Bettina Stark-Watzinger wants to increase scholarships

BFederal Minister of Education Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP) has announced that the Erasmus+ scholarship will be increased by 57 million euros. “It is very important to me that, especially in these times, even more young people can discover Europe with Erasmus,” the minister said on Wednesday. The extra money comes from the European Social Fund.

Accordingly, 3,600 additional students and a total of up to 13,700 additional young people are to be supported with higher contributions in the first year. In December 2021, the funding rates for stays abroad for Erasmus+ students had already been increased.

The basic funding for German students with approval for the winter semester 2022/2023 amounts to 490 to 600 euros, depending on the country of destination. In addition, students with disabilities, staying abroad with children, from a non-academic family home or working students benefit from an additional subsidy of 250 euros per month under certain conditions.

Since its creation in 1987, the Erasmus program has mobilized more than 12 million young people in all fields of education. In the next seven years, there should be as many more. Erasmus+ supports students in all phases, from baccalaureate to doctorate, study visits and internships abroad for up to twelve months each with financial support.

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