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					  DUBLIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY




BA in INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND LANGUAGES



                YEAR 3

               HANDBOOK


               2011 - 2012




          SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES


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                                          Table of Contents


Objectives and learning outcomes of the year abroad ......................................... - 3 -
Assessment of Year Abroad .............................................................................................. - 3 -
Recommendations ................................................................................................................ - 4 -
Registration ............................................................................................................................. - 5 -
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) ........................................................... - 5 -
Private Insurance .................................................................................................................. - 5 -
DIT Personal Accident Insurance Scheme ................................................................. - 6 -
Travel Insurance .................................................................................................................... - 6 -
Other insurance ..................................................................................................................... - 6 -
Erasmus Mobility Grant ..................................................................................................... - 7 -
Student Assistance Fund ................................................................................................... - 7 -
Banking...................................................................................................................................... - 7 -
Travel & Arrival...................................................................................................................... - 8 -
Health and Safety ................................................................................................................. - 8 -
On arrival .................................................................................................................................. - 9 -
Advice ....................................................................................................................................... - 10 -
Plagiarism ............................................................................................................................... - 10 -
How to avoid plagiarism .................................................................................................. - 11 -
Frequently asked Questions........................................................................................... - 12 -
Checklist ................................................................................................................................. - 14 -




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Objectives and learning outcomes of the year
abroad

Students spend the academic year studying both business and
language subjects at a partner institution in a country of their major
language. Upon successful completion of this module students
should be able to:

   Demonstrate a significant improvement in their oral and written
    command of the target language.
   demonstrate their engagement with the target language
    community through the content of the Country Notebook
   master advanced learning material through modules taken in the
    target language at the partner institution


Assessment of Year Abroad
Modules at partner college: 40 ECTS Credits
Oral examination:            10 ECTS Credits
Country Notebook:            10 ECTS Credits


The oral examination is held in DIT in the first week of September
following the academic year abroad.

Please note it is essential to pass your year abroad. Should you
fail, you will be requested to repeat your 3rd year.




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Recommendations

Before you go:
  You must be eligible to progress into year 3.
  This means you must pass all your subjects.
  A DIT information pack will be given to you by the International
   Students’ office.
  You will receive the grant contract which specifies the amount
   allocated to you.
  Register in DIT.
  Make sure you have Host University’s coordinator’s name,
   Email and contact number.
  Check date of language test exam if applicable.
  Start applying for your accommodation as recommended by the
   host university.     Apply online where applicable.       When
   accommodation on campus is not available book into a hostel a
   week before you leave.
  Keep in touch with your coordinator at the host university.
  Check dates of the induction course (if applicable).
  Get your European Health Card.
  Check this website for useful tips on European Rental Guides,
   Money Management for our Students, Visiting a Doctor in the
   E.U. and Opening a Bank Account in the E.U..
   http://www.monetos.co.uk/service/




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Registration

If you are going on Erasmus for the full academic year you must pay
your fees and register with DIT before you leave.      Once you have
registered you should call to the Registrations Office to collect your
student card or you should contact Registrations to have your
student card posted to your home address.



The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
If you are an EU national and are travelling or staying temporarily in
another state belonging to the European Union, you are entitled to
receive medical care, should you become ill or have an accident. If
you are a student, a seconded worker or if you are entitled to a social
security pension in that state, you will be entitled to health care
beyond the immediate treatment.

You apply for the card online or through your local health board.
Please ensure you apply for the European Health Insurance Card
(EHIC) at least a month before you leave.

Further information on the European Health Card and details on
how to apply are available on the following website: www.ehic.ie.



Private Insurance

If you are covered by your parents' private insurance, you should
confirm the actual level of cover you will have while abroad.       Most



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policies cover a certain amount of emergency medical treatment
while abroad.


DIT Personal Accident Insurance Scheme

All whole time students of the Dublin Institute of Technology are
covered by a Personal Accident Insurance Scheme. Cover is world
wide and operated 24 hours per day, 365 days of the year,
irrespective of whether the accident occurs on campus or not.

Further details on the policy are available from Student Services at
01 4023394.

Please note that this policy only covers injury arising from an
accident (exemption: adventure sports).         It does not replace
health insurance in any way.


Travel Insurance
Students can also choose to purchase a Travel Insurance Policy (e.g.
from USIT).     A typical policy will cover loss or damage of baggage,
cancellation and curtailment, travel delay or missed departure and
emergency medical treatment.


Other insurance
Students taking expensive items such as laptops, digital cameras,
musical instruments etc. should make sure that these items are
insured.

You will not have to pay fees to the host institution.   However you
may have to pay a small charge to the institution (generally this


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covers a contribution to Student’s Union, subsidised student
facilities such as transport and restaurant).


Erasmus Mobility Grant

Students participating in the Erasmus programme will be eligible to
receive an Erasmus mobility grant.


Student Assistance Fund

This fund is managed by Student Services.          It is intended to aid
students experiencing unforeseen financial difficulties.     For further
details on this please contact Student Services at (01) 4023394.




Banking

Most Irish ATM cards work in EU countries. However you should
check with your bank before you leave.          A student credit card is
another option which can be useful for emergencies.

You will generally be asked to provide the following if you wish to
open a bank account in your host country:

   Passport.



   Confirmation of your permanent address in host country (rent
     receipts, utility bill etc).




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   Confirmation of your student status at the host university.




Travel & Arrival

When booking your flights make sure you have checked the
academic calendar, exams and holiday periods and dates of the
Orientation Programme.

Make sure you have sufficient funds to cover your initial expenses
when     you   arrive   in   the   host   country   (temporary   hostel
accommodation, accommodation deposit and first month’s rent).




Health and Safety

Be constantly aware of your own safety in your accommodation and
when socialising.


Be especially aware of fire safety.   If in private accommodation, ask
your Landlord to provide you write a smoke alarm and a small fire
extinguisher or purchase then yourself.


Always have the emergency numbers of the country on your mobile
phone.




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On arrival


  Register in the Host University.


  Make an early appointment with coordinator in Host University.


  Keep regular contact with your coordinator.


  Get your confirmation of arrival and learning contracts signed
   and stamped and return to your Erasmus coordinator and the
   International Student Office at DIT.


  Return the online questionnaire.


  Register for the intensive Language course if applicable.


  You must register in courses in your second Language.


  Ensure that there is a reasonable balance between Language
   and Business classes and that a minimum of 40 ECTS can be
   obtained.


  You must complete the Academic year as set by the host
   university even if the number of credits you require have been
   obtained before the end of the Academic year.


  You must complete the work experience programme if the
   agreement states it. This includes the written and oral report.




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Advice

   Photocopy     all   essential     documentation   (Passport,   birth
    certificate etc).


   Take out special insurance to cover theft/damage to expensive
    personal items such as laptop’s, ipods, cameras etc.


   Avoid sharing accommodation with your DIT classmates.          This
    could be quite detrimental to your learning experience.


   Join clubs, societies and other activities which will provide
    evidence of integration with the target language community (to
    be included in your Country notebook).


   You need permission both from the Host University and DIT to
    return to Ireland during term time.



Plagiarism

The Dublin Institute of Technology considers plagiarism to be a
serious academic offence.       Plagiarism is a breach of academic
values, academic conventions and codes of practice.        It is widely
accepted within academia that in the pursuit of knowledge,
innovation and creativity academics and students alike will build
upon the works of others.     Fundamental to this process of human
inquiry and discovery is the prerequisite that all sources of
information utilised should be appropriately acknowledged.         This


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elementary precondition enables the cultivation of scholarly activities
and research to progress in an open and free environment.


Plagiarism is regarded as either intentionally or unintentionally the
‘passing off’ of others’ work as one’s own. This includes the using of
others’ ideas, information presented or acceded in wither visual or
audio formats and asking or paying another to produce work.


In short, do not:
   Pass off another’s work as your own
   Ask another to do work which you claim as your own
   Buy or copy work from electronic sources
   Use another’s ideas as your own


Plagiarism can be either and intentional act whereby work is
deliberately utilised and claimed as one’s own, or it can occur
unintentionally either through bad academic practice by the student
or failure to inform yourself about the Institute’s regulations.
Plagiarism is not confined to written assignments, projects or theses;
it incorporates all academic work, including practical workshops,
demonstrations, three dimensional work and artistic practice.


How to avoid plagiarism

The best way to avoid plagiarism is to keep informed. You should
request information from your lecturer, examine programme writing
style guides and conventions, access programme documents and
consult the Institute’s General Assessment Regulations.       Be clear


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about the particular referencing system of the discipline concerned,
while noting that with modularization students may study modules
in different disciplines. Therefore, be sure you are using the correct
referencing procedure appropriate to the discipline you are studying.
Above all clearly acknowledge all sources of information you have
accessed during your work.            The Institute’s Library Service has
several useful texts on plagiarism which are both accessible and
informative, and form a good guide to referencing.


Frequently asked Questions
_____________________________________________________________________________
Q.    When does the semester in my host university start?

A.    You will find this information in the official Academic Calendar of the Host
      University.
_____________________________________________________________________________
Q.    When should I return my learning contract?

A.    Within two weeks of arrival in your host university (1st week of October).
_____________________________________________________________________________
Q.    When do I return the questionnaire?

A. The second week of October.
_________________________________________________________________
Q. When will I get my Grant?

A.    Approx one month after you have returned your learning agreement signed
      and stamped by your host university.      (Note: Grants will NOT BE PAID
      unless the learning contract is returned). The learning contract must be
      returned both to your Academic Coordinator and to the International Office.
_____________________________________________________________________________
Q.    When will I receive the guidelines for my country notebook?

A.    During the first semester.
_____________________________________________________________________________
Q.    How long should my country notebook be?



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A.    Approx 3000 words.
_____________________________________________________________________________
Q.   When should the country notebook be returned?

A. By the 15th May 2011.
_____________________________________________________
Q. Can I send my Country notebook by email?

A.   Yes to Languages@dit.ie If posting your country notebook please allow 3
     working days. Country notebooks with the postmark of the closing date
     will not be accepted.

_____________________________________________________________________________
Q.   What is the cost of accommodation?

A.    Cheaper than Ireland.
_____________________________________________________________________________
Q.   How much would the year abroad cost?

A.   Approx €7000 - €8000




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                                  Checklist

    Before you leave

   Consult the DIT School of Languages Erasmus website.
   Meet your coordinator with any outstanding questions you may still
    have.
   Complete your grant application form.
   Sign your grant contract and return to the International Student
    Office.
   Apply to your host University on line if applicable.
   Apply on line for accommodation if applicable.
   Inform your local authority of your Erasmus exchange if you are in
    receipt of a grant.
   Make sure your passport is valid.
   Obtain EHIC (European Health Insurance Card).
   Arrange travel and insurance.
   Bring     confirmation   of   your    acceptance   at   host   institution   (if
    applicable).
   Photocopy all important documents as back up (Passport, VHI details,
    application forms, birth certificate).
   Passport photos.
   Birth Certificate and a translation of birth certificate if necessary.
   Your DIT Student Card.
   Ensure you have contacts details for your accommodation and for your
    Erasmus Coordinators in both your home and host institution. See DIT
    website.
   If you are going on Erasmus for the full academic year ensure you
    register and pay fees with DIT.




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