Erasmus Policy Statement 2021-2027

In the coming years, AWFiS intends to focus efforts on developing scientific activity and improving the education process. It wants to be a university open to cooperation with external partners, serving the local community, region and country, able to contribute to the development of science. He wants to get a strong position among sports universities in the world.

Internationalization is one of the pillars of the University's development strategy. The implementation of the Erasmus Program Policy perfectly fits the pursuit of the fulfilment of the university's strategic goals such as: development and internationalization of scientific activity, improvement of the education process, development of cooperation with foreign partners, as well as ensuring the functioning of the university in accordance with environmental protection requirements. Increasing the number of foreign students and increasing international exchange of employees and university students has been recorded as operational goals.

AWFiS offers 1, 2 and 3 degree studies in English (English Division) for international students. Students coming as part of the Erasmus program benefit from this program offer. In addition, some of the subjects in the offer of regular studies for Polish students are taught in English and enrich the educational offer for exchange students. The university is trying to successively increase the amount of mobility, as it realizes that international experience is now a necessary condition for providing students with education at a high European level, and also tries to encourage the largest number of foreign students to study at AWFiS.

The novelty is the interest and participation of international students (as "full-cycle" students of our university) in mobility within Erasmus +.

Students are encouraged to participate in mobility: study and student placements. During the stay at the partner university, the student has the opportunity to take advantage of the extended educational offer, has the opportunity to establish contacts that can foster his future professional career, regardless of whether he decides to work in the country or abroad. Through such experiences, students acquire many soft competences, deepen their knowledge of foreign languages, but above all develop independence and independence. Students are encouraged to find internships that meet their needs, interest and career path project, and in this process they are fully supported. Mobility is available at all levels of education.

Returning students act as program ambassadors and share their experiences at meetings with candidates. They also play the role of tutors for students coming to study under Erasmus +.

The ECTS system and Diploma Supplement ensure recognition of their achievements at foreign universities.

The university provides equal access to the opportunity to travel, both to students and employees, including people on low incomes and the disabled.

The Vice-Rector for Education and the university coordinator employed at the Erasmus Office are responsible for the implementation of the Erasmus + program.

Outgoing students responsible for the recognition of their academic achievements are responsible for matters related to the selection and crediting of subjects by outgoing students. The University Coordinator, in consultation with the teaching staff, is responsible for the learning Agreements of incoming students. The documents related to the students' departure are signed by the appropriate vice dean or an authorized person at the given faculty and the university coordinator.

When choosing partner institutions, the University is primarily guided by the needs of students and employees as well as the convergence of study programs in both institutions. It also places great emphasis on the development of cooperation with Asian countries, which results from interest in cooperation with Polish universities, including AWFiS.

The University strives to provide international experience to students and staff by participating in various EU projects and programs. Thanks to them it is possible to participate in lectures conducted by foreign academic teachers. Implementation of events dedicated to international students aimed at learning about Polish history and culture, but above all integration. Competences of both didactic and administrative employees in the area of linguistic, cultural and organizational service for foreigners are raised. Employees take part in language and multicultural training, go abroad for internships expressing acquired skills in practice and further developing, to then use at work at AWFiS. Expanding the network of international contacts enabling the transfer of knowledge, conducting joint research projects, internationalization and innovativeness of scientific and didactic activities as well as the improvement of staff are the effects of these activities.

The University respects equality between men and women, equality regardless of race, beliefs or religious denominations. It also expresses respect and acceptance for students and disabled employees. Mobility under the Erasmus + program is recognized as one of the important ways to promote tolerance, combat discrimination and blur cross-cultural differences.

The set goals will be achieved through:

1 / continuation (re-establishment) of cooperation with existing foreign partners and extension of the travel offer by establishing exchange programs with new partners,

2 / successive increase in the number of student and employee mobility,

3 / continuation and development of emerging new trends: increased interest in mobility at the 3rd degree of study, personalization of selection of the place of student internship,

4 / gradual participation in the Erasmus digitization - "Erasmus with out paper",

5 / promotion of the program in the academic and local community.

The University has received the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education twice in previous programming periods.