At a glance
Getting to know other universities, cultures, and languages
The International Office stands at the centre of the international activities of the university. Cooperation with national and international partners ensures provision of high-quality services and results in benefit from synergies.
Visiting another university within Switzerland, in Europe, or overseas offers an ideal opportunity to get to know another system of higher education, another culture, and a foreign language. A look at new things enables you to reflect on and rethink your own conceptions, ingrained learning habits and lifestyles, and familiar work and teaching methods. In today’s globalized world, it is more important than ever to have language and intercultural competencies that make you attractive on the labour market.
The International Office is the central hub for all international activities of the university, and it is also responsible, among other things, for setting up and maintaining networks and partnerships in Switzerland and abroad. It organizes study visits and placements for students as well as teaching assignments and continuing education stays for faculty and staff and offers advice and assistance.
The University of Teacher Education in Special Needs participates in the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) with the Erasmus sub-programme.
As of 2014/2015 Switzerland has no longer been associated with the Erasmus programme. However, an interim arrangement, the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP), allows cooperation and exchange to continue. All mobilities are financially supported by Switzerland and managed by the National Agency for Exchange and Mobility (Movetia).
The International Office works in close cooperation with the mobility offices at other Swiss universities, with the national agency Movetia, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), and the Rectors’ Conference swissuniversities (SU). This, along with the university’s participation in international networks, ensures provision of high-quality services and results in benefit from synergies.
As an interface, the International Office is the first port of call for visiting students and for University of Teacher Education in Special Needs students.
Promoting the mobility of academic and administrative university staff is very important to the University of Teacher Education in Special Needs. Persons from European countries and from overseas – especially our partner universities – are very welcome at the university. Please contact us early at internationaloffice [at] hfh.ch, so that we can assist you in realizing your mobility.
Under SEMP, the University of Teacher Education in Special Needs has entered into cooperation agreements with the following partner institutions: