The following universities/conferences have been attended in recent years by professors from Trier University of Applied Sciences:
University of St Thomas, USA
University of Edinburgh, UK
Tampere University of Technology
University of Portsmouth, UK
University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Further information can be obtained from the International Office at Trier University of Applied Sciences.
Field report by Prof. Dr. Konstantin Knorr on his research semester in Edinburgh from the university magazine "Campino"
Here's an excerpt:
After over four years at HST Schneidershof, my family and I spent the period from September 2014 to March 2015 in Scotland, where I spent a research semester at the University of Edinburgh (UoE). In addition to the main topics of my work, I will report on the application, financing and my personal experiences.
At the Computer Science Department at Schneidershof there is a course of studies called "Secure and Mobile Systems", in which the students deal with these questions. My sabbatical gave me the opportunity to examine selected topics in peace and quiet and to sound them out for future teaching.
My host at UoE is David Aspinall. He leads a large research project on Android Security called "App Guarden" and has founded the Centre for Cyber Security and Privacy of the UoE. My workplace is a guest office in the Informatics Forum of UoE, where I had the opportunity to exchange ideas about Android Security with other professors, doctoral students and students in an international environment in lectures, conferences and personal conversations. UoE's computer science department is one of the leading in Britain and enjoys an excellent international reputation. 500 researchers work in the Informatics Forum, making it one of the largest computer science research centres in Europe.
I also established contacts with other Scottish universities, in particular the University of Abertay in Dundee, which has been offering courses in IT security for many years.
Tips for your semester abroad
The basis for a research semester is §53 of our "Landeshochschulgesetz". It stipulates, among other things, that the president, in consultation with the department, decides on the application for exemption, that the courses and examinations must be maintained and that a report must be prepared at the end.
When contacting the foreign university, it is helpful to emphasise that no financing is required. In addition, I had described in a "Project Proposal" what I wanted to do in the sabbatical. The official letter of invitation from the UoE was then helpful for the application in Trier. I presented my project to the computer science department council and took care of the handover and representation of my own courses at an early stage. In the positive case, the application is approved by the president in a letter and, if necessary, conditions are imposed, e.g. that no money may be earned in the sabbatical.
Remuneration will continue to be paid during the research semester. There are numerous other financing options such as a travel grant from the International Office and the ERASMUS Teaching Mobility Program. Our International Office is your competent contact.
Accommodation was the biggest cost for us, because unfortunately there is no inexpensive accommodation for guests at UoE. Therefore, we had to try to find accommodation on the free real estate market. It is pleasing that the aid is valid worldwide under certain conditions, also for stays abroad of six months. German private health insurance and motor vehicle insurance are usually also valid in EU countries for six months.
See article in the Campino (Edition 01/2015)
Stays abroad in the Erasmus countries can be supported by the Erasmus+ programme.
The financial support that students or staff receive differs between countries; it is based on the different cost of living in the target countries. Participants receive a fixed rate per day.
From the 2014/2015 academic year onwards, the following fixed daily rates will apply until the 14th day of stay. From the 15th to the 60th day of stay, funding will amount to 70% of the above-mentioned daily rates:
In addition to these daily rates, travel costs are calculated on the basis of real distances between the origin and destination of mobility. The distances are calculated using a calculation tool.
The following amounts are reimbursed per stay:
10 km - 99 km with 20 EUR
100 km - 499 km with 180 EUR
500 km - 1.999 km with 275 EUR
2.000 km - 2.999 km with 360 EUR
3.000 km - 3.999 km with 530 EUR
4.000 km - 7.999 km with 820 EUR
8.000 km and more with 1.500 EUR
The amount of the subsidy is determined before the planned trip and is fixed in a grant agreement. There is no entitlement to funding.
You have a apply for an Erasmus+ grant at yout Erasmus coordinator's office at Hochschule Trier.