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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 travel on university business may progress, subject to full risk assessment/approval processes. 

Travel will only be possible where all of the following conditions have been met:

  • FCDO guidance allows non-essential travel to a country - it is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor FCDO guidance throughout the application process and pre-departure,
  • The applicant's Head of School approves the activity,
  • The proposed host institution is available and willing to offer an opportunity,
  • The applicant has completed and had approved, a COVID specific risk assessment and insurance application.  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.

Please also read the UK government's step-by-step guide to travel abroad

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.  

The knowledge and experience gained can 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. 

Brexit and funding for staff mobility

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Funding for Go Abroad Staff programmes is currently provided within the framework of the Erasmus+ programme with the support of the European Commission. 

The UK will not participate in the next iteration of the Erasmus programme (2021-2027).  However, Erasmus+ funding for Go Abroad Staff activities will be available until the end of May 2023 (for travel to Europe) and end of July 2023 (for travel to our ICM partners). 

Funding for Go Abroad for Staff activities in 2021/22 and 2022/23 will be issued on a first-come first-served basis.  Staff who plan to seek funding for activities are advised to apply for funds as early as possible, even if dates and teaching/training plans are still provisional.

The UK government has launched the Turing Scheme, as a replacement for Erasmus+ in the UK. Turing does not currently include funding to support staff mobility activities, though UK universities are currently lobbying for this to be reviewed.

Find out more about Go Abroad for Staff

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 with funding for a Go Abroad Staff activity.

What can I do?

The Go Abroad for Staff programme provides funds for a range of short training and teaching activities abroad.

Funding available

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

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.

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.

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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