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The Erasmus programme promotes exchange between European universities, students, faculty and university personnel. Since its founding in 1987, the programme has given millions of individuals unique intercultural experiences that have shaped their subsequent educations and careers. Erasmus broadens the horizons of future experts and leaders and increases the pedagogical tools and international networks available to university educators. Short internships give university administrators insights into the work performed at the partner institutions of the Catholic University of Applied Sciences. Cooperative projects strengthen the ties between participating universities in Europe and, since 2014, at institutions in selected countries outside the EU.
The Erasmus programme has three key missions:

Mission 1 – Promote exchange between universities 
Mission 2 – Foster partnerships and projects
Mission 3 – Support educational policy reforms

The Catholic University of Applied Sciences of North Rhine – Westphalia has been an accredited partner in the Erasmus programme since 1997. As a recipient of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE), the university meets its strict quality standards: the use of ECTS, the recognition of credits earned abroad, the equal treatment of applicants and participants and a transparent management system (to be gradually digitalized starting in 2021).

The Erasmus quality principles are enumerated in the Erasmus Charter of Higher Education 2021 – 2027.

partner countries in the EU: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Lativa, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary and Cyprus

partner countries not in the EU: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Turkey

The 2021–2027 programme

For the 2021–2027 period of the Erasmus programme, the Catholic University of Applied Sciences will pursue several goals as part of its internationalisation strategy: improve the quality and quantity of exchanges for teaching, education and partner projects; develop new teaching modules and curricula; and promote measures to develop academic capacity together with partner universities. The university will constantly monitor compliance with ECHE values and quality standards.

The university will also work to realize the new Erasmus priorities for the next programme period:

The university will take measures to include students and university employees with special needs and other disadvantages in exchange programmes. Moreover, to foster social innovation, it will widen its network of European universities to include institutions in the Global South and focus on sharing knowledge with the public at large.

The university will develop online-supported education and rapidly implement a digital management system for the Erasmus programme. The university’s incentive system for improving teaching and learning includes international initiatives.

In 2018, the university launched an innovative carbon offset scheme in which it pays to make up for the emissions of university-related flights taken by its students and employees. In the future, it will introduce more measures to supplement the scheme.

This is the university’s complete European Policy Statement 2021-2027.


“Those who move, move Europe” – funding for exchanges 

The Catholic University of Applied Sciences has Erasmus agreements with over 40 institutions throughout Europe and several international exchange projects as well.  Here is the list of our partner institutions.

The university has much to offer Erasmus exchange students: a stimulating array of courses that will count to your university degrees at home and a campus located in a central region of Western Europe with much to discover, from vibrant metropolises to gorgeous landscapes. Our site for exchange students provides detailed information on all aspects of your stay.

If you want to participate in an Erasmus exchange at the Catholic University of Applied Sciences, report to the Erasmus office of your university, which will formally nominate you as a candidate. Once this formal step has been taken, you will have to complete some digital documents related to your study abroad, including the learning agreement.

Note: The financial support from the Erasmus+ programme will be paid by your home institution. 

The team at the International Office will help you with matters such as travel, visa, insurance and the search for housing.

On request, we can also alert you to internship positions at social work institutions. Advanced German language skills are a plus when looking for a suitable internship.

Students at the Catholic University of the Applied Sciences seeking intercultural experiences during a semester or internship abroad should inform themselves about their options at the International Office.

Practical information

The International Office page in the campus portal provides detailed, practical information about Erasmus stays abroad: important dates, events, advising, general terms, funding, openings, application forms, application deadlines and informational materials.

We welcome faculty from other institutions who want to share their knowledge and experiences with students at the Catholic University of Applied Sciences.

If your university already has an Erasmus agreement with us and you’ve already been in touch with a representative from one of our departments, please contact him or her directly. 

If you don’t already have a contact at the university or if you are at the beginning of your career and want to improve your resume by teaching a course or two at the Catholic University of Applied Sciences, then get in touch with our International Office. We will review your request and direct you to one of our departments. 

Experts from social work, health care or applied theology who want to share their professional experience with university students should also contact the International Office.

Check this list to see if your home university is part of our Erasmus network or has a cooperative agreement with us.

We are glad to support faculty at the Catholic University of Applied Sciences who want to take a turn teaching at one of our partner universities. Such work strengthens individual networks and raises the profile of our university at the same time. The broad spectrum of agreements with other Erasmus universities and the European Union typically allows us to provide financial support for outgoing faculty. The campus portal contains information on the application process and on funding programmes (such as DAAD). 

If we do not have a partnership with the university you want to teach at, contact the university administration, the exchange coordinator of your department or the International Office. It might be possible to create a new partnership.

The Catholic University of Applied Sciences is delighted to share its experiences and institutional structures in lifelong learning with its partners, whether in the areas of administration, research or teaching. We welcome employees from universities for short internships and work shadowing opportunities. Contact our International Office to find a placement at the university.

At the Catholic University of Applied Sciences, international exchange is a holistic process to which all employees have access. Faculty, researchers and administrative personnel have the option of completing short internships to familiarize themselves with processes at our partner institutions. The internships encourage comparative learning that can spark new impetus for their work at home.

Employees whose work can benefit from learning a foreign language can attend a language course in another European country and receive a reimbursement of their costs from the Erasmus programme. For more information, see our campus portal

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