On this page you will find information about the requirements for an Erasmus+ student exchange abroad:

Target group

Requirements for an Erasmus+ application:

  • degree programme studies at the University of Vienna (BA, MA, Diploma)
  • BA students: at the beginning of your stay abroad you must have reached at least the 3rd semester of your degree programme
  • language skills (min. B1, depending on the individual placement)
  • eligibility requirements at your department (depending on the degree programme; e.g. progress, motivation)
  • the personal Erasmus+ mobility quota has not already been exhausted in the current study cycle
  • the respective study programme at the University of Vienna must not be completed during the Erasmus+ student exchange

Please note that you are ONLY entitled to apply for an Erasmus+ spot within the degree programme for which you have been admitted.

Erasmus+ is a full-time study programme, i.e. we recommend that you take classes worth 30 ECTS per semester. The detailed conditions (e.g. the reimbursement threshold for the Erasmus+ mobility grant) are part of the grant agreement. You can find further information under "Financial matters".

Duration of stay

Please note: from the academic year 2022/23 onwards, only semester places (max. 5 months) will be made available to students (exception: joint programmes).   

When applying for a semester spot you can decide whether to study abroad during the winter or summer semester. Check whether there are sufficient courses offered during that semester and if the semester dates of the host university are compatible with your studies at the University of Vienna. If your original Erasmus+ stay takes place during the winter semester you can (under certain conditions) apply to extend your stay to the summer semester. It is not possible to extend a stay from the summer to the winter semester. 

Remaining spots (Restplatz): during the second application round, only semester spots for the following summer semester (without the possibility of extension) are allocated.  

Trimester regulation (for stays in the UK): if you are going to spend a trimester studying at a host university and it is shorter than 3 full months, your stay may also be shorter than 3 months. However, in this case, you must submit a confirmation of the actual term dates. 

In case of multiple stays within Erasmus+ programmes (Erasmus+ study stays, Erasmus+ traineeships and Erasmus+ International Mobility), the personal quota of 12 months per study cycle (BA/MA/PhD) may not be exceeded. For diploma studies there is a quota of 24 months.

Language certificate

A language certificate is a compulsory component of applying for an Erasmus+ spot. The specific requirements regarding the language and level required can be found in the information provided in our Portal with the individual spot. If two languages are mentioned, proof of proficiency in one of them must be submitted. It is up to you to check that the host university offers enough courses in the respective language.

The language certificate must be submitted at the time of applying.

Attention: the levels indicated on the website refer to the minimum required to apply for this placement at the University of Vienna. However, the partner university may have other or higher requirements concerning the level and type of certificate accepted (e.g. may only accept TOEFL or IELTS). If you do not meet the requirements set by our partner university, they may reject your application. It is therefore absolutely vital that you obtain information about the host university’s requirements in advance. In the Portal you can find factsheets with current information regarding the host university as well as a link to their website.


Language certificates accepted
Language competency certificate exams