Erasmus+ student mobility
Top-ups for Green Travel
The new generation of Erasmus programmes promotes environmentally friendly practices, including the use of sustainable means of transport.
Erasmus students or staff who study/work in other European countries from the Erasmus project 2021 onwards (i.e. the mobility starts in the 2022 summer semester or later) will receive a top-up amount for environmentally friendly travel in addition to their grant.
What are the top-ups for green travel?
Students will receive a one-off payment of €100 and, where applicable, additional support for travel days of up to 4 days for a return journey.
Staff will receive a different amount depending on the travel distance and, where applicable, additional support for travel days of up to 4 days for a return journey (see Erasmus+ funding).
What does green travel mean?
Green travel is defined as travel that uses low-emission modes of transport such as bus, rail or carsharing for the majority of the trip.
Combination trips that are partly by plane are not eligible for funding.
How do I get the payment?
The travel days (up to 4) should be justified or documented by tickets, if possible. If this is not possible, this can be done by a solemn declaration of the participants. This declaration should address the number of travel days.
The additional payment (top-up plus support for up to four travel days) is made at the end of the study/work abroad.
In addition, particularly sustainable forms of travel, i.e. students who travel to the host university mainly on foot (hiking) or by bicycle, will receive a one-off grant of up to 350 euros.
Prerequisite for this additional funding:
- Informal application with a description of the project (including a listing of additional costs)
- For a journey of up to 200 kilometres to the host university, 200 euros will be reimbursed; for a journey of more than 200 kilometres, 350 euros will be reimbursed.
- Proof or self-declaration on the journey made (type of travel, reference to environmental friendliness)
Grantees are required to write a report using the hashtag #UOLinternational ( will be happy to provide support).
Grantees should take care to ensure that the CO2 savings achieved by a sustainable form of travel are not cancelled out e.g. by sending their luggage separately by air or by flying back home, so students should make it clear that the aspect of environmentally friendly travel is a particular focus of their project.
Funding is granted as soon as the study abroad has begun and proof/self-declaration on the journey has been provided.