UL as been an active participant in the European Union's Erasmus Programme since 1988. UL has over 350 EU University partners where staff mobility can take place.

The Erasmus+ Programme offers funded opportunities for academic and support staff to teach or job-shadow/observe at partner institutions.

Please refer to COVID-19 Coronavirus: Information for University of Limerick webpage under the Frequently Asked Questions for updates on Staff Travel

Eligible Programme Countries

The countries eligible to participate in Erasmus+ EU Staff Mobility are as listed below:

Member States of the European Union (EU)

Austria Estonia Italy Portugal
Belgium Finland Latvia Romania
Bulgaria France Lithuania Slovakia
Croatia Germany Luxembourg Slovenia
Republic of Cyprus Greece Malta Spain
Czech Republic Hungary Netherlands Sweden
Denmark Ireland Poland  

Third countries associated to the Erasmus+ Programme

Iceland Norway Serbia
Liechtenstein Republic of North Macedonia Turkey

Benefits of Mobility

The actions supported under Key Action 1: Learning Mobility of Individuals, are expected to bring positive and long-lasting effects on the participants and participating organisations involved, as well as on the policy systems in which such activities are framed.

Some of the benefits associated with participation in mobility between partner institutions for academic and support staff include:

  • Improved competencies within your current role.
  • Broader understanding of different practices, policies and systems in place at other Higher Education Institutions.
  • Increased ability to identify areas within your division or department which can be further internationalised or modernised.
  • Greater understanding of the connection between formal and non-formal education, and the labour market respectively.
  • Increased understanding and responsiveness to all types of diversity, including social, ethnic, and linguistic diversity, as well as diverse abilities.
  • Improved foreign language skills and digital competencies.
  • Increased motivation and satisfaction in daily work.

Types of Staff Mobility

  •  Allows UL teaching staff to teach at a partner university abroad. 
  •  Can be in any subject area/academic discipline
  •  Minimum of 8 hours teaching must be respected
  •  Staff Mobility Teaching Agreement can be found here 
  • Allows UL teaching and non-teaching staff to undertake job shadowing/observation or attend training events (excluding conferences) at a partner university or at another relevant organisation abroad. 
  • A period abroad can combine teaching and training activities.
  • Staff Mobility Training Agreement can be found here
  • Staff members can complete a combination of teaching and training activities as part of their mobility.
  • Minimum of 4 hours teaching must be respected.
  • Staff members combining teaching and training activities should complete the Staff Mobility Teaching Agreement here.

In 2020/21, in the grant allocation for mobility of staff between Programme Countries, emphasis will be put on training periods for university teaching staff which allows for the development of pedagogical and curriculum design skills.

Staff undertaking training in this area can apply for a DELTA Scholarship, with further information available:

https://www.teachingandlearning.ie/resource-hub/enhancement-within-disciplines/erasmus-delta/

Erasmus+ DELTA is a new opportunity to engage with the existing Erasmus+ mobility programme for all staff who teach in Irish higher education.

DELTA stands for Disciplinary Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment and is a core concept of the work of the National Forum. This initiative is the result of a partnership between the National Forum and the Higher Education Authority, building on the success of the existing Erasmus+ mobility programme. Erasmus+ DELTA focuses on supporting the professional development of all staff who teach in Irish higher education, with a particular focus on the enhancement of teaching and learning within and between disciplines.

Where can I go?

  • Do you already have contacts at or an interest in a particular European institution?
  • Is there a particular aspect of your role that you would like to develop through teaching/training/job-shadowing?
  • Is there an institution with a specialism relevant to your role/ research interest?

If you are interested in completing an Erasmus+ EU Staff Training mobility, attending a Staff Week organised by one of UL's partner universities may be a good option.

Staff Weeks are usually designed to give an overview of the host university's institution and departments, while bringing together teaching and non-teaching staff to share ideas and potentially establish connections for future collaboration.

Many university Staff Weeks are advertised on the IMOTION website: http://staffmobility.eu/

Please note that individual Staff Week participation costs are not covered under Erasmus+, with participants eligible to receive a travel grant and daily subsistence grant only under the Programme.

Eligible duration and activities

UL faculty participating in Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Teaching must ensure that the receiving institution is a university with whom the University of Limerick has a signed 'inter-institutional' agreement.

We would ask that you please check with UL Global prior to submitting your application to ensure the institution to which you are considering travelling holds a valid mobility agreement with UL.

Please note that as UL aims to ensure as many staff members as possible are afforded the opportunity to avail of staff mobility, a funded duration for staff mobility cannot exceed 7 days (including travel) at present.

UL faculty attending a partner institution as part of Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Teaching must fulfil a minimum of 8 teaching hours per week during their mobility.

UL staff participating in Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Training must ensure that the receiving institution/enterprise is either a university awarded with an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education or any public or private organisation such as:

  • A small, medium or large enterprise (including social enterprises).
  • A public body at local, regional or national level.
  • A social partner or other representative of working life, including chambers of commerce, craft/professional associations and trade unions.
  • A research institute; a foundation; a school/institute/educational centre.
  • A non-profit organisation, association or NGO.
  • A body providing career guidance, professional counselling, and information services.

Please note that as UL aims to ensure as many staff members as possible are afforded the opportunity to avail of staff mobility, a funded duration for staff mobility cannot exceed 7 days (including travel) at present.

Erasmus grant support

Travel Distance Grant amount
For travel distances between 100 and 499KM  180 EUR per participant
For travel distances between 500 and 1999KM 275 EUR per participant
For travel distances between 2000 and 2999KM 360 EUR per participant
For travel distances between 3000 and 3999KM 530 EUR per participant
For travel distances between 4000 and 7999KM 820 EUR per participant
For travel distances of 8000KM or more 1500 EUR per participant

*Travel distance is calculated using the distance calculator supported by the European Commission (http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/tools/distance_en.htm).The distance of a one-way travel must be used to calculate the amount of the EU grant that will support the round trip.   

Receiving Country Grant amount per day in EUR

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland,

Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden.

180

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany,

Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain.

160

Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia,

Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia,

Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey.

140

 

Process for UL Staff

  • Identify the organisation you will visit and obtain permission. Discuss the type of activities you wish to undertake as well as the benefits of the activity.
  • Complete the Staff Mobility agreement for Teaching or Training. Answer all questions in full, including a detailed programme of activities.
  • Your host organisation will help you with the programme of activities.
  • The partner institution will sign your agreement, your line manager signs off on the quality and UL Global signs off on the administration aspects.
  • Submit your fully signed mobility agreement to staff.mobility@ul.ie.
  • Allow 20 working days for your contract to be issued.
  • Sign two copies of your contract and submit one copy to staff.mobility@ul.ie.
  • 80% of your grant payment will be made within 10 working days of receipt of your signed contract.
  • Keep your boarding cards and submit copies of these along with a signed and stamped Certificate of Attendance from your host to staff.mobility@ul.ie within 2 weeks of your return from teaching/training. Screenshots of boarding cards will suffice if no physical boarding cards were received.
  • Complete the final report which you will receive via email from a Europa.eu email address.
  • Your final grant payment will be made within 10 working days or receipt of all documentation.
  • Once your final grant payment is made, you must complete the Acknowledgement of Grant Receipt form and return the completed form to staff.mobility@ul.ie.

You must register your travel as part of Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Teaching or Training at the following website:

https://www.dfa.ie/travel/citizens-registration/

You should also read the travel advice for your destination country at the below link and follow all advice given:

https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/

In the event of an accident/theft participants must obtain a police report in order to file a claim.

Information related to travel insurance is available at the following link:

https://www.ul.ie/buildings/service/insurance

Failure to register on the DFA website and follow the advice provided may result in difficulties in the event of an incident.

Incoming staff from programme countries

Incoming staff wishing to participate in Erasmus+ Staff Teaching or Training activities must be individually accepted by a staff member in the host department who is responsible for organising the teaching and/or training activities.

Acceptance is dependent on all parties in advance. The parties are:

  • The participant.
  • The sending institution.
  • The host department at the University of Limerick.

Agreement for hosting staff members is dependent on:

  • Agreeing in advance to the contents of the teaching/training plan.
  • The timing of the mobility.
  • The presence of a signed Erasmus+ inter-institutional agreement (mandatory requirement for Staff Mobility for Teaching).

Potential visiting staff members will need to contact the relevant department in the first instance, with contact details to be found at www.ul.ie.