Short-term mobility (BIP)
Blended Intensive Programs (BIP)
As part of a BIP, students can take part in a short, in-person group mobility (for between 5 and 30 days) combined with a virtual phase at an Erasmus+ partner university with which a cooperation agreement has been made.
A central element of the BIPs is the obligatory virtual component that allows students to prepare for, make the most of, and follow up on the short mobility phase. The scope and frequency of the virtual component are determined at the discretion of the universities offering the program and depend on the learning outcome of the various courses.
The format also offers students who might not be able to complete a longer stay abroad for various reasons the opportunity to gain some international experience.
Students who receive funding should be able to receive at least 3 ECTS credits that count towards their final degree.
A BIP is held in partnership with Erasmus+ partner universities, i.e. students can only participate in BIPs if FAU has signed a contract allowing participation.
Currently available BIPs
FAU currently takes part in the following BIPs, has successfully applied for EU funding for them and has concluded the relevant Erasmus contracts with the universities.
- University of Liechtenstein “Business Process Management (BPM) Winter School”, WiSo FAU, Information Systems from January 15 to 19, 2024. Further information: https://www.is.rw.fau.de/lehre/veranstaltungen/bpm-winter-school-2024-stipendium/
Further BIPs in the pipeline; no contract entered into as yet, no applications possible at the current time
- Summer 2025: University of Kraków, Department of Education
- January 2025: University of Bologna, Department of Mathematics, only for PhD students
Applying for a BIP grant for students
First of all, you should apply at your department, institute or school. After you are nominated to International Affairs, you will receive further information on the detailed application process by e-mail. The Learning Agreement, described in more detail below, is one of the documents you are required to submit.
The Learning Agreement is an obligatory document based on the requirements set out in the EU education program. Unless stipulated otherwise, students are requested to use the Online Learning Agreement (OLA). The workload for students corresponds to at least 3 ECTS credits, as stipulated in the Learning Agreement for students taking part in the mobility.
The following parties sign the Learning Agreement:
- The student taking part
- The accreditation officer at the student’s home institution
- The Erasmus coordinator at the department
- The person responsible at the host institution
With these four signatures, the Learning Agreement is complete and meets one of the requirements for eligibility for funding.
If no OLA is available, the Learning Agreement can also be agreed on paper. Please use the relevant template.
How do I apply to the host institution?
The partner institution informs the partners about the procedure. A nomination is initially made via the applicant’s home institution (subject). Further steps may then include registering in the partner’s application portal (after you are asked to do so).
How much funding is available for students?
Students who are participating in a BIP abroad and would like to receive funding have to observe the same Erasmus+ procedures before, during and after the stay abroad as they would if they were spending a whole semester abroad.
Before becoming eligible for funding, students are required to apply at their department, be officially nominated by International Affairs and submit the required funding documents to International Affairs. Provided FAU has a Erasmus+ Inter-Institutional Agreement with the university that offers and coordinates the in-person phase, students will then be eligible for the following funding rates:
- Day 1-14: 70 euros/day
- Day 15-30: 50 euros/day
- Sustainable travel: 50 euros lump sum + up to four additional travel days
Disadvantaged participants are eligible to what is known as a social top-up amounting to 100 euros (5-14 days stay) or 150 euros (15-30 days stay) plus travel expenses according to the distance. Those entitled to a social top-up are:
- Students and graduates with a degree of disability of at least 20 or a chronic illness
- Students and graduates taking their children abroad with them
- First-generation students (students who are the first in their family to go to university)
- Students who are working
|Distance||Amount (one-off payment)||Amount “Green Travel”|
|Less than 100 km:||20 EUR||–|
|100 to 499 km:||180 EUR||210 EUR|
|500 to 1999 km:||275 EUR||320 EUR|
|2000 to 2999 km:||360 EUR||410 EUR|
|3000 to 3999 km:||530 EUR||610 EUR|
|4000 to 7999 km:||820 EUR||–|
|8000 km and above:||1500 EUR||–|
Funding is usually paid in two installments: 70% before mobility takes place and 30% afterwards.
What are the arrangements concerning travel and accommodation?
Unless stipulated otherwise, you are responsible for making your own travel arrangements. The host institution may make accommodation arrangements for you, but this is not automatically the case.
When taking part in the Erasmus+ program, you are obliged to ensure that you have adequate insurance cover during your in-person stay at the partner university. As a minimum, this includes adequate health insurance, liability insurance and possibly also accident insurance. International Affairs does not provide individual advice. Please find out about the various options on offer in good time.
When you return, please submit your
- confirmation of participation with ECTS credits to International Affairs (by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- confirmation of participation with ECTS credits to the Examinations Office for the purpose of accreditation
- EU survey to the EU online and the generated pdf as confirmation by e-mail to email@example.com.