Erasmus staff mobility for teaching (STA)
Erasmus+ teaching mobility
Erasmus+ provides funding for guest lecturers at European partner universities in program countries which have a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education and some universities in specific partner countries.
The aim of teaching mobility is for guest lecturers to strengthen their host universities’ European connections during their stay, expand the range of courses on offer and convey their knowledge to students who are unable or do not wish to study in another country.
Teaching stays can be undertaken at universities which FAU has an inter-institutional agreement with for teaching mobility in a specific subject. Please contact Bianca Köndgen for advice if you are interested in taking part.
All the information on this page is also available in our comprehensive guides for the relevant lines. If you are already planning a specific stay abroad, please download the guide for your line and read it carefully. It is classed as one of your funding documents.
Types of teaching stays
Stays for teaching (STA)
- Program countries: 8 hours per week. The minimum stay duration is two days and the maximum stay duration is 14 days (including travel time).
- Partner countries: 8 hours per week. The minimum stay duration is five days and the maximum stay duration is 14 days (including travel time).
Combined stays for teaching and training (STAComb)
- Program countries: 4 hours per week. The minimum stay duration is two days and the maximum stay duration is 14 days (including travel time).
- Partner countries: 4 hours per week. The minimum stay duration is five days and the maximum stay duration is 14 days (including travel time).
The Erasmus+ funding program for staff mobility for teaching (STA)
The program is a significant opportunity for advanced doctoral candidates and young researchers to gain experience teaching in another country while working on their own research. It is particularly important that doctoral candidates discuss the content of their teaching duties with the partner university in sufficient detail before they take part in the program. Teaching stays at partner universities should also be used as an opportunity to promote student exchange and develop further co-operation between universities such as joint degree programs.
Please note that conference participation or visits to partner universities without teaching cannot be financed via STA funding.
Who is eligible for funding?
Funding is available for all types of lecturers employed by the University, retired professors and lecturers, and research staff. If the coordinator named in the inter-institutional agreement does not wish to carry out the stay as a guest lecturer themselves, another person from the same subject may take their place, provided the partner university agrees, and may then apply for funding with the coordinator’s consent.
Applications for funding are made via the “Mobility Online” tool. For further information or for planned lectureships please contact Bianca Köndgen (initial consultation) and Sabrina Zöller (coordinating planned teaching stays).
- Existing Erasmus partnerships should be strengthened (e.g. with double degree programs).
- Priority is given to activities aimed at developing new teaching materials, that strengthen the connections between subject areas and that form the basis for future projects.
- If funding is limited, funding may only be granted for one guest lecturer stay per person and academic year.
- Teaching staff who have not received Erasmus funding before will be given preference.
- Priority is also given to young researchers.
Which countries and partner universities take part?
A list of the partner countries and universities currently taking part will be published shortly.
How much funding is available?
The funding available for Erasmus+ mobility for training purposes is based on the varying cost of living in the host countries. Standard lump sums for accommodation costs are paid for funding by German universities.
Program countries (KA 131)
In KA 131 grants are paid in the form of daily allowances, the amount of which varies depending on the country. The grants are calculated on the basis of working days. The daily allowances are as follows:
|Host country||Average costs/day|
|Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden||180 EUR|
|Belgium, Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus||160 EUR|
|Bulgaria, Macedonia, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland,
Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary
Partner countries (KA171)
Grants are paid as a daily allowance for accommodation costs, based on the number of working days. The daily allowance is 180 euros, irrespective of the host country.
In addition to the daily allowances, funding lines KA131 and KA171 also provide lump sums for travel costs, depending on the actual distance between the home and host destinations (one way), which are determined using a distance calculator. In addition, funding can be provided for 2 travel days for flights if staff travel on days that are not working days. If you choose a low-emission method of transport (e.g. by rail, coach or car share), you may be eligible for a higher rate of travel expenses for “green travel” as well as between 2 and 4 extra days for travel, depending on the actual time required for the journey.
|Distance||Amount (one-off payment)||Amount for “green travel”
|Less than 100 km:||20 EUR||–|
|100 to 499 km:||180 EUR||210 EUR|
|500 to 1999 km:||275 EUR||320 EUR|
|2000 to 2999 km:||360 EUR||410 EUR|
|3000 to 3999 km:||530 EUR||610 EUR|
|4000 to 7999 km:||820 EUR||–|
|8000 km and more:||1500 EUR||–|
Any participation, registration, or other fees are not eligible for Erasmus+ funding
Application and approval
Since staff mobility is possible during the entire year and at different institutions, the application process and deadlines also vary greatly from institution to institution. While it is generally up to the individual to submit an application to an external institution, please ensure you contact International Affairs before you apply directly. In some cases, the home university has to nominate or pre-select applicants (for Erasmus+ partner countries, for example) and, in all cases, International Affairs must also check if the planned stay abroad is eligible for funding. The host university is solely responsible for approving or rejecting submitted applications.
There are currently no set application deadlines for Erasmus+ funding for STA mobility at FAU. Applications for funding can be submitted at any time. It is advisable to contact International Affairs at an early stage, however, in order to inquire about the current status of the budget and to have your name put on the list. International Affairs reserves the right to appoint a selection committee if a large number of applications are submitted or if there are restrictions at the host institution.
After approval has been granted by the host university, the application for funding is submitted by International Affairs via the “Mobility Online” platform. Applicants are informed via e-mail of all the documents they need to upload, such as CV, approval from the host institution, and the program.
We cannot accept applications made on paper or those submitted via e-mail.
Erasmus coordinator Bianca Köndgen selects the successful candidates after checking the submitted applications. We reserve the right to appoint a selection committee if a large number of applications are submitted or if there are restrictions at the host institution. General EU guidelines apply and the planned staff mobility must be relevant to the applicant’s work. This means that the activity must encourage the applicant’s professional development, be clearly suitable for training purposes and generate added value for the employer. Applicants can participate more than once. Applications can only be made for countries that are not the main country of residence of the applicant. Approvals and rejections are sent by e-mail. Flights and accommodation should only be booked after receiving approval from the host institution.
Various documents relating to the funding must be submitted before, during and after participation (mobility agreement, grant agreement, final report, certificate of attendance, EU survey, and so on). Please read our guide and submit the documents in good time before and after your stay abroad.
Payment is usually made in two installments: 70% before the stay abroad and 30% thereafter.
Options for special funding
Inclusion and equal opportunities are key objectives of the Erasmus+ program. FAU strives to facilitate autonomous mobility and independence for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses. University staff with a certified degree of disability (Grad der Behinderung) of 20 or more can therefore apply for special funding from the Erasmus national agency.
Please get in touch several months before your planned stay abroad to enable us to apply to the National Erasmus Agency for additional funding based on actual costs incurred.
Going abroad with a child
Parents should also have the opportunity to spend time abroad with their child/children. In this case, please get in touch several months before you plan to go abroad to enable us to apply to the National Erasmus Agency for additional funding based on actual costs incurred.
International Affairs aims to publish the reports written by previous participants as soon as possible via our new “Mobility Online” platform. Until then, we have a few older experience reports available on the site that still provide a good overview of what to expect and could inspire others to take part in the scheme.