Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility

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International Credit Mobility (ICM) is an Erasmus + Key Action 1 project which aims to facilitate exchange and education links between European and international partners. The ICM programme offers funded mobility opportunities for staff and postgraduate students to and from international partners. It supports:

Applicants must have their line manager/supervisor support.

Who is it for?

Postgraduate students (PGT & PGR) from all disciplines

  • Funding for postgraduate students for research / study visits to partner universities.
  • Funding to support hosting postgraduate students from partner universities.

Staff from all disciplines

  • Funding for staff for teaching / training visits to partner universities (below).
  • Funding to support hosting staff for teaching or training visits from partner universities. 

Indonesia ICM partner: Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta is overlooked by Merapi volcano (photograph courtesy of University of Glasgow staff member Mark Furse who visited in April 2017)

Indonesia ICM partner: Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta is overlooked by Merapi volcano

Current and pending partners

The University of Glasgow has been successful in applying for ICM funding. Currently we have funding available from awards on the following dates:

  1. 2018 - some applications open and some are pending (for travel from 2018 to 31 July 2021 or until all the funding has been allocated).
  2. 2019 - open 
  3. 2020 - new partners 

The award rates and the availability of places differ depending on which year you apply for. Applications from 'Pending' partners will open once the agreements have been signed. Any questions please contact   

UniversityLevelAward yearPriority subjects
Bosnia and Herzegovina:
University of Sarajevo  PhD, staff 2018

Archaeology, Central and East European Studies, History, Law, Politics

 University of Sarajevo  PhD, PGT, staff 2019

History & Archaeology, Law, Politics, Urban & Regional Development (i.e. public policy)

 University of Sarajevo PGT, PhD, staff 2020

History & Archaeology, Law, Political Sciences and Civics

Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) PhD, staff  2018 Education, Earth Sciences, Biological sciences
Sao Paolo State University (UNESP)  PhD, staff 2019 Veterinary Medicine; Precision Medicine; One Health research beacons
McGill University PhD, staff  2018 English Literature, Geography and Earth Sciences, Politics
Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso  PhD, staff  2018 Food decontamination and shelf-life extension; renewable energy; building and civil engineering; medical and diagnostic treatment technologies
Nankai University  PhD, staff 2018 Social Sciences, subject areas are Urban Studies, Environment, Public Policy linked to our Joint Graduate School with this partner
Nankai University  PhD, staff 2019 Urban Environment, Sustainable Cities, US/EU-China Relations
Ilia State University PhD, staff 2018 Central and East European Studies, Politics, Sociology
Ilia State University  PhD, PGT, staff 2019 Central and East European Studies
Hong Kong      
University of Hong Kong PhD, staff 2018 Urban Studies, Criminology
IISER Pune PhD, PGT, staff 2018 Chemistry, Education
Biocon [pending] PhD, staff  2018 Life Sciences
University of Delhi PhD, staff 2018 Adam Smith Business School
University of Duhok PhD, staff 2018 Social Sciences, subject area: Education
University of Duhok  PhD, staff 2020 Social Sciences, subject area: Education
Tel Aviv University Staff 2018 Modern Languages and Cultures (Emblem Studies)
KIMEP JSC  PhD, staff 2018 Central and East European Studies, Politics, Sociology
KIMEP JSC  PhD, staff 2019 Central and East European Studies
KIMEP JSC   PhD, staff 2020 Central and East European Studies
Nazarbayev University  PhD, staff 2019 Criminology
Kenya Medical Research Institute [pending] PhD, staff (incoming)
Staff (outgoing)
2020 Public Health
Pwani University College [pending] PhD, staff (incoming)
Staff (outgoing)
2020 PhD, staff
Technical University of Kenya  PhD, staff (incoming)
Staff (outgoing)
2019 MVLS
Technical University of Kenya [pending] PhD, staff (incoming)
Staff (outgoing)
2020 Public Health
University of Nairobi [pending] PhD, staff (incoming)
Staff (outgoing)
2020 Public Health
University of Malaya PhD, staff (outgoing) 2019 Adam Smith Business School
University of Malaya  PhD, staff   2020 Adam Smith Business School
Universiti Sains Malaysia  PGT, staff 2020 Adam Smith Business School
Universiti Sains Malaysia    PGT, staff  2020 Adam Smith Business School
IBERO (Universidad Iberoamericana) [pending] PhD, staff 2020 Education
University of Ibadan [pending] Staff, PhD (incoming) 2019 MVLS: OneHealth research beacon
University of Ibadan [pending] Staff, PhD (incoming) 2020 MVLS
University of Lagos (Unilag) [pending] Staff, PhD (incoming) 2019 MVLS: OneHealth research beacon
University of Lagos (Unilag) [pending] PhD, staff (incoming)
Staff (outgoing)
Islamic University of Gaza [pending] incoming only 2020 Education
Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod PhD, PGT, staff 2019 Social Sciences, subject area Central and East European Studies
Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod [pending] PhD, PGT, staff 2020 CEES; Area Studies
University of Rwanda  Staff 2018 Social Sciences, subject area Adam Smith Business School
University of Belgrade  PhD, staff 2018 Archaeology; Central and East European Studies; History, Politics
South Africa      
University of Stellenbosch PGT, PhD, staff 2020 Theology and Religious Studies
Mahidol University PhD, staff 2018 Medicine and Life Sciences
Mahidol University PhD, staff 2019 MVLS
Chulalongkorn University PGT, PhD, staff 2018 Medicine and Life Sciences
Chulalongkorn University  PGT, PhD, staff 2019 Social Sciences, subject area Adam Smith Business School
Chulalongkorn University    PhD, staff 2020 Biological Sciences, Medicine, Arts and Humanities
National University of Kyiv – Mohyla Academy  PGT, PhD, staff 2019 Central and East European Studies
   PhD, staff 2020 Central and East European Studies
University of Zimbabwe  PhD, staff 2018 Social Sciences, Education and Urban Studies
University of Zimbabwe   PhD, staff 2020 Education and Urban Studies


Examples of successful Glasgow staff funding

Irena Baboi visited University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina

"Image of a street in SarajevoMy semester at the Department of Political Science gave me the chance to consult material difficult to access, but also, and more importantly, to benefit immensely from the research experience of an academic staff that specialises on topics related to my thesis.

Alongside the academic benefits, undertaking an Erasmus+ ICM contributed greatly to my personal and professional development. My semester in Sarajevo allowed me to take part in language lessons, improve my research and presentation skills, and network in an environment that will be part of my research for years to come. As a result of this exchange, I have gained a level of knowledge, skills and experience that would be highly difficult to obtain through any other opportunity, and I am now significantly better prepared to face any future challenges.

Sarajevo is a vibrant and exciting city, and it is nearly impossible to find yourself running out of places to see and things to do. The buildings, the food, the attractions and the history all combine to make it a city that is always interesting, surprising and appealing to explore. What Sarajevo deserves to be best known for, however, is its people. Bosnians are some of the nicest, friendliest, and most helpful people I have ever met, and they make you feel welcome everywhere you go."

PhD student, Central and East European Studies
September - December 2019

Paula Olmo visited Kimep University in Kazakhstan

"AImage of Big Almaty Lake in Kazakhstan an ICM destination s part of the International Partnership’s team, I felt that a visit to a partner University could contribute to not just the team, but add to my own personal perspective of working internationally.

We applied to visit KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, as we heard they have a very well established Internationalisation team. The application process was very straightforward and we received valuable support from the Go Abroad team. The staff that we met in Kazakhstan were friendly, kind and willing to spend time with us and talk through their internationalisation process and student engagement activities.

On a personal level, I felt that leaving my desk to meet people face-to-face was very enriching experience. The culture, food, nature and incredible landscapes caught me by surprise as I personally did not know much about Kazakhstan. This opportunity has been priceless for me as it has increased my desire to travel and explore, and how these things directly benefit my job."

Paula Olmo, Internationalisation Assistant, External Relations
July 2019 

Carolyn Donaldson visited Nankai University in China

Staff visit to Nankai University, China "I took advantage of every opportunity to immerse myself in Chinese culture and cuisine, visiting cultural sites before work, during lunch breaks, evenings, and at the weekend. I saw many wonders and enjoyed the friendliness of the Chinese people.

I felt I gained a greater understanding of the cultural background of our Chinese PGT and PGR students."

Carolyn Donaldson, PG Administrator for the School of Modern Languages,
August 2019

Mark Furse visited Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

"I spent a period in April 2017 at the Law Faculty of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, following up from a previous visit undertaken on behalf of the College of Social Sciences in 2016.

The primary engagement was teaching on the International Business Law course of the final year undergraduate students - in English, of course. I ended up acting as the keynote speaker at an event examining the law and practice relating to Cartels [see attached photo], where I got the opportunity to learn more about the position in Indonesia in my subject, and to meet with some key players. This also led to the offer of a PhD scholarship from the Indonesian Competition Authority for a member of staff to study in Glasgow under my supervision.

I engaged quite extensively with local colleagues, discussing in particular publication in international journals, and greatly enjoyed my time. In addition to being academically rewarding, the visit was culturally interesting andBorobudur Buddhist temple relaxing. The local food was very good, the weather stunning, and trips to Borobudur [attached photo] and Merapi volcano  - which lowers over the city, were highlights.

I'm going back in April 2018 to do more extensive teaching with sole responsibility for a short postgraduate course, and hope to build on this partnership at the School and College level."

Mark Furse, Professor of Competition Law and Policy
November 2017

Guillaume Tiberghien received ICM funding to visit Udayana University, Indonesia

As a lecturer in Tourism at the Dumfries campus, being able to go to Indonesia through the ICM program was useful, interesting and enjoyable. I chose to go to Indonesia as one of my roles for the School of Interdisciplinary Studies is to contribute to the internationalisation strategy of the school and following up on the 1+1 partnership for the Masters in Tourism signed with the University of Udayana in Indonesia.

The ICM application process was relatively straightforward and allowed me to teach in a different environment in front of PGT/PGR Indonesian students, as well as further develop international collaboration with Indonesian partners. I am since a project leader for a reverse ICM project involving knowledge exchange seminars with a delegation of lecturers and a PGR student from Udayana University coming to Dumfries in April 2018.

Guillaume Tiberghien, Lecturer in Tourism (School of Interdisciplinary Studies)
November 2017


Adrian Florea received ICM funding to visit Prishtina, Kosovo

Prishtina I chose Prishtina (Kosovo) as my Erasmus+ destination for several reasons:

  • to share my research on the success of self-determination movements with audiences in a newly-born (but partially-recognised) state;
  • to make new professional contacts; to reinforce the cooperation with a partner institution (University of Prishtina);
  • to establish initial contacts with interviewees for a future project;
  • to motivate students from the partner institution to study abroad.

Prishtina city centreThe application process was straightforward and the entire administrative process was quite smooth. Overall, I had an enjoyable and productive time in Prishtina where I met with colleagues and students at the University of Prishtina, MPs, NGO representatives, and members of a vibrant civil society. The city itself is very welcoming to foreign visitors and offers some of the best cafes in the region.

‌I would strongly encourage staff and PGRs to consider the ICM mobility: not only does it consolidate the collaboration with the partner institution, it also fosters internationalisation and will likely open up exciting avenues for future research projects.

Adrian Florea, Lecturer in International Relations (School of Social and Political Sciences)
December 2017

Deadlines and application

Applications are now open.


There are several application rounds throughout the year until all places are used.
You may apply for partners for whom the agreement is still pending but you will not be able to go until the agreement is finalised.

Applications are open on a rolling basis until funding is allocated. 


Applications are open on a rolling basis until funding is allocated. 

Applications will be considered on their own merit, and will be reviewed by the Go Abroad Team, College International Deans and (where applicable) the Dean for Global Engagement for the relevant region. Final acceptance is at the discretion of the partner university.

Any questions please contact:

ICM application guidance notes for PGT and PGR students

Check the web list above for the partner and places available.

Funded projects must form part of your PGT dissertation project or of your PhD research. Before applying you should discuss your project with your with your supervisor or PGT Course convenor.

Ensure that you include the following information on your application form:

Suitability of your chosen partner

  • Is the partner institution a suitable destination to carry out your research?
  • Are there any existing research links between your School/College and the partner Institution? If so, can your School/College provide you with contact details?
  • Why is this partner the best fit for your proposed research topic?

Your proposed research abroad

  • Recognition of your time abroad as part of your degree or research is key when funding applications are considered.
  • How does your research fit into your degree / research? E.g. If you are on a one-year postgraduate degree programme, check with your course convenor that your time abroad can be fitted into your programme.
  • What type of activities are you planning to undertake at the partner institution or outside? E.g. taking classes, access to archives, interviews, etc.
  • If you anticipate taking courses, list them along with the number of credits. How will these complement your degree programme?
  • If you plan to conduct research, outline the scope of your project, the anticipated outcomes, and how your work will be monitored by your host (if applicable) and by your home department.
  • What benefits and/or skills do you hope to develop whilst abroad? e.g. networking, language, etc.

Proposed travel dates

  • You must be a fully-registered student at Glasgow in order to be eligible for the programme. 
  • 90 days is the minimum duration for your project to qualify for the funding; the maximum is normally 4 months but may depend on the partner institution.

Language considerations

  • Does the partner institution allow you to study in the English language? 
  • If not, are you at a CEFR B2 level in the language you are proposing to work in? 
  • If the partner institution allows for working in English, what type of language support will be available for helping navigate university administration and everyday life?


  • Academic matters (e.g. suitability of a partner institution, the timing of a trip, or how it might contribute to your studies): contact your PGT course convenor or PhD supervisor.
  • Application process and funding matters: contact the Go Abroad team

Duration and funding

Outbound Exchange duration 

Exact duration including subsistence for travel days, may vary slightly depending on partner institution, however minimum and maximum funded durations are indicated below:

  • Staff teaching: 5-10 working days.
  • Staff training: 2-5 working days
  • Postgraduate students: 3 months (90 days) up to 5 months depending on the partner.

Staff and Postgraduate Research Student funding  

Destination Travel allowance Staff subsistence allowance PGR subsistence allowance
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine €360  €180 /day €700 / month
Georgia €530   €180 /day €700 / month
Canada, India, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda €820 €180/day €700 / month 
Brazil, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Zimbabwe €1,500  €180 p/day €700 / month

Travel allowance is a flat rate amount based on the distance between the sending and receiving institution.

Subsistence Allowance is based on the per diems above; the final grant will be based on the number of days spent at the partner institution.

Participants are expected to arrange their own travel, visa, insurance, and accommodation. The Erasmus+ funding is a contribution towards the costs of the exchange, not a full maintenance grant.

Students do not pay tuition fees to the host university and continue to be a registered Glasgow student throughout the exchange.

Supplementary funding for students/staff with disabilities

Additional funding may be available for participants with disabilities. If you would like to explore this option, please get in touch at

Hosting a staff member or a postgraduate research student from a partner University

Hosting a staff member or a postgraduate research student from a partner University

  1. Candidates from ICM partners may approach you to complete a project in your research team or in your department, or to suggest a programme of teaching. Non-academic staff (e.g. Administrators, technicians) may also request to complete a job-shadowing placement to learn about processes, systems or techniques.
  2. Discuss the feasibility of projects with the candidates who may contact you during the call.
  3. Ensure that the candidate gets nominated by their home institution; their home institution will have their own process for application and nomination to UofG.
  4. Complete the appropriate Training/Teaching agreement with the selected candidate to outline a detailed and fixed programme of activity and expected outcomes and objectives.
  5. Contact the Study Abroad and Exchanges Team with the completed Teaching/Training agreement in order to take the candidate’s application and admission to Glasgow forwards.
  6. Once the candidate is nominated to UoG and the dates of their visit are confirmed, you should identify a point of contact or the visitor to arrange induction/orientation, IT access, study space, etc. An academic coordinator should be identified to support PGR students during their stay but full research supervision is not required. 

Note on Staff mobility:
ICM funding bid included a staff training week organised by the University of Glasgow to offer our inbound participants the opportunity to network and disseminate best-practice and knowledge gained from the ICMs. A staff training hosted in Glasgow is also a network opportunity for UofG staff. It is therefore encouraged that most staff inbound mobilities take place in the spring.

Who can participate?

  • Academic and administrative staff from all subject areas
  • Postgraduate students from all subject areas 

How long can you host a participant?

  • Staff Teaching: Minimum of 5 working days; maximum of 10 working days
  • Staff Training: Minimum/maximum of 5 working days
  • Postgraduate students: Minimum of 3 months; maximum of 4/5 months depending on partner.

What funding is available?

Staff and Postgraduate Research Student funding  

Destination Travel allowance Staff subsistence allowance PGR subsistence allowance
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine €360  €160 /day €850 / month
Georgia €530   €160 /day €850 / month
Kazakhstan, Palestine €820 €160 / day €850 / month 
Brazil, Chile, China (People's Republic Of), India, Indonesia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand €1,110  €160 p/day €850 / month

Travel Allowance is a flat rate amount based on the distance between the sending and receiving institution.

Subsistence Allowance is based on the per diems above; the final grant will be based on the number of days spent at the partner institution.

Participants are expected to arrange their own travel, visa, insurance, and accommodation. The Erasmus+ funding is a contribution towards the costs of the exchange, not a full maintenance grant.

How do candidates apply to come to Glasgow?

  • Participants must be selected and nominated by their home university to the Study Abroad and Exchange team. The ICM coordinator in their home institution will provide information on their selection process and deadlines.
  • Candidates may liaise with UofG staff informally to check the feasibility of their mobility project but the Exchange is only formalised once they are nominated by their Institution.
  • The Study Abroad and Exchange team will provide all nominated candidates with application instructions and guidelines for staff hosting an ICM student.
  • Final acceptance depends on University of Glasgow approval.