Teaching and research abroad

The International Office provides advice and support to Leuphana researchers and teaching staff, who intend to go abroad for teaching or research purposes or work on a cooperation project with international partners. Please find below an overview of funding opportunities for joint projects with international partners. For further information, please contact us via e-mail or phone. We will gladly support you in the application process.

Funding programmes - Internal application

The following overview includes information about individual funding and project funding programmes, which either require a central application (via the International Office) and/or an internal application.


Erasmus+, the programme for education, youth and sport of the European Union, combines the previous EU education programmes for lifelong learning, youth and sport with cooperation programmes of higher education. The goal is to improve competencies and employability, to modernise the general and professional education as well as to advance the child and youth services during the duration of the programme from 2014 to 2020. Overall 33 countries are part of the program. These include, besides the 28 EU states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, FYR of Macedonia, Norway and Turkey.

The Erasmus+ programme comprises three key actions:

  • Key action 1 - Individual mobility
  • Key action 2 - Partnerships and cooperation projects
  • Key action 3 - Support of political reform processes

With funds of about 14 billion Euro more than 4 million people shall profit from the Erasmus+ programme. Particularly the mobility inside of Europe, and to a smaller extent with other parts of the world, shall be strengthened. Until 2020, 2 million students alone shall profit from Erasmus+, including more than a quarter million from Germany. Students from all study cycles, including doctorate studies, who want to complete parts of their studies or an internship in a foreign country will be funded. The previous excellence program Erasmus Mundus, which supports a complete master’s degree in selected European master’s courses, is also part of Erasmus+.

Furthermore, Erasmus+ is supposed to contribute in increasing the internationalisation of universities by funding short term lectureships and advanced trainings for lecturers and administrative staff. Additionally, other measures such as inviting foreign company personnel for teaching assignments, participation in multilateral Strategic Partnerships with European partners (including non-academic partners) and developing joint innovation projects, for example in the field of curriculum development or regarding topics transcending educational boundaries, will be employed. To strengthen the collaboration between universities and the economy, international knowledge alliances will be supported. Universities which want to engage in increasing capacities in third countries can do this via the programme part for international university partnerships.

The application for most mobility measures and Strategic Partnerships is performed decentralised at the respective national agency. For universities in Germany this is the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - DAAD).

Staff mobility

Further information and application forms can be found here

  • Key action 1 - Individual mobility
  • Key action 2 - Institutional Cooperation
  • Key action 3 - Support of political reform processes

Key action 1 - Individual mobility

The funding of the individual mobility of students, lecturers and administrative staff principally requires the central application of the University and its approval. The International Office is entrusted with the application process. Such an application usually refers to the classic Erasmus mobility within the participating countries, however an application for the funding of a mobility with a partner country can be filed as well. The yearly application deadlines usually lie at the beginning of February. In both cases the mobilities that are to be funded have to be arranged between the partner universities using so called Inter-institutional Agreements. If you want to arrange an exchange of students and/or staff with European partners or partners outside the EU, please contact the International Office at an early stage.

You can find more information on conducting a short-term lectureship or training at a partner university here.

Once a year, funds for the development and implementation of Joint Master Degrees, joint master programmes with partner universities in foreign countries, can be requested. The application process is complex and requires a variety of coordination processes within the university and with potential partner universities beforehand. Likewise, please contact the International Office early on if you plan such an application.


Contact person in the International Office: Eva Vosshagen


Key action 2 - Institutional Cooperation

In key action 2, the project-based cooperation with international partners is funded. It is subdivided into three programme lines, which are designed to give structural support to the university in implementing its internationalisation strategy:

  • Strategic partnership with the goal of innovation and exchange of established processes between universities and other institutions in the education sector;
  • Capacity increasing projects in the higher education sector (ex Tempus, Alfa, Edulink);
  • Knowledge alliances which enable project-based cooperation between universities, corporations and organizations.

You can find more information concerning this on the websites of the National Agency EU-DAAD

Projects, for which funding within key action 2 shall be requested, require a very detailed preparation both internally and with the partners, as well as the embedding into the internationalisation strategy of the university. Thus, interested parties are asked to contact the International Office early on.

Ansprechpartnerin: Sabine Busse

Key action 3 - Support of political reform processes

Key action 3 is supposed to support education-political reform processes in Europe and beyond Europe’s borders, which will modernise the European educational system and will help achieve the goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy. For the higher education level three superior development objectives can be derived:

  • Support of the Bologna-Processes
  • Initiation of cooperations spanning the education sector
  • Policy dialogue with third countries, stakeholders and international organizations

You can find the latest information and tenders on the website of the EU commission. The application takes place centrally in Brussels.

Funding programmes - External Application

At national level the main funding institutions for individual research or teaching stays abroad and for cooperation projects with international partners are, besides an array of smaller organisations, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH). An overview of the funding programs and funding lines with international elements of these largest German funding institutions can be found following these links:

DAAD Individual Funding

DAAD Project Funding

DFG Research Funding

AvH Funding



Project-based faculty exchange

The DAAD programmes for funding of binational scientific cooperation


The information portal for mobile scientists

Horizon 2020

Information on the EU Research Programme Horizon 2020 is given by the Research Service

European Commission

The official Erasmus+ Website

International Office
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