Erasmus+ Staff Exchanges

UCA has a large number of well-established partnerships with institutions across Europe and actively encourages staff to gain international experience. Erasmus+ exchanges with partners are an excellent way to strengthen relationships, share best practice and learn from other universities.

The Erasmus+ programme provides funding for UCA staff (academic and professional services) to carry out a short period of teaching or training at a partner institution. We also welcome staff from partner institutions to visit UCA.

An Erasmus+ exchange allows staff to develop personally and professionally as well as contribute to the wider internationalisation strategy of the University. Staff who complete an exchange at a partner institution are expected to share the benefits of the mobility with other staff and students.

Mobility for staff teaching or staff training usually lasts between two days and two weeks, but may be from two days to two months.

Types of exchanges

  • Academic staff mobility

    Academic staff have the opportunity to apply for teaching or training mobilities. Teaching visits usually last between three days and two weeks and you will be required to teach for a minimum of 8 hours each week. You would be expected to carry out teaching activities in agreement with the host institution.

    Training events abroad may be in the form of job shadowing, observation, attendance at workshops or courses etc. This may be for transfer of knowledge and good practice, to learn from shared experience, acquire practical skills or to discover new ideas for teaching and learning.

    There are two types of academic staff mobility; unfunded international mobility and funded Erasmus+ mobility.

    Please seek approval from your line manager before applying. 

  • Professional services staff mobility

    Professional Services staff have the opportunity to apply for an Erasmus+ funded training mobility at another HEI or appropriate organisation.

    Training events abroad may be in the form of job shadowing, observation, attendance at workshops or courses etc. This may be for transfer of knowledge and good practice, to learn from shared experience, acquire practical skills or to discover new ideas for teaching and learning.

    Please seek approval from your line manager before applying. 

     

  •  Workshops and projects

    There is also the offer of attending international workshops to stay well-informed on European and international issues. Furthermore, you can participate in small international projects, generally funded by the European Commission, the Regional Development Fund and other sources. Such projects tend to be run by the Course, College or Department involved, but managed centrally by the Study Abroad Team.

    For more information on any of the above, please contact the Study Abroad Co-ordinator at exchange@uca.ac.uk.

  • Funding

    Erasmus+ funding is available for staff going to an Erasmus+ institution. Grants are provided as a contribution towards subsistence and travel.

    You will need to cover the visit from your own funds and then submit a claim for reimbursement through Agresso, as per the university's financial procedures.

    The travel grant available is calculated by first working out the one-way distance from UCA to the hosting institution, using the distance calculator on the European Commission's website.

    Staff travel rates are available at the following rates:

    • for travel distances (one way) between 100 and 499 KM - travel grant is 180 EUR per participant
    • for travel distances (one way) between 500 and 1999 KM - travel grant is 275 EUR per participant
    • for travel distances (one way) between 2000 and 2999 KM - travel grant is 360 EUR per participant
    • for travel distances (one way) between 3000 and 3999 KM - travel grant is 530 EUR per participant
    • for travel distances (one way) between 4000 and 7999 KM - travel grant is 820 EUR per participant
    • for travel distances (one way) of 8000 KM or more - travel grant is 1100 EUR per participant.

    The subsistence rates for the academic year 2016/17 vary depending on the country you plan to visit, and are between 100-160 EUR per day.

    Special needs

    Additional grants may be available for staff with special needs wishing to participate in Erasmus+.

    For more information on any of the above, please contact the Study Abroad Co-ordinator at exchange@uca.ac.uk.

  • How do I apply?

    To apply please download the application form.

    Please return your completed application form, along with an email from your line manager indicating their support of your application, to exchange@uca.ac.uk.

    After you have submitted your application, the Study Abroad Team will review your application and will email you stating whether your application has been successful. We will copy in your line manager when we acknowledge receipt of your application, and when we confirm whether your application has been successful.

    The application must demonstrate clear objectives and outcomes. The application should also indicate how the visit will contribute to the strategic goals of your School/department and the University’s International strategy. If your application is successful, we will work with you to arrange an exchange at a partner institution. Staff whose applications are successful must complete the required Erasmus documentation in order to receive the funding.

    If the Study Abroad Team receives more applications than can be funded, in line with Erasmus National Agency guidelines, priority will be given to staff who have not previously accessed Erasmus funding.  Additionally, Schools/departments may be asked to prioritise applications from their staff.

    For more information on any of the above, please contact the Study Abroad Co-ordinator at exchange@uca.ac.uk.

  • Where can I go?

    Erasmus+ covers 32 countries in Europe outside the UK: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden, Macedonia, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Turkey.

    Teaching mobilities must take place at a partner institution in one of the Erasmus+ programme countries listed above which we have an Inter-Institutional Agreement with. 

    Training mobility placements can take place at another Higher Education Institution (HEI) or any other appropriate organisation in an Erasmus+ programme country. A host HEI for staff training does not need to have an Inter-Institutional Agreement with UCA.

    Please see the list of UCA's partner institutions here

  • Incoming Erasmus+ staff mobility

    If you are from a partner institution and would like to use your Erasmus+ funding to visit UCA, please contact exchange@uca.ac.uk to register your interest in completing a staff mobility placement.

Any other questions?

Please contact us at exchange@uca.ac.uk