Study Abroad for Sussex Students

Training visits

Through the Erasmus+ programme, the University of Sussex is able to provide selected staff members with a travel and subsistence grant to support them while they complete a teaching or training visits to another European university. 

Am I eligible?

If you have a contract of employment with the University of Sussex, yes!

Where can I go?

The Erasmus+ programme covers the following countries; most Higher Education Institutions in Europe participate in the Erasmus programme.

Eligible Countries

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey.

Members of staff often have a destination in mind; an institution that they have collaborated with in the past, a shared research interest or simply a contact. Where this is not the case, we may be able to arrange a visit to one of our existing Partner Institutions in Europe or Turkey or, following initial contact by the member of staff, set up an agreement with a new institution.

In return, staff should be prepared to host a visiting member of staff wishing to carry out a staff mobility visit to Sussex.

Why should I go?

  • Explore new tools and technologies in your field
  • Develop new skills
  • Share experiences and ideas
  • Realise peers in other countries face same challenges, discover how they overcome them
  • Refresh your thinking, broaden your horizons
  • Revitalise and reignite passion for your work
  • Establish good network of new international contacts
  • Enhance your language skills
  • Improve your CV
  • Have an enjoyable experience abroad!

Erasmus+ training periods support the professional development of HEI staff (both teaching and non-teaching members of staff). The training period may be in another HEI or any other appropriate organisation. Training events abroad may be in the form of job shadowing, observation and so on.  This is likely to be for the transfer of knowledge and good practice, to learn from shared experience, acquire practical skills or discover new ideas for teaching and learning. Please note that attendance at conferences is not eligible for funding.

 Staff Training visits may take the form of:

  1. Mobility of staff of a higher education institution going to an enterprise. The purpose is to allow the staff member to learn by transfer of knowledge or knowhow and to acquire practical skills.
  2. Mobility of administrative and other non-teaching staff from a higher education institution going to a partner higher education institution. The purpose is to allow the staff member to learn from the experiences and good practice of a partner institution and to improve the skills required for their current job. The main activity is a short stay in the partner institution that may include a short secondment period, job-shadowing scheme, study visit, etc. Additional European universities may occasionally advertise a Staff Training week which they are hosting and staff who have been accepted on one of these weeks can then apply for funding.
  3. Mobility of teaching staff in a higher education institution going to a partner institution for the purpose of receiving training.

 Duration of training period

The duration of the training period is usually a minimum of 5 working days (usually a Monday-Friday working week). Weekends or holidays falling in the period of the stay abroad are not considered for support, unless they are used as working or travel days. In such cases the work plan should demonstrate that training activities have been undertaken for the period reported.

Apply now

If you know where you would like to go and have agreed the visit with your contacts abroad, please contact David Brimage for information on next steps. If you do not have a specific destination in mind, please contact the Sussex Abroad office and we will advise you on possibilities open to you. 


Please remember to arrange insurance cover for your trip through the usual university procedures. Additionally, the ‘University Overseas Travel Safety & Security Risk Assessment’ form must be completed and submitted to your line manager before you begin your journey.

Final Report

All staff taking part in an Erasmus+ teaching/training visit are required to complete a final Erasmus report when they return. A link to this report will be emailed to them automatically by the European Commission.

The information you will require to complete section 1 is:

Erasmus ID code of the home institution: UK BRIGHT001

EUC No. of the home institution: 28052


Reimbursement of expenses following the visit

Reimbursement is based on actual costs, up to the maximum amounts for travel and subsistence shown in the Grant Agreement. Expense claims for Erasmus staff mobility are processed by the Sussex Abroad office, not directly by the member of staff in Agresso.

Please note that the exchange rates for travel and subsistence costs are pre-determined