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Teaching at a partner university in Europe - Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is an exchange programme financed by the EU which enables employees at the University of Borås to receive a grant for developing skills at another university within the Erasmus cooperation. Eligible countries are the 28 EU member states as well as Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Macedonia, and Turkey. There must be a valid exchange agreement with the receiving university.

Mobility for staff – teaching assignment

Teaching staff at the University of Borås can be granted a scholarship for teaching at a partner university in Europe. The receiving university needs to participate in the Erasmus cooperation and have an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE), and a bilateral agreement between the universities is required. You may also apply for a grant if you come from another corporation/organisation and accept a teaching assignment at the University of Borås.

The main objectives of the Erasmus+ Programme - Teaching Assignment are:

  • Encourage higher education institutions to broaden and enrich the range and content of the courses offered
  • Allow students that cannot go abroad to benefit from the knowledge and expertise gained by the staff that have participated in an exchange programme ('mobility at home')
  • Promote exchange of knowledge and expertise in terms of pedagogical methods
  • Create bonds between higher education institutions and organisations
  • Motivate students and staff to become more mobile and assist them in preparing a mobility period

Which are your opportunities?

Approved activities are connected to teaching at first, second, as well as third-cycle courses and programmes, with the teacher being present at the receiving university. For example:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Supervising individual students' works
  • Examination

The minimum requirements for a teaching assignment is two days with at least 8 hours of teaching. The University of Borås has decided to approve applications for a maximum of one week to enable for more teachers to go on an Erasmus exchange. If your manager approves, you can stay abroad longer than that, but you can only receive a grant for one week.

Funding

The Erasmus grant will be transferred to your academy/unit at the University of Borås after the exchange. The amount depends on the number of mobility days (max. 5), travel days (max. 2), which country you travel to, and whether you have special needs. This means that the Erasmus grant is a financial contribution that may not cover all costs associated with the exchange.

Application

If you are interested in going on an exchange, contact your nearest manager in due time. Think about what you would like to do and where you would like to go by choosing from the list of the university's partner universities, contact them and ask about an opportunity to teach. We strongly suggest that you involve the international coordinator at your faculty in the process, but please note that you are the one responsible for contacting the partner university and arranging your exchange.

To apply, contact exchange@hb.se and ask for the application form for Erasmus+ teaching assignment, which should be signed by yourself, your nearest manager and an international coordinator. Send it to the Erasmus Officer, and if you receive positive reply you will also get the subsequent instructions for receiving the grant.

What you need to do to receive the grant, in short:

  • Complete and submit the internal application form, signed by your nearest manager
  • Complete and submit a Staff Mobility for Teaching - Mobility Agreement (which is to be signed by the receving university regarding the specific plans for your exchange) within 30 days
  • Send your plane tickets to the Erasmus officer (if you wish to receive the travel grant)
  • Complete and submit the online survey after the exchange
  • Send Certificate of Attendance to the Erasmus Officer

Please note that you application must be submitted no later than 8 weeks before your planned departure and that only complete applications will be taken into consideration.

Selection criteria

The selection is based on first come, first served. If there are more applicants than funds, those who have not taken part in the Erasmus programme before will be prioritised. Priority will also be given to a teacher mobility which is an integrated part of a programme at the host university that leads to new teaching material, more deep and wide-spread contacts and collaborations, and preparations for future collaboration projects.

If you want to go on a staff training exchange instead, you may apply for an Erasmus+ grant for staff training.