Erasmus

CIM was awarded the Erasmus+ Charter in December 2014

Erasmus+ at CIM

The Erasmus+ programme is one of the most successful educational funding projects of the world and CIM couldn’t but be a strong supporter of the programme and one of its many beneficiaries.

Erasmus+ offers the unique opportunity to CIM staff, researchers, external associates, and, above all, students to study or do an internship abroad in another country for a period of at least 2 months and maximum 12 months per cycle of studies.

CIM has signed Erasmus+ treaties with many universities. Our latest partner is Zhytomyr Polytechnic State University in Ukraine.

CIM is currently looking for students to spend a semester at Zhytomyr. Generous funding available!

Study Mobility

Do you want to spend a semester or two at another European University? 

By taking part in Erasmus, you get the following benefits:

·        Financial grant of between €400 – €900 per month to cover the costs of your stay abroad (accommodation, food, pocket money)
·        An important experience to add to your CV that will give you a competitive advantage when applying for a job
·        Lots of new friends, exciting experiences and endless possibilities
·        A boost to your interpersonal and language skills
·        Lots of fun

In order to qualify, you need to fulfill the following criteria:

·         Minimum 60 CIM ECTS completed
·         An EU nationality

If you wish to know more about where you can go and what the possibilities are for you, feel free to contact our Erasmus+ Coordinator (Dr Katerina Pavlou at katerina@cima.ac.cy).

Note: Based on the regulations of the Erasmus+ National Agency, students wishing to go on an Erasmus+ programme and choose their country of origin as their destination country will be given lower priority in the selection process.

Staff Mobility

You can spend up to 5 working days and teach up to 5 hours on a topic in your area of interest, and receive a grant that will cover your travel and accommodation costs. This way, students from our partner institutions benefit from your knowledge and expertise, while you have the opportunity to widen your contacts and network with your peers. For more information on the institutions we cooperate with, please contact our Erasmus+ Coordinator.

Administrative and Non-Teaching Staff

Administrative and non-teaching staff are also eligible for exchanges. Funding covers training and other forms of knowledge exchange such as attending seminars, workshops, courses, and conferences.
More information about Erasmus+ opportunities for admin and non-teaching staff available at our Erasmus+ office. 

Partner Universities

  1. Zhytomyr Polytechnic State University, Ukraine – CURRENTLY CALL OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS
  2. Hanze University of Applied Sciences (UAS), Groningen, Netherlands 
  3. Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands      
  4. Institute of Technology & Business Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
  5. Thomas More Kempen, Belgium
  6. Wroclaw University of Economics, Poland
  7. University of Applied Sciences Baltazar Zaprešić, Croatia
  8. Private College of Economic Studies Znojmo, Croatia

What is Erasmus+?

ERASMUS+ is without doubt the world’s most successful mobility programme. It allows students, faculty and staff of European Universities to spend time in another EU institution.

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, and gain experience abroad.

Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn’t just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.

You can benefit from Erasmus+ in many different ways, and we here at the CIM Erasmus+ Office can help you decide which option suits you best. With over 120 partner institutions in 22 different countries, we offer you a wide spectrum of opportunities to learn, develop or improve your skills and have fun. 

Desiderus Erasmus once said: “If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen but you don’t do it – it won’t happen!” So grab this opportunity and make it happen!

Erasmus Charter

The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) provides the general quality framework for European and international cooperation activities a higher education institution may carry out within Erasmus+. The award of the Charter is a pre-requisite for all higher education institutions located in a Programme country and willing to participate in learning mobility of individuals and/or cooperation for innovation and good practices under Erasmus+.
 
CIM was granted an Erasmus Charter in 2014 and has recently applied for renewal. 
 
The final decision on the award of the Erasmus Charter is taken by the European Commission, on the basis of the recommendations of the EUC Evaluation Committee, composed of a panel of European Commission and Executive Agency officials.
 
The Erasmus+ experience enriches students in numerous ways: on a personal level, it broadens their horizons by bringing them in contact with different cultures. It helps them develop social skills and strengthens their self-confidence and intercultural experience. Academically, students learn to adapt quickly to new learning environments and experience different teaching styles. On a professional level, students get the chance to enrich their CVs as well as their language repertoire, their prospects in the labour market and develop a positive “can do attitude” which is indispensable in today’s world.
 
By signing the Erasmus+ Charter, CIM has undertaken to contribute to the goals of a European Education Area laid down in the communication on “Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture” published ahead of the EU Leaders’ meeting in Gothenburg on 17 November 2017. 

CIM Erasmus+ Policy Statement

The Cyprus Institute of Marketing supports the EU Modernisation and Internationalisation Agenda for Higher Education, and the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education is integral to the realisation of our institutional plans, strategies and aspirations. We believe that higher education is a power for good and makes a significant economic, intellectual and cultural contribution to the world.  We are committed to international excellence through the creation of world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching within an inclusive academic culture.

These core values expressed in our institutional strategy permeate our approach to international engagement.   Central to the achievement of our vision of an international university are the benefits derived from working collaboratively.  Our international partnerships in both participating and non-participating countries facilitate and support staff and student mobility, student recruitment, developments in teaching and learning, collaborative research and capacity-building. International collaborative partnerships are a core element in our broader strategic objectives in regard to teaching, learning and research.  Our Code of Practice on Collaborative Provision provides guidance and criteria to facilitate and support the establishment (including risk assessment and strategic “fit”), quality assurance, development, monitoring and evaluation of cross-border collaborations.

All successful partnerships are the result of shared commitment to, and mutual benefit from, the relationship.   Many of our partnerships result from individual links between academic staff.  Others have been introduced through existing partners or other networks.  Our international partner institutions are diverse, reflecting the different needs and priorities of our partners’ and our own students and staff.   As well as developing partnerships which are multi-dimensional and strategic, we also recognise the place of specialist, focussed partnerships for specific purposes.

In regard to mobility we are committed to extend the range and nature of the opportunities we can offer to our students, as integral or optional credit mobility components of an ever-increasing range of degree programmes, principally, but not exclusively, at Bachelor level.   This will include both study and work placements in participating and non-participating countries.  We will continue to explore short-term mobility in order to encourage participation by a more diverse student body and to introduce new and less familiar study destinations in non-participating countries.

We will actively promote international mobility when recruiting new students (for example, at Open Days) and to current students through our network of departmental co-ordinators, a programme of departmental presentations and our annual Study Abroad Fair.  At the same time we will demonstrate our strong institutional commitment to equality of opportunity, offering additional financial assistance to those from disadvantaged backgrounds.  We have successfully made arrangements with partner institutions to enable students with disabilities to participate in Erasmus exchange.  We will build on our experience to enhance and develop inclusive polices and practice in regard to all aspects of mobility.

Mobility of academic and administrative staff is a priority for effective partnership relationship management, support of co-operation projects, professional training, teaching delivery and programme development.  In this context we will explore opportunities for joint delivery of Master’s programmes with partners from both participating and non-participating countries. In all our international activities we recognise the importance of regular monitoring and evaluation, as well as benchmarking with peers, in order to inform and influence our future practice, policy and strategy.
 
We expect to focus primarily on the development of selected existing partnerships and to extend their scope so that they contribute to achieving the objectives of the EU Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education, for example, by developing relationships with other key stakeholders and/or cross-sector co-operation.  In order to realise these objectives we will engage in more strategic and sustainable relationships based on deeper mutual understanding of our capabilities, capacity and priorities. We will seek to develop further, in co-operation with HEIs in participating countries, our contribution to capacity-building for higher education in post-conflict Partner countries.

CIM Language Policy

– Incoming students and staff with a minimum 2 month mobility period.
CIM encourages all incoming students and staff to learn the local language, Greek, and to learn about the local culture. The Ministry of Education offers several Greek language and culture courses for foreigners. Since incoming exchange students follow courses in English, also academic English courses are available.
 
– Preparation of participants for mobility.
Since all of our classes are delivered in the English language, we will partner with Universities that also deliver courses in the English language.

CIM Erasmus+ Erasmus Office

Members:

Dr Christos Hadjiyannis, Dean
Dr Katerina Pavlou, Erasmus+ Academic Coordinator
Veronica Georgiades, Erasmus+ Administrator

How to apply for Erasmus?

The application procedure is very simple. All you need to do is get in touch with the following:

  • A completed Application Form
  • Your academic transcript
  • A recommendation letter from an individual who can speak about your academic merits (usually a lecturer)
  • 2 passport-size photos
  • Copy of your ID or passport. 

Please e-mail your application to Dr Katerina Pavlou at katerina@cima.ac.cy

Study Mobility

Spending a semester or a full year in another EU institution through the Erasmus Programme is quite easy. Below you can find the different steps to complete the application procedure.

Step 1:

Once you are admitted to a university abroad, we will need to select the courses which you will be taking there, that are compatible with the ones we offer here at CIM. This is important, so that you are able to receive all the credits completed abroad. The courses you select will be put on the Learning Agreement (see below), which will be approved by both CIM and the host institution

Step 2:

Learning Agreement (to be discussed individually)

After we have received your application, we will get in touch with you to discuss the learning agreement.

Step 3:

Apply for an EU Health Card

Before leaving for your time abroad, you are advised to apply for an EU Health Card. You can find the application form and more information about the benefits it secures below.

Step 4:

The Certificate of Arrival needs to be signed by the Erasmus coordinator at the university abroad and sent to us, so that we know that you have arrived safely. The Certificate of Departure then needs to be completed and given back to you by the same person, once you are leaving to return to Cyprus.

Step 5:

Once you are back home, you will need to evaluate your stay abroad and give us a short description of your studies. This is important, as you will be receiving the final instalment of your Erasmus grant only after you have submitted these two reports to us.

Step 6:

Study Report & Final Report

While you are abroad, your progress will be monitored, with your academic supervisor in the host institution required to send us a Confidential Supervisor’s Report.

Step 7:

Some students say that “what happens on Erasmus stays in Erasmus”… That may be true up to a certain point, but we will still know whether you are respecting your academic obligations, so have this in mind while you are attending all those Erasmus parties

Incoming Students

Application Procedure

In order to study at CIM as an incoming Erasmus+ student, it is necessary that your home institution has a bilateral agreement with us. 

If your university has an agreement with us, then please go ahead and contact your Erasmus+ Office or contact us directly. If your institution does not have an agreement with our institution, please contact your Erasmus/International Relations Office to discuss this matter; we are always open to forming new partnerships.

Once your home institution has approved your nomination, we will ask you to complete an Application Form and return it to us together with:

  • Learning Agreement
  • Transcript of Records
  • A copy of your ID or passport 
  • Two passport-size photos
  • A copy of your EU Health Card 
  • Proof of English Proficiency 

All Application Forms must be typed, signed, and stamped.

Once we receive all applications, we will carefully review each. A committee is formed which to issue either a conditional or an unconditional offer

All applicants will be notified via email about the decision of the committee though no feedback can be given. Once you receive an acceptance from the Erasmus+ Office, you can start looking into accommodation and to make other preparations. We will be here to help you! 

Application Deadline

for October start:

• Nominations Deadline: April 30th
• Applications Deadline: May 30th

for January start:

• Nominations Deadline: September 30th
• Applications Deadline: October 30th

Academic information

Academic Programmes

We offer a range of programmes; you can find more information about our programmes here

Language

All programmes are delivered in English.

Prerequisites

Many courses have prerequisites so please study these carefully before applying. We use the ECTS credit system which should make it easy to see if you are eligible to take a course. 

Academic calendar

early October – classes start

mid December – Christmas break

mid January – classes start 

mid May- early June – exams

Accommodation

Our Erasmus+ Office will help you sort out your accommodation. 

Documents to be signed

Any documents that need to be signed upon arrival – Certificate of Attendance, Arrival/Departure form, Learning Agreements, and Studiebescheinigung (German students) – or any other documents can be handed in at the Erasmus+ office.

Learning Agreement

When planning your study schedule in Cyprus, you should check the requirements of your home university and fill in a learning agreement. The learning agreement is a confirmation of the list of courses and makes the credit transfer easier after the study exchange. The agreement must be approved by the student, the home university and CIM before the student’s departure for an exchange. 

It should be updated immediately when changes occur. Please keep in mind that, after arriving at CIM, you might have to modify the Learning Agreement for specific reasons, such as, cancellation of classes or timetable clashes.

Getting ready to go home

Before you leave Cyprus, please do not forget to fill in the Clearance Form (which would be sent at your email before the end of mobility).

Support for Students and Staff with Special Needs

Erasmus+ promotes equal opportunities for all. Through signing the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE), and in line also with its own Special Needs policies, CIM has committed to respect in full the principles of non-discrimination set out in the Erasmus+ programme and ensure equal access and opportunities to mobile participants from all backgrounds.

Erasmus+ identifies a person with special needs as a potential participant whose individual physical, mental or health-related situation is such that their participation in the project / mobility action would not be possible without extra financial support. Examples of such situations include:

  1. A disability (i.e. participants with special needs): people with mental (intellectual, cognitive, learning), physical, sensory or other disabilities;
  2. health problems: people with chronic health problems, severe illnesses or psychiatric conditions;

Participants and/or staff with special needs should contact our Erasmus+ office. Any application should state clearly their disability. CIM will then contact the National Agency in order to ask for extra grant support, in order to cover the supplementary costs of their participation in the mobility activities.

Examples of such supplementary costs include, but are not limited to:

  1. Accommodation in an adapted room that fits the participants needs, in case the University’s halls do not have such a room.
  2. An accompanying person.
  3. Special Transport
  4. Assistance during lectures (such as with note – taking, etc)
  5. Any special material needed (such as Braille texts, etc)

Please note that the amount of funding granted will depend on the real costs you will face while living abroad, and, as a result, you will need to keep a detailed record of all the receipts of any expenses you may have.

Extra funding for students and staff with special needs may also be provided from other sources at a local, regional and/or national level. With regards to the accompanying persons for students and staff with special needs, they are entitled to receive a contribution based on real costs.

Applicants are expected to submit a letter with their request for additional grant support, and any supporting documents, along with their application.

The necessary supporting documents are:

  • A note from a doctor explaining the participant’s condition, as well as the way in which this condition will affect the participant’s life abroad.
  • A detailed estimation of the costs relating to your special needs, that you expect to face abroad.

For more information please visit the following links:

Erasmus+ National Agency 

European Commission

 

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