Staff and teacher mobility

Last changed: 20 August 2019

Mobility to foreign universities also applies to teachers and staff.

SLU provides several financing opportunities for teaching and study visits at universities, both inside and outside of Europe. Visiting one of SLU's partner universities does not only signify competence development for the traveller in question, but also a quality guarantee of the collaboration.

The mobility grants (Erasmus+) are administrated by the Division of Educational Affairs' Mobility Team and are financed by the European Commission, the Nordic Council of Ministers and UHR (the Swedish Council for Higher Education).

Erasmus+ staff mobility

Staff training is a part of the Erasmus+ programme and that implies that SLU can send out staff to other higher teaching institutions or companies/organisations in Europe in order to develop their skills and competences. Erasmus + mobility allows staff to take part in ‘job shadowing’, which involves following an employee and observing the ways in which she or he works. Those doing the shadowing do not do any actual work themselves.

The Mobility Team occasionally receives invitations to ‘Erasmus Staff Weeks’. They are organised visits by another higher teaching institution, similar to a conference or language course. We will announce the Erasmus Staff Weeks at the bottom of this page.

Staff mobility may be done together with a colleague. Discuss the possibilities with your immediate manager, such as when and what could be valuable skills development for you.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Mobility Team to discuss staff mobility.

Arranging staff mobility is easy!

Erasmus+ teacher mobility

As a teacher at SLU, you can receive funding to visit a European university that holds an Erasmus University Charter and has an agreement with SLU. The aim is to meet colleagues in other countries and experience other teaching cultures and methods. Possible ends may include strengthening collaboration with other universities or developing new teaching materials.

Linnaeus-Palme

Linnaeus-Palme is an international mobility programme that allows students and teachers at both undergraduate and Master's level to exchange experiences. Find out more about Linnaeus Palme here.

Nordplus teacher mobility

Teachers at SLU may receive financial subsidy to teach at one of our partner universities in the NOVA or BOVA network. The visit must be connected to specific and integrated teaching activities with a distinct link to the networks SLU is part of. Supervisory activities and the development of teaching materials may be funded as well.  

 

Rules for staff mobility

  • You must be employed by SLU.
  • The duration of the mobility period must be between two days and two months. Staff training must be executed at the same place in one cohesive period.
  • Members of staff who have not taken part in Erasmus mobility before will be prioritised.
  • Erasmus staff mobility does not have to be based on bilateral agreements.
  • Before the start of the mobility, it must be approved by your supervisor/manager.
  • To go on staff mobility you need to have a MasterCard that all SLU employees are entitled to. Here you will find information and registration form for MasterCard at SLU (in Swedish).
  • When you travel on business, you are insured through "Kammarkollegiet". Contact the human resources department for more information.
  • Fill in the Erasmus+ staff mobility training agreement. It should contain the overall aim of the visit, activities (a detailed programme, if possible) and expected results – that is, what you hope and expect to get out of the visit.
  • EU institutions and organisations that work with EU programmes, for example national offices such as the Swedish Council for Higher Education, are not authorised to host staff mobility activities.
  • After the mobility period ends, you are required to hand in a report online via Mobility Tool+. The link to this tool will be sent to you automatically at the end of the mobility period.

Applying for staff mobility

Send your application, together with the filled-in Application Erasmusplus staff mobility training and  Erasmus+ staff mobility budget plan to mobility@slu.se, subject ‘Staff mobility’.

Funding for staff and teacher mobility

Your home department/division receives a subsidy consisting of two parts, which should compensate for accomodation and travel expenses. The days of arrival and departure can be reported as work days as long as they connect directly to the period of work, i.e. without intermediate days. Weekend days that lie between workdays during the mobility period may be funded as well.

Your department/division will pay for your visit when the activity ends, and the money will be transferred to the department. If the costs of the mobility exceed the grant, your department/division must pay the surplus amount.

No funding can be granted for participating in conferences.

First part: Accommodation and expense allowance

Host country

National level of grant
(€/day, first 14 days)

National levelof subsidy
(€/day, 15+ days) 

Group A
Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, UK
 160  112
Group B
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Turkey
 140  98
Group C
Germany, Latvia, Macedonia, Malta, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain
 120  84
Group D
Estonia, Croatia, Lithuania, Slovenia
 100  70

 

Second part: Travel expenses

Travel distance Amount
100-499 km 180 €/participant
500-1,999 km 275 €/participant
2,000-2,999 km 360 €/participant
3,000-3,999 km  530 €/participant
4,000-7,999 km  820 €/participant
8,000 eller mer  1,100 €/participant

The length of your journey is calculated using the Erasmus+ distance calculator.

Note: The length of your journey is calculated one way.

How your grant is transferred

Once you have been approved for Erasmus+ mobility, if possible, book a ticket and hotel recommended by SLU, like a normal business trip. Your department/division will pay for all costs connected to the mobility. When you get back to SLU after your mobility, make a specification of travelling expenses to receive your expense allowance and to be reimbursed for any costs that you have personally paid. Your department/division will receive the money once you have sent in the certificate of attendance (scanned) to mobility@slu.se.

You will find the certificate of attendance template at the bottom of this page

More information and rules for Erasmus+ teacher mobility

The first thing to check is whether SLU has an Erasmus agreement with the higher education institution you wish to visit. Find information on SLU's current Erasmus agreements. If SLU should not already have an agreement with the higher education institution you are in touch with, we will try to form a new agreement in order to make the teacher mobility possible. Contact mobility@slu.se at least six weeks before your planned mobility if you do not have an agreement, or a month before if SLU already has an agreement with the university you plan to visit.

SLU’s strategy is to increase the number of incoming as well as outgoing students. The Mobility Team wants all teachers who go on Erasmus+ mobility to contribute to our goal. We want you to think about how you as a teacher can contribute. Perhaps by mentioning SLU’s course offering at the university you plan to visit? Or perhaps by telling your course participants here at SLU what the university has to offer within your field?

Of course we also want to increase the number of teachers who take part of the Erasmus+ programme. We hope that you will tell your colleagues about your visit in order to inspire others to take the chance and go on Erasmus mobility.

Please contact mobility@slu.se if you have any questions.

Rules

  • You must be employed by SLU.
  • The duration of the mobility must be between two days and two months and must also include at least eight hours of instruction. For longer periods, at least eight hours per week. This implies all types of instruction of students at undergraduate, Master’s or doctoral level, for example lectures, seminars, individual supervision and examination.
  • Your visit must be approved by the person in charge at your department as it must pay for any surplus costs.
  • An agreement on the assignment ‘Teaching programme’ must be established and approved by the sending and receiving higher education institution before each teacher mobility.
  • Employees at SLU are insured by Kammarkollegiet. The Division of Human Resources will supply an insurance card once the application has been approved.
  • There are certain funding opportunities for teachers with a disability. Please contact Karin Bennmarker for more information.
  • At the end of the mobility period, all participating teachers will be requested to hand in a report online via Mobility Tool+. A link will be sent automatically from Mobility Tool+ as soon as the mobility period has ended.
  • A mobility grant cannot be paid more than twice to the same teacher within one year

Applying for teacher mobility

To apply, fill in the teacher mobility agreement and the grant agreement and send them to mobility@slu.se, subject 'Teacher mobility'.

Applications are accepted and granted continuously. If SLU should not already have an agreement with the higher education institution that you are in touch with, we will try to form a new agreement in order to make the teacher mobility possible. Contact mobility@slu.seat least six weeks before your planned mobility if SLU does not have an agreement, or one month before if SLU already has an agreement with the university you plan to visit.

More information about Nordplus teacher mobility

SLU is a part of the NOVA network (The Nordic Forestry, Veterinary and Agricultural University Network) and its Baltic sister network BOVA. Teachers may receive grants for teacher mobility which are financed by the Nordplus programme via the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Read more about NOVA/BOVA and Nordplus grants here: https://www.nmbu.no/en/students/nova/nordplus/scolarships-teachers

Application

You apply to your local Nordplus contact person, Karin Bennmarker (mobility@slu.se). Subject 'Nordplus teacher mobility'.

Read more about Nova.

Erasmus Staff Weeks

More information on Erasmus Staff Weeks

http://staffmobility.eu/staff-week-search

Exchange opportunitites

For students and staff at SLU

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