Erasmus+ Policy Statement at the University of Finance and Management

I.

Student and research and academic staff mobility plays a prominent role in the strategy of the University of Finance and Management in Warsaw and is intended to ensure competitiveness of the University in the European Higher Education Area. It is expected that mobility will be on the increase, firstly, due to availability of student traineeships in foreign companies and in the long run due to establishment of cooperation with foreign partner universities for the purpose of exchange of students and academic staff. It is planned to expand cooperation with foreign universities that the University of Finance and Management already cooperates with within the framework of the existing projects by way of adding Erasmus+ activities to the scope of cooperation.

Promotional activity as well as recruitment of beneficiaries of Erasmus+ will be run by the International Cooperation Office and coordinated by the Institutional Erasmus+ Coordinator. All the information on the Erasmus+ opportunities will be disseminated via the University's website, individual student and staff accounts in the Extranet network, posters and flyers, informative meetings, and by the University's organisational units, academic staff, Student Affairs Office, and the Student Government. The Erasmus University Charter and the Erasmus Policy Statement are accessible on the website. While undertaking Erasmus+ activities, special emphasis is placed on ensuring the widest possible access to participation in the programme for students of all academic majors and study modes, regardless of social and economic status, gender, race or religion. The University undertakes various activities intended to offer equal opportunities to students with disabilities (especially deaf students) at the University of Finance and Management by running numerous projects directed to them. The coordinators of these projects will be cooperating with the Institutional Erasmus+ Coordinator so that wider access to participation in Erasmus+ will be ensured to deaf students.

II.

The ECTS System (European Credit Transfer System) was implemented in 2007. Teaching programmes at all majors encompass learning foreign languages in the extent greatly exceeding the number of hours set in teaching standards, which contributes to better preparation of students to participation in international mobility.

In order to ensure high quality of student exchange, the University carries out multistage recruitment of candidates. Mobile students are selected based on such criteria as foreign language proficiency, high average grade, and opinion of the attendant of a major testifying to particular achievements and intellectual activity of the student. As far as academic staff is concerned, the qualification process takes into consideration the command of the teaching language of the receiving university and the merits of the offered cycle of lectures. The detailed rules governing the recruitment process along with a schedule valid in a given academic year are published on the University's website.

In the course of Erasmus+ activities, the University ensures recognition of the periods of mobility for studies at foreign partner universities and traineeships in foreign companies and institutions. For that purpose learning agreements for studies (with both students leaving the country to study or coming from partner universities) and learning agreements for traineeship (with students leaving for training) are signed before mobility. Students leaving for studies or traineeship as well as academic staff are provided with help from the International Cooperation Office with regard to selecting a receiving university or institution and arrangement of mobility.

To address the needs of the incoming students, the University of Finance and Management appoints an employee who maintains regular contact with them and helps them solve emerging problems. Additionally, the attendant of the specialisation selected by a foreign student will also be involved in assisting the student. The Student Government will also be involved in assisting foreign students in integrating with the rest of the academic community at the University of Finance and Management as well as students-volunteers. The University of Finance and Management ensures accommodation in a student dormitory to foreign students. The University has single and double rooms in fully furnished high-standard apartments at its disposal, which are located near the registered office of the University. There is a Language Study Centre at the University of Finance and Management, which offers the possibility to organise courses to improve language competence of students and staff members – both coming and leaving.

III.

The study programme of most of the majors and specialisations at the University of Finance and Management in Warsaw encompasses mandatory student traineeship. The University has a traineeship rulebook which takes into consideration the possibility to have training in a foreign institution as part of the Erasmus+ programme. The rulebook guarantees that traineeship abroad that is carried out in an appropriate way will be credited towards mandatory traineeship required on the basis of a study programme.

During Erasmus+ traineeship, the University pays particular attention to the conformity between the place and character of traineeship and qualifications, interests, and the course of studies the student has so far pursued as well as the student's future professional plans. The students that quality for mobility for traineeship will be involved in searching for a receiving institution.

The candidates who are successfully recruited and qualify for mobility will sign an agreement with the University, which specifies, among other things, the period and date of traineeship as well as the responsibilities and entitlements of the parties, and the amount and form of payout of scholarship. Detailed traineeship programme will be developed with the receiving institution and the Institutional Erasmus+ Coordinator in consultation with the student's Dean's Office and included in the Learning Agreement for Traineeship, which will have to be signed by the student, Institutional Coordinator, and the representative of the receiving institution prior to mobility. Introduction of changes into the learning agreement for traineeship must be made in writing and accepted by all the three parties – the University, the receiving institution, and the student. As far as possible and as appropriate, efforts will be made to ensure linguistic and cultural preparation for students leaving for mobility. The person responsible for coordination of the programme on behalf of the University of Finance and Management will see to having an attendant appointed at the receiving institution so that the student can turn to him or her when problems arise or with any other matter. Students who undergo traineeship are obliged to submit periodical reports attesting to their achievements, progress, and advancement of the traineeship programme and a final report in form specified in the agreement with the university after coming back.