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Study abroad semester

There are basically three ways of studying abroad for a semester during your studies at Dania:

A) Within the Erasmus+ program, including Erasmus support, at one of Dania’s partner universities. Exchange students do not pay tuition fees at the host organisation.

B) Outside the Erasmus+ program, without Erasmus support, at one of Danias partner universities. Exchange students do not pay tuition fees at the host organisation.

C) Within the so-called “Udlandsstipendium” (SU scholarship) – including financial support from the Danish state grant system, at any university worldwide. You’ll find further descriptions at su.dk and the necessary documents and procedure descriptions on our intranet, Fronter, under “Dania Students/International”. Only students who qualify for the Danish state grant (SU) without the requirement of 10 hours of spare time work per week qualify for support from “Udlandsstipendium”. Exchange students must pay tuition fees at the host organisation, but will receive financial support via the SU-system corresponding to the financial support, the academy would get for having the student for one semester.

The following concerns Erasmus studies only.

Erasmus Study Abroad Semester

Dania has Erasmus exchange agreements with a number of European universities, enabling their students to study for a semester at Dania, and enabling Dania students to study abroad for a semester. The university must be situated in an Erasmus country: the EU + Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey and FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic Macedonia).

• You must have passed your first year of study before you can study abroad for a semester.

• During your studies abroad, you will receive an Erasmus grant of 200 or 250 EUR per month, depending on your destination:

• 250 EUR: Ireland, France Italy, Austria, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway

• 200 EUR: All other Erasmus countries

Example 1: if you go to Belgium for 4 months and 17 days, you will get (4 x 200 EUR) + (200/30*17) i.e. 800 +113.33 = 913.33 EUR.

Example 2: if you go to the UK for 4 months and 20 days, you will get (4 x 250 EUR) + (200/30*20) i.e. 1,000 + 166.67 = 1,166.67 EUR.

80 % of the total grant will be paid out prior to the stay and the rest after the stay.

 

BEFORE GOING ABROAD

Application deadlines

For the autumn semester: 15 March

For the spring semester: 1 October

 

You’ll find the application form on our intranet, Fronter, under “Dania Students/International”. Send it to Erasmus Coordinator Flemming Andersen, fka@eadania.dk.

General Criteria to receive Erasmus support

•    The student must be registered as a full-time student at Dania Academy of Higher Education

•    The student must have completed and passed at least one year of studies.

•    The host university must not ask Erasmus guest students to pay tuition fee.

•    The study abroad semester must take place in a country participating in the Erasmus+ program

Selection Criteria and Nomination

In order to go on a study abroad semester, a student must be nominated by Dania. The relevant program manager will decide whether an applicant can go abroad or not. We will ask your lecturers whether they think you would benefit from a study stay abroad or whether it would be in your own best interest to stay in Denmark. We will consider your academic results, general study activity, and whether you will be “a good ambassador” for Dania.

The number of study places is limited, and if the demand exceeds the number of places offered, in total or at a certain university, the relevant program manager will decide who goes, based on the above criteria.

What to study

When you have found out which university you want to study at, you must contact the program manager of your study program, to make sure that the courses you choose can be approved by the academy. Because your study program at Dania is quite short, you need to have a close match between the subjects at your study program and the subjects you want to study abroad.

Once the program manager has approved your subjects, you are guaranteed full credit for your study stay, as long as you pass the semester.

Application to the host university

When you have your approval, you must apply to the partner university. You will find the application form on the Erasmus pages of the university you want to go to. See links in the list of partner universities. If you need assistance, contact Erasmus coordinator Flemming Andersen, fka@eadania.dk

Learning Agreement

Together with your application form you must send a Learning Agreement, which states the subjects you are going to follow and the number of Credits they give. This Agreement must be signed by you, Dania and the host university. All subjects must be approved by the relevant Program Manager.

Insurance

It is you own responsibility to take out travel insurance before going abroad. We recommend that you have a health, accident and liability insurance. You can easily buy it here, but you may want to check the prices of other insurance companies, Gouda, Europæiske etc. If you need assistance, contact Erasmus coordinator Flemming Andersen, fka@eadania.dk

Special needs

If you have any special needs, for instance due to health problems, please make the Erasmus Officer aware of this, and we’ll do our best to help you. In some cases, an extra Erasmus grant can be given in case of special needs.

Preparation

Please find information about language and cultural preparation in the tab menu above.

Accommodation

The host university will assist you in finding suitable accommodation. If you need further assistance, contact Erasmus coordinator Flemming Andersen, fka@eadania.dk.

Visa, health, etc.

Please see the Danish foreign ministry’s country information pages. If you need assistance, contact Erasmus coordinator Flemming Andersen, fka@eadania.dk.

DURING YOUR STAY

If you need to make changes to your Learning Agreement, you must obtain the approval of your program manager. Changes must be made within the first 4 – 7 weeks of your stay.

If you experience any problems that you cannot solve with the help of the local Erasmus office, please contact Flemming Andersen or your program manager.

Transcript of Records

At the end of your stay, you must ask the Erasmus office for a confirmation of stay. You will find this document on our intranet, Fronter, under “Dania Students/International”.

AFTER YOUR STAY

After your stay the host university will provide you and Dania with a Transcript of Records within 5 weeks after the publication of your results. If you have passed your semester abroad, you will be given full credit for your stay. See further information on the ECTS system.

Your study stay abroad will be recorded in the Diploma Supplement that you receive together with your final diploma. The transcript of records will be attached to your Diploma.

If you fail to complete one or more exams at the host university, the following provisions will apply:

At Dania students have 3 tries to pass an exam. This also applies in the case of study stays abroad. Consequently, exams taken at the host university count as tries.

If a student fails an exam at the host university, he is obliged to participate in re-examinations offered by the host university. If permitted by the host university – the student can sit the exam at Dania.

If a re-examination is not offered by the host university, or if the student also fails the re-examination and no third try is offered by the host university, he may take the remaining tries for re-exam offered by Dania in subject(s) whose content is the closest to the subject(s) failed at the host university.

Exams at the host university as well as at Dania count as examination tries. Normal rules and regulations regarding exams apply.

If your program manager will not recognize your stay fully, you may send an official complaint to Head of International Relations, Lise Bøgild-Jakobsen, libj@eadania.dk 

Evaluation

At the final day of your stay you will receive an e-mail with a link to an online evaluation form. Filling in this form will be seen as your request for the remaining 20 % of your Erasmus grant.

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Internship outside Denmark

All study programs at Dania feature a compulsory internship; for most programs 3 months.

As a student you are free to do your internship in a Danish company or abroad. If you choose to do your internship abroad, you may qualify for financial support from the EU program Erasmus+.

All nationalities qualify for Erasmus grants, but only internships in Erasmus countries will entitle you to a possible grant: the EU + Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey and FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic Macedonia).

It is basically the student’s own duty to find a suitable internship, which, however, must be approved by the Academy (read more of the approval process below). If you find it hard to find a company, contact either Erasmus Coordinator, Flemming Andersen, fka@eadania.dk, or the local Erasmus person at your department - see contact details. We will then do our best to assist you. This may be by contacting companies that we have used successfully earlier, by referring you to university or other partners with whom we have agreements about finding internships for our student. On our intranet, Fronter, under “Dania Students/International” you’ll also find a list of various organizations that find internships for students, for free or against payment. At our different campuses we have various internship days where we’ll invite potential internship companies and organisations and give general information about internships in Denmark and abroad.

General Criteria to receive Erasmus support

• The student must be registered as a full-time student at Dania Academy of Higher Education

• The exchange period must take place in a country participating in the Erasmus+.

Grant size

If you are eligible for an Erasmus grant, you will receive between 300 or 350 EUR per month, depending your destination:

350 EUR per month: Ireland, France Italy, Austria, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway

300 EUR per month: All other Erasmus countries

The grant is paid to you in two installments, 80 % of the total grant before your stay and the rest after your stay when you have handed in the necessary documents (see below). You may be able to apply for further grants from private funds. One good site for an overview is this (in Danish).

Selection criteria

Since the internship is compulsory, it is a Dania principle that all students are equally entitled for Erasmus+ support. However, if funds are scarce, international students going to their home countries will get lower priority and and the lowest priority will be given recent graduates.. Should the need arise to cut further back on grants, students handing in their application after the deadline will be given lower priority than those keeping the deadline. If further selection criteria become necessary, we will inform about these on Fronter (Intranet).

Application procedure – Erasmus+ support

As soon as you have decided to go abroad for your internship, send your application, which you’ll find on Fronter under “Dania Students/International”, to Erasmus Coordinator Flemming  Andersen, fka@eadania.dk. You can apply before finding a company, but if you change your mind, please inform Flemming Andersen immediately so that you don’t take away a place for a fellow student. See deadlines below.

When you have found a placement company, immediately e-mail to FKA written confirmation from the company stating at least the starting and ending dates of your traineeship period.

When you have e-mailed the confirmation from the company to Flemming Andersen, you will receive an e-mail with instruction to fill in a data form online. All necessary documents will be e-mailed to you. After an interview with FKA in person or via Skype, you will be asked to sign the following documents and agreements:

  • Erasmus+ Grant Agreement between the academy and the student about the grant
  • Erasmus+ Learning Agreement for Traineeships (Internship Contract)
  • Conditions for receiving Erasmus grant

The meeting will be about the various conditions and requirements of receiving an Erasmus grant (insurance, changes in the traineeship, the rights and obligations of the parties to the agreements, preparing for the stay etc.).

The Grant Agreement must be signed by you and the Academy (FKA), the Conditions by you only, and the Learning Agreement by the academy (FKA), the student and the company.

All signatures can be electronic.

When you and the academy have signed the Training Agreement, the Academy will e-mail it to the company with an accompanying letter explaining about the Erasmus grant and asking them to sign the agreement.

All documents must be signed before the starting date of your traineeship.

You will not receive your Erasmus support before all documents are duly signed.

Application deadlines

The deadlines are based on the normal traineeship periods as stated in the study program.

Traineeships   starting officially in January

 

1 October   (application)

15 November   (confirmation from company)

Traineeships   starting officially in August

 

15 April   (application)

15 May (confirmation   from company)

Traineeships   starting at other times

2 months before   starting date (application)

1 month before   starting date (confirmation from company.

If you have applied for Erasmus+ support for your internship abroad and later decide to stay in Denmark, you must immediately inform Flemming Andersen.

Applications handed in after the application deadlines will be given lowest priority and there is no guarantee that support will be granted. It is important that there is time enough for processing the necessary paperwork.

Evaluation and Confirmation of Stay

After your stay you will be required to fill in an online Erasmus evaluation form and hand in a Confirmation of stay issued by your company. Both documents will be e-mailed to you during your stay, together with instructions.

Approval of your internship

No matter whether you do your internship in Denmark or abroad, it must be approved by your program manager. The approval is mainly based on the job description. The Academy may contact the company if there are doubts about the quality of your internship. Furthermore, one of your lecturers will be appointed as your tutor, and the internship company will appoint a mentor for you. Thus, you will have ample support in case of problems.

Since your internship is a compulsory part of your study program, you will automatically be given full credit for your stay once you have passed your internship exam. Read more about the ECTS system and credits  - find it in the tab menu.

At the end of your stay, you will have to hand in an internship report, based on which you must pass an oral exam, in order to pass your internship. Your tutor will be your examiner, and a part of the exam will be an evaluation talk about your stay.

Your internship abroad will be recorded in your Diploma and Diploma Supplement. If your program manager will not recognize your stay fully, you may send an official complaint to Head of International Relations, Lise-Bøgild Jakobsen, libj@eadania.dk

In Case of Changes or Problems

If you experience any problems during your internship, first try to solve them together with your mentor. If that doesn’t work, ask your tutor for help. If he or she is not available, contact Flemming  Andersen, fka@eadania.dk,  or the local Erasmus person at your campus. If for some serious reason you feel compelled to leave your internship company before the planned ending date, you must immediately contact both your tutor and Flemming Andersen, fka@eadania.dk, or the local Erasmus person at your campus.

Insurance                                 

It is you own responsibility to take out travel insurance before going abroad. You may be covered fully or partly by your internship company, which they will state in the Learning Agreement. We demand that you have health, accident and liability insurance. You can buy it here, but you may want to check the prices of other insurance companies, Gouda, Europæiske etc. If you need assistance, contact Erasmus coordinator Flemming Andersen, fka@eadania.dk.

Special needs

If you have any special needs, for instance due to health problems, please make the Erasmus Officer aware of this, and we’ll do our best to help you. In some cases, an extra Erasmus grant can be given in case of special needs.

Preparation - Please find info about language and cultural preparation in the tab menu.

Accommodation

The host company or internship organization may assist you in finding suitable accommodation. In principle it is your own duty to find accommodation.  If you need assistance, contact Erasmus coordinator Flemming Andersen, fka@eadania.dk.

Visa, health, etc

Please see the Danish foreign ministry’s country information pages. If you need assistance, contact Erasmus coordinator Flemming Andersen, fka@eadania.dk.

Grant for recent graduates

As a recent graduate, you can get support for an internship abroad. You can get an ERASMUS + grant for up to 12 months. If you have already received an ERASMUS+ grant for either internship or a study period abroad, the number of months, in which you have received a grant previously, will be deducted from the 12 months. Please note that recent graduates are given a lower priority than enrolled students. If funds are scarce, recent graduates should not expect funding.

In order to receive the grant, you must:

  • Apply for the grant before you have finished your studies, and no later than 1 May (for the autumn semester) and 1 November (for the spring semester)
  • Have an internship agreement with a company, and all documents must be prepared and signed by all parties no later than the day you get your diploma
  • Follow the normal ERASMUS+ procedure, take the requested language tests, and participate in the evaluation of your internship
  • Prove that either your employer or you have taken out liability insurance and accident insurance that covers you during working hours.

You apply by filling in the Erasmus+ application form for recent graduates. You can get this form by contacting the International Department at fka@eadania.dk.

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Language and cultural preparation

In connection with stays abroad, we strongly recommend that you obtain as much knowledge as possible about the host country’s culture.

During your studies at Dania you have English and Culture classes. In the culture classes, you learn how to adapt to a foreign culture, and where to obtain cultural information on particular countries.

However, if you are going to a country in which you will not be able to get by with English, you should apply for evening classes in that particular language. The academy can help you find suitable classes. Traditional provides of such courses are FOF and AOF. Furthermore, you may be able to attend an Erasmus Intensive Language Course in the country you are going to, before starting your study or internship stay. The link will give you an overview of where and when these courses are on offer. Please note that you will be able to receive Erasmus support during your language course.

If you are going to Spain via our cooperation partner Venga Travel, you will be offered a crash course in Spanish upon arrival and you will be able to attend further courses if necessary.

Finally, if you are studying at one of our departments with international full-time students, we suggest that you find out whether there are students from the country you are going to. Talking to them will give you much information about the culture. For contact to these students, please approach Head of Mobility, Flemming Andersen

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The ECTS system and how credits for stays are allocated

As all other higher-education institutions in Denmark, Dania uses ECTS points to describe the workload necessary for an average student to obtain the learning objectives given for any subject, course or education. A full year’s workload corresponds to 60 ECTS points, which in Denmark equals 1650 hours, and the ECTS points are allocated by estimating the time a student is expected to spend, i.e. all the time included in class-room teaching, project work, assignments, internships, self study, exams and more.

The allocation of ECTS points to the various parts making up a study program is undertaken by the academies in cooperation, ensuring that the distribution of credits is the same for the same subjects of the same study program at all academies. The allocation is based on the official ECTS User’s Guide and assisted by ECTS experts.

In all study program descriptions you will find an overview of the ECTS distribution to the various parts making up the study program. 

Credit allocation – internships:

All Dania educations contain a compulsory internship, the ECTS points of which are stated in the program description’s ECTS overview. Therefore you are automatically given credit for your internship when you have handed in and passed your internship assignment. As for credit allocation, the principle is thus the same for internships in Denmark and abroad. The process is further
described in the program description of your study program.

Credit allocation – study stays:

Before your study stay, your program manager must approve the Learning Agreement, which states the subjects that you will follow during our study stay abroad, as well as the number of ECTS points for each of these subjects. This is your guarantee that you will be given full credit for your study stay abroad and that it will not mean prolonging your studies. It is of course important that you find subjects at the host institutions that match the subjects at Dania closely.

When you have finished your study stay abroad, you must hand in the transcript of records to the program manager of your education, who will then make sure that your credits are registered in your Dania transcript. The transcript of records from your host university will be attached to your Dania Degree Certificate. If your host university does not use the ECTS-system, a conversion
table will be used.

Please make sure to contact Dania`s Eramus Officer Flemming K. Andersen
and your program manager if you need to make changes in your Learning Agreement.

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Outgoing students from Dania Academy of Higher Education

During your studies at Dania, you have the opportunity to go abroad: your compulsory internship and/or a study semester at a foreign university, depending on your study programme. Read what Kathrine says about mobility

In many cases you will be able to receive financial support for your stay, mainly from the EU program Erasmus.

On these pages you can read more about your mobility options. For further information, contact your program manager or International Coordinator Flemming Andersen at fka@eadania.dk.

Erasmus application deadlines

Traineeships

 Traineeships   starting officially in January

 1 October   (application)

 15 November   (confirmation from company)

 Traineeships   starting officially in August

 15 April (application)

 15 May (confirmation   from company)

 Traineeships   starting at other times

 2 months before   starting date (application)

 1 month before   starting date (confirmation from company.

It is possible to hand in an application before finding a traineeship company abroad.

Studies abroad

 Study stays starting officially in January

 1 October   (application)

 Study stays starting officially in September

 15 March  (application)

It is possible to hand in an application before knowing which university you want to go to.

If you have applied for Erasmus+ support a stay abroad and later decide to stay in Denmark, you must immediately inform the Erasmus Officer, Flemming Andersen (fka@eadania.dk).

  

 

Study programs taught in English for ERASMUS students: (will be updated soon)

•  Marketing Management

•  Hospitality and Tourism Management

•  BA International Hospitality Management

•  Automotive Technology

•  It Technology

 

Study Programs taught in Danish

 

Application Procedure

To apply, please download the Erasmus+ Application form, fill it in and e-mail it to Head of International Mobility, Flemming Andersen, at fka@eadania.dk together with a draft Learning Agreement in word format and your transcript of records. 

Please note that you cannot combine subjects from different study programs or semesters. You must follow all subjects of one semester of one program. Erasmus Application form DaniaSee Course Catalogues and Fact Sheet for more information.

Autumn Semester and Full Year

Nomination deadline: 15 May

Application deadline: 30 May 

Spring Semester

Nomination deadline: 15 November

Application deadline: 30 November

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Subjects and exams Erasmus fact sheet 2016-2017

As an Erasmus student you must attend all subjects of the semester(s) you are enrolled into.

This is due to our multidisciplinary and group-work oriented approach to teaching.  

You must take all exams, tests and projects of the semester(s) you are enrolled into on the same terms as full-time students. Please note that if you attend the 2nd semester only, the exams may also include curriculum covered in the 1st semester. However, this will be taken into consideration when assessing the papers.

Absence from class
All absence from classes is registered (this is also the case for our full-time students). We expect students to attend all classes, and if we notice that your absence is becoming critical, we reserve the right to contact your home institution. Absence from class will reduce your chance of passing exams. Too much absence will also result in extra written assignments. 

Equal treatment
As an Erasmus student you will be treated the same way as our full-time international students. You must not expect special treatment. In other words, you will be fully integrated in your class. You will be in one of our international classes with many different nationalities, and everything will take place in English. If you enrol into a 1st-semester class, you will be given the same introduction as all other new students in your class. If you enrol into a later semester, an Erasmus buddy among your classmates will be appointed to help you get settled.

EU-residence permit, visa and health insurance
If you are an EU/EEA citizen, you must apply for an EU-residence permit in the city of Aarhus. The Academy will assist you in this upon your arrival here. When you have received your permit you must register with the city authorities in Randers or Viborg after which you will be covered by the Danish public health insurance. 

If you are a Non-EU student, the Academy will electronically send you a visa application form and a letter of confirmation, together with instructions regarding applying online for a visa. Upon arrival you must register with the authorities in Randers or Viborg after which you will be covered by the Danish public health insurance. Please note that the embassy demands a fee of EUR 248 for processing your visa application.

Read more about residence permits and visa here.

Health Insurance and other Insurances

Students from EU countries are covered by the Danish National Health Service after a period of 6 weeks counting from the day you have registered with the municipality. 

If you obtain a European Health Insurance Card in your home country, you will have 3 months of medical coverage.

Non-EU students are covered by the Danish National Health Service after a period of 6 weeks counting from the day they have registered with the municipality. For the first 6 weeks they are only covered for accident, childbirth, acute illness or sudden aggravation of a chronic disease. Therefore we recommend that they have private medical insurance covering the first 6 weeks of their stay.

Read more about health insurance here

Insurance for Repatriation

Please note that the Danish National Health coverage does not cover the costs of medical repatriation, which would be necessary if you were involved in an accident and wanted to spend a period of prolonged recovery at home.

Liability, Accident and Theft

It is recommended that international students take out liability insurance as well as insurance against accidents and theft. it is especially recommended that you check the coverage in case of accidents during practical exercises and other activities related to your studies.

Learning Danish

At our academy you will be in an international environment, and you will be able to get easily by with English, both at the academy and outside. The general level of English in Denmark is very high and you will only rarely meet Danes who cannot communicate in English. However, to better understand our culture and also as an efficient ice breaker, we recommend that you take language classes during your stay. The academy does not offer such courses, but the local language centre, run by the city, offers free Danish courses. City of Randers: Language Center Randers. City of Viborg: Language Center Viborg. If you attend courses in other cities than Randers or Viborg, please contact the academy for assistance. 

Arrival/Getting here
If you have only bought a ticket for Copenhagen or Århus, it is important that you bring either cash (Danish Kroner – DKK) or a credit card to purchase your train or bus trip to Randers or Viborg. Please note that train tickets can usually be bought on board the train, but it is normally much more expensive than buying them at the station. At Copenhagen Airport there is a direct train service to Randers. If you are going to Viborg, expect to change trains once or twice. You can buy tickets at the airport. If you arrive at Aarhus Airport, there is a bus service to Randers (bus No 212). If you arrive at Karup Airport, there a bus service to Viborg.

In general the following site is very good for planning trips in Denmark: http://www.rejseplanen.dk/ (English language is offered). When you arrive, a fellow student or the Erasmus Officer will meet you and take you to the dormitory. Please inform the Erasmus Officer of you time and place of arrival.

Summer break
Please note that it may be difficult to get in contact with the Erasmus Officer at the academy during the month of July. The email response time may be up to two weeks. 

Students with disabilities
If you are suffering from a disability, please contact Flemming Andersen for information about our facilities. 

 

Campus Randers Accomodation IMG 0152 P1010836


The city of Randers only has one dormitory, Randers Kollegiegaard, situated 8 km north of the academy. Remember to bring bed linen and kitchen ware.

It is very important that you read the terms and conditions of Randers Kollegiegaard, paying special attention to the rules regarding termination of your tenancy. You find the rules here - at the end of the document.

In Randers, you must apply for a room on the dormitory’s website – remember to state that you are an Erasmus student. If you are experiencing problems with obtaining a room, please contact Flemming Andersen (fka@eadania.dk).  Please note that the dormitory is an independent institution run by the city – not by the academy. Read more about accommodation in Randers.

Viborg campus: Due to the increasing number of international students new dormitories have been built. The largest dormitories are on the campus next to the Campus Viborg building, so most students have only 2-3 minutes to the academy or to the International Students Centre. Read more about accommodation in Viborg. For further information on accommodation at our Viborg Campus, please contact Mr. Claus Bang Olsen at clol@eadania.dk.

 

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Contact information

Flemming Andersen Erasmus Officer

Mobile phone: +45 2037 9525 Email: fka@eadania.dk Erasmus coordinator

 

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Erasmus fact sheet 2016-2017

 

Erasmus Policy Statement of Dania Academy, University of Applied Sciences – Erasmus +

Dania Academy, University of Applied Sciences, is the result of a merger of 8 HE institutions on the Danish peninsula Jutland. DANIA offers a wide range of educations in the fields of business, technology and health in 8 different campuses. DANIA offers short-cycle HE in the areas of Tourism, Marketing, Retail, Finance, Administration, Production Technology, IT and Electronics Engineering, and Automotive Technology as well as a professional BA in Optometry and in International Hospitality Management. 5 of these programs are offered in both English and Danish.

Erasmus Charter

The international dimension is an important and growing part of all learning in DANIA, although to a varying degree depending on the educational profile. The international competence of managers and staff is developed through cooperation with international partners and participation in international education networks and conferences. Our students are met with an international aspect in all subjects and especially in the campuses with English-taught programs, the study environment is international. We offer our students a range of opportunities to go abroad, from 1-week study trips to traineeships lasting up to 8 months and study-abroad semesters. Furthermore, guest lecturers from foreign university partners contribute to bringing the world into the classroom. Erasmus is and will be an increasingly important and integral part of DANIA’s international activities.

Historically, our educations have had varying focus on internationalization. Generally speaking, our business educations have had a long tradition for participating in international projects/mobility, whereas our technical and health programs have not had as much formalized international cooperation. One of Dania’s main strategic objectives is therefore to include international partners in our network that cover these educational areas, or – where possible – to widen the cooperation with existing partners to cover these areas.

This is of course an important point of focus, when looking for new partners, the procedure of which is usually as follows: We establish the first contact through the international associations that we are a member of, i.e. Businet, EAIE, EUROchrie and SPACE. All of these have a broad range of HEI members worldwide, offering recognized and accredited programs. Alternatively, potential partners may approach us, but no matter how the initial contact is made, the decision whether to enter into partnership is based on certain criteria: First of all there must be a good subject/course/level match. Furthermore, we see it as important that a partner has a strong international focus and a dedicated international staff. Due to recent changes in the HE short-cycle sector, demanding that we include research in our activities, we also see it as important that our staff can gain experience in this field through cooperation with our international partners. As mentioned above, special attention will be given to new partners who cover technological and health programs that match or supplement ours.

So far our main focus has been on European, and to a limited degree US, Canadian and Australian cooperation, but we are now also starting to focus on Brazil, China and Russia, and to increase our focus on Australia and the US. In this we are following the trend set out by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education, which has pointed out a number of innovation destinations, especially in the BRIC countries. As for Europe, we seek a broad geographical coverage, but the choice of partners is more based on the above selection criteria than on geography.

In collaboration with existing and new partners, and with the above geographical focus we aim at a general increase in both student and staff mobility. Focus will be very much on technological and health students regarding both traineeships and study stays. In general we intend to increase the number of students going on study semesters abroad for all programs. Equally strong focus will be put on increasing staff mobility substantially.

A further important objective is to engage in various cooperation projects – 1 to 2 per year – focusing not only on mobility, but also on research and the development of joint degrees. We have so far not participated in such projects, but by 2020 we intend to participate in at least 2 joint-degree programs, and all of our students will have the opportunity to study abroad for at least 2 weeks during their studies and at least 20 % of all students should do their traineeship abroad and/or a study abroad stay (all programs). We are currently engaged in negotiations about joint-degree cooperation, and are partners in the application for an Erasmus Mundus multilateral project with a strong mobility focus.

Finally, we intend to increase the number of study programs taught entirely in English, and to offer offer these in more campuses than today, thus enhancing the international study environment considerably.

 

Strategy for the organisation and implementation of international (EU and non-EU) cooperation projects

In connection with the cooperating projects we are planning for the period of this charter, they will be organized and implemented in the following way:

Organization: The main responsibility for the planning and application for a project lies with the International Department. Depending on the nature of the project, various key staff members will be involved, representing relevant study programs, project areas, and personal skills. Once a project has been approved, the International Department will set up a project group, the project manager being a member of the International Department. The project group will draft a project plan, defining the project outline, the target groups, implementation, reporting and dissemination of the project.

In such projects, one or more administrative staff will be attached to the project group for support throughout the project.

Implementation: Once a project has been approved and the project plan has been developed, it will be introduced to managers of relevant program areas. These managers – in co-operation with the project manager - will then be responsible for informing staff and students (if applicable) about the project, how to sign up, conditions for participation, support measures, and how participation will be recognized.

 

Expected impact of Dania’s participation in Erasmus+ on the modernisation of the academy

By improving the opportunities for mobility in cooperation with trusted partners, both HEIs and enterprises, we will make our programs more attractive. This is not least important within our technical and health programs. Based on close cooperation with partners, mobility will take place in a safe environment with personal back-up close at hand. As short-cycle studies in Denmark are open to students with vocational education and training, the increased focus on the international AND practical aspect of traineeships will make our programs even more attractive to this group. All in all, we expect that the above will attract more students and thereby increase attainment levels.

The planned increase in staff mobility will have a direct effect on both our educational practices and subject matter development because the staff will gain a better insight in different practices in their fields. At the same time they will achieve an international perspective which will increase their ability to implement the international aspect in their teaching. Through cooperation with HEIs which have a strong tradition for research, our lecturers will be able to adapt research into their workload, and thus – in cooperation with enterprises – they will be able to contribute to an ongoing improvement and adaption of our courses to the needs of business and society.

By providing an easy access to mobility, in secure, monitored surroundings with reliable partners, both for study and work, we will enable our students to achieve not only the core skills of their subjects, but also additional practical and international competences, which are very important on today’s global labor market. Be it though participating in a joint-degree program, studying abroad for a semester, or doing the compulsory traineeship abroad, it will give students a broader perspective on studies and work opportunities, and in general increase their chances of good study results.

Through close cooperation with both domestic and international enterprises, though our tradition for involving business in the development of HEI programs, and through our focus on entrepreneurship, we will contribute to innovation and development of new practices. This will be further enhanced by our new focus on research activities, which will take place in collaboration with international partners. Via lecturers’ and students’ mobility activities, they will gain important new aspects to their thinking, which will further stimulate their entrepreneurial and creating thinking.

The existence of an international organization throughout all 8 campuses, coordinated by an international manager and an institutional coordinator has already lead to and will continue to lead to stronger management focus on international activities and increase managers’ consciousness of the importance of implementing internationalization at all levels. In turn, this will further increase the willingness to set aside funding for such activities.

May 2013

LRA Underskrift

Lis Randa, Principal

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Head of International Mobility
Flemming Andersen
fka@eadania.dk
+45 2037 9525