International Credit Mobility for staff

Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility gives staff of higher education institutions the possibility to go on teaching and training mobility from Estonia to almost all the countries of the world (except Erasmus+ programme countries, Andorra, Monaco, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, San Marino, Vatican, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) and vice versa.

All lecturers and employees of higher education institutions can participate in the Erasmus+ staff mobilty, regardless of the form of their employment contract.

International Credit Mobility is also available for staff from enterprises coming to Estonia. This means that Estonian higher education institutions can invite staff from Partner country public or private organisations to teach at their institutions.

Prerequisite for applying for the staff mobility is that the Estonian higher education institution has received Erasmus+ funding for cooperation with the specific Partner country and an inter-institutional agreement has been signed between the participating institutions. Higher education institutions in Partner countries must be recognised by the competent authority in their country.

Which conditions apply to staff mobilities?

Staff mobility can last from 5 days to 2 months (excluding travel time). A teaching activity must comprise a minimum of 8 academic hours per week, including 8 academic hours per week in case of teaching mobilities which are longer than one week (this condition does not apply to training mobilities). Higher education institutions have the right to set selection criteria for the lecturers/employees. Generally, grants are given to lecturers/employees whose visits have additional value (e.g., project preparation), whose lectures are integrated into the regular studies at the partner institution, whose aim is to develop new study materials or who apply for the staff mobility for the first time.

Is the staff mobility recognised and to what extent?
Prior to the staff mobility, the lecturer/employee has to prepare the Mobility Agreement which must be coordinated with all parties and signed by the staff member, sending institution and receiving institution. This ensures the lecturer/employee that the home institution considers the Erasmus+ mobility period as part of the employee's working time.

After returning from the staff mobility, the lecturer/employee must submit a confirmation of stay and a formal report to the Erasmus coordinator.

What are the language requirements?
The staff member participating in the Erasmus+ staff mobility must be able to participate in the teaching/training activities actively and efficiently. The home institution is obliged to provide the participants of the programme with appropriate foreign language training, if necessary.

What are the costs?
In addition to the usual daily living expenses, additional expenses for insurance, transport, etc., must also be taken into account. The cost of living can vary substantially from country to country and also within the country.

The Erasmus+ programme provides a grant for the participants of the staff mobility to cover the living and travelling costs related to the teaching or training period. The grant is not intended to be the salary of the staff member.

The grant for a lecturer/employee going abroad from Estonia is 180 euros per day. The grant for a lecturer/employee coming to Estonia is 140 euros per day. Starting from the 15th day, the grant will be reduced to 70% of the daily rate. Additionally, participants will receive a travel grant in the amount of 20 to 1500 euros depending on the distance between the higher education institutions. The grant allocation is decided by the higher education institutions and staff members should apply for the grant from their home institution.

Lecturers/employees may also participate in the Erasmus+ programme without receiving a grant.

Who can help with applying?

The Erasmus/International relations coordinator at your higher education institution can provide more detailed information about the programme, partner institutions and countries, application deadlines, etc. At larger universities, respective contact persons are also available at each faculty or department. Staff members of Estonian higher education institutions can also refer to the list of Estonian higher education institutions participating in the Erasmus+ programme with necessary contact details.

Last updated: 20.05.2019