Erasmus+ teaching mobility

Erasmus+ offers an opportunity for academic staff to teach at a partner institution in one of the 30 participating countries in Europe.

The Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Programme provides funding for academic and professional services staff to carry out a period of teaching or training at one of the University's Erasmus partner universities visits allow staff to contribute to, and learn from, best practice, find out first-hand the workings of another European education system and contribute to teaching a course with European colleagues.

The European Commission funding rules are very clear that the main purpose of the visit should be for teaching and not research. As well as benefit the individual’s professional development, Erasmus+ Staff Mobility is intended primarily to contribute to the wider Internationalisation and modernisation strategies of Keele University. This is not intended to be solely for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 

Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ programme is dependent on the outcome of UK wide Brexit negotiations. 


The UK's Erasmus+ National Agency sets a number of criteria for teaching mobility:

  • Applicants must hold an employment contract with Keele at the time of undertaking the mobility;
  • The Teaching period must be in a partner HEI and an Inter-Institutional Agreement must be in place with the proposed host (see Where can I go?);
  • Staff mobility is intended to contribute to the overall priorities of Erasmus+, the EU Agenda for Modernisation of Higher Education and Keele's Internationalisation aims and is not solely intended to be for the benefit or career development of the individual staff member;
  • Priority will be given to those staff members for whom it would be their first Erasmus+ mobility.

In addition to the above criteria, for teaching mobility, staff must undertake a minimum of 8 teaching hours per week (or any shorter period of stay) which should be agreed in advance. 

Staff members are required to submit a number of documents before, during and after the staff mobility to remain eligible for the grant. Please see the tab "Documents" for downloads.

Keele has a number of partner institutions that allow for teaching mobility. A full list can be found via the 2019/20 Staff Mobility Agreements document.  

If your proposed host is not on this list, please check with the Global Opportunities Team. 

The guidance from the national agency is that mobility can be from 2 days to 2 months. Keele has set a limit of 5 days plus 2 additional travel days in order to maximise the funding we receive. 

Teaching hours: Staff must deliver at least 8 hours of teaching per week or each part of a week and this must be evidenced in the Teaching Programme.


Funding is available to cover subsistence and travel. Subsistence funding can be used to cover the cost of accommodation and attending an international week or event. Conferences are not covered under the funding. The European Commission sets the grant rates annually. The 2019 Staff Mobility Grant Rates document outlines the grant per day and per week. 

Staff Travel Grants are based on the "travel distance" as determined by the British Council distance calculator.

Distance Travel Grant Amount
Between 10 and 99 km €20 per participant 
Between 100 and 499 km €180 per participant
Between 500 and 1999 km €275 per participant
Between 2000 and 2999 km €360 per participant
Between 3000 and 3999 km €530 per participant
Between 4000 and 7999km €820 per partcipant
8000 km or above €1500 per participant

Please note: Please note that the grants may not cover the full cost of your period abroad, but do contribute a substantial portion. Grants are also awarded on a receipts expenditure basis only. Staff are responsible for arranging your own travel.

Applications should be made before Friday 6th December 2019 via the 2019/20 Erasmus 103 Staff Mobility application or the 2019/20 Erasmus 107 Staff Mobility application for mobilities outside of the EU. Please be aware the funding for non EU mobility is limited and will likely only be allocated to staff linked to the funding bid.

  • The application should be at least 6 weeks in advance of the proposed mobility;
  • The application will ask for confirmation that the mobility has been discussed with your School Internationalisation Director/Head of School before being submitted; 
  • A visit should ideally have been agreed with the proposed host before an application is submitted but this is not essential.

Once the application has been received, the Global Opportunities Team will review all applications and allocate funding wherever possible.

There are a number of documents required by the EU to be eligible for funding: 

Prior to the mobility

After mobility

  • Confirmation of Attendance
  • Keele Expenses Form

Staff are responsible for arranging their own travel and insurance. Please complete the university Risk Assessment form at least 5 full working days prior to departure.