Mobility, Partnerships and Collaboration
The ELGS welcomes students from other Universities, staff exchange and institutional collaborations. This page contains information useful to facilitate you on planning a future cooperation with the ELGS.
Our office is made up of a diverse team of administrators, academics, students from all around the world, who work hard to make mobility a rewarding experience for incoming and outgoing students of the institution.
Additionally, further information can be accessed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The following list contains the people responsible for related issues:
- International Affairs: Dr Nikolaos Voulgaris email@example.com
- Student & Academic Affairs: Ms Anita Racz firstname.lastname@example.org
- Administration for Educational Activities: Ms Iro Skrapa email@example.com
Our headquarters can be found at 2 Polygnotou and Dioskouron St., Plaka, 10555 in Athens, Greece. Our office can be reached at this number: +30 211 311 0671.
Academic Credit system, Grading, and Diploma Supplement
The ELGS follows the standards set out in the Bologna process and the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Each ECTS credit is equivalent to 30 ECTS and are allocated on the basis of a student’s workload over an academic course. This includes all learning activities (i.e. lectures, seminars, projects, private study, examinations, research, work placements, etc.) and is therefore not based only on the number of contact hours. This means that all types and compositions of courses can be allocated ECTS credits.
The school is based on the semester system, and each semester of first and second cycle degree programs are comprised of 14 weeks of classes, followed by exams. Students participating on a full-time basis should successfully complete 30 ECTS credits per semester, or 60 ECTS credits per year. First cycle degree programs are three years in duration and students must complete all academic requirements leading towards 180 ECTS credits to receive their degree. Students completing second cycle taught degree programs are awarded a diploma upon the successful completion of 60 ECTS credits, and a master’s degree upon the successful completion of 90 ECTS credits. Meanwhile, students participating in second cycle research degrees are awarded 120 ECTS upon successful completion of their program.
Each credit measures the work load undertaken by the average student participating in the program. Classes may be comprised of lectures, tutorials, group assignments, mock-trials, classwork, papers, exam, dissertations and internships. Credits are awarded when appropriate assessment shows that the defined learning outcomes have been achieved at the relevant level. If the student has not achieved the learning outcomes, no credits will be awarded. In the event of non-formal or informal learning, such as volunteer work or internships, students will be awarded credits based upon the predetermined amount of credits designated for the activity. These amounts are determined by the relevant Provost in cooperation with the Faculty Board of the school.
Regarding exchange, the ELGS welcomes and encourages exchange at the first, second and third cycle of study. Before mobility, incoming students to the ELGS should have an up-to-date Learning Agreement to ensure that their proposed course of study at the ELGS is sufficient for their home institution to award the correct number of credits for your time at the ELGS. This allows the exchange program to recognize not only the cultural aspect of such an exchange but also the academic achievement of the student. After mobility all Erasmus students receive a transcript at the end of their stay showing the courses they have studied, including any exam results, and the ECTS equivalent.
The grading scale of the ELGS is based on a scale of 1 to 100. Written work, presentations, projects, assignments are also marked on a scale of 1-100.
Students are marked on a scale of 1-100. The grades are as follows:
- 91% and above=excellent
- 76-90% =distinction
- 50-65% pass
- Below 50%=fail
General note: at all cycles of study class attendance is mandatory. Active participation, performance on assignments, projects, presentations etc, quality of written work, like essays etc contribute to the final grade of students, in addition to the final exam which may be written, oral or in another form. Students must review the course catalogue and syllabus of each course for more detailed information.
All students who complete a degree program of the ELGS will receive a diploma supplement free of charge.
Credit Transfer System
Students already in possession of prior academic qualifications or who having prior working experience and/or other experiential learning, may either be admitted at an advanced stage of the ELGS’ curriculum or be exempted from specific courses. Credits acquired in other academic institutions shall be taken into account by the selection committee, on account of the awarding institution, the level of study, its duration, the learning objectives, the learning methodology followed, the bibliography used, and the grade obtained by each student. Experience shall be taken into account of the framework in which it has been acquired, its duration, the specific functions performed. All the above should be substantiated by the candidate in his/her application and should be discussed at the interview, if invited for an interview. The recognition of prior academic qualifications and/or prior experience should be specifically asked for by each candidate in their application.
Internal administrative steps and procedures established to recognized the mobility achievements
Potential incoming mobility students should review the updated course catalogues of the ELGS available on the website so that students may make informed choices about the courses that they elect to take during their mobility period. Kindly note that mobility can only take place between institutions with which the ELGS already has prior agreements, in which the relationships between parties is already established with adherence to standards of quality and reception of participants. These institutions must have established a Learning or Mobility Agreement with the ELGS prior to the mobility period, which will be signed by a responsible staff member who will recognize the credits earned. To facilitate incoming mobility students, the ELGS will provide assistance in providing letters of support for visas, recommend private health insurance providers in the event that students do not have health insurance, and provide assistance/guidance in finding accommodation.
During mobility, the ELGS will ensure that equal academic treatment is being given for home students and staff as well as incoming mobile participants, as well as assisting with integration into the everyday life of the institution. Participants will be provided with mentoring and support from the local staff if necessary, as well as guidance for any linguistic support needed.
After the mobility period has ended, the learning or mobility agreement will count as the basis for all activities counting towards credit, providing that all activities have been completed by the participant. Our institution will then provide mobile participants with transcripts of their achievements after their period has been completed.
Language policy and preparation for outgoing mobility and support for incoming mobility for students and staff
All students and staff wishing to participate in outgoing Erasmus + mobility will be required to provide evidence of that they possess the required level of language skills, as communicated by the host institution. Candidates may be required to take a language assessment before being approved for their requested destination, which will include writing, oral and reading comprehension components. Failure to complete this assessment may negatively affect eligibility to participate in the Erasmus Program.
Incoming students and staff from other institutions will be required provide evidence of a sufficient level of the English language, as all instruction and work at the ELGS is in the English language. Candidates may be required to take a test to demonstrate their proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking before being considered to participate in this institution. Kindly note that as the ELGS is operating out of Greece, knowledge of modern Greek is an asset, not a requirement.
Students wishing to further enhance their knowledge skills beyond those required by their host institution or by the ELGS should contact the secretariat for recommendations about language schools and online courses.
Agreements with universities and institutes
The ELGS Network of affiliated universities and institutes can be found here