Go Abroad for Staff

Erasmus+ funding supports academic and professional services staff to teach or train abroad as part of their professional development.

COVID-19 update

The University's most recent guidance is that essential business travel may progress, subject to full risk assessment/approval processes.  

A Covid-19 specific travel risk assessment must  nowbe comple ted for any travel on University of Edinburgh business, both within the UK and abroad. This risk assessment is mandatory and must be submitted as part of your travel insurance application. You must ensure that you follow the accompanying flow chart before completing the risk assessment and then follow your normal authorisation process prior to booking any travel or accommodation

 ​​We continue to monitor changes to travel restrictions and immigration policies and will review this guidance as required.  Find the latest information on the University's COVID-19 webpages.

What is Go Abroad for Staff? 

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Go Abroad for Staff provides support and funding for academic and non-academic staff to go abroad on short teaching or training visits. 

It's a great way to pick up new ideas and practices, develop skills in your field, and to build and develop international relationships.  The knowledge and experience gained can really help your own personal and professional development.  It can also benefit your wider team and the University through sharing of best practice, intercultural understanding and development of networks.  

Applicants must  be employees of the University of Edinburgh and must identify and secure their own teaching or training opportunity.  Funding is made available within the framework of the Erasmus+ programme with the support of the European Commission.

Find out more about the programme via the links below.

In 2018/2019 we sent 237 staff to 37 counties with almost €225,000 in Erasmus+ funding


A step-by-step guide through everything you need to know before you go.

Benefits of going abroad

Consider the potential benefits and outcomes of a Go Abroad for Staff experience.

Eligibility and application

Find out whether you are eligible to participate and how to apply.

Where can I go?

Find out where you could go on a Go Abroad for Staff experience.

What can I do?

Find out what kinds of activities you can do through the Go Abroad for Staff programme.

Funding available

Find out about how much Erasmus+ funding is available to support your teaching or training visit.

Practical arrangements

What you need to know about booking travel, accommodation, risk assessments, insurance and more.

Reflect on and share your experience

Consider what you've learned from your Go Abroad experience and how you can use it, and share your knowledge with others.

Staff testimonials

Find out more about staff mobility experiences by reading some of our staff testimonials.


Find out about our sustainability goals and commitments and how Go Abroad for Staff can contribute to these.

Sign up to our mailing list

Sign up to our mailing list to receive Go Abroad for Staff updates and application information:

Go Abroad - Staff Registration Form

Read our feature

Find out more about University of Edinburgh staff who have participated:

Edinburgh Global | Go Abroad - Staff Feature

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