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The Erasmus+ programme, administered by the International Student Office, offers funding opportunities for staff going abroad to a European partner institution for a period of teaching or training. Funding is provided as a contribution towards travel and subsistence. Not only does the scheme allow staff to enhance their teaching experience and expertise, it also offers valuable opportunities for researchers to develop their connections with international colleagues through participating in a teaching exchange at a host institution.

 

‘The benefits go way beyond teaching’ - Dr Thomas Krieg, who took part in a teaching exchange with a fellow researcher in Padua

 

Any staff member with a contract of employment with the University of Cambridge is eligible to apply (including College Teaching Officers). Placements should be between 2 days and 2 months long (excluding travel time) and for teaching placements there is a minimum requirement of 8 hours teaching per week or part of the week.

Further information, including how to apply and institutions with which Cambridge already has partnership agreements, can be found on the International Students Office’s website.

 

 

 Case Study: Using Erasmus+ Funding to Develop an International Network

Dr Thomas Krieg, a Principal Investigator in the Department of Medicine, was funded by Erasmus+ for a teaching exchange with Dr Fabio di Lisa at the Università degli Studi di Padova (University of Padua).

Dr Krieg taught part of an undergraduate course in Pharmacy at Padua while Dr di Lisa gave a postagraduate seminar at Cambridge. For Dr Krieg, teaching in Padua and working with the students there, some of whom have since chosen to pursue research at Cambridge, was enjoyable and advantageous.

Another major benefit of this exchange was the opportunity it offered to strengthen his professional relationship with Dr di Lisa, with whom he has gone on to establish a collaborative research project for which they now hold two joint grants. Dr Krieg says Erasmus+ is a user-friendly scheme, light on bureacracy, whose benefits for academics 'go way beyond teaching'.

 

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