The International Office is the service department for internationalization at KES College and works in cooperation with the Head of programme Departments, Accounts Department, Curriculum & Design Department, International Affairs and Admissions Office. The international Office organizes and coordinates student exchanges (incomings and outgoings), mainly for Erasmus student placements. KES College is vocational institution and is currently a holder of EUC student placement only. It provides support by coordinating student mobility by administering different academic exchange programs, including the LLP/Erasmus programme.
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Erasmus+, is the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport that covers the period 2014-2020. Its main purpose is boosting skills, employability and supporting the modernisation of education, training and youth systems.
More than 4 million people will receive support to study, train, work or volunteer abroad, including 2 million higher education students, 650 000 vocational training students and apprentices, as well as more than 500 000 going on youth exchanges or volunteering abroad.
Erasmus+ will also provide funding for education and training staff, youth workers and for partnerships between universities, colleges, schools, enterprises, and not-for-profit organisations.
KES College is a part of Erasmus+ programme and offers its students and staff the opportunity to work or study abroad through the European Funded Program Erasmus+.
KES College has been approved by the European Committee to participate in the ERASMUS CHARTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION 2014 - 2020.
This approval allows KES College various European actions (eg mobility students' participation in multilateral projects and networks, etc.) in collaboration with other European higher educational institutions to improve the quality of education and promoting the development of innovative practices in education and training at tertiary level.
The Erasmus Programme gives the opportunity to academic and non-academic staff to undertake a teaching assignment or staff training at a partner institution or organisation. The purpose is to allow the beneficiaries to observe another European educational system, learn from the experiences, discover best practices, develop international networks and improve the skills required for their current job. The main activity is a short stay in the partner institution that may include a short secondment period, job-shadowing scheme, study visit etc.
This Key Action gives students the opportunity to gain work placement in a business setting related to their programme of study or in an organisation located in another European country for practical training purposes during a period that spans from 2-12 months.
Usually, practical training placements take place in the summer months of June, July and August.
Student Mobility procedure for Practical training:
Students interested in participating under the program for the purposes of practical training will have to get in touch with a host organisation in order to gain acceptance for such training by submitting an application. If pre-approval from the host institution or organisation exists, this should accompany the application form.
Students can find host organisations in the following ways:
• Via webpages or online portals
• Through personal contacts that are affiliated with potential hosts
Interested students may contact the Erasmus Office in order to gain advice and assistance regarding useful documents that are required during the initial phase of contact with the host institution.
• Prepared email templates in English or Greek
• Info sessions on Erasmus placements
• Europass CV
• Sample motivation letters to help prepare candidates
Once all applications are collected, the Erasmus committee begins the evaluation process based on the following criteria:
• Candidates must be officially registered in evaluated and accredited programmes of study.
• Candidates must have successfully completed their first year of studies with an overall grade of at least 60%.
• Candidates must not have any outstanding obligations or commitments towards the College.
• Priority is given to mobilities that are not based in Greece.
Once the evaluation process is completed successful candidates are contacted via email by the Erasmus office to proceed with a one-on-one appointment and interview.
Participation of people with disabilities in the Erasmus + Programme
Under the Erasmus + program, the European Commission has adopted a general policy aimed at integrating people with disabilities into all their activities. The participation of both students and disabled staff in any of the program's activities is encouraged by providing additional incentives. In particular, in addition to the support for travel, accommodation and subsistence available to all participants, these individuals are given the opportunity to subsidize additional costs arising from their needs.
Such expenses may be as follows:
Interested students with special needs should apply for additional funding, based on the budgeted expenditure of the Erasmus+ Programme of the College. This additional funding will be provided through their foundations by the Lifelong Learning Foundation and will be made available to the beneficiaries on the basis of the Foundation's usual approval and payment process.
Individuals who will receive such additional funding should be aware that these amounts are made available on the basis of actual costs, so upon return they should provide their institution with all the evidence of the extra costs incurred. Based on the final eligible amount to be approved by the institution on the basis of the evidence to be submitted, the final amount of funding will also be determined.
Within the framework of the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus Program, KES College has produced videos with the experiences of both students and staff from participating in the Erasmus+ Programme.
The video was prepared with the help of the students of the “Journalism with Public Relations” Programme under the guidance of their professor Mr. Christoforos Roditis.