Erasmus+ personal mobility for teaching purposes (STA)

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Erasmus+ enables employees at the University of Kassel to spend time teaching at European partner universities. The University of Kassel has bilateral agreements with a number of European partner universities as part of the personal mobility for teaching purposes scheme.

You also have the opportunity to complete a period of teaching abroad at a selected international partner university as part of the Erasmus+ worldwide scheme.

You can find general information about the Erasmus+ programme here.

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  • Ongoing professional and personal development for lecturers
  • To promote cooperation between the University of Kassel and its European partner universities 
  • Offering students, who cannot take part in any mobility programme, the opportunity to continue their international studies through the expert knowledge of lecturers from European partner universities ("internationalisation at home")
  • Enhancing the content of the teaching materials and the specialist exchange and strengthening the cooperation with international colleagues
  • Developing joint study programmes and exchanging teaching materials and methods

People eligible for funding

  • Professors and lecturers with a contractual relationship with the University of Kassel
  • Part-time teaching staff with service contracts
  • Emeritus professors and retired teaching staff
  • Research assistants
  • Personnel from foreign companies and organisations (can be invited to German universities for teaching purposes)

Length of time and scope of teaching

  • The teaching periods must involve at least 8 teaching hours per week or stay or 4 hours + 4 hours curriculum development
  • The minimum duration is 2 days
  • and the maximum possible period for financial support is 5 working days.
  • Exceptions are possible and should be discussed with the Erasmus coordinator.

Agreement with the host institution

  • Bilateral agreement with the host institution which involves an agreement covering the planned teaching period is obligatory.
  • Bilateral agreements may be concluded at short notice. Please contact the Erasmus coordinator at the International Office regarding this.

Receiving funding more than once

  • It is possible to receive funding more than once.

The calculations for your financial compensation do not take place according to the Hesse Travel Expenses Act, but using the EU’s allowances, which are dictated by the different costs of living in the destination countries.

The following set daily rates apply to four country groups.

Funding is only available for days when activities have taken place that are related to your mobility scheme. The definitive evidence is provided by a certificate issued by the host institution/company at the end of your stay with the starting and finishing dates, including the number of classes taught. In addition, one travel day per stay is subsidized at a daily rate.

Travel expenses can be added to these daily rates, depending on the actual distance between your starting and finishing point; they can be determined in a standard fashion across Europe using a calculation tool.

The following amounts are repaid, depending on your stay and the distance involved:

Distance for a single journey according to the distance calculator

Amount (average costs) per person involved
(= return trip)

Green Travel*

< 100 km



100 - 499 km

  EUR 180 

EUR 210

500 - 1.999 km

  EUR 275 

EUR 320

2.000 - 2.999 km

  EUR 360 

EUR 410

3.000 - 3.999 km

  EUR 530 

EUR 610

4.000 - 7.999 km

  EUR 820 


8.000 km und mehr

  EUR 1.100 



*Green Travel: Participants who travel the main part of the journey to the host institution by low-emission means of transport such as bus, train or carpooling will receive an additional travel allowance. Additional travel days (up to 4 days) may also be funded. Please contact us if this applies to you.

Special funding
Employees with a disability (minimum degree of disability 50) can apply to the International Office for special funding for any increases caused by being abroad. The applications should be submitted to the International Office at least three months prior to the start of the period spent abroad.

Application and selection procedure

Step 1: Establishing contact with the host institution
Each participant must make contact with the host institution of their choice on their own initiative and discuss the planned visit. Registration for any funding through Erasmus+ can only take place after written acceptance has been received from the institution receiving you. You may enquire about the availability of funds at the International Office at the University of Kassel before making contact with the host institution.

Step 2: Registering 
Completing the online application form.

Step 3: The International Offices contacts you
The participant will receive a binding response from the International Office by e-mail. This e-mail also contains all the necessary documents and information about the ongoing procedure.

Step 4: Submitting the necessary documents 
Three documents have to be submitted prior to any period of mobility: the grant agreement, learning agreement and an application to make a business trip.

Important: All employees and civil servants, according to current case law, require an A1 / E101 certificate as soon as they operate on a cross-border basis within the EU, the EEA, Switzerland or in one of the countries with which a bilateral agreement has been established. More information can be found here. Questions are answered by the Human Resources Department (Abteilung Personal und Organisation).

Step 5: Disbursement of the financial subsidies
As soon as all the documents have been received, the financial subsidy is transferred to the account of the person receiving the funding in a lump sum.

Confirmation of the length of time spent abroad
Each person receiving funding must have the length of time spent abroad confirmed by a so-called letter of confirmation; this is completed by the host institution.

Writing a report
Finally, each person receiving funding will receive an e-mail from the European Commission with a request to complete a questionnaire (EU survey).

Accounts for travel on official university business 
No claim for travel expenses has to be handed in.


Moritz Banhaf
Erasmus Institutional Coordinator

+49 561 804-2539