ERASMUS+: information and guidelines

The ERASMUS+ program is an European mobility/exchange program for students (detailed information at the International Center of CAU).

ERASMUS+ outgoing students:

ERASMUS+ program offers possibilities for CAU students to study some months in one of CAU partner universities within Europe. These periods are designed in a way that a minimum of 15 ECTS awarded at the partner university will be accredited and added to the students ECTS account at CAU.

The M. Sc. Biological Oceanography curriculum offers within third semester (WS) a mobility window to study abroad.

Please contact the International Center of CAU as early as possible - latest two semesters ahead of your planned ERASMUS+ exchange phase (Information events for the academic year 2023-2024ERASMUS+ "Fact Sheet" of Kiel University and ERASMUS+ Online Registration for CAU Outgoings (also SEA EU) 2023/24 - the portal will be opened on January 15th, 2024 / further ERASMUS+ information and here).

This structure (attending 3. semester M. Sc. BiOc equivalent modules (for details contact M.Sc. BiOc study advice - general application deadline: December 15, 2023 - application (CV, letter of motivation) ERASMUS+ partner universities of CAU Section Marine Science (outgoing students of M. Sc. Biological Oceanography or Biology resp. related curricula like Applied Ecology or Environmental Sciences - only students of these curricula are eligible to apply via GEOMAR) are Tromsö, Bodö, Wageningen, Barcelona, Faro, Azores, Crete, Zürich - only Aberdeen (B. Sc. level) accepts students of natural sciences curricula)) ensures that students using the mobility window, can complete their curriculum without delay.

Students will be informed about their nomination by GEOMARs ERASMUS program officer (M. Sc. Biological Oceanography).

ERASMUS+ - Student Mobility (see CAU).

ERASMUS+ incoming students:

GEOMAR and the Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel (CAU) offer within the framework of ERASMUS+ for a limited number of students possibilities to participate in modules of M.Sc. Biological Oceanography.

All interested future ERASMUS+ students, together with their ERASMUS+ supervisor at the sending (home) university, first have to contact the  International Center of the Christian-Albrechts-University (CAU), Kiel then GEOMAR at least six months in advance of the planned ERASMUS+ placement semester(s).

This is indispensable finding the best courses, to make sure that chosen courses will be given in the semester planned, that there are free capacities and to prevent "sudden" cancellations of courses due to e.g. possible change of staff, research sabbatical, parental leave etc. resulting in missing credits during your placement.

How to participate in M.Sc. Biological Oceanography courses within the ERASMUS+ framework?

To participate in M.Sc. Biological Oceanography courses within the ERASMUS+ framework follow the steps below:

  1. Look for courses of interest
  2. Talk to your local ERASMUS+ representative
  3. Fill out the ERASMUS+ learning agreement
  4. Contact the CAU ERASMUS+ representative (also concerning housing etc.)
  5. Contact GEOMAR with the result of 1. to 4.
  6. Adjust the ERASMUS+ learning agreement as suggested by the GEOMAR and CAU ERASMUS+ representatives
  7. Sign the adjusted the ERASMUS+ learning agreement (also by your local ERASMUS+ representative)
  8. Send the signed the ERASMUS+ learning agreement to GEOMAR and CAU to have it signed.
  9. Plan your stay in Kiel thoroughly after receiving the all-parties-signed ERASMUS+ learning agreement
  10. Welcome to Kiel

Only performing this procedure will give you the opportunity to take part in our courses.


ERASMUS+ internships/traineeships

ERASMUS internships/traineeships (SMT) follow a different schedule. As GEOMAR does not have a centralized organization regarding ERASMUS internships/traineeships (SMT), students have to identify a working group of their interest (matching their skills and interests) and contact the head of this group. If there is the possibility for an internship/traineeship there, documents have to be set up and signed by the constituents – and the internship/traineeship will start accordingly.

Please consult GEOMARs website (Research), identify the group/research unit of your interest and contact the person in charge indicated there.


  • Next application period: March 1 to April 15, 2025!

    More information at "how to aply"

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    Curriculum Coordinator
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    Phone: +49 (0)431 600-4274
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    Dr. Jörg Süling
    Study Coordinator
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  • Chairman of Examination Board

    Prof. Dr. Thorsten Reusch
    Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Düsternbrooker Weg 20
    24105 Kiel
    Room: A 31
    Phone: +49 431 600-4550
    E-Mail: treusch(at)

    Office Examination Board (web)

    Marianne Lange  Tel. 0431/880-3724 (Raum E 50)
    Ines Wetzel   Tel. 0431/880-4157 (Raum E 51)

    Prüfungsamt Biologie
    Am Botanischen Garten 7
    24118 Kiel
    FAX 0431/880-5704


  • Exam registration: If you encounter exam registration problems please contact exam office biology (Office Examination Board (web)).

    Generally: for imported courses and courses outside of M. Sc. Biological Oceanography please always contact the person in charge of the module you are attending and the corresponding exam office.


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