Mobility through the Erasmus Programme
Erasmus+ is the EU programme for international cooperation and exchange in education, youth and sport.
With the aim to increase the quality and strengthen the European dimension of higher education, Erasmus+ doesn't just have opportunities for students but also for members of staff to participate in various forms of exchange and collaboration with higher education institutions and organisations mainly in Europe (for mobility opportunities outside of EU, please read about Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility under the tab on the left).
Teaching Mobility Activity
The programme offers teaching staff the opportunity to teach at a Linnaeus University partner institution in Europe. The benefits are manifold: Share and develop knowledge and experience between institutions and subjects; deepen the relationship with the partner; broaden the international network, and gain competence and confidence in teaching in an international classroom.
Teachers also have the possibility to apply for funding for workplace-based continuing professional development (see Funds for staff training mobility in the right column).
A Lnu teacher can also apply for Erasmus funding to invite a guest lecturer from an organisation och company to teach students at Lnu. Examples of organisations are companies, government agencies, trade unions, research institutes and NGOs.
Eligible programme countries for Erasmus mobility within Europe are the 28 EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey.
- There is an Erasmus agreement between Linnaeus University and the host university.
- Number of teaching hours should be minimum 8 hours per week during at least 2 days, maximum duration of 8 weeks. There is also a possibility to combine teaching with a workplace-based continuing professional development, which reduce the number of teaching hours to 4 hours (see Funds for staff training mobility in the left column). Teaching is defined as any type of teaching of students on first, second or third level, in form of lectures, seminars, individual tutorial and examination.
- If you invite staff from a company/organisation, the mininum duration of stay is one day with lower requirements regarding number of hours for teaching.
- Applicants must fill out the mobility agreement (link below) and have it approved by the head of the department, by the host university and by the Office of External Relations (ER) before departure.
Applications are received and funds are allocated continuously.
Before the mobility:
- Complete and submit the online form on this link. (The same link should be used for inviting a guest lecturer from a company/organisation) In the application you need to state the the overall aim, objectives and added value of the visit, content of program and expected results.
- After having submitted the application, kindly print it out and sign it.
- Arrange signature/approval from the head of your department/office.
- Send the form to the host university for approvement (scanned signature is sufficient).
- Send the signed mobility agreement to Lena Kulmala at the Office of external relations.
- When approved by ER, your mobility agreement will be returned as you will need to bring it to the host institution for verification that the assignment has been carried out. Approved applicants will be offered a grant towards certain expenses such as travel and accommodation.
The Erasmus funds are a contribution to the institution to cover some of the costs arising from a teacher exchange. It is important that the exchange is supported by the head of department. Allocated funds are based on a rate for travel and working days and the sum varies depending on host country and number of working days. A maximum of two travel days can be counted as working days. You keep your salary from Linnaeus University.
Special needs support
Additional funding is available for participants with physical, mental or health-related conditions via the Erasmus+ special needs support. Please contact Carolina Brorsson for more information.
After the mobility:
- Send the verified mobility agreeement to the ER office (with the final signature from the receiving institution) together with documentation showing the dates of travel.
- Report your expenses through the Primula system.
- Fill out the online-report. A link to the report is sent to you from Erasmus Mobility Tool after your return.
- When all documenation has been received the grant will be transferred to the home department.
For questions, kindly contact Lena Kulmala at the Office of External Relations.