Global Opportunities

Erasmus+ Teaching from beyond Europe (ICM)

Queen Mary welcomes teaching staff within the framework of an Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility Programme (ICM) inter-institutional agreement signed with a partner institution in one of the participating Partner Countries beyond Europe.

No grants remain for Erasmus+ ICM incoming staff from partner institutions in countries beyond Europe (ICM).

Nevertheless, we are pleased to welcome self-funded colleagues from partner institutions beyond Europe for participation in a Queen Mary Staff Training Week. Such a visit aims to provide mutual transfer of knowledge and good practice, learning from shared experience, job shadowing, observation, acquiring practical skills and discovering new ideas for teaching and learning.

Consult most recent Queen Mary Staff Training Week | 17-21 June 2019

How it works

General information

Staff interested in teaching at Queen Mary from an Erasmus+ ICM Programme partner institution should contact their home institution’s International Office to check if their subject area and the terms of the agreement allow for a teaching visit to occur and what funding is available. If a teaching visit is possible, staff apply first to their home academic department or International Office, following internal selection procedures.

(In parallel, an interested staff member may also be in communication with a relevant academic counterpart at Queen Mary if a relationship already exists to gauge interest in a teaching mobility proposal.)

Nomination and application

Staff who are approved/selected by their home institution should be nominated by their (Erasmus+) Coordinator to the Global Opportunities Office (GO Office) at Nominated staff will be sent a link to complete an online application, which will ask for details regarding their proposed teaching activity as well as their CV and a scan of their passport. The GO Office will then liaise with the relevant academic department within Queen Mary in a first instance to assess if the visit can be approved both in terms of content and timing. The member of staff will receive a reply from the GO Office within a few weeks with the outcome of their application.

Planning the visit

An approved staff member whose application is successful will then communicate directly with the respective academic department at Queen Mary in a second instance to mutually agree on the teaching programme before the visit takes place, liaising with the GO Office when necessary. As the GO Office manages the Erasmus+ ICM Programme on behalf of both Queen Mary and its ICM partner institutions, it issues all contractual paperwork to the mobile staff member coming from the Partner Country. As project lead, Queen Mary also processes the Erasmus+ ICM grant payment directly to the mobile staff member before the visit takes place.


  • Sending institution application deadlines: An incoming member of staff should inquire with their home institution if internal application deadlines exist or if a procedure of open calls is in place for selection to participate in a teaching exchange;
  • Queen Mary’s nomination deadlines (as receiving institution): The GO Office requests for incoming staff teaching nominations from beyond Europe through the Erasmus+ ICM Programme to be received 3 months minimum before the forecasted visit; 
  • All visits under the Erasmus+ ICM Programme must occur before the project end date (30 July 2020 for the 2018 project);
  • If an incoming staff member wishes to dispense teaching to undergraduate or postgraduate taught students at Queen Mary, they should consult the academic calendar to ensure that the visit takes place during one of our teaching weeks (and to avoid visits outside of term time or during reading weeks).

UK Visa and Immigration information 

It remains the sole responsibility of any selected incoming participant preparing for a visit to the UK to 1) determine their individual visa requirements and 2) to secure any necessary visa.

Please refer to the following web link for full advice: .

To supplement the Erasmus+ contractual paperwork and for any eventual purposes of a visa, an invited mobile staff member can request for the relevant department at Queen Mary to provide a letter of invitation including:

  • all relevant participant details,
  • the purpose of the visit,
  • the mobility period duration (start and end dates).

This letter may be used for a visa application (if applicable), along with a letter that non-EU participants are urged to request from their home/sending institution that a) confirms the anticipated visit and b) serves as proof and duration of employment in the home country.


QMUL is committed to ensuring that all of its facilities are fully accessible.

For more information, please visit:

Visiting staff are encouraged to share any mandatory occupational health requirements (including but not limited to any disability and dyslexia concerns). This will allow the academic department and the GO Office at Queen Mary to liaise with the Occupational Health Service in advance of their arrival in order to make every effort that sufficient support is feasible and available during the visit.

Equal Opportunities 

QMUL is committed to equality and diversity in its student and staff bodies and welcomes participants without discrimination to ethnic background, religious affiliation or lack thereof, sexual orientation, gender, or disadvantage (


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