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Teaching abroad with Erasmus+

Erasmus+ Teaching Staff Mobility

The EU education program Erasmus+ has been promoting cross-border mobility of students and university academic and non-academic staff since 1987. In addition, diverse cooperation and partnership programs offer far-reaching opportunities for institutional exchange between universities in Europe and worldwide.

Teaching staff at TU Dortmund University can apply for an Erasmus+ mobility grant via the International Office. The prerequisite for teaching abroad is a valid Erasmus+ Inter-Institutional Agreement and consultation with the Erasmus+ Departmental Coordinator.

Even if travel might not be possible to all countries due to travel restrictions, you can do a virtual Erasmus+ staff mobility at a partner university. Andrea Schöne will be happy to assist you.

Well Informed

  • Professors and lecturers with a contractual relationship with TU Dortmund University
  • Lecturers without endowment at TU Dortmund University
  • Adjunct lecturers at TU Dortmund University
  • Academic staff of TU Dortmund University
Program Countries:
27 Member States of the European Union (EU)

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

6 Countries outside the EU

Iceland | Liechtenstein | Northern Macedonia | Norway | Serbia | Turkey| United Kingdom

Partner Countries:

The partner countries are also clearly listed on the DAAD website. Here there is the possibility to apply for funds via Erasmus+ International Mobility in KA131.

United Kingdom

In the new Erasmus + program generation (2021-2027), the United Kingdom will be eligible as a partner country. Due to the international opening of the funding line KA131, outgoing mobilities from Germany to the UK are eligible for both staff and students if TU Dortmund University receives sufficient funds in the corresponding Call.

Until May 2023, TU Dortmund University can continue to fund outgoing mobilities through the "old" Erasmus+ program generation (Call 2020)!

Each faculty has Erasmus+ Inter-Institutional Agreements which contractually define the student and/or teaching staff mobility. Therefore, only mobilities for which a corresponding Erasmus+ Inter-Institutional Agreement exists can be funded.

Not always, but very often, both student mobility and teaching staff mobility are agreed in the contracts, so that the overview of Erasmus+ partner universities is a good orientation for students as well as for lecturers.

On the linked page you can see who is the Erasmus+ Departmental Coordinator in your department and get information about the possibilities for lecturers. Of course, the International Office will also provide information about existing contracts.

Guest lecturers can strengthen the European dimension of the host university through their Erasmus+ mobility, complement its range of courses and impart their specialist knowledge to students who do not want to or cannot study abroad.

Further goals may be:

  •     Development of a joint study program
  •     Exchange of teaching content and methods
  •     Strengthen and develop links between faculties
  •     Preparation of future cooperation projects
  • Participants belong to the group of people mentioned (see "Who Can Apply?")
  • Only for teaching stays (not for conference participation!)
  • An Erasmus+ Inter-Institutional Agreement must exist for the relevant subject
  • At least two consecutive days (excluding travel days) | maximum six weeks or the number of days agreed upon in the Inter-Institutional Agreement
  • The stay must include at least 8 hours of lessons in one week or shorter
  • For each additional working day beyond one week (five working days), the minimum number of hours per additional day is calculated as follows: eight hours divided by five days multiplied by the number of additional days
  • If teaching activities and further education (Fort- und Weiterbildung) are combined, the teaching load is reduced to four hours per week

Accommodation expenses

Depending on the group of countries, the following uniform daily rates apply until the 14th funding day:

  1. Group 1 (Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom*): EUR 180
  2. Group 2 (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain): EUR 160
  3. Group 3 (Bulgaria, FYR of Macedonia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey): EUR 140

from the 15th to the 60th day of support, the support amounts to 70 percent of the daily rate:

  1. Group 1 (Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom*): EUR 126
  2. Group 2 (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain): EUR 112
  3. Group 3 (Bulgaria, FYR of Macedonia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey): EUR 98

*Staff mobilities to the UK can still be funded from Call 2020 until May 2023. After that, funding might be possible in the new program generation (2021-2027) (at which point the UK moves from being a program to a partner country).

Travel expenses | Unit costs for outward and return journey

In addition to the daily rates, travel costs are added depending on distances between the starting point and destination of the mobility, which are determined uniformly using the Distance Calculator. Reimbursment per stay and depending on the distance with the amounts listed below. Furthermore, additional funding is possible within the framework of individual support for sustainable travel in the course of "Green Travel". Eligible are all participants who need longer time for the trip due to the use of sustainable means of transport. You can also receive up to 4 additional days of funding under the individual support if you need longer time for the trip due to the use of sustainable means of transport.

  •     10 - 99 km: 20 EUR
  •     100 - 499 km: 180 EUR (for "Green Travel": 210 EUR)
  •     500 - 1,999 km: EUR 275 (for "Green Travel": 320 EUR)
  •     2,000 - 2,999 km: EUR 360 (for "Green Travel": 410 EUR)
  •     3,000 - 3,999 km: EUR 530 (for "Green Travel": 610 EUR)
  •     4,000 - 7,999 km: EUR 820
  •     8.000 km and more: 1.500 EUR

Important notes

The Erasmus+ Mobility Grant includes the subsistence and travel costs, which are subsidized by the EU Commission / DAAD as unit costs, as shown above. The recipient of the grant is obliged to pay personal tax on any positive differences between real costs and unit costs.

Please contact us if you have special needs, as we may be able to apply for additional grants.

There will be no reimbursement of travel expenses within the framework of the LRKG NRW!

Due to the limited funds available, if several lecturers of one department travel to a host university for the same period of time, only one person may be eligible for support as described above. Each additional person would then possibly receive 50% of the accommodation and travel costs. However, if sufficient budget is available, multiple trips to a host university can be made at the same time period. Please contact Andrea Schöne.

Before the mobility

The planned teaching staff mobility must be applied for by e-mail through the International Office (Andrea Schöne) at least six weeks before the planned stay. Please state the planned working days abroad, date of arrival and departure, actual place of arrival and departure, name of the host university including Erasmus Code.

Once you have received confirmation that the mobility is eligible for Erasmus+ funding, please submit the following documents to Andrea Schöne:

  • Invitation from the host university
  • Online Acceptance Form and Mobility Agreement (in English)
  • Request for a business trip via SAP (you will receive the relevant information from the International Office / Andrea Schöne!)

If all documents are complete, the lecturer will receive a Grant Agreement with the funding guidelines, which must be signed and returned to the International Office / Andrea Schöne.

For your mobility, TU Dortmund University must apply for an A1 certificate (within the EU) / Certificate of Secondment (outside the EU), which you must carry with you during your stay abroad. This certificate is automatically applied for by the Department 3.2 with your SAP business trip application to the health insurance company.

Travel safety: The decision to travel to risk areas lies with you and TU Dortmund University, taking into account the regulations of the Erasmus+ program, the institution's internal strategies and the respective crisis management. This also means that you must inform yourself about the current situation in the host country on the website of the Federal Foreign Office and consult with the International Office before you begin your stay abroad.

During the mobility
After the mobility
  • Send copies of the travel documents together with the original Certificate of Attendance to the International Office (within two weeks after the end of the business trip)
  • The link to the EU online survey will be sent directly to you by the EU Commission via e-mail

From the winter semester 2023/2024, the Erasmus+ program will also be opened for mobilities with selected universities in Erasmus+ partner countries. Here, departments can apply for Erasmus+ mobility grants in the framework of existing Departmental Cooperations until March 31. This line is called Erasmus+ International Mobility.

Teaching Staff Mobilities  in a partner country is only possible through the contact person in the department responsible for the relevant cooperation and who has submitted and received approval of an application for funds in International Mobility in KA131.

The administrative procedures hardly differ from the administrative steps mentioned here. Participants will be informed individually by the International Office about the procedures via e-mail.

If you have any questions, please contact Silke Viol directly.



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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.


The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Site Map of TU Dort­mund University (Second Page in English)

Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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