Every year, hundreds of international students come to study at International University of Struga for a period of time in the accordance with the international study programs. Exchange students can come to International University of Struga in the framework of different exchange programs.
European students have the possibility to spend one or two semesters at International University of Struga as a part of the Erasmus program. Faculty can also find opportunities for short-term teaching assignments through Erasmus.
Direct exchange students come from one of our partner universities and they can spend one or two semesters at International University of Struga. They must be nominated by one of our partner universities. It is not possible to apply directly to IUS for placement in a direct exchange.
Arriving in Struga and at International University of Struga
It is best to carefully plan your stay as an exchange student well before you travel to struga. Formalities with regard to enrollment, residence permits, visa (if needed), etc. can be handled more quickly if you bring along all the required documents.
DOCUMENTS REQUESTED BEFORE ARRIVAL IN STRUGA
The student needs to receive confirmation of nomination acceptance from International University of Struga first, before completing and submitting of the application.
- Passport photocopy
- Transcript of Records
- Learning agreement
Nomination and application deadlines:
- Winter semester: 30 June 2020
- Spring semester: 30 November 2020
International University of Struga is committed to producing global citizens and providing students with as many opportunities as possible to internationalize their degree. Each year many undergraduate and graduate students complete a semester or year abroad as part of their degree program and benefit from increased confidence and different academic perspective that this provides.
The International Exchange program and Erasmus + Exchange programs are available to current students at the IUS who wish to travel abroad.
INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
This exchange program is for students that want to study at one of our partner universities around the world. The program is run by the Study Abroad and Exchanges Team, within the University’s central International Relations Department. Students on programs that permit an exchange period can apply to any one of the University’s partners that offer modules in their discipline. This is subject to the student having enough knowledge of the institution’s language of instruction to be able to follow a university level course of study.
ERASMUS + EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
This exchange program is for students that want to study at one of our partner universities in Europe. As with the international exchange program a student has to have enough prior knowledge of the institution’s language of instruction to be able to fully engage with university level study.
The student should complete the application form and then send it to the International Relations office. That application can be downloaded here: link
The deadline for application submission:
Winter semester: April 30th
Summer semester: November 30th
Since our University strongly supports the mobility programs, it is undoubtedly that it also recognizes the mobility achievements. If the gained knowledge and experience comes from regular lectures abroad then, at our University they are accepted in the format of credits. Usually those credits are counted in the scope of elective and free elective courses. On the other hand the experiences achieved from trainee ships in enterprises are accepted as practical work which is conditional during the studies
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Knowledge of languages facilitates access to new and better opportunities. The International University of Struga Language Centre prepares the students to improve their knowledge in English, Italian, Albanian, Turkish and Macedonian languages.
The IUS Language Centre offers regular courses in foreign languages (English, Italian, Albanian and Turkish) in order to complete the language training of students, teachers and administrative staff and services. It also offers Macedonian courses for foreigners, designed to improve its’ proficiency in Macedonian language.
The IUS Language Centre has an extensive list of licensed teachers, as well as native teachers with higher education degrees, selected for their academic qualifications and extensive experience in foreign language teaching (FLT).
To achieve our mission, the IUS Language Centre aims to:
- Ensure access to outstanding language teaching and support for language learning for all current students and staff members of the University
- Support the highest levels of academic achievement by students whose first language is not English or Italian or Albanian or Turkish or Macedonian
- Exploit the latest technologies and pedagogies in developing language teaching and learning materials
- Provide professional advisory services which will support individual language learners
- Provide high quality learning resources in multiple media, both physical and virtual, in a wide range of languages
- Collaborate and share expertise with other language learning providers within the University and in other organizations nationally and internationally
- Promote language learning and access language study to students.
Here is a list of the available courses:
– Intensive English for beginners
– Intensive Italian for beginners
– Intensive Albanian for beginners
– Intensive Turkish for beginners
– Intensive Macedonian for beginners – foreign students
– English for Special Purpose (Economy, Law, Politics, Information technology)
– Albanian for Special Purpose (Economy, Law, Politics, Information technology)
– Turkish for Special Purpose (Economy, Law, Politics, Information technology)
– Macedonian for Special Purpose (Economy, Law, Politics, Information technology) – for foreign students
|Faculty of Economics||Faculty of Economics|
|Business and Economics||180 ECTS||Business and Economics||120 ECTS|
|Marketing and Financial Management||180 ECTS||Marketing and Financial Management||120 ECTS|
|Faculty of Law||Faculty of Law|
|Jurisdiction||180 ECTS||Jurisdiction||120 ECTS|
|Criminalistics and Detectives||180 ECTS||Criminalistics and Detectives||120 ECTS|
|Public Administration||180 ECTS||Public Administration||120 ECTS|
|Faculty of Political Sciences||Faculty of Political Sciences|
|Diplomacy and International Relations||180 ECTS||Diplomacy and International Relations||120 ECTS|
|Faculty of Information Technology||Faculty of Information Technology|
|Computer Sciences||180 ECTS||Business Informatics||120 ECTS|
International University of Struga currently does not have a dormitory to provide accommodation to incoming Erasmus+ students, though it can provide assistance in finding accommodation in the city of Struga by contacting landlords who offer student accommodation.
If you need assistance, please download, fill out and send the form.
Erasmus+ Policy Statement
The International University of Struga has had a gradual, successful and continuous implementation of the Erasmus + program, focusing on increasing future involvement. Given the great influence of technology, information, knowledge, knowledge management, etc, we believe that an excellent higher education affects the intellectual, professional and economic growth of the country’s society. The International University of Struga is committed to implementing creative forms of study, a comprehensive collaboration, practical methods and inclusive forms of teaching that guarantee a high level of the educational process. Our mission is to educate students who appreciate ethical values, and who can, with their self-confidence and creativity, take on working and leadership positions and contributing to the growth of society. Ethical values are important to our HE institution, and we operate in a multicultural society, where in this case our students are the best example of a multi-ethnic mutual cooperation, and they are a model showing how to link different cultures and respect all of them at the same time.
To achieve our goal and objectives, the main focus is on implementing cooperation with higher education institutions that share the same interests and values as ours. Successful collaborations with partners abroad and consistency will bring an increase in the quality of education, from which our students, academic staff, administrative staff and society will benefit. Our cooperation is initiated and realized with a special commitment by the office for international cooperation, based on the main values, such as, the bilateral cooperation of both parties, common interests in terms of education and research, sharing experience and know-how. Also, a high number of collaborations is a result of the connections and suggestions of the staff, who bring their experience and knowledge acquired from conferences, research collaborations and inter-institutional project implementation. As primary focus of collaborations are HE institutions in Europe, but at the same time a cooperation with other countries which are presented as good opportunities to increase the number and level of inter-institutional cooperation.
In terms of exchange and mobility, the main focus and commitment are students, academic staff and administrative staff. Based on ECTS and our study programs which are created with a large analysis for a wider use, we encourage students to pursue a part of their studies in Universities of our partners, while guaranteeing the acceptance of acquired knowledge, grades and course credits. Another important aspect is the experience gained by the academic staff and administrative staff, who bring these experiences, knowledge and implement the best experiences (best-practice). Also, the International University of Struga organizes open days for incoming students of Erasmus+, influencing the growth of students from different HEI to realize their mobility at the International University of Struga, and also increase the number of academic staff and administrative staff, in purpose to pass and communicate their knowledge and experience to a large number of students.
Throughout the mobility period, both for incoming students and for outgoing students, a continuous communication process is established to convey important information, evaluation, achievements, but also to monitor their mobility. Although a large number of students mobilities have been realized in Bachelor studies, the International University of Struga aims at implementing student exchange for Master studies.
The main purpose of encouraging students and staff from different groups to be part of the student exchange is to achieve the goal of the European Education Area, which will enable student and staff exchange to become a common and accessible norm for all, that is to say, to understand, unite and adapt to European identity and culture, increasing the level of knowledge of different languages of European countries, knowledge management and all of these experiences will contribute to the growth and development of society, not only economically but also in cultural terms. Each and every individual who is a part of the University, has equal rights to be part of the Erasmus + program.
International University of Struga digital strategy is by the end of 2020 to adopt, implement and integrate Erasmus Without Paper, using EWP/Erasmus Dashboard, Erasmus+ mobile app and other digital tools offered by Erasmus+ in the context of digitalization of Ersamus+ projects. The applied digital tools will simplify the daily work process and enable online management and communication during the entire mobility process (before, during and after the mobility) such as inter-institutional agreement, nomination process, learning agreements, grant agreements, OLS, transcript of records, fully recognition of ECTS and other requirements of European Union Projects.
Greater focus will rely on the developing and nurturing key competences of life-long learning and digital skills which are essential for a wide range of opportunities in the 21st century. University will update regularly digital skills strategies to respond to the emergence of new technologies and their impact on the digital economy and digital society,
In terms of institutional internationalization and modernization strategy, the main points will be reflected in the International University of Struga and these are:
- Increasing attainment levels to provide graduates and researchers that will contribute to Europe in the future;
Increasing the level of practical knowledge, new technology, remote work are the main points of the future, and this should go in close association with increasing the level of education and methods that will be implemented to respond to labor market demands. By expanding study programs, curricula, research, we will create programs that will support different groups, which through transparent information, simplification in applications, financing (scholarships) vulnerable and differentiated groups, to receive the same education. These steps will simultaneously reduce the number of drop-out students and prepare incoming students.
- Improving the quality and relevance of higher education;
The International University of Struga offers two cycles of study, bachelor’s and master’s, creating programs with a research to meet the needs of the labor market. The quality of education will increase by implementing the experiences of students, administrative staff and academic staff gained through the Erasmus + program, but also other programs for international exchange, where all these experiences will be managed and transferred to all University stakeholders.
- Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation;
The University’s trust in quality lies in the fact that quality is strengthened and enhanced by establishing a collaborative relationship with various institutions that have a different system of education from ours, and this communication develops continuously and transparently creating mutual respect for sharing the best experiences, the ways of implementation as well as the expected results, which will directly affect the quality increase. Moreover, through promotion for involvement in staff mobility in institutions from different countries, will enable better transfer of experiences and their implementation at the International University in Struga.
- Linking higher education, research and business for excellence and regional development;
The main focus is on co-operation with the business sector, linking this to the research part of the University and our students. Methods such as organizing joint conferences, workshops, information days, sharing experiences and transfer of best practices are key to building programs that will bring the level and skills of the students in line to the needs of businesses and labor market and this connection will affect the economic, social and cultural development of the country, but also of the region as a whole.
- Improving governance and funding
Day by day the management is focused on improving the conditions by reinvesting in different parts of the University, and at the same time looking for alternative ways of financing, especially financing students from different groups through merit financial scholarships and social financial scholarships for vulnerable groups.
Achieving language proficiency, knowing new cultures, sharing ideas, experiences, knowledge, communication, new skills, life-long learning and European identity, are the main goal which International University of Struga is associated through Erasmus+ Programme.