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Erasmus+ teaching mobility

Erasmus+ teaching mobility (STA)

Erasmus+ provides funding for guest lecturers at European partner universities in programme countries which have a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education and some universities in specific partner countries.

The aim of teaching mobility is for guest lecturers to strengthen their host universities’ European connections during their stay, expand the range of courses on offer and convey their knowledge to students who are unable or do not wish to study in another country. An overview of the Erasmus+ Programme is available in the DAAD’s flyer (German).

Teaching stays can be undertaken at universities which FAU has an inter-institutional agreement with for teaching mobility in a specific subject. See below.

The programme countries are: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary and Cyprus.

Bosnia, Serbia, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon are currently partner countries for specific subjects at FAU. Russia, Morocco and Egypt will be added in the upcoming funding period.

Minimum teaching duration

  • Programme countries: 8 hours per week. The minimum stay duration is two days (change to Erasmus+ since 2014).
  • Partner countries: 8 hours per week. The minimum stay duration is five days.

Please note that conference participation or visits to partner universities cannot be financed via STA funding.

Erasmus+ is a significant opportunity for advanced doctoral candidates and young researchers to gain experience teaching in another country while working on their own research. It is particularly important that doctoral candidates discuss the content of their teaching duties with the partner university in sufficient detail before they take part in the programme.

Teaching stays at partner universities should also be used as an opportunity to promote student exchange and develop further co-operation between universities such as joint degree programmes.

Applications for funding to support teaching mobility from winter semester 2015/2016 (i.e. from 1 September 2015) can be submitted using the application form.

Funding is available for all types of lecturers employed by the University, retired professors and lecturers, and research associates. If the co-ordinator named in the inter-institutional agreement does not wish to carry out the stay as a guest lecturer themselves, another person from the same subject may take their place, provided the partner university agrees, and may then apply for funding with the co-ordinator’s consent.

FAU’s internal deadline for the 2015 funding period (1 June 2015 – 31 May 2017) is 30 August 2015.

The application documents are available on this page.

The following document contains an overview of the places for guest lecturers agreed upon with programme countries.

Guest lecturer places agreed upon with partner countries:

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Univerzitet Sarajevska škola za nauku i tehnologiju, Sarajevo – information systems; Prof. Dr. Möslein

Israel

  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem – political science; Peter Lintl
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Oriental studies; Prof. Dr. Edzard
  • Tel Aviv University – political science; Peter Lintl
  • Tel Aviv University – Oriental studies; Prof. Dr. Edzard

Lebanon

  • University of Balamand, Tripoli – Oriental studies; Prof. Dr. Tamer

Jordan

  • Yarmouk University, Irbid – geography; Dr. Vanselov, Dr. Gerique-Zipfel
  • University of Jordan, Amman – geography; Dr. Vanselov, Dr. Gerique-Zipfel

Serbia

  • University of Belgrade – theology; Dr. Zeltner-Pavlovic, (Prof. Dr. Gazer)
  • University of Belgrade – physics; Prof. Dr. Krstic, (Prof. Dr. van Eldik)

Selection criteria

  • Existing Erasmus partnerships should be strengthened (e.g. with double degree programmes).
  • If funding is limited, funding may only be granted for one guest lecturer stay per person and academic year.
  • Lecturers who have not received Erasmus funding before will be given preference.

Travel and accommodation costs

Decisions on funding within the Erasmus+ programme are made by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). As of the academic year 2014/2015, the following maximum daily allowances for four country groups apply for Germany up until the 14th day of the stay (for the 15th to the 60th day the allowance is 70 percent of these amounts):

  • DK, IE, NL, SE, UK: 160 euros
  • AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, FI, FR, GR,HU, IS, IT, LI, LU, NO, PL, RO, TR: 140 euros
  • ES, LV, MT, PT, SK, FYROM: 120 euros
  • EE, HR, LT, SI: 100 euros

Please note: FAU reserves the right to provide funding for fewer days than the total number of days in the stay depending on the overall amount of funding available. This means that funding is not necessarily provided for all days of the stay.

For the 2015 funding period, the maximum number of days for which the allowance may be provided is limited to 3 days per teaching week per stay in programme countries (see check list). Please be aware that for stays in programme countries, days spent travelling, weekends and public holidays in the host country cannot be funded. Funding is only available for teaching days and cannot be provided for free days in between.

For partner countries, the maximum daily allowance is 160 euros up until the 14th funded day of the stay and 122 euros from the 15th funded day. Funding may also be provided for two days of travelling.

Travel expenses

In addition to the daily allowances, travel expenses based on the distance between the place of departure and the destination are calculated using the Erasmus+ programme’s calculator. The following maximum amounts are available:

100 – 499 km: 180 euros

500 – 1999 km: 275 euros

2000 – 2999 km: 360 euros

3000 – 3999 km: 530 euros

4000 – 7999 km: 820 euros

over 8000 km: 1100 Euro

If the actual travel costs exceed the maximum amount of travel funding, the participant must finance the remaining costs themselves (e.g. through third-party funding).

Recipients of an Erasmus+ mobility grant do not receive any form of insurance. Participants must therefore ensure that they take out all required insurance for the duration of their stay themselves (see declaration of acceptance).

Lecturers with disabilities or particular needs (e.g. single parents) have the opportunity to apply to the DAAD for additional funding beyond the maximum amount provided by the EU up until 2 months before their departure. The aim of this funding is to cover additional costs incurred in conjunction with the stay abroad that are not covered by national bodies (e.g. health insurance provider).

Reports by former guest lecturers

In 2015, I spent three days at our partner university Södertörns Högskola near Stockholm within the framework of the Erasmus+ teaching mobility programme. I taught a block course in English on intercultural management. I discussed the topic of my presentation with the Swedish professor responsible beforehand and it was met with great enthusiasm by around 20 students. Using role plays and lively discussions made the atmosphere more relaxed and made the course very interactive.

Teaching mobility allows you to gain interesting insights into the higher education system in other countries.

As the students were mostly international students, they were all able to talk about their intercultural experiences in Sweden, which I also found very interesting and educational. This was a completely new experience for me as a lecturer, as it contrasted with the situation in Germany where often at least 80 students participate in a course. Overall, I would recommend a guest lecturer stay to everyone, as it allows you to gain interesting insights into the higher education system in other countries.

(Södertörns Högskola, Sweden)

As a young researcher and doctoral candidate at FAU, I took part in the Erasmus+ teaching mobility programme from 11 to 24 January 2015. During my stay I gave a seminar on the topic of my doctoral thesis ‘Dealing with the memory of the boxer movement and its significance for historiography’.

I received lots of new ideas and inspiration from the course participants and from my Icelandic colleagues.

At the University of Iceland’s Icelandic Centre for Asian Studies I received lots of new ideas and inspiration from the course participants and from my Icelandic colleagues which benefited my research. My stay also allowed me to strengthen the relationship between our two universities and contribute to expanding our collaboration in the field of Chinese studies. My experience teaching in Iceland really exceeded my expectations.

(Icelandic Centre for Asian Studies, Iceland)

A stay at a foreign university as a guest lecturer is a unique, unforgettable and enriching experience, as well as a professional challenge. During the planning stage with the partner university you learn a lot about administration before you can start negotiating what you are going to teach during the exchange.

A stay at a foreign university as a guest lecturer is a unique, unforgettable and enriching experience.

It was a privilege for me to act as a representative of my home university and to have the opportunity to present my teaching methods and techniques designed for German learners of Spanish to the students and lecturers at Universidad de Málaga and Complutense de Madrid. The reactions to my teaching were overwhelming – the Spanish students were very interested and made very constructive contributions to the lessons. I received several e-mails from students thanking me for providing them with new ideas.

(Universidad de Málaga and Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

 

Changing lives. Opening minds. Erasmus+. (Image: European Commission)

Changing lives. Opening minds. Erasmus+. (Image: European Commission)