The University College Aspira has cooperated with foreign institutions of higher education in terms of the exchange of lecturers, life-long learning, improving study programs, and scientific research, as well as symposiums, and publishing. We have established close cooperation with the following educational institutions: Faculty of Sport in Ljubljana (Slovenia), Faculty of Sports and Physical Education, University of Sarajevo (BiH), University of Travnik (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Faculty of Physical Education and Sport in Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Alfa University (Serbia). Furthermore, Aspira is the member of “European athletes as students” organization.
In the strategic document 2009/2014 Aspira outlines the defined objective for its positioning among internationally recognized higher education institutions, with the aim to attract students from all over the world with its quality and excellence.
Participation in the Erasmus program coincides with the strategies Aspira has defined: associating with foreign institutions, compliance with the European educational achievements, systematic and organized developing the mobility of students, as well as teaching and non-teaching staff with the purpose of increasing the competitiveness, participation in the international projects, making the multicultural environment, increasing opportunities for student employment.
Participating in the Erasmus project would enable Aspira to implement its priorities and goals: improving the quality of the existing program, developing new programs in cooperation with the foreign partners, developing career development of each individual, improving the knowledge of foreign languages, developing of Department of International Cooperation, establishing the summer school for foreign students, developing tolerance towards diversities.
Through the exchange, students would get to know different cultures, and the experience and knowledge they obtain during their placement would provide them with greater competitiveness in the labour market. Teaching and nonteaching staff would have the opportunity to be acquainted with the achievements of other institutions, which is the key to the advancement of their own institutions.
Entering the Erasmus program would enable us to increase the total level of international cooperation, with the purpose of achieving our strategic goals. Through the Department of International Cooperation, Aspira would provide for its students and staff by ensuring all relevant information and assisting them in finding accommodation.
One of our interests is creating the network for exchanging experiences, so that the incoming students who have already participated in the exchange in Aspira would be able to help their colleagues who are about to participate in the exchange with specific information. Our very important activities are the developing of the Language centre, organizing preparatory visits and Erasmus open days.
The students and staff will be familiarised with the advantages of the Erasmus program during the lectures. Every year Aspira gives a number of presentations in schools in which we would include the presentation of the Erasmus. Information about the program would be public, posted on the website, as well as in the e-learning system Merlin. The Erasmus would be promoted also via brochures and other advertising material as well as in different events and fairs.
Aspira promotes the combination of academic behaviour and sports spirit, which is opposed to all forms of racial, gender, ethnic, religious and sexual orientation intolerance and discrimination. Furthermore, students with disabilities study in Aspira, and hence Aspira does everything it can to provide them with the conditions for high-quality education. Aspira actively participates in humanitarian aid events, such as collecting food for the homeless.
In accordance with the Bologna process, Aspira has fully adopted the ECTS. Aspira is obliged to recognize the obtained ECTS points provided students meet all the requirements proscribed in the Learning Agreement which includes the list of the subjects that students takes in the foreign institution, as well as the number of their ECTS points.
Within the Department of International Cooperation, the Erasmus Coordinator is obliged to monitor outgoing and incoming students and to take account of the compatibility of the ECTS points.
The information on the curricula is available on line all the time.
The “International student guide” is being prepared with all necessary information for foreign students (from application, administration, the list of subjects, to accommodation, information regarding the life in Split, the costs of living in Split calculated on monthly basis).
Also, students are assigned a tutor, who helps them with advice in order to assimilate more easily.
In the Department of International Cooperation, an outgoing student is prepared for the conditions in the host country and the institution.
Erasmus students are provided with the services of language centre.
Aspira will provide accommodation to incoming students at the Split Student dormitory or private accommodation located near Aspira. Each incoming student can use the University Library, as well as the discounts on the tickets for public transport.
Aspira will provide the participants in the exchange with all necessary support (accommodation, language courses, brochures).
The member of the teaching staff who holds a lecture abroad meets the requirements of the Academic Council of Aspira necessary for their advancement. Staff mobility is also defined in the Agreement. After their return, they are obliged to make a report on their exchange, and submit a statement by a foreign institution with the exact information on the period when the exchange took place.
Aspira wants to enable the students to do their placement abroad, and hence give them the opportunity to obtain work experience in foreign labour markets.
Aspira has organized the Business Career Centre, which main task is to help the students do their placement successfully and make connections with the companies and organizations with which Aspira has established cooperation. Students can choose the company in which they would like to do their placement. Students are obliged to do the placement with the total of minimum 160 working hours.
The information about placement is presented in a diploma supplement. The placement performance is described in
Placement Regulations; however, the students are informed about the placement in the seminar sessions and by meeting the students who have already done the placement. During the placement, students are provided all the information by the placement tutor, who is obliged to monitor their work.
Placement agreement is signed by three parties; sending higher education institutions, student, and host organisation, and contains clearly defined rights and obligations for each of the parties The sending higher education institution, as a mediator, has to choose a student who will do the placement, prepare him/her for the exchange, and provide him/her with all the necessary support during the exchange (accommodation, visa, insurance). The student has to obey the rules of the placement organization, inform Aspira in case any problems occur, and finally, submit a report on the placement. The host organization has to introduce the student with his obligations, be at his/her disposal, assess his work, and issue a certificate which guarantees that the student has fulfilled all his/her obligations. Placement agreement also has to contain the activities plan and learning outcome. Upon the completion of the period of mobility, the company issues Transcript of Work to the student.