Study abroad with children
Study abroad is an attractive option for many students, including those with children. Parents, however, must make a large number of additional preparations, as going abroad with children requires a great deal of organization and forward planning.
ERASMUS+ special funding for students with children
The Erasmus+ program offers a fixed grant to students who wish to study abroad and take their children with them. To qualify for the grant, applicants must be single parents during their Erasmus+ stay abroad.
The grant consists of a fixed monthly subsidy of €200. This sum is independent of the number of children accompanying an applicant. In addition, students abroad receive regular financial support every month. The sum is determined by the category of their host country.
- Sample calculation:
A student spends 3 months in England. He is accompanied by his child.
The funding rate for this country category is €312 per month. The student therefore receives a total of €512 per month. For his 3-month (or 90-day) stay in England, he receives a maximum sum of €1536 in total: 312+312+312+200+200+200.
- How can I apply for this grant? What do I need to submit and where?
First, use the Mobility Online database to apply for a regular Erasmus stay abroad. On the application form, check the box labeled “Sonderförderung mit Kind”(special funding for single parents). After your application is approved, you must submit a separate application to receive special funding for single parents. Contact the ERASMUS team for help with this process. Enclose a copy of your child’s birth certificate with the application. After you return from your stay abroad, you will have to submit travel documents and/or documentation of childcare services you have used.
At Universität Hamburg, the team in the Department of International Affairs will assist you with all general questions about your options for both study abroad and international internships. The International Office also provides information on financing options, for example, the exchange programs ERASMUS, Hamburglobal, DAAD Go East, or Universität Hamburg’s international partnership programs. For general information about studying abroad and related topics, such as funding opportunities and our office hours, please visit the pages of the Department of International Affairs.
Within the framework of its project “CampusEltern werden mobil,” the University of Applied Sciences Wismar has created the website "Auslandsstudium mit Kind" (in german only), which caters in particular to the needs of students with children. You will find plenty of information about organization, costs and financing, accommodation, and childcare, as well as details about the current family policies of popular study abroad destinations and first-hand student reports of their experiences abroad.
Subletting your accommodation
Important notice: Inhabitants of Bornstraße accommodation for students with families may, pending agreement from the Studierendenwerk, sublet their appartment for the period of their stay abroad. Tenants retain the status of main tenant and can move back into their Bornstraße accomodation upon their return to Hamburg. For further details, please notify property management or the Beratungszentrum Wohnen des Studierendenwerks (housing advisory center).