Graz is Austria’s second largest city with a total of about 300.000 inhabitants. The city is situated about 200 km south-west of Vienna. It attracts many visitors because of the good matching of tradition and modernity and people with a special interest in science, research and culture.Graz has a long tradition as a student city: its six universities have more than 45,000 students. The oldest university dates from 1585.
A short walk through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Culture Heritage site with a Mediterranean atmosphere, is a transition to past centuries. From the 15th century, it was a major bulwark against the Ottomans and in the 17th century adopted the Baroque before the rest of the Austrian empire.
The city is compact and most important sights are within walking distance of the market square of the Hauptplatz. The Landesmuseum Joanneum, a large complex of museums, is one of the world’s oldest, including the Alte Galerie with its superb Gothic paintings. The Neue Galerie in the Herberstein Palace displays 19th- and 20th-century paintings, including some works by the world famous Austrian painters Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. The Cathedral, the Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II, the Leech Church, the pedestrian zone of the old quarter, the Schlossberg (Castle Hill) with its Uhrturm (clock tower) and Glockenturm (bell tower) should also be seen. Some distance west of the city is, within walking distance of the FH JOANNEUM, Schloss Eggenberg, a 16th-centura palace noted for its state rooms and museums.
In the year 2003 Graz was chosen to be Cultural Capital 2003. Many sights were created such as the Acconci Mur Island or the Kunsthaus Graz, known as the friendly alien which was designed by the two London architects Peter Cook and Coulin Fournier/Spacelab. In 1999, Graz was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites, and the site was extended in 2010 by Schloss Eggenberg. In 2011 Graz got the title of a UNESCO City of Design within the Creative Cities Network.
More than any other provincial centre, Graz preserves the old Kaffeehaus culture, where one can sit all day enjoying a leisurely coffee, watching the life of the city.
Graz is the capital of Styria (German: Steiermark), which is the second-largest province in Austria and known as Austria’s “green heart”. Because of its great forests Styria is a favourite holiday destination for many people. The wonderful landscape, the old sacred buildings and the wine-region in the south of Styria are good reasons to go there.
An Erasmus grant can be applied for incoming teachers coming from enterprises.
Prerequisites for applying for the grant:
a minimum of teaching of 8 hours, a maximum of 2 months
teachers have to come from an enterprise of one of the Erasmus program countries (28 EU countries, Island, Liechtenstein, Norway, former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, Turkey)
all necessary Erasmus documents are fully filled in and signed. These are: mobility agreement, grant agreement (will be sent from the International Office), confirmation of length of stay, Erasmus Online Survey (will be automatically sent to the teacher after the mobility)
The Erasmus grant can only be applied for travel costs and subsistence expenses. The application process is the same as with Erasmus outgoing teaching to partner universities.
Teaching mobility is a crucial aspect of internationalization. The FH JOANNEUM aims to increase the number of faculty members who will teach at partner institutions and will support them accordingly. Teaching mobility activities are promoted as a priority within ERASMUS+.
Full-time teaching staff of FH JOANNEUM can participate in the ERASMUS+ teaching assignment programme. The main requirement for teaching abroad is mentioning teaching mobility in the ERASMUS+ Bilateral Agreement with the destination university.
The teaching assignment must last for a minimum of 8 hours per week and at least two days. The maximum is two months of teaching. The managing director of FH JOANNEUM has agreed to pay for a maximum of one week of teaching assignments.
The course taught abroad must be integrated in the study programme of the university. Therefore, the mobility has to take place during the semester. Through EU funds mobility costs can be partly financed. As FH JOANNEUM would like to motivate the staff to teach at international partner universities, the mobility can take place under a business trip.
Teaching staff will be nominated for mobility to the Department of International Relations (INT) until 30 April for the following academic year. The prospective teaching mobilities are entered into the Mobility Tool by INT.
Before the mobility the lecturer must sign a grant agreement with FH JOANNEUM and send it to the Department of International Relations together with the mobility agreemet which has already been approved by the host university and the superior at FH JOANNEUM. This is a requirement of the ERASMUS+ programme. After these documents have arrived the lecturer's application for the business trip will be approved in the staff portal. The lecturer must state in the business trip application that the purpose of the trip is.
Staff Trainings at Erasmus+ (partner) universities and enterprises are supported in the framework of ERASMUS+ Staff Mobility. Administrative staff of FH JOANNEUM can participate in staff trainings. The main requirement for staff training is mentioning staff training in the ERASMUS Bilateral Agreement with the partner institution.
The minimum time for staff training is two days with a maximum of two months. However, the commission recommends a minimum stay of five days in order to be able to contribute to the international life of the partner institution in a senseful way. One week of Staff Training is also supported by FH JOANNEUM. Through EU funds mobility costs can be supported. As FH JOANNEUM would like to motivate their staff to participate at staff trainings at international (partner) universities and enterprises, employees will get the mobility refunded as a business trip. The participation in a staff training always has to be approved by the superior.
Possible receiving institutions:
European institutions of higher education with an Erasmus+ ECHE. Partner universities of FH JOANNEUM are preferred.
Enterprises in an Erasmus+ program country.
There are two ways of doing a staff training:
Staff training in form of a job shadowing. Here you can learn how colleagues of (partner) institutions or enterprises manage their work. You can find a list of partner universities of FH JOANNEUM below. Note that only European partners are eligible for Erasmus. The international coordinator of your degree programme or the International Office have to establish the first contact.
Participation at an International Staff Week. Some institutions organize a fixed programme for staff of other universities and ask for registration. If you are interested in participation you have to contact the International Office or / and your degree programme at FH JOANNEUM before you can establish contact with the host university.
International Staff Week
From 18 to 22 April 2016 FH JOANNEUM - University of Applied Sciences will organize the fourth International Staff Week for colleagues from partner universities.
What can you expect?
During the International Staff Week you will not only get to know the campus in Graz but also the campuses in Kapfenberg and Bad Gleichenberg. Five diverse days with workshops, presentations and a fun social program will wait for you. You will be asked to present your home institution with a booth at our study abroad fair on April 20th where you might also get to know your own outgoing students and former incomings. In two job shadowing modules you can exchanges ideas and discuss topics from your own work area with colleagues from FH JOANNEUM.
Who can participate?
Only staff from partner universities of FH JOANNEUM can participate in the International Staff Week. Staff from the international offices and other administrative units like PR/marketing, library, facility management, finances, personnel and legal services, central IT, quality management and development, student administration and continuing education, innovative learning scenarios – ZML are especially welcome.
How can you register?
The registration deadline ended on February 15th, 2016.
A participation fee of € 80 will be charged. The organized social program and lunches are free. Participants have to cover travel and hotel costs as well as costs for possible activities outside the organized program on their own. We recommend colleagues from Erasmus+ partner universities to apply for an Erasmus grant in the International office of their home institution.
Please do not book your flight and hotel before you have received a mail that confirms that you were selected for participation. We would appreciate it if you restricted the number of registrations to 1-2 people per university.
I had an absolute fantastic week. From the arrival information, to the week itself, everything has been amazingly well organized. The balance of informative activities and social activities has been excellent. I have come away with plenty of useful information, learnt many different processes, whilst having great fun! Highly recommended!
Excellent organization! I will take home a lot of ideas and best practice examples – for my work in the International Office and for our university as a whole. The program was very dense but never boring. I gained a lot of insights in the work of my international colleagues and made new friends. The group dynamics were just ideal. I think we all will keep a very fond memory of this week in Graz. Thank you!
We got the opportunity to observe the structure of FH JOANNEUM, the details of the degree programs, the campuses. We saw the unique and precious projects going on, the difference of an Applied Science University and also the administrative structure, the software being used and had the chance to reflect on different issues with colleagues. I won’t forget this travel!
FH JOANNEUM can get an ERASMUS grant to cover a part of the mobility costs. Therefore, the administrative procedure and internal as well as external deadlines must be obeyed.
University personnel will be nominated for trainings to the Office of International Relations (INT) for the following study period by April 30th.
For the specific staff training the Office of International Relations (INT) or the International Coordinator of the degree programme will contact the partner institution. Once the partner institution has agreed to host the staff member for staff training, the staff member has to fill in different documents and send them to INT.
Before the mobility starts the staff member must fill in the Erasmus Mobility Agreement, get a signature from the superior at FH JOANNEUM and the host institution and send the agreement to INT. After that INT will forward the Grant Agreement to the staff member for signature. Once Mobility and Grant Agreement have been fully signed and forwarded to INT the travel application ("Reiseantrag") can be made in the MA-Portal. In the field "reason for travel" ("Zweck der Reise") there has to be written "ERASMUS/Staff Training".
Within one week after the mobility has taken place, the staff member has to fill in an Erasmus Online report, which will be sent to the staff automatically. A travel expense report (plus the original bills) has to be sent to PRR and a confirmation of the receiving institution to the International Office.
After the mobility has taken place, the staff member has to fill in an Erasmus Online report. A travel expense report (plus the original bills) has to be sent to PRR and a confirmation of the receiving institution to the International Office.