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The Lifelong Learning Programme 2007 - 2013
European University Charter number: 84209-IC-1-2007-1-PL-ERASMUS-EUC-1
Type of EUC: extended

 

 


WHAT IS ERASMUS?



LIFELONG LEARNING PROGRAMME 2007-2013: the aim of the program is to expand European cooperation and exchange in the sphere of education. Different educational programs include participants "from kindergarten to the university": children, youth and adults. Several opportunities of cooperation have been included within the framework of LLP, covering all levels and fields of educational activities; these are: 4 Sectoral Programmes, the Transversal Programme and the Jean Monnet Programme.
One of the above mentioned actions is ERASMUS - the European Community program, which aims at improving the quality and developing the European dimension of higher education, including both universities and non-university institutions, through:
• student and faculty exchange
• dissemination and implementation of CD projects results
• thematic networks between departments/faculties across Europe
ERASMUS is open to all types of higher education institutions, all academic disciplines and all levels of higher education study. It is now open to the participation of 31 countries:
• the 27 Member States of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom)
• the 3 EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway)
• the candidate country (Turkey)

 

The University of Information Technology and Management was founded in 1996 during a time of great political, social and economic change - with the integration of Europe and the technology revolution brought on by the increasing popularity of the Internet. These two factors have played a key role in determining the expansion and development of our University.
From the beginning, the University of Information Technology and Management's philosophy has been to provide quality educational programs geared to serve those seeking a solid foundation in knowledge and skills to be competitive in the job market and to obtain successful employment, involving the application of space-age information technologies.

Both faculty members: lecturers and research fellows as well as seconded staff put much effort into sustaining high, international teaching and research standards. The constant analysis of market demands together with highly flexible organizational structure of the University allow us to evaluate and update our teaching and research profile not only to provide students with up-to-date, reliable and quality knowledge but also to strengthen our responsiveness to market requirements and opportunities.

The University of Information Technology and Management has been participating in the ERASMUS program since 2000, successfully realizing student and faculty exchange with partner institutions in Germany, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and France. We hope to develop our international contacts within the Programme so that in the future we'd be able to both send students to and receive them from all European countries.

 


ERASMUS - STUDIES ABROAD!


 

An Erasmus student must fulfill the following conditions:
• be enrolled in a formal program of study at higher education level leading to a degree or a diploma (including doctoral level) in one of the 31 participating countries (EU 25 + Romania, Bulgaria + Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland + Turkey).
• have successfully completed at least the first year of his/her university studies .
In the framework of the ERASMUS you can spend between three months and a full academic year abroad. You can stay abroad no longer than within a particular academic year, for example, a scholarship which starts in the spring semester of a particular academic year cannot be continued in the fall semester of the next academic year.

The ERASMUS study period is an integral part of the program of study of the home university. ERASMUS students are expected to complete a "Learning Agreement", to be signed by them, their own university and the host institution. The Learning Agreement is an informal contract to be completed before the study period starts that indicates precisely what modules the student will be studying. Subsequent modifications are permitted as long as they are agreed upon by all parties concerned. At the end of the study period abroad, the host university will provide the exchange student as well as the university with a report recording the results obtained in the agreed program of study (so called "Transcript of records"). Refusal by the university of origin to recognize the credits obtained by a student under the Learning Agreement would be a violation of its obligations set out in the Erasmus University Charter.
To facilitate academic recognition, the majority of European universities have adopted the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). This system and the Diploma Supplement of the Europass are entering more and more into the normal procedures of the higher education sector. On the one hand, they provide a common scale for measuring the student workload, and on the other, they allow a clear view of the achievements in a given subject area at the end of the academic career.

For further details please contact the Erasmus Coordinator or/and International Relations Office at your university or visit the website:

http://ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/llp/index_en.html.

 


ERASMUS POLICY STATEMENT


 

The Erasmus Policy Statement (EPS) sets the overall Erasmus cooperation strategy of the University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszów in relation to its mission statement. EPS underlines the UITM Erasmus cooperation plan as well as any other activities to be proposed within the framework of the Lifelong Learning Program (LLP).
More about the EPS can be found here.

 


WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF AN ERASMUS STUDY PERIOD?


 

"To be or not to be? That is the question"... Erasmus Benefits

The European job market is nowadays multicultural and multilingual; above all, it is an international one. Features such as self-assurance and independence are the keys to a successful career. Representing the ability to communicate in another language as well as demonstrating that you have lived, studied and maybe worked in another environment enables you to compete more effectively, it lets you to be dinstinguished by the rest of highly qualified graduates. As less than five percent of the student population participates in ERASMUS - you will stand out and employers will notice you! Employability increases after a period spent abroad learning and living in a new context. many former Erasmus students and especially "long-period" Erasmus students tend to find jobs and tasks linked to the use of the international experience acquired or consolidated during their period abroad, and they usually demontsrate more flexibility and understanding of the complexity of the job environment.

Furthermore, statistics indicate that aboutone third of the students receive a job offer abroad and half of those who accept are employed in the country where they carried out their Erasmus placement.

 

We all know that we live in a mobile world where people travel in increasing numbers. Mobility affects all aspects of our life: work, pleasure, food, environment and society. Well over one and a half million students have so far benefited from the ERASMUS programme and the European Commission plans to reach a total of three million by the year 2012. ERASMUS prepares you for mobile world!

 

The ERASMUS programme offers you the chance to study your subjects in different contexts, with different teachers and different classmates. You'll be surprised by the differences in approach and the insights that students frrom other countries can bring. It's both challenging and highly rewarding.

 

The ERASMUS experience will enhance your personal development, your job opportunities, your confidence, and your enjoyment of life. Erasmus students are not tourists - you will live and participate in the day-to-day life of the country you choose. Living and studying in a new country is a challenge - you will find yourself facing new and unexpected situations. Overcoming these obstacles and learning to manage your life within another culture brings maturity, confidence and self-reliance - great life skills.

 

Not only will you acquire a broader range of skills to offer a future employer, but you will have fun doing it. Erasmus students say it is the best part of their time at university!

 

To get ideas of what former Erasmus students experienced at UITM, read some of their stories here.

 

So, discover a different culture, make new friends from all over Europe,
learn a foreign language and do something that will look great on your CV.

 


 

Take the bit in your hands and join the Erasmus elite today!
You are welcome at UITM!

 



UITM OFFER FOR INCOMING STUDENTS


 

In response to the significant increase in the number of incoming international students, including those coming to study under the Erasmus Program, we've decided to implement three comprehensive degree programs in the fields of:
International Management
Information Technology and Econometrics
Hospitality Management
with all courses being taught in English.

More information about our University and Rzeszow can be found in the Erasmus Student Handbook.

 

Study calendar for the academic year 2008/2009

All fields of study
(IM, HM, IT)

Fall semester

Spring semester

Courses 1st October 2008 – 13th February 2009 16th February 2009 – 30th June 2009
Holidays 22nd December 2008 – 2nd January 2009 9th April 2009 – 14th April 2009

Exams

- first exam period 26th November 2008 – 16th February 2009 21st April 2009 – 30th June 2009
- second exam period
(if students fail
in the first period)
3rd December 2008 – 10th March 2009 5th May 2009 – 11th July 2009
1st September 2009 – 25th September 2009


There are also three additional days free from classes in the academic year:
• 6th October 2008 (Monday)
• 10th November 2008 (Monday)
• 12th June 2009 (Friday)

Application Formalities:
First, ERASMUS students or their home coordinator should send the electronic version of the following documents directly to Mrs. Marta Sikorska-Rokita ( or ), Erasmus Program Coordinator at UITM:

Application Form
Learning Agreement
CV - English version

The documents can also be faxed at: +48 17 866 13 12 or +48 17 866 12 12.

After revising the Learning Agreement (LA), the students or their home coordinator will receive a message with acceptation of the sent forms or with a proposal of changes to the originally proposed study program.
When all parties agree upon the Learning Agreement, the home coordinator should send a paper copy of the LA with all required signatures and university stamp to the Erasmus Program Coordinator at UITM.

Application Deadlines:
Application documents should be sent:
• before 1st August - for student who wish to start studies in the Fall semester;
• before 1st January - for the Spring semester.

 

Language Requirements:
ERASMUS students should have at least an intermediate command of English to be able to follow lectures and pass exams. No TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) certificate is required.

Accommodation:
UITM may offer help in finding accommodation either in a private flat or in a dormitory, depending on preference. A request for accommodation must be submitted with a suitable notice several weeks before arrival and confirmed by e-mail to or by fax (+48 17 866 13 12).

Accommodation in a private flat: most apartments are located near the University main building, with middle standard. They cost approx. 300-400 zlotys (about 90-120 Euro) per month per person. Sometimes the student must pay a deposit for their stay (about 200-300 zlotys = 55-85 Euro). The deposit is fully returnable to the student if there are no damages in the apartment.
Accommodation in a dormitory: located in the University's Campus in Kielnarowa (Centre for Tourism and Recreation), high standard, costs approx. 300-400 zlotys (about 90-120 Euro) per month per person.

Living in Rzeszow:
All students can find more information about our city on the website of Rzeszow’s City Department (English version): http://www.erzeszow.pl/en/

Language Courses:
ERASMUS students can benefit free of charge from a course of Polish as a foreign language. The course runs during the whole academic year and has three levels: absolute beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Fees:
No enrollment fees are charged to ERASMUS students.

What about the exams and grades?
The examination procedure may involve written and/or oral examinations in English. Unless there are good reasons to do otherwise, the language of the examination will be Polish. ERASMUS student will not have to pass a new exam at his/her university of origin to receive academic recognition for it. That depends on the Learning Agreement signed before the departure.
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) was developed by the European Commission to provide common procedures in order to guarantee academic recognition of studies done at other home and foreign institutions when they form part of students' regular program. Thereby the European Commission promotes the cooperation between institutions of higher education concerning an exchange of students. The European Credit Transfer System has been successfully implemented in many schools of higher education in Poland and Western Europe alike. Its overriding purpose is to create legal and organizational framework concerning curriculum structures, which will enable students to commence or continue studies abroad. Moreover, the ECTS enables access to other Polish institutions of higher education which have implemented the system. It is also thanks to the ECTS that foreign students may commence their studies at a Polish institution.
The objective of the preparation and implementation of the program at the University of Information Technology and Management was to enhance students' exchange programs with foreign institutions.
You can find more information about ECTS here.

 

 


HOW TO GET TO RZESZÓW?


The Erasmus Program Coordinator or your Buddy will pick you up from the Central Railway Station (PKP) in Rzeszów or from the Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport.
Here you can find all necessary information on how to get to Rzeszów by plane from:
• from Cracow - Balice Airport: http://www.lotnisko-balice.pl/strona_en.html
• from Warsaw - Okęcie Airport: http://www.lotnisko-chopina.pl/?lang=en

If you want to plan your route to Rzeszów by train, see the train timetable at: http://rozklad.pkp.pl/bin/query.exe/en

UITM offers assistance to international students during their first days of stay in Rzeszów and helps them to integrate with the new academic environment.

 


ERASMUS FOR UNIVERSITY TEACHING STAFF


Faculty mobility plays a crucial role in developing a European dimension within and among universities in Europe. The Erasmus program offers various activities addressed directly or indirectly to university teaching staff.
These activities include:
• Teaching periods abroad at one of partner universities in EU countries
• Participation in transnational projects
• Preparing and then conducting preparatory courses for students taking part in the ERASMUS program or conducting intensive courses prepared by an international group of lecturers and professionals for international students (in the form of summer or winter school concerning a particular discipline)
• Participation in preparatory visits aiming at gaining new partners for cooperation under the ERASMUS program.

The University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszów would like to invite lecturers who are interested in ERASMUS mobility and wish to spend their time with our students giving them lectures and sharing their knowledge as well as experience.

When all details such as dates of visit and lectures’ subject, are agreed between partner universities and the teacher, the Individual Teaching Plan (ITP) with all required stamps and signatures should be sent to Mrs. Marta Sikorska – Rokita. It can be done by fax or by e-mail (scan of the document).

See the form of ITP here.

 

 

 

We are looking for new partners within ERASMUS LLP!

 


UITM PARTNERSHIP

 


 

The University of Information Technology and Management has been participating in the ERASMUS program since 2000, successfully realizing student and faculty exchange with partner institutions in Germany, Finland, Spain, Portugal, France and Denmark.

Our Erasmus partners are the following universities:
Fachhochschule Bielefeld (Bielefeld, Germany)
Internationale Fachhochschule Bad Honnef - Bonn (Bonn, Germany)
Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences (Ylivieska Unit, Finland)
University of Vic (Vic, Spain)
Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestao de Portalegre (Portalegre, Portugal)
Instituto Politecnico da Guarda (Seia, Portugal)
Roskilde Handelskole (Roskilde, Denmark)
Business Academy West (Esbjerg, Denmark)
Champagne School of Management (Troyes, France)

 

 


AREAS OF INTEREST


We are very much interested in extending our international cooperation with other European universities in all fields of studies covered by our degree programs. Those are:
• Economics
• Information Technology and Econometrics
• Tourism and Recreation
• Journalism and Public Relations
• Public Administration
• Electronics and Telecommunications
• European Studies
• Public Health


We are also looking for partners interested in carrying out transnational projects. Contact us:

Mrs. Marta Sikorska-Rokita
Erasmus Programme Coordinator
International Relations Department
University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow
Ul. Sucharskiego 2
35-225 Rzeszow
POLAND

Phone +48 17 866 13 06
Fax +48 17 866 13 12 or +48 17 866 12 12

e-mail: or

 

 


USEFUL LINKS


europa.eu/index_en.htm
ec.europa.eu/education/index_en.html (European Commission/Education and Training)
ec.europa.eu/education/erasmus20_en.html
eacea.ec.europa.eu/index.htm (Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency)
www.moveonnet.eu
www.myerasmus.com
www.esn.org (Erasmus Student Network)
istudy.iagora.com (The ERASMUS/Study Abroad information resource)
www.erzeszow.pl/en/ (Rzeszow City's website)

 

 

published: 21 October 2008 12:22

University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszów
ul. Sucharskiego 2, 35-225 Rzeszów, fax: +48 17 866 12 22
tel. +48 17 866 12 24
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