Institut für Kognitionswissenschaft

Institute of Cognitive Science

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Study with ERASMUS+
within Europe via Cogsci partner universities

ERASMUS+ Cogsci Application procedure

An online application

is required for an application in the academic year 2024/25.
Fill it out and send it off, it will then be made available to you as a pdf file.

The following documents must be handed in personally by 8 February 2024, 10 a.m., room 50/E19.

1. ) Two printouts of the online application
- please sign

2.) Two printouts of the motivational letter/s
- in addition please send letter/s also as one pdf-file to
- German or English
- You must mention each university you want apply for
- half to three quarters of a page per university

3.) Two printouts of the Summary sheet

Important notice

When filling out the online application, you will be asked to upload various documents such as a learning agreement, a transcript, etc. You do not need these documents for the ERASMUS+ application in Cognitive Science (you need it however for the worldwide University Partners).

You do not need a language certificate for English at this stage, as you are applying to the Institute of Cognitive Science.
Please mention your language skills in other languages or when you will take your exam in the motivation letter. You have to present your language certificates at the latest when you register at the partner university (between April and June for the WS or between September and November for the SoSe).

Motivational letter

In the letter of motivation you should explain the academic (and perhaps private reasons) why you have chosen the university. Justify your choice carefully! The letter of motivation is the decisive criterion for the committee for your nomination.

If you have applied for several universities (up to four ERASMUS+), a letter of motivation (or an overall letter in which you present the motivation for each of your desired universities) is required for each ERASMUS+ application. Means: Do not only mention your first wish! Pay attention to spelling mistakes. Write approximately half to three quarters of a page per university.

Tips for writing a letter of motivation: click here

Please note

External applications for ERASMUS+ places in other departments are possible. Please contact us beforehand.

Please also note that the application procedure at the Institute of Cognitive Science (it is simplified) differs from the procedures of the other departments at Osnabrück University. Therefore, please take the information from these pages first or just ask us here if you are unsure.

Number of universities

You can name up to four universities, the one you favor should be at the top. If your choice includes universities that are not part of the ERASMUS+ program,  list them as well (this means: you can name up to 4 ERASMUS+ universities and up to two applications within the university partnership program), i.e. max. six requests). If necessary, you will have to open a second online application. If so, please use a different email address.

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Application deadline

Applications must be submitted at the beginning of each year for the upcoming academic year (study abroad winter semester 2024/2025 or summer semester 2025).

Important: There is only one application deadline for stays abroad in the winter or summer semester. If you plan your stay abroad only for the 6th semester, you must apply already in January.

Please come to the office during office hours at the very latest on 1 February  2024, 10 a.m., room 50/E19.

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Selection criteria

In the week following the deadline, the subject coordinators, the ERASMUS coordinator and a student council member will jointly determine the nomination.

If there are more applicants for a partner university than there are places available, the letter of motivation is the basis for the allocation of the ERASMUS places.

You will be notified promptly by e-mail, usually within the same week, for which place you have been nominated.

The ERASMUS officers make every effort to grant each serious application one of the maximum four requests.

However, due to the large number of applications and the limited number of places, this will not always be possible. In this case, you will be notified by e-mail that your application was unsuccessful, informed which universities still have places available, and asked to submit a corresponding application if necessary.

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Acceptance/return of the study place

IMPORTANT: Please inform us immediately by email if you do not accept the place you have been offered (e.g. because your application for a partner university was successful or you have decided to do an internship).

If you continue to occupy a place that you will not take up, you will deprive your fellow students of the opportunity to move up to this place and thus prevent them from being able to organize their semester abroad according to their wishes as much as you do.

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ERASMUS+ reports


In order to get an impression of a possible partner university, it is possible to ask for various reports in the Mobility office by email. Often these reports contain information about courses, accommodation, travel, etc., which is very helpful for your preparations.

After returning home, participants of the ERASMUS+ program have to write a report about their stay abroad. The report has to be handed in at the International Office. Please also send a version to the Cogsci Mobility Office.

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