Teaching and research in Europe

ERASMUS+ Staff Training Assignments
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Are you eager to share your knowledge with your colleagues and their students at other universities in Europe? Erasmus+ programme funds guest lectureships at our European partner universities.

Your advantages

During your stay at the partner university, you can develop joint study programmes and teaching materials for both partner universities. In addition, you can exchange your teaching contents and teaching methods with your colleagues and improve them together. During your stay abroad, you can also:

  • Develop your professional and personal competences as a lecturer.
  • Boost your own skills.
  • Enrich and broaden the content and the range of your courses.
  • Give Students who cannot take part in mobility programmes themselves the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of lecturers from other European universities.
  • strengthen links between the universities from different countries.
  • Extend your network.
  • Promote the exchange of expertise in the teaching methods.

Application period: ongoing (approval depending on the available funds).

You will find the Application for funding at the end of this page as a download.

Information on the procedure

  • Who may apply?

    Who may apply?

    • Professors and other members of academic staff with a valid contract of employment with the University
    • Persons teaching at the University based on contracts for services
    • Teaching associates of the University
  • What are the requirements?

    Each teaching assignment must include at least eight teaching hours (teaching units) per week at the foreign university. The business trip generally lasts between one week (five working days plus one day for arrival and departure) and 14 days. The teaching assignment can only take place at one of our Erasmus+ partner universities. For possible partner universities, please contact the Erasmus+ coordinator of your department.

  • What does the funding include?

    What does the funding include?

    As a participant, your costs are reimbursed in accordance with the lump sums granted by the DAADExternal link [pdf 89KB].


    The travel expenses are reimbursed in accordance with the Thuringian Act on Travel Expenses. Funding is provided to cover the full travel expenses, including the costs for journey and accommodation; participants also receive the subsistence allowance (depending on the country allowance).

  • How and where to apply?

    How and where to apply?

    Before applying, please discuss your intention with the Erasmus+ coordinator of your department who can also inform you about possible partner universities. Afterwards, you should submit the application for a grant to the International Office.

    Documents to be submitted

    Please submit your documents to:

    International Office
    Mrs Jana Blumenstein
    Fürstengraben 1, UHG
    07743 Jena


  • What does happen after the approval?

    What does happen after the approval?

    Congratulations, the International Office send you the approval of the application for a grant! Now you can focus on the practical organization of your stay abroad. These include:

    • arranging the date and scope of your stay
    • arranging activities with the institutions you want to visit
    • preparing the Mobility Agreement (teaching assignment)
    • requesting an approval for a business trip (QISRKAExternal link)
    • booking a trip in a travel agency or online.

    Do you need further information on business trips? Please contact the Office for Travel Expenses de.

    Before the start of the mobility, you must submit the following documents to the International Office:

    • Mobility Agreement (signed)
    • Grant Agreement (you will receive it from the International Office).

    After the end of the mobility, please submit the following documents to the International Office:

    • complete travel expenses statement with original receipts (fare tickets, accommodation)
    • EU forms: Letter of Confirmation, report.
  • Documents and deadlines

    Before the stay abroad

    Mobility Agreement (working plan)

    • governs the recognition of the work done abroad
    • must be signed by the guest university and FSU Jena
    • a copy must be submitted to the International Office, completely signed before departure
    • the original must be kept for any later changes
    • deadline: it must be discussed with specialist coordinators and drawn up before departure

    Grant Agreement

    • governs the way funding from the ERASMUS+ programme is shared between the employees and the FSU
    • the original must be signed and submitted to the International Office
    • deadline: before departure

    During the stay abroad

    Letter of Confirmation

    • confirms the duration of the stay and number of the teaching hours during the stay at the guest university
    • the original must be signed and submitted to the International Office
    • deadline: no later than four weeks after the return journey with a statement

    After the stay abroad

    Survey of the EU

    • Please complete the survey of the EU online! You will receive an automated e-mail requesting you to do this after the end of your stay abroad.
  • Funding for staff with additional requirements

    We are committed to make stays abroad accessible to all – whether you cannot leave your child alone during your stay abroad or you can only travel in a wheelchair. Upon formal request, staff with additional requirements can receive funding which exceeds the DAAD lump sum (see above). Please take a look at two examples.

    Example 1

    You are a single parent and would like to take part in a stay abroad, however, you cannot leave your child home alone.

    • For any additional costs caused by travelling with your child (accomodation, journey, childcare costs), you can apply for a subsidy.

    Example 2

    You can only travel using a wheelchair and need additional measures to be able to reach the preferred host university.

    • Any additional expenses caused by the stay abroad, which are not covered by national bodies (e.g. health insurance companies, social welfare offices), can be covered by subsidy. Please submit the application to the DAAD at least 2 months before the trip.
    • For application form, please contact the International Office.