The aim is to use English as the vehicular language to bring graduate and post graduate students into contact with scenarios and events which lead to a reflection on what opportunities and realities await the student after completion of education and how to best prepare to take advantage of opportunities. Each programme is developed so as to respond to a discipline or particular project interest of the student or group of students in question so as to guarantee an overall and integrated project approach i.e. preparation prior to arrival in Great Britain and the possibility to follow up project themes on return.

The main objectives are:

Students:

The underlying principle of the project is that students should through this and related programmes be exposed to circumstances, people and organisations, so as to have a relevant cultural and information input to enable them to understand more about ‘what goes on’ in the world and thus able to rationalise more about what the future after University could offer them, and any decisions they make are more likely to be informed ones. Therefore by definition the target group is the 21 to 30 year old age range

Programme Implementation:

“From University to the World of Work” consists of a study period and accommodation is provided in carefully selected host families or student hostel.

In reality the period in the UK focuses primarily through a project approach and in many cases elaborated together with the input of representatives from various organisations, both of a volunteer, charitable and enterprise background. At all times video and IT communication will be available with the trainers and support team.

The standard programme duration is of 2 weeks and comprises:

  • 40 didactic hours based on project elaboration and either preparation or follow up to the afternoon shadowing sessions.

Content can range from

  1. specific vocabulary building
  2. questionnaire design and input and questioning technique
  3. preparation for attending meetings or taking part in visits – relevant listening and question techniques
  4. research on afternoon topic report writing power point presentations
  5. round tables on topic elaboration

6 afternoons of shadowing to include

  • guest speakers
  • visits to local companies, educational institutions, and project related destinations
  • field work
  • group tasks assistance with power point presentations and web search
  • aptitude testing and analysis 2 afternoon trips combining cultural and project related activities 1 full day trip combining cultural and project related activities

On a more formal package basis the programme also includes

  • Return airport transfer
  • Full board host family accommodation (two/three students per family)
  • Bus pass for use throughout the study period

End of course assessment and certification

Programmes are independently and externally accredited by the IAB. The IAB is an international professional and awarding body of qualifications, regulated in England by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (see www.qca.org.uk) and also in Wales and Northern Ireland. Assessment of students' learning and achievements in these programmes is therefore subject to the external quality assurance conducted by the IAB. Following their programmes, successful students will receive an IAB Certificate, confirming their achievements. It will be of particular relevance where students are required or are looking to obtain a “credit” for programme completion. Students and accompanying teachers will be fully informed beforehand on how the assessment will be made and this in itself will add to the integrity and smooth functioning of the programme.

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