In the past few years, teachers and staff members can also participate in the Erasmus+ programme.
Erasmus+ promotes international mobility for teaching and training activities for teaching and non-teaching staff of Higher Education Institutes (Universities, Fine Arts Academies, Music Conservatories, Higher Institutes for Music Studies, High Schools for Mediators and for Linguistic Mediators, Higher Technical Institutes, etc.) and company staff.
The objective is, in fact, to promote and enhance life-long learning of pedagogical and professional skills among professional and vocational staff in one of the partner countries.
The Erasmus+ staff mobility is aimed at promoting the development of clearly identified individual skills and the modernization and internationalization of the organizations in which the participants operate.
There are three types of staff mobility:
- Teaching periods: teaching staff can spend a period teaching at a foreign institution. All academic fields are included. The teaching activity must comprise a minimum of 8 hours per week (or any shorter period of stay) of actual teaching time.
- Training periods: this activity supports the professional development of teaching staff in the form of training events abroad (excluding conferences) and periods of job shadowing/ observation/training at a partner institution or other organization of interest, abroad.
- Teaching + Training periods: a period abroad may include the combination of teaching and training activities. If the teaching is associated with a training activity, the minimum number of weekly teaching hours (or per stay, if shorter) is reduced to 4 hours.
Who can participate?
Mobility of teaching staff: staff employed in a Higher Education Institute or in any public or private organization of a country participating in the programme, active in the labour market or in sectors such as education and training. This includes young staff (also doctoral students) who have been invited to teach at an Higher Education institute.
Staff mobility for training: staff employed at a Higher Education Institute in a member country.
How long does mobility last?
Staff mobility lasts two (consecutive) days to two months (excluding travel time).
Which are the destinations?
Teaching mobility: a fundamental requirement is the signature of an institutional agreement between the institution of origin and the host institution.
Training mobility: for the training activity, the stipulation of an institutional agreement between the institution of origin and the host institution is not mandatory. You can choose to join the Staff Training Week at any university offering this opportunity with no prior agreement required, provided that only training and non-teaching activities are held at the host university.