Erasmus - Staff Mobility


Training for higher education institution staff at enterprises and at higher education institutions

Staff mobility for training enables teaching and other staff of higher education institutions to spend a period of training between 5 working days and 6 weeks in an enterprise or organisation such as a higher education institution in another participating country.

What are the objectives of the staff mobility for training?

  • To allow the staff of higher education institutions to acquire knowledge or specific know-how from experiences and good practices abroad as well as practical skills relevant for their current job and their professional development; 
  • To help building up cooperation between higher education institutions and enterprises; 
  • To motivate students and staff to become mobile and to assist them in preparing a mobility period. 

Who can benefit?

Staff from higher education institutions.

For how long can staff go abroad?

  • Staff can receive training abroad between 5 working day and 6 weeks. 
  • Shorter stays than 5 working days are allowed in the case when the absence of staff for this minimum period is difficult or in the case of attendance of conferences, seminars and workshops. 
  • Language training and attendance of conferences, seminars and workshops should not represent the majority of the total ERASMUS-funded training days per sending institution and academic year (per single grant agreement).

Where to train and what kind of training is offered?

The stay in the partner enterprise, organisation or institution can be called a variety of names: short secondment period, job-shadowing scheme, study visit, workshop, conference etc.

Are language courses included among the training possibilities?

Language training and attendance of conferences, seminars and workshops should not represent the majority of the total ERASMUS-funded training days per sending institution and academic year (per single grant agreement).

What arrangements have to be made?

Staff members are selected by the sending higher education institution.

The sending institution and the receiving institution / enterprise must have agreed on the "training programme" undertaken by the staff member, prior to the start of the mobility period.

How is the grant managed?

The grant provided to contribute to subsistence costs and to cover travel costs is always managed by the higher education institution.

Who can apply?

The institution sending staff applies for ERASMUS mobility grants to its national agency while the staff applies to their home institution

For higher education institutions: 

  • The home higher education institutions must hold an ERASMUS University Charter. 
  • Whenever the host organisation is a higher education institution, it must also hold an ERASMUS University Charter. 
  • At least the sending or the receiving country must be an EU Member State 

For staff: 

  • The staff must be either a national of a country participating in the Lifelong Learning Programme or a national of other countries employed or living in a participating country, under the conditions fixed by each of the participating countries, taking into account the nature of the programme (please refer to the relevant National agency website). 
  • Staff must be employed by a higher education institution holding an ERASMUS University Charter. 
  • Staff is selected by the sending institution.

How to apply?

  • The interested staff should contact the international office and / or ERASMUS office of the home institution or the National Agency. 
  • Staff members shall submit to their institution a work plan agreed by the receiving enterprise/institution. The plan must consist of at least: 

          ooverall aim and objectives, 

          o expected results from the training or learning activities to be carried out and, 

          o an agenda of the mobility period. 

What are the arrangements for staff with special needs?

• Staff members with special needs may apply for a specific ERASMUS grant after they have been selected for a mobility period 

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