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International Teaching Professionals

Fit for Teaching

Target group: International and German PhD candidates,  postdoctoral researchers and junior professors
Language: English
Duration of the program: 12 months

The new call for applications for the ITP round 2024/25 will start in May 2024.

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? You would like to improve your career opportunities by earning a certificate?

Then join the International Teaching Professionals program!

The annual certificate program includes:

  • Didactic training by experts in academic teaching practice (8 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 ProTeaching Forum

Program goals

  • Confident and self-assured appearance in class
  • Gain new ideas and motivation for teaching
  • Dealing with stress and improving the teaching atmosphere
  • Reflection of your teaching project with experienced teachers and colleagues
  • Interdisciplinary exchange with other ITP participants
  • Constructive feedback on problems from colleagues, mentors and trainers
  • Dealing with critical students

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

Voices of testimonials from the program:

Alisa Egorova, PhD candidate, ITP participant 2022/23

"Altogether, I find that I benefitted from the ITP programme in a major way, and I would not have been able to plan and offer as good a course as I did if it was not for the support I received."

Louise Thatcher, PhD candidate, ITP participant 2022/23

"While I learnt a lot from the formal program courses, it was the exchange with other program participants that really made the ITP worthwhile for me."

Dr. Maximilian Hepach, ITP participant 2022/23

"The program expanded my horizon of possibilities of how to teach and gave me the confidence to try out new things when teaching."

Conditions of participation & Additional information

Program Costs

Please note that the program costs are based on three membership groups:

  •     University of Potsdam
  •     Partner institution
  •     External applicant

The participation fee depends on your affiliation. For further information please check the current announcement.

Are you interested in this program?

We will be pleased to inform you as soon as a new call for applications begins and keep you up to date on program news.

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Contact person: Marie Schneider

Potsdam Graduate School


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