ESN is committed with academic staff and students mobility. We set projects encouraging the exchange with European countries with the following aims:
- Encourage multiculturalism
- Work and professional skills acquisition
- Linguistic immersion
- International Networking
International Projects Contact
INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS DEPARTMENT
Gemma Colom Cabau
ESN contact details
Avinguda de Cerdanyola, 73 primer pis
08172. Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona)
Credit system distribution and methodology
The Spanish educational system is based on a system of hours. The Education department is responsible for allocating each unit taught a number of hours and their correspondence in ECTS credits. However, this correspondence is not automatic but may vary depending on each unit and the content of it. We do not distinguish by semesters but quarters according to the Spanish calendar. In that sense, some units last for only 3 months whereas some other might last for a whole year. The distribution depends mainly on the content of the subject and the number of hours.
Our courses at ESN are divided into two academic years. The amount of hours for the whole course is 2,000. We allocate a 60% of the hours in the first academic year and the remaining 40% are taught during the second year. We allocate less hours in the second year because is during that period when students develop their internships in different companies and we want to make sure they take the most advantage of this working opportunity.
Mobility language policy
Language support for outbound participants
ESN is specially committed to the continuous acquisition of linguistic skills both by their students and staff. The teaching languages of our center are Catalan and Spanish (official languages) and also English. In recent years we have increased the number of subjects taught in English responding to a growing demand from society. All our students, regardless of whether or not they participate in a mobility program, have subjects in English as well as the English language subject. This general policy is applied to all our students.
Regarding the mobility students candidates, we plan to offer complementary training in order to improve the level of English and give candidates the necessary tools to be able to cope in another linguistic context. In addition, the center also offers specific training for the acquisition of official certificates (i.e. Ielts) in order to offer students the opportunity to certify their language skills. Regarding that, ESN has an official agreement with International House for offering a specialized training and get counselling from a recognized institution as IH.
Language support for incoming participants
The official languages of Catalonia are Catalan and Spanish. These languages, together with English, are those used in the classrooms and resources of our center. This context requires having a good support policy regarding the language for the participants coming to ESN. In this sense, candidates are required to have a previous level of English (B2) according to the CEFR (Common European Frame of Reference). In addition, ESN offers counselling and guidance regarding the possibility of doing training courses in the official languages (Catalan and Spanish) by official institutions outside the studies timetable. We believe that learning the basic elements of these languages will enrich their language skills and will help the participants to cope better in their day to day lives beyond the time they spend in the center. In any case, ESN guarantees both the incoming students and staff the possibility of receiving all communications and information in English.
Mobility recognition procedures
The center plans to establish the necessary mechanisms to recognize all those activities carried out by incoming staff during mobility programs.
We intend to offer mobility staff programs to those teachers meeting our guidelines criteria. Experience, profile and training needs are going to be taken into consideration. Besides, we prioritize mobility staff from centres with some kind of similarities or learning opportunities so that our staff can benefit from the interchange as well. Apart from that, ESN promotes staff mobility by offering the incoming staff not only the opportunity to take part in the teaching process but also providing them with information and counselling of extra training activities so to widen the portfolio. During the stay, the participant will have to fill an experience portfolio according to the agreement which will be the basis of the recognition process.
The center plans to establish the necessary mechanisms to recognize all those activities carried out by outbound staff during mobility programs. This support starts with the delivery of the necessary information for participating in the Erasmus + programs, including both administrative and content guidance.
During the stay, staff will have a personal mentor from ESN who is going to be the direct contact for both academic and general issues and the link with the hosting centre. This mentor is going to be in charge of ensuring a complete and useful support in terms of both academic and logistic issues (i.e. accommodation) from the hosting centre as it is required by the Erasmus + programs.
Recognition is going to be done through an agreement which includes the filling of an experience portfolio reflecting on the activities carried out.
Erasmus policy statement
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