Opportunities within Europe for lecturers and employees

Erasmus+ mobility can be attended by all the lecturers/employees of the higher education institutions that have joined the programme, regardless of the form of their employment contract.

Teaching mobility  can be carried out in recognized higher education institutions in the target countries, which have been issued Erasmus Charter for Higher Education by the European Commission. The home university of the lecturer must have a prior Erasmus partnership contract with the host university. In case of trainings, the home university of the employee does not need to have a prior cooperation contract with the host organization/company.

In addition, Erasmus allows to invite professionals to carry out teaching at the higher education.

Both teaching and training mobilities  may last from 2 days to 2 months (excluding the time for traveling). The volume of teaching must be at least 8 academic hours, including 8 academic hours per week in case of mobilities that are longer than one week (not applicable to trainings). Higher education institutions have the right to set selection criteria for the lecturers/employees. Generally, the support is given to those lecturers/employees whose visits have additional value (e.g., project preparation), whose lectures are integrated into the regular tuition of the higher education institution abroad, whose aim through the mobilities is to develop new study material or who go abroad for teaching/training for the first time.

Is the period of mobility recognized and to what extent?
Prior to the mobility, the lecturer/employee prepares a teaching/training plan in the form provided, which must be coordinated and approved both by the sending and the host university/organization/company. This ensures the lecturer/employee that the home university considers the Erasmus period as part of the employee's working time..

Upon arrival from the mobility, the lecturer/employee must submit a certificate confirming the completion of the teaching / participation in the training at the partner university/organization/company, and a formal report to the Erasmus coordinator of the home university.

What are the language requirements?
The lecturer/employee participating in the Erasmus mobility must be able to participate in teaching/training actively and effectively. The home university is obliged to provide the participants of the programme with appropriate foreign language training, if necessary.

What are the costs?
In addition to ordinary 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 supports carrying out teaching activities or participation in trainings with a scholarship which is meant for covering additional costs that may arise during the mobility. The scholarship consists of two parts - travel grant and subsistence grant depending on the target country. The grant is not intended to be the lecturer’s salary.

The grant allocation is decided by the lecturer's/employee's home university.

Who helps with applying?
Each Estonian higher education institution that has joined the Erasmus+ programme has an Erasmus coordinator, who can provide more detailed information on participation in the programme, partner universities, partner companies/organizations, application deadlines, etc. In larger universities, there are also Erasmus coordinators in the academic units. List of the Estonian higher education institutions participating in the Erasmus programme with necessary contact details of the coordinators.

Last updated: 20.05.2019