“Green Eras­mus”: trav­el­ling sus­tain­ably!

Photo: Lucas Adrian

International exchange with Erasmus+ has become an integral part of university life. Find out here how you can benefit from the wide range of offers while also being eco-friendly. The programme and the university are here to help you!

The Erasmus+ programme is the leading European funding programme for international mobility in the education sector. Unfortunately, travelling always produces CO2 emissions. In order to protect the climate as best as possible without foregoing intercultural exchange and the associated personal development, Erasmus+ prioritises “green travel”.

In the current programme generation (2021 – 2027), sustainability plays a central role. For one, Erasmus+ strives to make the topics of sustainability, climate change and environmental protection visible in order to raise awareness among participants. Moreover, responsible behaviour receives special financial support.

Funding for “green travel”

If you travel with Erasmus+ and opt for sustainable means of transport, you can apply for additional financial support. For example, depending on the duration of the trip, you can be granted up to four additional travel days and these can be included in the mobility period.

To receive this extra funding, please apply for it when you submit your regular Erasmus+ application to your responsible programme coordinator. You will then have to prove that you are actually travelling sustainably with a sworn declaration and, if necessary, with booking receipts. Further information on the topic can be found on the pages of the respective programme areas for students (study and internship) and for employees (teaching mobility or further training). This is where you will also find your contacts who will be happy to answer your questions about funding sustainable travel.

More about sustainability at HU

Humboldt-Universität has been committed to protecting the natural foundations of life with environmental guidelines since 2005. In that time, many initiatives and structures have been created – such as the Student Sustainability Office, the climate protection management team or the “Sustainability & Global Justice” class. The common goal here is to become a climate-neutral university by 2030 in accordance with the United Nations' "Agenda 2030".

All information about HU's sustainability strategy and the various activities in this area can be found on the Humboldts17 platform, whose name and content refers to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) adopted by the UN. As a public educational institution, HU feels a responsibility to contribute to international aspirations for economic progress in harmony with an ecologically sustainable and socially just world. Get involved!