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Posted by Vytautas Lukminas on 2017-01-20 09:54

HOW DO I GET INTO AN EXCHANGE PROGRAMME?

Students who wish to study in a foreign university under an exchange programme are invited to take part in selection competitions that take place in two stages:

  • the first selection stage takes place in February. All students who meet the criteria of selection and who have not taken part in any exchange programmes before can take part in the first selection competition.
  • the second one – in March. Students who did not manage to submit the necessary documents during the first selection stage or who have taken part in any exchange programmes before, can take part in the second selection stage.

All students of ISM who are eligible to take part in the selection shall be notified by an e-mail sent to ISM inboxes. The most important dates, selection criteria, requirements, etc. shall be stated in the e-mail.

 

WHERE CAN I TRAVEL TO?

You can find the complete list of the partners at Exchange partners information. Also in E-learning system you can found completed list of partners universities for specific ISM programme (E-learning -> BS Echange Outgoing -> Partners).

 

HOW LONG DO STUDIES UNDER EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES TAKE?

ERASMUS+ and BILATERAL exchange studies last one semester with the possibility to extend studies up to two semesters if you leave for exchange studies during the autumn semester. Studies can be extended if the foreign university agrees to accept you with the status of an additional student. The study plan must be coordinated with ISM University. If the latter two conditions are met, you must submit an application to extend studies to the International Studies office of ISM University. The application must be submitted during your studies in the foreign university, not after you return from the exchange semester to ISM University.

Duration of the DOUBLE DEGREE programme – two semesters.

 

HOW ARE STUDY SCHOLARSHIPS DISTRIBUTED?

Main competition score of all students who are taking part in the selection is the average of all semesters completed before the selection. Additional selection criteria: grades of the English language and the motivation letter*. Taking these selection criteria into account, the students who are taking part in the competition are arranged in a general competition row. The selection takes place jointly for all students who are eligible to take part in ISM selection, i.e. bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree students. Study places are distributed taking into account the priorities specified in the competition application form of the participant. The higher the student is in the row, the higher the possibility to go to the university which one has chosen and states as number one. 

*Requirements may vary depending on the level of studies.

Scholarships are granted to the students whose competition score is the highest in ERASMUS+ programme. The number of scholarships depends on the amount of funds allotted to ISM by the European Commission and the budget of the Republic of Lithuania for specific year. Scholarship does not cover all costs related to studies and living abroad. An additional scholarship may be granted to disabled students.

 

Amounts of scholarships by the groups of countries approved by the European Commission for ERASMUS+ exchange and Double Degree programme:

 

Groups of countries

Scholarship amount €/month

Ireland, Austria, Denmark, United Kingdom of Great Britain, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, France, Finland, Sweden

500

Belgium, Czech Republic, Hellenic Republic, Iceland, Spain, Cyprus, Croatia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Germany, Turkey 

400

Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Macedonia, Malta, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary

300

 

No scholarship is granted in case of BILATERAL exchange. It is possible to receive a state or individual scholarship of the country and university to which one travels. More detailed information shall be provided by the person from the foreign university in charge.

Persons who take part in the DOUBLE DEGREE programme may receive ERASMUS+ scholarship for one or two semester of studies.

 

DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR AN EXCHANGE PROGRAMME?

No additional fees for ERASMUS+ and BILATERAL exchange programmes are applicable. You must pay for a semester of studies to ISM University as usually.

 

HOW IS COMPETITION SCORE CALCULATED?

The average of academic results of the semesters completed before the date of the competition is the main selection criterion.

Additional points (up to 0.5) for participation in the mentors’ programme (Buddy Programme) and/or in the activities of the International Studies office assistance.

Level of knowledge of English which is assessed by the average of the evaluations for English received in ISM. This result is an additional selection criterion which is not included in the competition score but it gives priority in case some students get the same score. By the decision of the International Students Exchange Selection Commission, the students whose evaluations of English (as a study subject) are very low may not be permitted to take part in the Study Exchange Programme and they may be removed from the list of the participants of the competition.

Motivation letter is an additional selection criterion in case two or more students get the same competition score.

 

CAN I TAKE PART IN A DOUBLE DEGREE PROGRAMME IF I HAVE TAKEN PART IN AN ERASMUS OR BILATERAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMME?

Yes, of course.

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE FOR STUDIES ABROAD?

  • Browse the website of the university in which you are going to study searching for information regarding the documents that must be submitted to the host university and the deadline of submission thereof.
  • All leaving students must coordinate and prepare a Learning Agreement with the host institution before the beginning of studies by addressing the assistant of ISM programme director and exchange university coordinator. Learning Agreement can be found in E-learning system (BS Exchange Outgoing -> Forms). The same number of credits – 30 ECTS credits – must be collected per semester while studying abroad. Study subjects are allocated different number of credits in different universities; therefore, the number of the subjects taken is not significant during the exchange programme. The most important thing is to collect at least 30 ECTS.
  • The students of ERASMUS+ programme must sign individual ERASMUS+ agreements for exchange studies with ISM University of Management and Economics irrespective of whether they are granted a scholarship or not.
  • Find out more about the country where you will spend at least one semester, prepare all needed additional documents (visa, living permit, insurance, etc.), find accomodation and obtain the most important references how to find the university when you arrive.

 

HOW ARE CREDITS TRANSFERRED AND GRADES INCLUDED AFTER YOU RETURN FROM THE EXCHANGE PROGRAMME?

Each student of ISM must coordinate and prepare a Learning Agreement (LA) with the host and home institution before the beginning of the period of studies. In LA one must include the subjects and the number of credits assigned to the subjects by the host institution.

The results of the students who have studied in a foreign higher school shall be included without any restrictions if no violations of the requirements of the agreement or another document under which the content of studies has been agreed upon are found. After expiry of the period of studies abroad, the period of studies shall be included and all credits and grades stipulated in the coordinated Learning Agreement and acquired by the student shall be converted to ECTS credits on the basis of the definition of a study credit (ECTS) determined by ISM. The acknowledged period of studies abroad and the credits acquired shall be specified in the supplement to the diploma which the student shall receive together with the university diploma.

ECTS system is used for transferring ISM credits. According to ECTS, an ECTS grade is written next to the national grade. The grades acquired during the exchange programme shall be converted into national grades. If the nominal distribution of grades is not presented in the academic certificate, they shall be converted in line with the approved 10-grade system of evaluation of the study results of ISM. The results of studies in universities located outside the EU where ECTS system is not used shall be included in accordance with the procedure of recalculation of the credits provided by the study exchange partners of ISM approved by the ISM Study Commission. The included results shall be entered in my2.ism study results and in the supplement to the diploma.

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I DECIDED NOT TO TAKE PART IN THE EXCHANGE PROGRAMME ANY MORE?

A student must notify the International Studies office about one’s decision not to take part in the exchange programme any more within a set period of time (5 calendar days) from publication of the results of the selection. If the student expresses one’s refusal after the set period of time, he / she shall lose the right to take part in the first stage of selection to the exchange programme next year. The refusal form (could be found in E-learning -> BS Exchange Outgoing -> Forms) must be submitted to the International Studies office in such a case.

If a part of ERASMUS scholarship was allocated and paid before the refusal to take part in the exchange programme, it must be returned to ISM.

 

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROCEDURE FOR EXCHANGE ORGANIZATION IN ISM UNIVERSITY OF MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS?

Detailed information regarding the procedure for exchange organization is presented in the regulations of the activities of Erasmus mobility (E-learning -> BS Exchange Outgoing -> Mobility Rules).

 

You can find more answers to your questions regarding exchange programmes in the E-learning system, section BS Exchange Outgoing.

 

Information updated on 19th of January 2017


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