The mobility of students means that students will accomplish part of their studying program (for one trimester or one year) at foreign higher education institution that Megatrend University has a Cooperation Agreement with.
The mobility of Megatrend University students is achieved through programs of bilateral cooperation with foreign higher education institutions, as well as through inter-institutional agreements of Erasmus+ program.
According to the article no. in Regulations of rules for studying at bachelor and master studies and Decision No. from 15/2/2018, Director of International Cooperation Department is giving:
GUIDELINE AND PROCEDURE FOR ORGANIZING MOBILITY OF STUDENTS
Basic documents that are enabling mobility of students on bachelor, master and Ph.D. studies, as well as transfer and recognition of ECTS credits that are gained on other higher education institutions, are:
- Student application form
- Learning Agreement
- Transcript of records
Procedure for organizing mobility of Megatrend University students is done in the following way:
FIRST STEP – COMPETITION, SELECTION AND MOBILITY AGREEMENT
Students can apply for different Programs of Mobility, which are approved by our University, at other foreign universities and institutions with which MU has signed bilateral cooperation agreements.
Students can get information’s about possible mobility programs through official International Cooperation Department website (Erasmus+ programs), the website of Chinese Center (specialization in China) and website of Iranian Center (specialization in Iran) on which they can find competition info. Only those students that are meeting all requested requirements have the right to apply for them. Once the student applies for the competition, special Committee will go through selection the process. For each kind of student’s mobility, there will be public information about Committee members. Committee also has a liability, besides consideration and selection of the application of student’s documentation, to have an oral interview with candidates. Consideration of applications and selection of candidates is done in a transparent way and in a fair manner. After public announcement of Committee decision is made, students have a right to file a Complaint within 7 days after the date of Decision.
Students of Megatrend University (MU) who are applying for mobility programs abroad are obliged to file following documents when applying for mobility program:
- Application Form
- Copy of passport
- Proposal plan of studying that is given by Regulation of mobility (this applies only to Erasmus+ program)
- The list of passed exams at home faculty
- The certificate of regular curse attendance at home faculty
- Confirmation/proof of knowledge of English language – B2 level is at least required. For those purposes, students can give official certificate or confirmation coming from English language teacher from their faculty.
All requested documentation needs to be delivered to International Cooperation Department, office no. 5, Bulevar maršala Tolbuhina 8.
After finishing the process of selection and choosing candidates, selected applications are sent to the university abroad that will be a host for MU students. Only after host university accepts MU student/students, candidates are fulfilling Learning Agreement in which it is stated what are the subjects that the students will attend and pass the exam at host university during the mobility program.
If the student is applying for mobility within Erasmus network, then he/she needs to bring fulfilled application form to the Office of International Cooperation Department that is published on the website of MU (http://international.megatrend.edu.rs/konkursi/). Learning Agreement is defined by Erasmus+ program, and students are signing those agreements after they are accepted by the host university. The student that will go to the host university, needs to bring a copy of Acceptance letter/Invitation letter to the ICD as an evidence of acceptance before the mobility starts.
If the student is applying for exchange/mobility within Chinese Center, the application form is submitted directly to Director of Chinese Center, according to the competition that is published on the web page of Chinese Center (http://chinese center.megatrend.edu.rs/obavestenja/). Learning agreement student is signing with a host university from China on their specific form. The student that won a scholarship needs to bring a copy of Acceptance letter/Invitation letter to the CC as an evidence of acceptance before the mobility starts.
If the student is applying for exchange/mobility within Iranian Center, the application form is submitted directly to Director of Iranian Center, according to the competition that is published on the web page of Iranian Center (http://megatrend.edu.rs/iranski-centar/#tab-1-2-stipendije). Learning agreement student is signing with host university from Iran on their specific form. The student that won a scholarship needs to bring a copy of Acceptance letter/Invitation letter to the IC as an evidence of acceptance before the mobility starts.
SECOND STEP – RECOGNITION OF ECTS POINTS
Megatrend University automatically recognizes all credits (based on the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System – ECTS) gained during a period of study/training abroad, including during blended mobility, awarded for the satisfactorily achieved learning outcomes. All credits gained during the period of study abroad, as agreed in the Learning Agreement and confirmed by the Transcript of Records, will be transferred without delay and counted towards a student’s degree without any additional work or assessment of the student.
Megatrend University guarantees the full implementation of ECTS in order to provide the quality of mobility activities and transparency of recognition procedures. Students, including students who participate in the mobility programme, are not expected to earn more than 60 ECTS credits for one academic year, but are allowed to exceed this number (through additional ECTS) if they wish to. To ensure record mobility using the ECTS, Megatrend University provides: 1) an up-to-date course catalogue on its website, 2) a learning agreement for studies and traineeships, signed by sending and receiving institutions before the start of mobility, 3) a Transcript of Records indicating the number of credits earned and grades achieved and a Traineeship Certificate as the corresponding document for traineeships, 4) a Certificate that the work abroad has been recognized as outlined in the learning agreement.
After official acceptance comes from the host university (through written confirmation of acceptance), students will sign Learning Agreement that states the subjects that the students choose and pass exams at the host university during mobility program.
Recognition of ECTS points is only referred to Erasmus+ program.
Basic document that will enable recognition and transcript of ECTS points that are acquired at other higher education institution are:
- Learning Agreement
- Transcript of Records
It is necessary for a student to sign a Learning Agreement for every type of Mobility (I, II and III) in order to have a credit transfer (that they acquired at home universities or faculties).
Learning Agreement can be changed in first 30 days after the student arrives at a foreign institution, and the agreement must be signed by three parties: student, student’s home faculty official representative and host university official.
Coordinator of Erasmus+ program at the faculty level (Associate Dean of Academic Affairs), has a responsibility to look through curriculum and syllabus of subjects at host university before the student goes there, in order to choose those subjects that will be the best match to curriculum and syllabus of subjects at home university. Besides that, the student can choose subjects that are not compatible with his/hers home faculty program, and those subjects (ECTS) will be put in the diploma supplement. The student will get written decisions that are certified by Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the home faculty, and recognition is a done by home student service.
When the student is choosing which subjects he/she wants to attend at the host university, he/she needs to collect at least 20 ECTS and at the most 30 ECTS per semester.
Once student’s service has a positive recognition of one subject at one of the host universities, that case will be used for all other recognitions in the upcoming period.
After the mobility, the student is obliged to come to ICD office maximum 30 days after he/she returns, and they need to deliver:
- Transcript of records given by host institution
- Translation of Transcript of records that are certified by official court translator (except in cases when the Transcript is given in English, Montenegrin, Bosnian or Croatian language)
- Petition for recognition of exams.
Recognition of exams and transcript of ECTS is done according to the Learning Agreement and Transcript of records certified by the host institution. Recognition of descriptive grade from the host institution is done according to the system of grading defined by Serbian law for higher education and it is given on the next page of this document.
Professor Dragan Ćalović, Ph.D.
Director of International Cooperation Department