Erasmus+ for teachers

As a teacher at Umeå University, you have the opportunity to teach for a period at another European university. A teacher exchange can contribute to developing your teaching skills, strengthen your contacts and initiate collaboration projects.

As a teacher you can also apply for staff exchange.

A teacher exchange takes place through one of the Erasmus agreements that the university has. You can go on an exchange through the agreements that your department has, and through the agreements that other departments at Umeå University have. If you want to go on an exchange through another department's agreement, please contact the department to obtain its consent.

Our Erasmus agreements can be found in the agreements database Solemove. Some agreements apply only to student exchanges, however. If you want to go on an exchange through a student exchange agreement, the international contact person at your department can contact the partner university and ask them to extend the agreement to include teacher exchanges.

Exchanges that lead to new learning materials, stronger contacts between Umeå University and the partner university or which prepare the ground for future collaborative projects are given priority when the International Office makes its decision on scholarship payments.

The countries participating in the Erasmus programme are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Turkey.

Scholarship for teacher exchanges under Erasmus

You can apply for a scholarship for your teacher exchange under Erasmus. The scholarship is paid afterwards, once the exchange has been completed. The scholarship will cover some of the expenses associated with the exchange, such as travel costs and increased living costs. The scholarship is not intended to cover all additional expenses.

Teacher exchange as pedagogical qualification

A teacher exchange can be a valuable pedagogical qualification from an international context. You are encouraged to take with you queries that you wish to investigate or learn more about during your exchange. If these are documented in an extended teacher report the report can be included in your teaching portfolio.

Conditions and application

To be eligible to apply for a teacher exchange:

  • You must be employed at Umeå University.
  • The length of your exchange must be at least two working days and a maximum of two months.
  • The exchange must include at least eight teaching hours per week.
  • There must be an agreement between the department where you are employed and the foreign university.
  • You must include a work plan in your application.

Teaching includes, for example, lectures, seminars, supervision and examinations at first-cycle, second-cycle and third-cycle level. Both Umeå University and the host university will ensure that your contribution forms an integral part of the degree programme.

Conditions for scholarship

In order to receive payment through the scholarship, when you return you must submit

  • a teacher report
  • copies of the travel expenses claims
  • a certificate from the foreign university confirming that you visited them and during which period.

The payment is made to your department. The length of stay and which country you have taught in determines the level of the payment.

How to apply

Your application should be submitted to the International Office no later than two months before your planned exchange.

You submit your application in Solemove

Elizabet Westerlund