generally only cover additional costs such as travel or language courses.