Erasmus Study Students
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The University of Catania has adopted precautionary measures in order to face the current health situation related to Covid-19 in accordance with the Italian Ministry policies and the instructions received by the Governance of Unict.
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Dear Guests, these guidelines are addressed to university students of all levels (Ph.D. students included), selected under the EU Erasmus Plus Programme for a mobility period, within inter-institutional Erasmus Study Agreements, signed between their institution and the University of Catania, in thematic areas indicated in the agreements. Erasmus students will not pay any inscription or taxes fees and can activate their mobility from 1st October to 31st July of every academic year (in August and September there is no provision of didactic activities). The first semester ends on 28th February.
In order to manage their stay, the University of Catania organizes two obligatory orientation activities (Welcome Days) generally in the first Monday of October and of March each year, considered as integrated part of the mobility period (please see the updated information on the right box pf this page). Mobility period officially starts from the first day of Welcome Days. Specific and updated information on courses calendar and exams sessions are available on the departments websites (please see the contacts on the right box of this page).
Once selected their students, each partner university will communicate their nomination, by e-mail, to the International Mobility Office (IMO) of the University of Catania. IMO, after receiving selection communications, will inform students and partner universities, by e-mail, on application procedure which can be found on this web site (please see below).
- Application procedures
- Arrival procedures
- Welcome Day
- Mobility instructions
- Departure procedures
- Insurance and medical assistance
- Housing & Student Services and Facilities
Due to the global atmosphere of uncertainty created by the Covid- 19 outbreak, the University of Catania (UniCT) has decided to postpone and extend its acceptation and nomination procedures for foreign students 2020/2021, putting in place measures that can be appropriate and supportive in constant consultation with Government at all key stages.
We are hoping that the next exchange semester will be held under normal conditions but, if it would not be possible, we are studying possible solutions in order to allow incoming students to attend our courses in virtual modalities and participate to our didactic activities if the physical exchange will not be permitted. The rescheduling will not compromise the spots available for foreign students.
Aware that the selection process at present is very difficult under these given circumstances, UniCT has established new deadlines for the Erasmus exchange nominations for the next academic year and specifically for the autumn semester 2020-2021. Our calendar has been changed to accommodate to the COVID-19 restrictions, in a way that selected students have the possibility to travel as soon as possible. Therefore, it has been decided to postpone and extend the nomination deadline for Erasmus incoming students to the following period: from June 1st until July 15th 2020 hoping that the mobility restrictions due to the Covid-19 will be reduced or cancelled.
We inform you that UniCT application procedures as usual will start with the nomination of the selected students by partner universities that starting from June 1st have to send name and contacts of the selected beneficiaries to the email firstname.lastname@example.org. The link for the application form on-line will be sent directly to the nominated students and they will have to fill the on-line application form (mandatory) within the deadlines of July 15th for the 1st semester and full academic year and 15th January for the 2nd semester. After application, students' data will be automatically transferred to the Erasmus incoming students database of the University of Catania. After having checked the coherence of their data with the agreements stipulated with the sending institution, International Mobility office (IMO) will send students, by e-mail, acceptance notification. The University of Catania will not register at the welcome day students who haven’t filled in the on-line application form and obtained the acceptance notification.
A basic Italian language knowledge is required (A2 level of Italian language as for the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) as, even if some courses are held in English (generally post graduates courses), the majority are in Italian. The University of Catania doesn't require a proof of Italian language knowledge, but it is in charge of the sending institution to verify that their candidates have the level of Italian language knowledge required. No language certification has to be produced by the students to the IMO of the University of Catania.
Registration procedures will start at Welcome Days. Students must come with their acceptance form, Learning Agreement and two passport-size photo. They will be provided with a university card they have to keep during all their mobility in Catania and show at exams. Welcome Day date will be indicated as arrival date on Recognition Outcomes certificate, which is made of attendance certification and transcript of records. The University of Catania organizes two Welcome Days, one for each semester, whose dates are indicated on this website (generally on the first Monday of October and March every year). Welcome days attendance is obligatory.
After the registration, students will have to meet the International Didactic Units (IDU) in order to get necessary information on mobility didactic aspects and eventually help in changing their learning agreements.
The University of Catania will not accept students arriving after Welcome Days, with the exception for those who, for very relevant reasons (documented by their International Relations Offices) cannot take part and therefore receive formal authorization by IMO.
The University of Catania is particularly respectful towards Erasmus Handbook mobility rules, which is a consistent part of the Erasmus contract. As provided by the handbook, Erasmus mobility in a partner institution must be full-time and uninterrupted.
In case of interruption of mobility period for very important reasons within the minimum 3 month mobility period, it is possible to start again mobility only if:
- new mobility period is of the same type of the interrupted one;
- a new contract Institution/student is stipulated;
- a new learning agreement is signed.
In case of interruption after 3 months it will not be possible to start again with Erasmus mobility.
Host University holidays are not considered as mobility period interruption.
A minimum 60% rate of classes attendance is required, in order to be admitted to exams. Upon their arrival, students will be provided by the IDU with specific information on classes attendance registrations and exams.
At the end of their mobility, students must visit IDU with the following documents in original:
- student card;
- learning agreement;
- evaluation certificates (proving passed and not passed exams);
- lessons attendance.
The IDU, once checked all documents, will issue a Recognition Outcomes certificate and will provide it, in a closed envelope, to the student that must then visit IMO in order to complete the procedure and to get the final signature on the Recognition Outcomes certificate.
In order to obtain these certificates, students must come personally during receiving hours as they are not allowed to delegate other people. On planning their departure trip, students must take into consideration IDU and IMO public opening days and hours.
Only after receiving the acceptance form, students can fill in their Learning Agreements, indicating the courses they want to attend and related ECTS credits and send them to IDU who will proceed with their approval. The maximum ECTS credits for the entire academic year is 60, for one semester is 30 and for a term is 15. The minimum ECTS credits to be accepted in Catania is 9. A learning agreement must include at least 70% of courses given within the destination Department and maximum 30% of courses given in other Departments, if previously agreed among Departments.
The University of Catania will not accept students who haven’t regularly transmitted their Learning Agreement before their arrival.
For information on courses to choose it will be necessary to get in touch with their dept. Erasmus Scientific contact and IDU.
Within Erasmus Study mobility period it is possible to undergo a traineeship activity but only if it is regularly included in the Learning Agreement and if it is preceded by, at least, three months of didactics activities. Traineeship activity must be done in a company linked, for that purpose, with the University of Catania and must be tutored by a Professor belonging to the student’s Study Course in Catania, who will be in charge of the relationships between the University of Catania and the company. At the end of the placement, the company will send an activities report to the tutor who will prepare a certificate stating placement activities and period. This certificate will be included in the Recognition Outcomes certificate.Students will have two months time, starting from registration date, to change their Learning Agreements.
Students accepted for one semester can make only one change. Students accepted for the entire academic year, instead, can change their Learning Agreement twice, one for each semester, and the second change must be done within March.
Classes attendance registration
It is necessary to register students attendance to all classes indicated in their Learning Agreement. Professors will regularly register the date and classes hours attended. At exam sessions, professors will check if the minimum 60% of classes attendance has been provided and, if so, will allow the student to take the exam. If not, the student will not be allowed to take the exam.
All students admitted to courses must use the Evaluation Certificate for their exams. Each time they take an exam they have to give this document to the professor who will fill it in entirely (it must be filled in even if the exam has been failed). After the exam, students must get the original document, keep it and give it to the IDU, at the end of their mobility, for Recognition Outcomes certificate issuing.
Mobility extension request
In order to obtain Erasmus mobility extension it is necessary to:
- ask home institution for authorization;
- ask home institution to transmit their authorization to the IDU, who will proceed with its acceptance and communication to IMO.
Only if their request has been accepted, students can extend their mobility period.
The University of Catania will take out an insurance policy limited to participation at didactic/formative activities, excluding sport activities, for all incoming students.
Erasmus Students can benefit from medical assistance only if they have the European Sanitary Card (or a private health policy for non EU students).
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