2017 Study Tour

Germany and Switzerland

12 – 16 June 2017

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About the tour

The 2017 tour to Germany and Switzerland provides the opportunity to experience two vibrant and fascinating higher education sectors, with which many UK HEIs have well established academic links. Taking part is a truly rewarding experience with personal, professional and institutional benefits.


  • To undertake a fact finding mission and produce a report on the German and Swiss HE systems which incorporates analysis of similarities and differences and considers ways of sharing best practice
  • To gain an international perspective on aspects of HE decision making, policy and practice
  • To enable the opportunity to challenge existing notions about HE and undertake research in a non-UK environment

Learn more about previous Study Tours 

Find out more about the International Higher Education Network 


The Study Tour Co-ordinator is Dr Heather Moyes, Cardiff University. Heather will lead arrangements for visiting the host institutions, arrange accommodation and provide information on travel possibilities. Participants will be given a rendezvous location in Germany or Switzerland and will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

The formal tour will take place from 12-16 June, however participants will be asked to arrive at the first destination by the evening of 11 June, in order to allow for a full programme on 12 June. Participants should also plan for a full programme on 16 June.  If you are not able to commit to five days away, there may be a possibility to join either the German (three days) or Swiss (two days) leg of the tour.

Travel awards

This year, the AUA is providing up to five participants a travel bursary of £500 to support their participation in the tour. Each tour participant successful in securing one of the awards is expected to self-fund or secure their own funding to meet the balance of the costs of participation in the Study Tour. 

In addition, participants are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents and visas as well as health and other insurances.

Previous participants have benefited from funds from their home institutions as well as some personal contributions. 

How to apply

We are seeking up to nine participants from across the sector, in addition to the Co-ordinator. 

The deadline for applications is Monday, 6 March 2017.

The tour will be structured around three main themes. The themes will be agreed by all participants in due course, however one obvious potential broad theme would concern the potential implications of Brexit for the UK HE. Each participant will focus on one theme, with one acting as theme leader in each case.

  • Applications are encouraged from staff working at all levels in order to maximise the opportunities for personal enhancement and sharing knowledge 
  • Participants must be a member of the AUA.  Selected participants who are not already members will be required to join before the tour commences
  • A maximum of five participants will receive a travel award. When selecting members of the tour and making the travel awards, attention will be given to creating a diverse and representative group
  • It is essential that you are able to commit to the tour, that you are able to self-fund or will secure funding for your participation, and that you are able to have time off from work during the specified period 

Applications will be considered by the Study Tour Co-ordinator and two senior members of the AUA with relevant experience and should comprise a full CV and a covering letter, to include a statement of interest.

Your application must address:

  • How your previous experience makes you suitable for investigating an aspect of higher education in Germany and Switzerland, together with your thoughts on possible themes/topics for the tour
  • How you can help ensure that the findings are disseminated within the sector on your return
  • What personal benefits you expect to gain from participation
  • What support is available from your home institution
  • Any German language skills you possess (this would be an advantage but is not essential)

Applicants will not be interviewed, so please ensure that your application includes all relevant information.


Applications for this year’s tour are now closed.

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