Higher Education

Overview

Erasmus+ supports training periods for staff working in higher education institutions.

With Erasmus+, you can train at a higher education institution in an Erasmus+ Programme or Partner country or at an organisation outside the sector in a Programme country.

Examples of such organisations include businesses, public bodies, social partners, research institutes and non-governmental organisations.

Duration

A training period between two Programme countries must last a minimum of 2 days and cannot last more than 2 months. This excludes travelling time.

A training period between a Programme country and a Partner country must last a minimum of 5 days and cannot last more than 2 months. This excludes travelling time.

Conditions

To train abroad with Erasmus+, your higher education institution must either, in the cases of Programme countries, hold the Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education or, in the case of Partner countries, have signed an inter-institutional agreement with the receiving institution.

Your higher education institution and the organisation at which you will train must be part of an Erasmus+ National Mobility Consortium.

Before beginning your training, you, your higher education institution and the receiving institution sign a Mobility Agreement. This document sets out your learning goals, rights and responsibilities and also how your training will be formally recognised.

Financial support

EU grants provide a contribution to your costs for travel and subsistence during your time abroad and vary depending on:

  1. The receiving country
  2. In the case of mobility within Programme countries, the level of demand from staff from your country who intend to train abroad
  3. The distance between your country and the receiving country
  4. In the case of training periods between Programme countries, availability of other financial sources in your country or region

If your training period abroad is between Programme countries, your sending institution will be responsible for making all payments. If it is between Programme and Partner countries, your sending and receiving institutions decide which one will make your payments.

Grant levels for mobility between Programme and Partner countries are published in the Programme guide. Check the website of your National Agency and your sending higher education institution for applicable rates for training periods between within Programme countries. For more information on grant levels, check the Programme Guide.

How to apply

You apply for a grant via your higher education instiution. HEIs select candidates for training periods abroad from their staff.

The selection of staff should be fair, transparent and well documented.

Find out more

Contact the international or Erasmus+ office of your higher education institution to find out if these opportunities are available.

The National Agencies, for Programme countries, and National Offices, for Partner countries (where available),  can help with queries and applications, and you can contact the European Commission through EuropeDirect.

More information on staff training opportunities can be found on the IMOTION website.

A series of frequently asked questions for students and staff are also available.

Video

Erasmus+: Gaining new insights with Marjo Palovaara, Head of the Degree Programme in Nursing at JAMK University, Finland, on the opportunities the Erasmus+ Programme offers to academic staff to train and teach abroad.