International Teaching Professionals

Fit for Teaching

Target group: International and german PhD candidates and Postdocs
Language: English
Duration of the program: 12 month

The application deadline for the 2020/21 round has expired.

International Teaching Professionals Program
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Program overview

You want to gain teaching experience and improve your didactic skills? You are uncertain about the local teaching culture? Your students seem uninterested? Then join the International Teaching Professionals program.

The annual certificate program includes:

  • Didactic training by experts in academic teaching practice (7 workshops in English)
  • Practical teaching project at the University of Potsdam
  • Mentoring by an experienced university teacher
  • Networking: Mutual teaching observations and exchange in the Forum ProTeaching
Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Photo: Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Program goals:

  • Get to know the German teaching system
  • Confident and self-assured appearance in class
  • Dealing with critical students
  • Gain new ideas and motivation for teaching
  • Dealing with stress and improving the teaching atmosphere
  • Reduction of workload through targeted e-learning 
  • Reflection of the lecture with didacticians and colleagues
  • Interdisciplinary exchange with other ITP participants.
  • constructive feedback on problems from colleagues and mentors and trainers

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a certificate for your future applications.

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Photo: Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Testimonial: Dr. Sara Savi, ITP participant 2014-15

"I am glad that such courses are offered, and I will strongly encourage everybody to participate in it. [...] The concepts learned during this course will be very precious for my life [...]."

Testimonial: PhD candidate Camilo Germán Alberto Pérez Chaparro, ITP participant 2016-17

"Thanks to the ITP program I am now capable to create courses and teach at a higher education level."

Conditions of participation & Additional information

The program is aimed at postdocs of all scientific disciplines. Please note your status as one of the following:

  • Membership in the Potsdam Graduate School
  • Possibility to teach at the University of Potsdam


Free childcare available during participation in program workshops.


Please submit the following application documents:

  • Online-Registriation
  • Letter of motivation
  • Tabular resume
  • Preliminary confirmation of participation, including a declaration of agreement from a teacher who will be available as a mentor case of a successful application and from the first supervising university teacher

For detailed information, please refer to the call for proposals.

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Contact person: Marie Schneider

Potsdam Graduate School


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Am Kanal 47
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