Staff toolkit

How does it work?

Find out where you can go, what the benefits are, and how to apply.

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Go Abroad - Staff provides the opportunity for all University of Edinburgh staff to train or teach in Europe and beyond. It's a great way to pick up new ideas and practices and to build and develop relationships.

Go Abroad - Staff opportunities are carried out with the support of the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme. 

Where can I go?


If you're looking to stay in Europe, you can apply for funding for a visit to a partner (or non-partner) institution in any of the following countries:

Belgium Germany Lithuania Slovenia
Bulgaria Greece Luxembourg Spain
Croatia Hungary Macedonia Sweden
Cyprus Iceland Malta Turkey
Czech Republic Ireland Netherlands  
Denmark Italy Norway  
Estonia Latvia Poland  
Finland Portugal Romania  
France Liechtenstein Slovakia  

Outside Europe

If you're keen to explore further afield, the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility (ICM) programme offers funding to train or teach at the following institutions in 2017/18:

Country Institution
Argentina Universidad de San Andrés
Brazil Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (NOW FULL)
  Universidade de São Paulo

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (NOW FULL)

China Fudan University (NOW FULL)
  Peking University (NOW FULL)
India University of Delhi (NOW FULL)
  Anna University
Korea Yonsei University (NOW FULL)
  Seoul National University (NOW FULL)

Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (NOW FULL)

Mexico Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) (NOW FULL)
  Universidad de Las Americas Puebla (UDLAP) (NOW FULL)
Russia Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Singapore Singapore Management University (SMU) (NOW FULL)
  Nanyang Technological University (NTU) (NOW FULL)
Thailand Chulalongkorn University

University of Connecticut (NOW FULL)


University of Virginia (NOW FULL)

Thank you very much for your support. This has been a great experience and I'm considering applying again next year. 

Remus Valsan, LawUndertook a Teaching visit to Maastricht University, Netherlands

What are the benefits?

The University of Edinburgh values international experiences for staff and students.  This career development opportunity may enable you to:

  • Develop your career and skills in your field
  • Experience different learning practices and teaching methods
  • Take part in an exchange of expertise and experience
  • Develop your social and intercultural experience
  • Help to reinforce relationships between institutions
  • Improve your foreign language skills

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


Under the Erasmus+ programme all participating HEIs must recognise the work you complete whilst abroad. Recognition might include inclusion in:

  • CDR process
  • Application for promotion
  • Workload allocation models

Teaching abroad

Academic staff can apply for funding to undertake a teaching visit to any partner institution. Visits normally last one week and a minimum of 8 hours of teaching is required.

Go Abroad - Staff Teaching

Find out more about teaching visits and how to apply

Go Abroad - Staff Teaching

Many thanks for supporting my summer school project in Mainz/ Bad Kreuznach. It has been a fantastic experience working with students and refugees.

Annette Goetzkes, GermanUndertook a teaching visit to Universitaet Mainz, Germany

Training abroad

Academic, administrative and support staff can apply for funding to undertake training visits of all kinds.  Visits normally last one week and could involve:

  • Job shadowing or observation
  • Attendance at workshops or courses
  • Attendance at a Staff Training week

I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity and got a lot out of it. It certainly gave me a good perspective on issues in European Libraries, what the focus of work is and where the priorities lie. In addition it was good to see where areas of overlap and potential collaboration are.

Kirsty Lingstadt, Head of Digital Library and Deputy Director of Library and University Collectionsattended a Staff Training Week at FU Berlin, Germany

Many European institutions offer organised Staff Training weeks. These provide learning, development and networking opportunities alongside a programme of social and cultural activities.  A list of upcoming training weeks on offer can be found on the Erasmus staff training website:

Erasmus staff training

Go Abroad - Staff Training

Find out more about training visits and how to apply

Go Abroad - Staff Training

Selection criteria

Priority will be given to:

  • Staff undertaking a teaching/training visit for the first time
  • Staff from Schools and Departments which have not previously received funding for an Erasmus teaching/training visit
  • Staff visiting an institution where University of Edinburgh students are currently studying or working

Related links

British Council - Erasmus+ staff mobility