Degree Programmes

ERASMUS Programme

ERASMUS+ 2014/2015 - 2020/2021

ERASMUS is the financial aid programme of the European Union for transnational cooperation in the area of education. The goal of the ERASMUS programme is to support the development of the European university education and the mobility of students and lecturers.

Palucca University of Dance Dresden has been awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) for the period 2014/2015 - 2020/2021 by the European Commission, which is a prerequisite for higher education institutions to participate in the Erasmus+programme.

More information about this EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport can be found here.

Erasmus+ Grant

The European Commission in conjunction with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provide an Erasmus grant for participating students (or graduates)  to help with the cost of living abroad. The Erasmus grant will not cover all of your costs of being abroad, it is intended as a contribution towards your living costs.

Grant Rates are set annually by the sending institution each year and the rates for 2015/2016 have not yet been announced. The rate you receive will be based on a number of criteria including:
•    The duration of your stay abroad
•    Your destination country
•    If you are doing a study or a work placement

Additional funding (special needs support) is available for students with disabilities wishing to undertake a placement. The additional funding is to support additional costs incurred in taking a placement abroad that cannot be recovered from other sources. The grant covers actual costs. If you believe you would be eligible for this funding, please contact the Erasmus-coordinator.

The grant is usually paid in two instalments, at least 70% after a certificate of arrival has been sent to the Erasmus Co-ordinator and the remainder at the end of the period abroad after the student (or graduate) has submitted their final report.

What does ERASMUS offer the students / graduates?

  • Exoneration from host university tuition
  • Academic recognition of credits earned abroad by the home institution, generally through participation in the European system for the crediting of course achievements (ECTS)
  • Mobile financial aid to balance out a portion of the additional costs while abroad
  • Subject-related and linguistic support in preparation for the residency abroad and support from the host university regarding accommodations, cultural offerings etc.

Student and Graduate Mobility

Under the scheme students have 2 options::

  • a study period at a partner Higher Education Institution in one of the ERASMUS Programme countries lasting between 3 and 12 months (including a complementary traineeship period, if planned) (SMS)
  • a traineeship (work placement) in an enterprise or any other relevant workplace in one of the ERASMUS Programme countries lasting between 2 and 12 months (SMP)

Additionally recent higher education graduates may participate in

  • a traineeship in an enterprise or any other relevant workplace in one of the ERASMUS Programme countries lasting between 2 and 12 months (SMP).

Internships with ERASMUS

ERASMUS Internships (combined with the ERASMUS Study Programme)

Internships, which directly follow an ERASMUS study abroad, can qualify for financial aid as part of an ERASMUS study programme.

The following terms and conditions apply:

  • The internship immediately follows a (at a minimum) 3-month ERASMUS study abroad
  • The duration of the aid for studies and internship is max. 12 months (however max. up to Sept. 30 of the year)
  • Submission of an informal request with information regarding the type of internship (obligatory/voluntary internship), name of the internship institution, duration, work/task description and confirmation from the internship institution

ERASMUS Internships (independent of the ERASMUS Study Programme) SMP

The ERASMUS Programme also subsidises international internships within Europe. In addition to the 12 month financial aid for ERASMUS studies, up to 12 months financial aid can be granted for ERASMUS internships.

Terms and conditions for the aid include (among others):

  • The internship must last at least 3 and a maximum of 12 months
  • Internships in companies of all types are supported, with the exception of EU Institutions and organizations that coordinate EU programmes
  • An internship contract is signed between the university and recipient institution

Eligible Participants

In order for students to receive aid from the ERASMUS Programme, the following criteria must be met:


  • Full-time student status at the Palucca University of Dance (SMS + SMP)
  • At least 2 semesters of study completed (Bachelor programme) (SMS)
  • The same student may receive grants for mobility periods totaling up to 12 months maximum per each cycle of study (1st study c ycle: Bacehlor or equivalent, including the short cycle (EQF levels 5 and 6); 2nd study cycle (master or equivalent – EQF level 7); 3rd cycle as doctoral candidate (doctoral level or EQF level 8) , independently from the number and type of mobility activities (SMS + SMP)
  • At least basic language skills in the instruction language of the partner university or receiving institution (SMS + SMP)
  • Language skills of the host country are beneficial (SMS + SMP)
  • Study and work placements represent an integral part of the course of study at the home university. This means that before going abroad, a so-called Learning Agreement (course scheme) must be created with the responsible advisor at the home and host instuituions (SMS + SMP)
  • A valid bilateral ERASMUS agreement must be in place for the respective year of study (SMS)

Graduates (SMP)

Recent higher education graduates:

  • must be selected by their HEI during their last year of study and
  • they must carry out and complete their traineeship abroad within one year of obtaining their graduation.

Partner Universities (subject to change) (SMS)

The Palucca University of Dance Dresden negotiates ERASMUS agreements bilaterally with its European partner universities. By doing so, the period, amount of exchange spots, and the subjects of the exchange for students and instructors are determined.

  • University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy, Viljandi, Estlan
  • Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse, Lyon, Frankreich
  • Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse, Paris
  • Institut Supérieur des Arts de Toulouse, Frankreich
  • Fontys Dansacademie, Tilburg, Niederlande
  • Danshögskolan, Stockholm, Schweden
  • Savonia Universirty of Applied Kuopio, Finnland

Application Documents

  • completed and printed application form
  • personal cover letter or letter of intention
  • tabular curriculum vitae
  • proof of language skills (self-assessment, possibly with previous school transcript, or proof of language course)
  • all further relevant documents, which could be part of an application

Notarized copies are generally not necessary for the application.

The cover letter or letter of intention/motivation (no longer than one page) should express students’ particular motivation for wanting to spend a semester or a year in the preferred country and at the preferred university. Why should the study take place there? What is expected from studying there? What interests do the students have in their target country and/or university? What roll did previous questions regarding internationality / integration / Europe etc. Play in their decision process?


The Rector’s Office/ERASMUS Coordinator processes the organisation of and application for the ERASMUS exchange.

Application Deadline

Applications must be filed with the employees of the Rector’s Office/Erasmus Coordinator by the end of the preceding Winter Semester. Applications filed later can only be allotted if remaining scholarship funds are still available.

Accepted - now what?

Admission to the Partner University

Following a successful bid to apply for admission at a partner university (and after requests are made to relevant providers for student accommodation, language courses, etc. - students may need a letter of acceptance from the partner university to make such requests), the partner university  will once more evaluate  students` suitability for admission  to their respective study programs. The nomination made by Palucca University therefore offers no guaranteed admission to the partner university.

Mobile Financial Aid

  • The duration of the aid is between 3 to 12 months.
  • The amount of the mobile aid is calculated based on the entire budget and the entire number of participants in the respective university year.
  • Mobile financial aid can only be approved for one year of study.
  • As part of the ERASMUS programme, internships are only subsidised if they are linked to a (at least) three month long study abroad before or after the internship and are recognised as fixed components of the course of study by the home university.

International BAföG (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz – Federal Educational Aid Law)

BAföG beneficiaries should apply for foreign financial aid at the appropriate agency (depending on the target country) on time (at least 6 months before the start of your stay abroad). Since the BAföG amendment from 2001 and the corresponding adjustments to the administrative provisions, which were also published in writing in December 2001, EU grants need not be deducted from BAföG.

Acknowledgement of Courses/ ECTS

The ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) enables the acknowledgement of credits earned abroad.  Studies and exam achievements are rewarded through the allocation of credits (cr) according to a Europe-wide standardised system. Together with the Head of the Degree Programme at the Palucca University and the field of study coordinator of the host faculty, a curriculum is devised (Learning Agreement) before students go abroad. The Learning Agreement determines which courses will be taken and respectively the amount of credits that can be earned.

The recognition of credits via ECTS, however, is not automatic. Students must  pay attention to the following steps so that the credits earned abroad are recognized:

  • Upon return, students normally request recognition for credits earned abroad from the student office. Generally it is enough to fill out the appropriate form and attach the transcript of records or comparable certification to the board of examiners.
  • Students submit a detailed description of the course, which can serve as proof of content learned. If students do not have a detailed course description from the ECTS course catalogue of their host university, a copy should be obtained from the host university’s course catalogue directly. 

For those interested in interning abroad, a similar procedure includes formulating a Training Agreement with the student, home institution, and host institution, that states  the objectives and content of the internship and includes a corporate acknowledgment in accordance with the Training Agreement upon students’ return from work abroad.

Practical Tips/Organisation

Language Certification

In general, good basic skills in the respective instruction language are required for study abroad. Depending on the planned study programme,  and in some other  individual cases, specific verification documents may be required. It is best if students ask the authorized persons in their field of study or directly at the host university about the language requirements. Students should ask the university directly whether guest students are offered additional intensive language courses before lectures begin.


The guest university usually takes care of the accommodation or sends information regarding housing. It is advisable for students to personally contact their advisors at the host university (ask for the contact information from the programme representative) to let  him/her t know their  exact date of arrival.

Academic Leave of Absence from the Palucca University

ERASMUS scholars are advised to request a leave of absence for the period of the study abroad. Academic leaves of absence are preferably requested in the registry office within the confirmation time period, and at the latest by the beginning of this coming semester. During students´ leave of absence, credits and exam results will be received from the host university abroad. These should be submitted to the responsible board of examiners in semesters of study that exams were taken, so that they can retroactively be credited as a subject-related semester.

Health Insurance

Within the European Economic Region, persons insured by federal health insurance are entitled to benefits according to the statutory provisions of the foreign health insurance carrier such as i.e. necessary medical treatment in the case of illness. The health insurance coverage abroad is generally equivalent to the coverage that students would receive if they were insured in that country. The state health insurance institutions issue proof of insurance, which guarantee insurance coverage in the case of illness internationally within Europe (E 111, E 109 or 106). Students should request detailed information from the respective health insurance carrier before going abroad. This is especially important for private insurance companies (they do not issue comparable insurance certificates).

After Studying Abroad

  • An experience report must be written.
  • Certification must be obtained  from the host university regarding the actual period of the study abroad.
  • The certificates earned at the host university must be submitted to the faculty.