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Erasmus Declaration on Higher Education Policy of PHT

The Erasmus Policy Statement (EPS) briefly describes the cooperation strategy of PHT within the Erasmus+ program. The current EPS was submitted to the Executive Agency in 2020 with the new Erasmus+ University Charter application.


Erasmus Policy Statement 

According to the institutional strategy for modernisation and internationalisation – "Strategy 2030" – of the University College of Teacher Education Tyrol (PHT), the university sees itself as

"[...] a cosmopolitan campus of learning for all pedagogical professions and stands for research- and practice-led education, and further and continued training. It designs its meeting spaces in a diversity-sensitive manner and is guided by "education for sustainable development".


Planned links with the activities of the Erasmus Programme

Erasmus university mobility will make a significant contribution to the cosmopolitanism of the University College of Teacher Education. It promotes the international mobility of students and university staff so that experiences and skills in the educational field can be further developed.

The University College of Teacher Education Tyrol will follow the recommendations of the University Mobility Strategy/National Strategy for High-Quality Transnational Mobility and Internationalisation of Teaching at Austrian Universities and, in particular, will promote the further expansion of high-quality transnational mobility for all university members (students, teachers, general university staff).

Two fields of action named in Strategy 2030 explicitly refer to international networking and lifelong learning.

  • International networking
    International networking contributes significantly to the development of a professional profile and the personal development of both students and employees, as well as to the attractiveness of the educational institution. It enables the initiation and implementation of joint (research) projects.
    • PHT cooperates with national and international partner institutions and develops and designs educational programmes and research projects with them.
    • PHT supports intensive exchange between its students and employees and educational institutions in Europe and outside of Europe.
  • lifelong professionalisation
    The importance of lifelong learning for individuals and organisations is undisputed. The increasing diversity of learners and the digitisation of work and education represent important challenges and opportunities. In this context, lifelong learning at PHT must be made fit for the future.  


As part of the education and further and continued training it offers, PHT has set itself the collective task of providing educationalists with scientific, research-based and practice-oriented training and support throughout the entire continuum of their professionalisation (initial training, starting out in their professional life, career development).

PHT is an active ambassador of lifelong learning in the educational field for its own employees, students, graduates, educational institutions and their managers, as well as for business and society in specific cases. It communicates and emphasises the importance and effects of lifelong learning at all important points of contact.

PHT thus supports those measures that were developed to achieve the goals of the European Education Area at the European level. The key skills for lifelong learning (literacy, multilingualism, numerical, scientific and engineering skills, digital and technology-based competences, interpersonal skills, and the ability to adopt new competences, active citizenship, entrepreneurship, and cultural awareness and expression) are taught at PHT – supported by activities of the Erasmus Programme.

Another focus is placed on the expansion of internationalisation@home, including through virtual mobility and blended mobility. The current range of courses offered at PHT are to be rated as first and second-cycle mobilities. The mobility agreements are designed with this in mind. PHT endeavours to continue to have the closest possible network of partner universities in Europe (north, south, east, west) and beyond, and to promote mobility in all geographic areas. When selecting partner universities, care is taken to ensure that they also focus on training in educational professions.


Contribution to the development of the European Education Area

PHT is committed to the basic idea of the European Education Area: to harness the full potential of education and culture as drivers for jobs, economic growth, social fairness and active citizenship, and as a means to experience European identity in all its diversity. The priorities of the renewed European agenda, which was renewed in 2017, comprise four priority areas, to which PHT believes the following are relevant:

  • Tackling future skills mismatches and promoting excellence in skills development;
    PHT sees participation in activities of the Erasmus Programme as an essential contribution to the development of the basic skills for future teachers. The development and improvement of teaching skills as well as getting to know innovative and best-practice models are a part of this development of competences.
  • Creating inclusive and networked higher education systems;
    PHT builds on a stable network of international partner universities, paying particular attention to the quality of the partnership. The Erasmus learning mobility of university teachers and staff helps prepare for diversity and heterogeneous student groups.
  • Ensuring higher education institutions contribute to innovation in society;
    PHT recognises the knowledge transfer that is gained through Erasmus learning mobility. University members participating in activities of the Erasmus Programme are those who integrate topics such as (global) citizenship, civic education and civic engagement in practice and teaching.
  • Supporting effective and efficient higher education systems.
    PHT provides for carefully planned and tailor-made mobilities as part of the planned activities of the Erasmus Programme. PHT is committed to the requirements of the ECHE.



ERASMUS Universitätscharta

Erasmus University Charter (EUC) / Eligible universities

The compulsory condition for the participation of a higher education institution in Erasmus+ is the successful application for the Erasmus University Charter (EUC) or an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) to the European Commission. This Charter entitles higher education institutions to apply for Erasmus funding from their national agencies.


The exchange of students, teachers and university staff takes place on the basis of bilateral agreements between the participating higher education institutions. Both institutions must hold a valid Erasmus+ University Charter of the program period 2021-2027.


Further information is available on the website of the European Commission Executive Agency:

Getting Here

Location International Office
University College of Teacher Education Tyrol

A-6010 Innsbruck, Pastorstraße 7, 1st floor, room 01.OG01.004.00



Walking distance from Innsbruck main station: approximately 20 minutes


Public transportation:
Due to current road constructions in Innsbruck bus routes might change. For detailed information and timetables please check the websites of IVB and VVT.
Nearby stops are „Technologiezentrum“ or „Grabenweg“

  • Tram line 1 (direction Bergisel), tram stop „Stubaitalbahnhof“
  • Tram line STB (direction Fulpmes Bahnhof), tram stop „Stubaitalbahnhof“ 
  • Bus line T, bus stop „Cineplexx“ 
Travelling by train

Central stop: Innsbruck main station. Timetables are available at 


Travelling times:

  • Innsbruck-Munich appr. 2 hours
  • Innsbruck-Salzburg appr. 2 hours,
  • Innsbruck-Vienna appr. 4,5 hours
Travelling by plane

Airport Munich „Franz Josef Strauss“ 
Most visitors prefer to fly to Munich airport, as more airlines and cheaper rates are available for this destination.
Transfer time to Innsbruck: 2–3 hours via train, remote bus or airport transfer (e.g. Four Seasons Airport Shuttle Service)


Airport Innsbruck
Depending on the season direct flights to Innsbruck are available.
Transfer time to Innsbruck city centre: 10-15 minutes


Salzburg Airport W.A. Mozart
Transfer time to Innsbruck: 2–3 hours via train, remote bus or airport transfer (e.g. Four Seasons Airport Shuttle Service)

Travelling by remote bus service

Innsbruck is served by all major long-distance bus companies. Some long-distance bus companies also offer airport transfers from Munich or Salzburg to Innsbruck, but the travel times are occasionally very long. Please check the timetables in this regard.

Travelling with your own vehicle

from direction Italy ... via motorways A13 and B182

from direction Germany...  via motorway A1

from direction Vorarlberg/Switzerland ... via motorway A12 


FAQ and Important Information

Here you will find important information on accommodation, travel, costs etc., as well as a checklists to support you to prepare your ERASMUS stay at PHT at the best. 



Academic calendar

Please check our website at Incomings / students / Academic Calendar (German / English)


Innsbruck is a town with 30.000 students; it is vital to arrange accommodation very early! Please check our leaflet for important information on housing.


Students from bordering regions (South-Tyrol, Southern Bavaria) have to be residents of Innsbruck for the study period and have to provide a confirmation of registration.

Download → Living in Innsbruck


After your university nominated you for an Erasmus+ study period at PHT, you will receive an email with the link to the online application form. Applications have to be submitted latest by May 15 for winter term resp. November 15 for spring term.

Download → Checklist ERASMUS at PHT


Students will have to be present for the full term, late arrivals/early departures are not accepted.
The academic calendar and important dates are available at:  Incomings / students / Academic Calendar (German / English)


We recommend to arrive a few days ahead of the official semester start resp. the Welcome Day, so you have time to settle in already. Please make sure to arrange flight dates, accommodation and (if applicable visa etc.) according to this.


Student homes usually rent for full months only, but sometimes it is possible to move in earlier. You will have to send a request to your dormitory. Otherwise students stay in a youth hostel for the first days until their accommodation is available.

Download: → Checklist ERASMUS at PHT ; → Living in Innsbruck


Accommodation: € 300,00 – 500,00 per month


Austrian Student Union membership fee: € 20,20 (winter term 2019/20)


Food: Lunch at PHT cafeteria € 4,50–5,50; general costs for food for a month € 250,00–300,00


Public transportation: semester ticket for students € 142,80; ÖBB-Vorteilscard (reduction card) for students € 19,00


Other costs: books, making copies, and leisure time (courses on winter sports: when not held at PHT there are additional costs for accommodation, equipment and tickets to be covered by the students individually)


Classes start on the first day of the semester. It is very important to attend the first lesson of a course, as lecturers will explain the workload and requirements for passing the course. Your timetable will be made available at the Welcome Day. 


Last spring term, we were able to accompany all Erasmus students well through the difficult period. Many students also stayed in Innsbruck during the lockdown phase, and all students were able to continue and complete their courses online. Over the summer, extensive safety and hygiene concepts were developed for the upcoming academic year in order to be as well prepared as possible for the autumn and winter with COVID-19. 

Current information on data and measures can be found under the following links: 



For questions concerning control measures at Austria's borders, the  Bundesministerium für Inneres (Federal Ministry of the Interior) *) has provided information and documents on its homepage. 

Information on current entry and residence conditions: OeAD - entry and residence (website available in German and in English) 


*) website available in German only


Unless to visa-regulations, departure before the end of the official semester can't be accepted. Students will have to be present for the full term (no late arrivals/early departures). The academic calendar is available at  Incomings / students / Academic Calendar (German / English)


Download: → Checklist End of Erasmus, → Living in Innsbruck



There is no exam period at PHT. Courses resp. exams can be scheduled until the very last day of the semester. Courses often have an immanent exam character or exams are taken at the end of each course.

Health insurance

For the enrollment process our administration needs proof of sufficient health insurance from all our incoming students.


Students from EU/EEA countries: For health insurance coverage in Austria all citizens from EU/EEA countries please obtain an EHIC Card (European Health Insurance Card). The EHIC card will give you access to the same services that are available to Austrian policy holders. This does apply for treatments which are medically necessary during your stay in Austria; regular medical check-ups or screenings are not covered.


International Students: Students who have no public health insurance are advised to obtain a student self-insurance policy.


Please also see:

Learning Agreement

Please use the forms/database provided by your institution and fill in all data required. If there is no template available at your home university please contact the incoming student-coordinator at PHT for clarification and recommendations.

PHT Locations

Most departments have moved back to our campus at Pastorstraße 7, but the main building is still under reconstruction until 2021. Therefore offices and teaching activities are currently located at several venues in Innsbruck.

Public transportation

The “IVB-Semesterticket” is a special reduced ticket for students for public transportation in Innsbruck or the whole of Tyrol. This ticket costs apr. € 140 for 6 months and is valid from March 1 resp. October 1 onwards. 


There is no need to buy tickets online in advance; you can buy tickets easily and cheaper on site in Innsbruck. Also, a confirmation of registration has to be submitted with the ticket application, this confirmation will be made available on the Welcome Day.

Student union membership fee

The Austrian Students Union (Österreichische Hochschülerschaft, short ÖH) is the general students' representative body in Austria and serves as the students' government by federal law. The ÖH is member of European Students' Union. Membership in the student union is compulsory for every university student in Austria, including international and exchange students. The fee is € 20,20 (winter term 2019/20) per semester. 

See also → Costs 

Transcript of Records

The "Transcript of Records" including grades and completed ECTS will be issued after the end of the semester and sent to the student resp. the home institution. 


Most visitors prefer to fly to Munich Airport, as more airlines and cheaper rates are available for this airport. More information is available  at International >> Office >> Kontakt & Anreise (German / English).

Information on current entry and residence conditions: OeAD - entry and residence (website available in German and in English) 


Exchange students from non-EU/EEA countries might require a visa for Austria. This also applies if they have a residence permit from another European country. Please note that incoming students are responsible for their own visa application, the International Office is not involved in the application process. As processing a visa application may take up several weeks or even months, we strongly advise you to file your application as early as possible.


For more information on entry requirements and residence regulations please check the following websites 

Courses & Teaching Placement

Since winter term 2018/19 a modular course "Teaching and Learning Across Borders" allows students to collect 20. resp. 25 credits per term. In addition, we can also arrange a teaching practice placement at a local primary school (5 ECTS). According to German language levels, students can participate in courses from the regular PHT-course programme for primary education (Bachelor level) to reach 30 ECTS in total. 


International Curriculum "Teaching and Learning Across Borders"  
This course program was especially designed for international guest students and consists of several modular courses on international teacher competences, 20 resp. 25 ECTS per term. The detailed course programme for winter term 19/20 will be published by April 15th. This course program is compulsory for incoming students.


Additional individual courses
If students need to fulfill 30 ECTS, additional courses can be chosen from the course program for primary education (bachelor level). For Incoming students with little or no German it is possible to choose from a range of courses where lecturers can give support in English. We especially recommend courses in Sports Education, Art, Craft & Design and Music. The curriculum for elementary and primary education is available (in German): Bachelorstudium "Lehramt Primarstufe", for more information and recommendations please contact the incoming students co-ordinator. 


Teaching Practice
PHT can provide a certain number teaching practice placements with accompanying seminars for Incoming students (5 ECTS). 


Transfer of courses and ECTS
The sending institution is responsible for the transfer of courses and school practice. If required, more detailed descriptions of courses and modules will be made available.

For recommendations and more information please contact the Erasmus+ incoming-students coordination at PHT, Mag. Christian Sedlacek



Step 1 - Nomination

After being nominated by your home university we will contact you via email and send the link for the online application form.


Already at this stage we recommend to submit an application for a room at a student dorm or start looking for a room in a shared flat. 


Also, due to the current situation around COVID19, please inform yourself regularly about the current entry and health regulations. 

Step 2 - Preparing your documents 

Please prepare all documents before you start to fill in the online application, as you can not safe a draft. You have to upload the following documents:

  • Letter of Motivation 
    your qualifications, skills and experiences, reasons for a study visit in Innsbruck/at PHT, plans for your professional and personal future etc.; language: English (pdf, filename:your familyname_your first name_lom.pdf) 
  • Picture
    for student card (jpeg, jpg, filename: your familyname_your first name_picture.jpg)
  • Scan of Passport 
    (pdf, filename: your familyname_your first name_passport.pdf)
  • Scan of Insurance Card or Policy 
    (pdf, filename: your familyname_your first name_insurance.pdf)
  • Additional Documents
    e.g. certificates, recommendation letters etc. are optional (zip file, filename: your familyname_your first


To assess your language competences for German and English please use the European language levles CEFR.

Step 3 - Submit your application

Step 3: Complete and submit your application latest by:

  • May 30th for the upcoming winter term
  • November 15th for the upcoming summer term 
Step 4 - Online-Interview

We will check the documents and contact you within 10 days after the final deadline. If your documents are accepted, we will arrange an online interview with you.

Step 5 - Completing application process

After successfully completing the application process you will receive a letter of confirmation for being accepted at PHT.

Academic Calendar

Academic year  


Academic year 2021/22 - winter term

Lecture period: Fri 01/10/2021 - Fri 04/02/2022


Important dates: 

Welcome Day: Fr 01/10/2021

Students will receive further information via email from the coordinator for Erasmus+ Incoming Students.


Lecture-free periods, holidays

National Holiday 26/10/2021 

Allerheiligen/Allerseelen 01/11/2021 - 02/11/2021

Mary Conception 08/12/2021

Christmas holidays 23/12/2021 - 09/01/2022 

Semester break 07/02/2022 - 06/03/2022 

Academic year 2021/22 – spring term

Lecture period: Mon 07/03/2022 - Fri 01/07/2022


Important dates: 

Welcome Day: Fri 04/03/2022

Students will receive further information via email from the Erasmus+ Incoming coordinator.


Lecture-free times, holidays

Easter holidays 09/04/2022 - 18/04/2022

Labour Day 01/05/2022 

Ascension Day 26/05/2022

Whit Monday 06/06/2022 

Corpus Christi 16/06/2022

Summer holidays 04/07/2022 - 30/09/2022



Nomination and application 


Academic year 2021/22 – winter term

The deadlines for nominations and applications have already expired. Please contact the International Office at  

Academic year 2021/22 – spring term

Nomination by the sending institution: latest by Mo. 01/11/2021

Submission of student’s application: latest by Mo. 15/11/2021



All dates subject to change

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