ERASMUS enables higher education teaching staff and people employed in private businesses to go abroad to teach in a higher education institution for up to six weeks. Likewise, any academic and non-academic higher education staff may receive training abroad in an enterprise or another institution.

Since its launch in 1997 a total of 300 000 staff exchanges have been supported and in 2007, the scope of ERASMUS staff ‘mobility’ initiatives was expanded to non-teaching staff and visiting lecturers from the business sector in order to bring a wider range of experience to campuses.

In the academic year 2010/2011, some 32 000 lecturers from institutions and enterprises taught abroad and nearly 12 000 staff received training abroad in one of the 32 participating countries.

Teaching staff mobility enables staff to spend a teaching period between 1 day - or at least 5 teaching hours – and 6 weeks at a higher education institution in another participating country.


Teaching Mobility

What are the objectives of staff mobility for teaching?

  • To encourage higher education institutions to broaden and enrich the range and content of courses they offer;
  • To allow students who do not have the possibility to participate in a mobility scheme, to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of academic staff from higher education institutions and from invited staff of enterprises in other European countries;
  • To promote exchange of expertise and experience on pedagogical methods;
  • To create links between higher education institutions and with enterprises;
  • To motivate students and staff to become mobile and to assist them in preparing a mobility period.

Who can benefit?

The teaching assignments may be carried out by teaching staff of higher education institutions and by invited staff of enterprises.

For how long can teaching staff go abroad?

  • Staff can teach abroad between 1 day and 6 weeks. The minimum requirement for a teaching assignment is 5 teaching hours.
  • A minimum duration of 5 working days is strongly recommended to provide a meaningful contribution to the teaching programme and international life at the host institution.

What arrangements have to be made?

  • When the person carrying out the assignment is from a higher education institution, the assignment must be based on an inter-institutional agreement between the home and host institution.
  • The partner higher education institution / enterprise must have agreed on the programme of the activities to be undertaken by the visiting teachers (teaching programme) prior to the start of the mobility period.
  • In all cases, the activities of staff undertaking a teaching assignment should be integrated into the curricula of the host institution.
  • Teaching staff of higher education institutions are selected by the sending institution, staff of enterprises by the host institution.
  • In the case of staff mobility from an enterprise to a higher education institution, the mobility is arranged by an invitation of the higher education institution to the staff member of the enterprise. The grant is always managed by the higher education institution.



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