Lehramt International / Partners in Mobility, a project funded by the DAAD and BMBF, is dedicated to helping internationalize teacher training. Currently, relatively few teacher training students actually choose to go abroad as part of their studies. Through this project, we want to analyze and lessen the obstacles that may be preventing you, too, from studying abroad.
In this way, we would like to make the existing structures more sustainable and adapt and expand our offers according to your needs and interests so that more student teachers go abroad. In so doing, we try to respond both to your needs and those of our project partners.
What other partners are involved in the project?
While an important aspect of the project is to stay in close contact with you —the students and staff at our university—we also seek to involve our partners at other locations. These include partner universities in various countries as well as local schools. Our goal is to provide a platform for increased networking and internationalization.
We also want to offer more flexible forms of mobility for students. The long-term goal is to increasingly integrate more flexible stay-abroad options that can be integrated into your studies as a teacher in training. You can find out what these options might look like by taking a look at our working areas.
In the future, we hope to give you the fullest and most active support possible while you plan your stay abroad. As Partners in Mobility, our focus is on you as students, and your active participation is core to our project. With your contribution we can—both with and for students—expand the international focus of our teacher training program.
To achieve our project goals, we focus on three areas:
The basis for our work is analysis. What, exactly, prevents or might be preventing you from studying abroad? Our first task is to identify the problems and develop constructive approaches for solving them. In this, we would like to involve as many stakeholders as possible: first and foremost the students themselves, but also university employees, partner universities, and local schools. We can develop doable, sustainable solutions when we sit at the same table, each with our own perspective. That's why we are Partners in Mobility!
What exactly does that look like?
First and foremost, we want to deepen our collaboration with various stakeholders. This involves exchange with partner universities to share best-practice models at joint working meetings, and using the results as a basis for developing new strategies. In the form of local workshops, especially European schools are to be integrated into the network. Probably the most important group, however, is that of you students. After all, your international mobility is what it’s all about!
By engaging a wide range of stakeholders, we also ensure that the project is consistently and thoroughly evaluated.
We will use our analysis as a basis for developing flexible mobility paths. This means that new formats will be envisioned and established so that study abroad can be more flexibly integrated into your studies. The new formats might include, for example, virtual courses or transnational ones offered in cooperation with other universities.
What specific topics will be covered?
The focus here is on teaching interdisciplinary competencies — such as intercultural competence, European competence, diversity and inclusiveness, as well as media education and digitization.
How do you benefit from these new offers?
The new mobility formats will be tailored to fit the specific needs of teacher training students and the framework of the teacher training program. In concrete terms, this means that study abroad options should better fit into your daily study routine and personal planning. We will also develop extended guidelines for recognizing and certifying coursework and exams taken abroad, and expand our university’s existing diverse range of information and counseling services to ensure that not only students, but also teachers and service staff members, can make use of it.
One stakeholder group is particularly important to this project: the students! At the heart of this project is active collaboration and exchange with students. After all, it only makes sense to create new mobility formats for students if you, yourselves, are involved their development. With this in mind, our work is guided by the motto: FOR students, BY students.
For whom? The model cohort!
The project team will work closely with the so-called model cohort. All students who started their studies at Europa-Universität Flensburg in Fall Semester 2019/20 are in this cohort, which will be given easier access to (new) mobility formats through a tailored program of support and training measures. As part of this, we have set a so-called mobility window for the 5th semester of study. Students in the model cohort will then have the chance to study abroad and receive project funding to finance their stay.
By whom? International ambassadors!
"International ambassadors" accompany, advise and support the model cohort. This group is made up of students who already have experience abroad, either because they themselves did a semester abroad or because they participated in other international encounters and now want to share their experience and knowledge.