Benefits of going abroad

Before applying, consider your development needs, your aims and objectives, and the potential benefits of a Go Abroad experience.

79% of staff believe they have gained skills relevant to their current job and professional development

What are my development needs?

Before planning your visit, you need to be clear about your personal and professional needs, how a Go Abroad activity can contribute to them, and how you intend to use your learning. 

The University's Learning and Development team within HR have some useful tools on their website which can help you identify your development needs and plan your development.

What are my aims and objectives?

In order for your Go Abroad activity to be valuable, you should carefully consider the purpose of your visit and what you intend to achieve. 

The following examples may be helpful to you when considering the potential outcomes of a teaching or training visit:

Examples of expected results for academic staff:

  • Learn more about the partners' pedagogic practices, teaching methodologies, curricula and student assessment criteria
  • Start of new student/staff mobility 
  • Prepare a joint paper/article/chapter of publication
  • Prepare and international joint event (e.g. conference, congress, workshop)
  • Initiate a new curriculum development
  • Implement new/innovative teaching methods
  • Establish joint supervision of Masters/PhD students

Examples of expected results for professional services staff:

  • Implement/share new or innovative working methods
  • Create new or improved procedures/guidelines
  • Produce a benchmarking report or set of recommendations on a given subject
  • Establish direct channels to address known administrative or technical issues between Edinburgh and a partner institution
  • Gather information about a partner institution and its facilities for students
  • Increase student mobility flows
97% of staff have reinforced or extended their professional network or made new contacts by participating in Go Abroad - Staff

What are the benefits of Go Abroad?

A Go Abroad activity is a great way to pick up new ideas and practices and to build and develop relationships. 

The knowledge gained from your experience can be shared with colleagues and can be key to motivating students to study or work abroad. 

It may help you develop skills in your field, increase your intercultural understanding, and help to build and reinforce relationships.

More specifically, you might find it helpful to break down and outline the benefits to you individually, to your team and to the University, as in the following examples:

Benefits to me individually

  • Networking opportunities, exchange of expertise and experience
  • Learn and share new ideas/practices/teaching methods 
  • Get feedback on my own ideas
  • Find answers to question and solutions to problems
  • Gain access to useful resources

Benefits to my team

  • Suggest new processes and techniques that will increase team productivity
  • Suggest performance improvements to existing processes
  • Share helpful resources, knowledge and experience with team members
  • Introduce team members to useful contacts

Benefits to my organisation

  • Increased productivity that will result in efficiency improvements and cost savings
  • Increased external awareness of the University of Edinburgh through communicating with outside parties
  • Opportunities to partner or collaborate with other institutions may be created
  • Improved understanding of the benefits of international activity
  • Gain greater understanding of the needs and concerns of international students and staff 

Related links

Teaching Matters blog

British Council - Erasmus+ staff mobility