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Erasmus+ Staff Mobility

Erasmus+ further contributes to the internationalisation of higher education institutions by supporting teaching and learning mobility of university staff. Staff mobility is only possible in a country that is not the country of the home institution (i.e. Germany) nor the country where the staff member currently lives.

If interested, please contact Eike Pockrandt.

Teaching Staff Mobility

Erasmus+ supports guest lectureships at European partner institutions in possession of a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). Through their mobility, the visiting professors/lecturers strengthen the European dimension of the host institution, complement their teaching offer, and impart their knowledge to those students who are unable to study abroad. Where possible, the development of joint degree programmes as well as the exchange of teaching content and methods should be part of the teaching staff mobility.

Erasmus+ teaching staff mobility can last between two days and two months (excluding travel days). They comprise at least eight teaching hours per stay or per week commenced.

The following persons may take part in this programme:

  • Professors und teaching staff in a contractual relationship with the university
  • Teaching staff without remuneration
  • Lecturers with independent contracts for work and services
  • Professors emeriti and retired teaching staff
  • Research associates

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Training Staff Mobility

Erasmus+ supports the professional development of teaching and non-teaching staff as well as the development of involved institutions. This activity may take the form of training events abroad and job shadowing/observation periods/training at a partner institution, or at another relevant organisation abroad.

Erasmus+ training staff mobility can last between two days and two months (excluding travel days).

Teaching and non-teaching staff from all areas may take part, e.g.:

  • Administration
  • Departments
  • Library
  • International Office

The mobility may take the form of:

  • Language courses
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Observation periods
  • Job shadowing

Further information at

Financial Support for Staff Mobility

The financial support for Erasmus+ staff mobility is based on an EU maximum contribution to the costs for travel and subsistence but also follows the regulations of the Hamburgisches Reisekostengesetzes or Hamburg travel expenses act (HmbRKG):

  • 180 euros
    Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom
  • 160 euros
    Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain
  • 140 euros
    Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey

Financial support can only be granted for a maximum of ten working days abroad. It is recommended that you finalise your travel plans well in advance with Eike Pockrandt. In general, HFBK can only fund working days on which an activity in the sense of this programme has taken place.

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show will take place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students will show their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation. Visitors are invited to view the numerous works on site from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A specially developed corona concept will take care of your health during this weekend. We are looking forward to your visit!

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

New articles at is the social network of the HFBK. It opens a digital forum for exchange and discussion in which students, teachers, guest authors, art critics and the interested public provide a wide range of content and perspectives.

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?

Annual Exhibition 2020 at the HFBK

The HFBK’s traditional annual exhibition („Jahresausstellung“) opens in February every year. For three days the students – from first-years to post-graduates – present a broad spectrum of their current work and projects from all the different departments. All classrooms, studios and halls in the building are used. Interested visitors are cordially invited to gain an impression of the art currently being created at the HFBK.