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 travel update

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

For full information about risk assessments, travel insurance, and availability of funding for virtual staff mobility activities, please read our latest Covid travel update

What is Go Abroad for Staff? 

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.  

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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 currently employed by the University of Edinburgh and must identify and secure their own teaching or training opportunity. 

Funding for Go Abroad Staff programmes is provided within the framework of the Erasmus+ programme with the support of the European Commission.  All current and planned Go Abroad Staff activities will still be eligible for Erasmus+ funding until 2023.

Find out more about Go Abroad for Staff post-Brexit.

Find out more about Go Abroad for Staff

How the programme works

A step-by-step guide through how to apply for and participate in the programme.

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.

Covid-19 travel update

Guidance relating to travel restrictions and risk assessment as a result of Covid-19.


Erasmus+ funds are still available to support Go Abroad for Staff activities post-Brexit.

Find out more

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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