In the framework of our strategic development actions, we are currently working to strengthen the internationalization of our institution. The solidity of this progress is only possible through the participation of our university's community.

Students, professors and administrative staff are called to participate and lead new projects and initiatives.

Awards and grants for internationalization projects

Objectives of the projects

  • To improve intercultural understanding
  • To facilitate the integration between Spanish and international students
  • To move closer to a truly international campus

Who is eligible?

Undergraduate and postgraduate students from any study program at the three CEU Cardenal Herrera campuses can present, individually or as a group, a project to the Grant Board. Applicants must be registered as full-time students.
Membership of the WASB (World Ambassadors Students Board) and participation in the Global Citizen program will be an advantage.

Process

Project applications must be written in Spanish, English or French.
Each application must include the following documentation:

  • Project title
  • Project objectives
  • Project/activity description
  • Activity format and timetable (date, time, duration and location, etc.)
  • Expected number of Spanish and international student participants
  • Expected results, achievements, impact and contributions of the project
  • Budget
  • The number of administrative (PAS), teaching and research staff (PDI) participants.
  • Justification of the ability to carry out the project

The projects must be carried out during this academic year, up to August 2017, and in accordance with the operational regulations of the Student Project Desk.

Send all the required documentation by email to viri2@uch.ceu.es before 24th October.

Grants

Two grants of a maximum of €1500 will be awarded, in accordance with the needs of the project. The Grant Board reserves the right, at its discretion, to make additional recommendations with regard to the quantity of the Grant if an application for an exceptional project is made.

Responsibilities of those awarded a Grant

Those awarded a Grant will be asked to prepare a statement containing:

  • A report on the activities undertaken
  • Result(s) of the project
  • The number of student participants, the PAS and PDI participants and the number of students which the project aims to reach out to;
  • The difficulties found and areas for improvement;
  • Financial justification including the original receipts;

Those receiving a Grant may also be asked to participate in events or conferences concerning best practices and provide a testimonial promoting their projects.

Notification of the award of a Grant

Successful applicants will be notified of their award of a Grant on 15th November 2016.
The projects submitted will be exhibited at the International Boot Camp to be held on 15th November and related workshops or competitions may be held at this event.

International Visiting Scholar Program

Introduction

The aim of the international program for visiting scholars is to increase contact between our university community and professionals, lecturers and researchers of high standing who normally work abroad. The program seeks to stimulate the process of internationalization at the CEU-UCH and to encourage the incorporation of teaching and research staff into our campuses. To this end, there are different modes of participation in the program, which will depend on the duration of the candidate’s stay here, his or her profile and the reciprocity of the arrangement.

Candidate categories

  • Lecturer, researcher or professional of high standing (10 years of experience).
  • Emeritus professor.
  • Early career lecturer or researcher. (Less than five years as a post-doc and below 35 years of age).

Modes of participation in the program

  • Guest scholar. Short period (From two weeks to five months)
  • 2.2. Visiting scholar. Prolonged period (At least five months)

Reciprocal exchange arrangements with other universities

The guest scholars can undertake exchanges with the CEU-UCH academic staff for the teaching of lectures. A prior agreement must be put in place for this exchange and this must be recorded in the POD (the Teaching Organization Plan). The exchange must be as balanced as possible with regard to time requirements and the demands placed on the two lecturers.

These reciprocal exchanges can only take place if the Faculty or Institute to which the CEU-UCH candidate belongs makes a prior, and successful, application to this effect to the Assessment Board (Comisión de Evaluación).

Application procedure mode

A). Presentation of the candidate and/or post by the Faculty or School.
B). Application by the candidate to an open application process or for a predefined post.

Candidate requirements

General requirements

  • To be of foreign nationality or a Spanish national resident abroad, ordinarily undertaking his or her profession outside of Spain.
  • To collaborate with one or more full-time doctorate-holding lecturers/researchers at the University, who also accept responsibility for the teaching or research project to be undertaken.

Requirements specific to each profile or mode

  • The lecturers of high standing must duly detail and accredit the prestige they have acquired in their career, and it is desirable for them to have held their doctorate for more than seven years, with at least ten years of teaching experience. For those cases in which the candidate will only undertake research, then he or she must detail the prestige acquired as a researcher, with particular emphasis being placed on the number and quality of publications in the first quartile of his or her field and his or her participation in these publications as the lead researcher.
  • The professionals of high standing must detail and accredit the prestige they have acquired in terms of the roles they have fulfilled, publications made, and any prizes or awards they have received for their work.  They must have more than fifteen years of experience in the field for which they are to be invited. Preference will be given to those who hold a PhD or alternatively to those who have undertaken research or outreach work.
  • The emeritus professors must be between 60 and 70 years of age for the modes of visiting and guest scholars. The upper limit may be extended to 75 or beyond, at the discretion of the Assessment Board.
  • The candidates for the early career lecturer/researcher mode must not be more than 35 years old, and they must either be in the process of writing a doctoral thesis or they must have attained their PhD within the five years prior to their application.  
  • The above requirements must be met at the time of the application being made.

Characteristics and applicable conditions

  • Guest scholars may only remain so during a maximum of three consecutive academic years, and being a guest lecturer is incompatible with simultaneously being a visiting lecturer. The Assessment Board, may, exceptionally, extend this maximum period.  
  • The duration of the scholars’ stay will be determined by the mode involved, and the start and end dates will have been established beforehand, except in the case of guest scholars whose presence on campus is not continuous. In this latter case, only the number of hours/activities required will be established.  
  • The scholar’s stay at the University will always take place during the course of the academic year corresponding to the application. Only in exceptional circumstances and for clearly justified reasons may an approved stay be postponed until the following academic year, and this postponement must also be approved by the relevant Faculty, School or Institute and the Assessment Board, which must verify that provision can be made in the budget for this purpose.
  • The success of an application will not establish a contractual or employment relationship between the candidate and the CEU-UCH University, nor does the University thereby take on any commitment to establish such a relationship in the future.  
  • Visiting scholars may not combine this position with another similar position at the same time, except in the case of honorary international schaolars who may also be eligible for awards of this type.   
  • Visiting scholars must not have any financial or time-related constraints which are incompatible with undertaking their duties.  

Financial award

An award of up to €15,000, in accordance with the level of contribution to teaching, institutional and research internationalization strategy.

Documentation and application process

The candidate’s application must contain the following:

  • A duly completed application form. Annex I.
  • Photocopy of the candidate’s passport or national ID card.
  • The candidate’s CV.
  • Certificate from the candidate’s institution of origin which details his or her pay grade and the position they hold.
  • Authorization by the university/company of origin for the candidate to undertake the stay as visiting scholar at the CEU-UCH.
  • If there is a reciprocal exchange involved, then Annex III must be completed, along with the standard UCH CV and a letter of acceptance from the university of destination, and, where appropriate, the document detailing the corresponding agreement.
  • Work plan.

Submission of the applications

Applications must be sent to the Vice-Rectorate of International Relations (viri@uchceu.es).
Applications which do not fulfil the above requirements will be automatically excluded from the assessment process.

Application assessment criteria and process:

The evaluation criteria will take the following elements into account:

  • The candidate’s CV and his or her teaching, scientific and professional achievements.
  • The impact that the candidate’s stay will make on the University’s internationalization strategy and, especially, on the initiative to establish strategic international alliances.
  • The objective and interest of the candidate’s stay and its impact on the Faculty, School or Institute and the University, along with its degree of suitability with regard to the conditions of this call for applications.  
  • The impact of the stay on teaching: the number of students who will benefit, the subjects involved, the degree programs affected, the international character of these degree programs, and the language in which the subjects involved are taught (bilingual degree programs).
  • The research plan in the case of visiting or guest scholars whose stay will be continuous.  
  • The CVs of the group in which the visiting scholar will participate and the work plan to be undertaken. The clarity of the objectives and appropriate planning with regard to time for the undertaking of the activities will be taken into account.  
  • In the case of a reciprocal exchange, the CV of the CEU-UCH candidate will also be taken into account, along with the possible training activities and the work plan at the university of destination.  

The concealment of certain details, or the alteration, manipulation, vagueness or lack of rigour of the information provided may cause the application to be rejected.

Obligations of successful candidates

  • To comply with the established work plan for their stay, in accordance with the regulations in place at the corresponding Centre or Faculty, and to observe the working hours and/or exclusivity established for the stay.
  • For continuous stays, to attend the corresponding teaching centre; for any change to the work program, hiatuses or temporary absences, the prior authorization of the Vice-Rectorate of International Relations will be required.
  • For discontinuous stays, the teaching hours and the scheduled time on campus previously agreed to must be complied with. Any alterations and modifications must be discussed and agreed to by the relevant department or centre.
  • In the last month of their stay, the visiting scholars must submit a report summarising the work they have undertaken, which must be approved by the lecturer responsible and the corresponding Head of Department.
  • Acceptance by the successful candidate of a stay at the University includes the acceptance of the regulations governing the application. Non-compliance will cause this offer to be revoked and will require all monies awarded to be returned in full.  

Welcome Program

Visiting scholars will benefit from the University’s welcome program (help with searching for accommodation, obtaining administrative documents, setting up a bank account, obtaining medical insurance, etc.) in order to facilitate their stay at the CEU-UCH and their swift incorporation into the University community.

Documents

Form

World Ambassadors Students Board

Aim of the WASB

The World Ambassadors Students Board is a counselor, representative and mentoring organism of the University CEU Cardenal Herrera.

The WASB will be formed by ambassador students of the different nationalities (including Spanish students) present at any of the campuses of the University. The number of places is not limited, and it could be formed at least with as many seats as different nationalities are coexisting at the CEU UCH during an academic year.

The WASB functions are:

  • Advisory and counselor body of the University.
  • To raise proposals related to both international and integration activities, among the policies and actions defined in the frame of the Campus Life Program.
  • To gather special needs of the students of each nationality represented.
  • To guide international students, especially prospective and newcomers, and in particular those coming from their countries of origin, within the integration policies of the University.
  • To represent the university in their home countries, when required.
  • The Ambassadors will create, when required, a connection between future students, prospective students, alumni, parents, stakeholders and friends of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University while actively promoting the University Global Network.
  • The Ambassadors will have priority in the access to the International and Integration Collaboration Grants.
  • The ambassador’s functions will be different from those of the University Students Representative or Delegates.

Meetings of the WASB

The WASB shall meet at least once a year in plenary session. The Vice rector for International Relations and the vice rector for Students and Campus Life (or the persons in which they delegate) will attend to that meeting.

The WASB may meet in working sessions as often as its members deem appropriate or as many times as needed by the issues to be treated. The minimum will be a regular meeting every semester regardless of the plenary session.

To the working sessions, at least one staff of the University (Vice-Chancellors, Head of International Relations, International Relations Officer or the Campus Life Officer) will assist.

The General Representative of the Students would be invited to assist to the working sessions and the plenary.

Every meeting will be registered in a formal act with the subjects treated and the conclusions. The language of the WASB will be English, despite that a brief report of the meetings will be issued in French and Spanish.

Executive commission of the WASB

The WASB will have an executive commission formed by 3 or 5 of the elected members, depending on the size of the Board. One of those members of the executive commission will be nominated as chairman and representative of the board. The executive commission will solve the questions, problems and practical matters that will not require the plenary meeting of the Ambassadors Board.

The executive commission of the WASB or a representation of the WASB members could be invited to assist to some of the International Advisory Board meeting sessions.

The members of the WASB Executive Commission will have warranted an International or Integration Collaboration Grant.

The Ambassadors

To be ambassador of a country, the student must have a passport of that country and present a formal candidature to the position.

In the event that there are no candidates for the post of ambassador of a certain nationality the Rectoral team may invite a selected student to hold the position.

In the event that there are more than 50 students of a certain nationality it may be two positions on the table (male and female Ambassador). For the Spanish representatives on the Board a maximum of three seats will be reserved.

The position of Ambassador will be hold for a period of one academic year. It could be renewed a maximum of three occasions consecutive or not.

The ambassadors who hold the position for 3 periods will receive the appointment of Honorary Ambassador at the completion of their studies, once they register as Alumni of the CEU UCH.

The appointment of Honorary Ambassador will be entitled to attend the annual plenary session of WASB by invitation of the University.

The participation in the World Ambassadors Students Board will be taken into account for the Global Citizenship Program.

Nomination of the Ambassadors

During the academic year the University will communicate the call for the WASB to all the students. There will be conferences and information encounters to explain the WASB program.

Any student of the University would be able to candidate for being the Ambassador of his/her country. The expression of interest of the candidates will be collected until the announced deadline data. Applicants must submit completed application model along with a photocopy of their passport (WASB application form). The selection committee will have the option to call any candidate to a personal interview in order to determine the skills of the candidate.

The Rectoral Team of the University will nominate the Ambassadors and the Executive commission of the WASB among all the candidacies received.

The nomination will be extended for a complete natural year. An Ambassador would lose the condition at any time for any inappropriate behavior.

The place and schedule of the meetings, the period of nomination and the procedures of the WASB will be contained in the WASB Regulation Document.

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Global Citizen Program

The CEU Global Citizen Program is a diverse activity/study program that aims to approach students with the skills and the knowledge they need to be successful in a world where it is increasingly important to be internationally competent. The program allows them to see the world from many different facets, and to act accordingly. Students will be exposed to a global approach in different ways throughout the program, namely through classes, activities and an international experience, to take into account cultural differences in their contact with people from around the world. This global perspective will be of great importance once they enter the workforce, especially if they work abroad or in global companies with interests in different markets. The aim of the CEU Global Citizen Program is that its students become global citizens familiar with different cultures.

The objective of the program is to promote the students to attend to the different activities simultaneously with their regular undergraduate program, to obtain a Global Citizenship Certificate after their graduation.

The Global Citizen program will have four different modules to help the student to acquire a comprehensive formation. These areas are related with different skills and activities that fulfill a complete range of experiences and knowledge.

The modules are: Language Skills, International Formation, International Experience Activities and International Mobility.

Each module will allow the student to gain International Credits (IC), depending on the activities or objectives completed by the student.

The Certificate will have two different modalities Standard Certificate and Proficiency Certificate depending on the number of International Credits obtained. To get the Standard Certificate the minimum number of IC will be 55, with at least 10 IC corresponding to each module. To get the Proficiency Certificate the minimum number of IC will be 80, with at least 15 IC corresponding to each module.

The students will have to complete a previous inscription to be part of the program, and once they have completed the required credits they will be able to present all the partial certificates of the activities to obtain the Standard or Proficiency Certificate.

A. Language Skills

To fulfill the competence related with the language skills, the students will have different possibilities, depending on their country of origin and the level of the certificate they aspire to obtain.

Activities
Language courses. The students could take classes in the foreign language of the countries where they are going to have their International Experience. Those courses can be taken previously to the departure or during the exchange.

Language certificates. The students can present their official certificates on foreign languages obtained during their formation years.

Language exams. The students can obtain the recognition of a certain level on a foreign language by passing the exam done by the language service of the University previous to their international experience.

International Credits
The mother language will not be taken into consideration in order to obtain IC.

The assistance to language courses will be complemented with 3/5 IC depending on the duration and the performance of the student.

Table of conversion for International credits depending on levels

Language/level B1 B2 C1 C2
Each language 3 IC 5 IC 10 IC 15 IC

B. International Formation

The international formation will consist in some different courses and lectures related with Internationalization. In this module the activities will belong to two different groups and have two different levels.

Groups. Courses on International Cultural Topics and International Specialization Courses.

Cultural courses. These courses are related to the country, or countries, where the students will go for their international experience(s). Thus, the country, or countries, where they will be living determine(s) which courses they can choose from. The student can choose between courses on general culture, history, art and literature. Those courses could be also taken as part of the activities developed at the CEU UCH.

Specialized courses. Those will be subjects or lectures specialized in any aspect related to the International Relations Formation. Those could be part of the thematic of the degree of the students or complementary and alternatively to the specific formation relation with the International Public Relations Degree.

Levels. International Lectures, International Weeks, International Credits subjects.

International Credits

Type of activity / duration 1-2 hours 2-5 hours 1-2 days 3-5 days
International Lectures 1 IC 2 IC - -
International Weeks - 1 IC 2 IC 4 IC
International credits subjects - 2 IC 4 IC 6 IC
Others 1 IC 2 IC 3 IC -

Faculties will have a record of activities with the related IC assignation and that record will be communicated periodically to the International Office.

C. International Experience Activities

This part of the program is related with all the activities developed in the University that imply to have contact with other international students. Those activities can be organized by the Vice-Rectory for International Relations, by the Vice-Rectory of Students and Campus Life, or by the International Office alone or in cooperation with any other service of the University.

The students can participate in Integration Activities, they can do an assistantship, volunteering, representatives, integration activities and they can be a Mentor or Buddy for international students. Also being part of the World Students Ambassadors Board will be specially taken into consideration for this item.

Each activity will have a number of International Credits associated, and the number will be defined in the call of the activity. The minimum will be 1 IC for participating into an activity and the maximum for a single activity will be the 10 IC obtained when being part of Executive commission of the World Students Ambassadors Board. Usually the number of IC will be related with the number of hours associated to the activity, and the typical conversion rate considered will be 1 IC per 5 hours of activity.

D. International Mobility

The program specially seeks to promote the exchange and international mobility experience by the students. The mobility can be for studies, internship or volunteering experience.

For the assignation of IC there will be taken into consideration three different categories of activities depending on the duration.

Duration IC
Short term mobility (less than 1 month) 5 IC
Middle term mobility (4 months) 10 IC
Long term mobility (8 months or more) 15 IC

Mobility will not be considered for obtaining IC if it is done at the home country of the student.

When a student applies to a middle term or long term mobility grants it will be taken into consideration to have obtained previously a minimum achievement in the other three modules:

  • In the Language module a minimum skill in the destination country language will be mandatory to complete the mobility.
  • The total amount of IC previously obtained by the student will be considered as extra points for the assignation of the grant. Those extra points will be defined in the bases of the call.

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