The International Relations Office contributes to the enhancement of the University of Catania international dimension.
It has recently been reorganized and prominently collaborates with other strategic Divisions, such as Didactic Division, Research Division and School of Excellence, with the objective to strengthen the Internationalization process as a focus development point of the University of Catania.
it increases the number of cooperation agreements with foreign universities in order to enhance incoming and outgoing mobility at all levels for students, postgraduates, professors and administrative staff members;
it coordinates the participation to mobility, research and cooperation international projects;
it supports professors interested in submitting proposals within EU and International funding programmes;
it administrates the University of Catania participation to Higher Education and Research International networks such as EPUF, SANTANDER Group and Anna Lindh Foundation, also running EMUNI Summer Schools and Souk.
The office is organised in two units operating in synergy according to the above mentioned objectives: International Mobility and International Cooperation.
It deals with the main European and extra-European programmes for students, post-graduates, professors and administrative staff aiming at studying, training and teaching in international universities, companies and other structures.
Within the European Programme LLP (Lifelong Learning Programme), it manages the participation of the University of Catania to the Erasmus Programme which gives the possibility to grant university students with scholarships in order to attend university courses abroad and pass exams or to do research for the final paper with the help of a tutor.
It also coordinates the main programmes dealing with professional training periods for students and graduates in companies and institutions abroad. Furthermore, it welcomes foreign incoming students providing them with information and assistance support.
LLP Actions managed:
- LLP Erasmus Studio
- LLP Erasmus Placement
- LLP Programme Leonardo da Vinci
- Training Programme MAE – CRUI
- Training Programme ASSOCAMERE–CRUI
- International Internship Programme
- Free Training Mobility
It informs, manages and provides technical/operative assistance to those interested in presenting project proposals within European and extra-European programmes funding didactics and research actions.
It also deals with scientific cooperation agreements between the University of Catania and foreign Universities.
Main programmes managed:
- Education and Training programmes promoted by EACEA (LLP programme, Culture, Europe for Citizens, Youth in Action, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus IV, Media) and bilateral cooperation (Atlantis EU-USA, EU-Canada and EU-ICICP).
- External cooperation programmes promoted by European Commission (EUROPEAID programmes for Mediterranean, China and India - Latin America ALFA III)
- International Cooperation National Programmes promoted by CRUI, MIUR e MAE.
It is in charge, every year, of the realization of the ECTS International Prospectus (Information Package) and finally it offers consulting services on post-lauream specialization programmes, research programmes, pre-lauream university courses, summer university courses, English language courses and internship in USA.
The office also organizes international events with particular interest given to priority areas (Mediterranean, China) and is involved in the organization of summer schools in the mainframe of Mediterranean activities.