European Educational Programmes Committee
|Name and Surname||Function|
|1||Kalliopi Makridou, Chair||Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor of Law|
|2||Stamatis Aggelopoulos, Member||Vice President for Research and Lifelong Learning, Professor School of Geotechnical Sciences|
|3||Nikolaos Giovanis, Member||Assoc. Professor School of Economics and Business Administration|
|4||Korina Katsaliaki, Member||Assoc. Professor School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics|
|5||Dimitrios Maditinos, Member||Professor School of Economics and Business Administration|
Links to Erasmus websites
- Alexander campus – Sindos, Thessaloniki https://www.ihu.gr/en/academic-units/intprogsen
- Kavala Campus http://erasmus.teiemt.gr/index.php/el/
- University Center of International Programmes of Studies – Thermi, Thessaloniki http://ecs.ihu.edu.gr/co/erasmus/erasmusplus.html
- Serres campus http://erasmusplus.teicm.gr/
The ERASMUS programme is dedicated to student mobility among European Universities for the purpose of education. It encourages student and staff mobility for work and study, and promotes trans-national co-operation projects among universities across Europe. It gives many European university students their first chance to live and thrive abroad. Currently around 90% of European universities take part in Erasmus and 2 million students have participated since it started in 1987. The annual budget is in excess of €440 million, more than 4,000 higher education institutions in 33 countries participate and more are waiting to join.
Erasmus became part of the LLP in 2007 and expanded to cover new areas. At present, ERASMUS funds the following activities:
- Student (undergraduate, postgraduate, doctorate) mobility for the purpose of pursuing studies abroad.
- Student mobility for the purpose of practical training at a Higher Educational Institution, private enterprise or other type of institution/organization based in participating countries.
- University staff mobility for professional training
- University staff or enterprise staff mobility for teaching abroad
The IHU has held the Extended Erasmus University Charter (EUCX) since 2009, which means that it is authorized to participate in any of the above activities.
Erasmus ID number International Hellenic University: GTHESSAL-14
EUCX number International Hellenic University: 251700-IC-1-2009-1-GR-ERASMUS-EUCX-1
The Institution agrees to publish this overall strategy (all three parts) on its website within one month after the signature of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education by the European Commission.
Please describe your institution’s international (EU and non-EU) strategy. In your description please explain a)how you choose your partners, b) in which geographical area(s) and c) the most important objectives and target groups of your mobility activities (with regard to staff and students in first, second and third cycles, including study and training, and short cycles). If applicable, also explain how your institution participates in the development of double/multiple/joint degrees.
The International Hellenic University is the youngest higher education institution in Greece and from its establishment has focused on attracting leading academics and outstanding students from South East Europe (SEE) and across the world.
The IHU strategic mission is threefold:
- Provide research and education that meet the needs of the international community.
- Enhance understanding of the economic, socio-political and technological issues facing the societies we serve, through teaching and research of the highest academic standard.
- Create an international and diverse student and faculty community to foster greater understanding between cultures and nations.
The IHU puts the focus on the learning process, creating an academic environment and the necessary conditions to efficiently pursue its primary target of excellence in research and teaching. Among the aspects the International Hellenic University has incorporated successfully in its mode of operation are the following:
- Internationalisation aspect
- Introduction of transparent evaluation processes
- Establishment of links between universities and civil society
In response to the increasingly globalized environment and the trend towards internationalisation in higher education, the IHU’s international strategy is to put emphasis on improving academic standards for the students and establishing open collaborative environments for teaching and research staff. As such, the stress is put on education that is internationally relevant and not confined to local conditions, with research partnerships and networks that reflect every aspect of a university’s activity, from research collaboration to student exchanges and enterprise partnerships. Furthermore, the learning environment offered aspires to enable students to be better placed in the international job market and to become global citizens, helped in this by their direct experience of other cultures, nations and perspectives.
Consequently it acknowledges the increased significance of European and international academic mobility and that a broad range of networks and links with international institutions is essential to sustain scholarly exchange, research, constant curriculum modernization and increased employment opportunities for its graduates. The selection criteria of partners are based on the following guiding principles:
- Academic excellence
- Thematic and scientific relevance of the programmes
- Regional integration and International diversity
The IHU has already been developing networks with institutions in the countries of SE Europe, the Black Sea region, the Mediterranean basin and Eastern Europe and aims to further enhance its links with these areas. Furthermore the International Hellenic University is committed to a comprehensive equal opportunities policy for both its staff and students. Individuals are selected and treated on the basis of appropriate merits and abilities and are given equal opportunities within the University. In the previous period the IHU focused mainly on exchanges of students and staff, but as the institution is rapidly developing, it will expand the range of activities in the next period to include joint programmes of study, etc.
If applicable, please describe your institution’s strategy for the organisation and implementation of international (EU and non-EU) cooperation projects in teaching and training in relation to projects implemented under the Programme.
First and foremost it is the IHU’s strategy to consolidate its relationship with Higher Educational Institutions in other countries through agreements and active cooperation in mobility activities. Within this framework, all Erasmus agreements are subject to prior ratification of an inter-institutional agreement, indicating the subject area, the number of student/staff places on the exchange and the appropriate level of the students (postgraduate, etc). These agreements establish the respective roles and responsibilities of the different parties, as well as their commitment to shared quality criteria. Higher Educational Institutions in other countries are invited to sign Erasmus bilateral agreements with the International Hellenic University in those fields of study where there is common ground and perspectives for sustainable long term cooperation.
When signing a bilateral agreement the University takes into consideration:
- The quality of courses offered by the partner institution (compatibility of academic profiles, course characteristics, adequate standards for mobility activities, etc.)
- The implementation of ECTS principles and mechanisms.
- The level of good understanding among the Institutions.
- Institutional commitment and geographical considerations
Please explain the expected impact of your participation in the Programme on the modernisation of your institution (for each of the 5 priorities of the Modernisation Agenda*) in terms of the policy objectives you intend to achieve.
IHU participation will enhance the attraction of bright minds from a broader geographical area and provide the resources to increase the number of international students in Greece while facilitating at the same time the development of an international learning environment. In regard to including disadvantaged and vulnerable social groups, the exchange of best practices from various Member States will provide the necessary expertise on an administrative level. IHU efforts set a priority on dismantling barriers still faced by women at higher levels in postgraduate education and research in the region of SE Europe as well as on providing financial support for students from lower income backgrounds who are otherwise unable to carry on their studies in EU countries. Both priorities result in an increase in the pool of available talent.
The intensification of staff and student exchange within the context of EU Higher Education will contribute to updated curricula enabling graduates to find quality employment in line with their studies. Furthermore, an increase in student placements in private enterprises with transnational reach of activities will equip students with the practical experience that will also increase their employability prospects and foster entrepreneurial aspirations or their doctoral research interests to be better aligned with the needs of the knowledge-intensive society.
In addition, the opportunities offered for the professional development of academic and university staff will increase the ability of the IHU to retain high quality staff.
Increased mobility raises awareness on issues such as quality assurance in higher education and considerations of practical relevance in the development of curricula. As the frontrunner in the internationalisation of Greek Higher Education, the IHU will act as a best practice case in attracting the best students, academics and researchers from outside Greece and by developing new forms of cross-border cooperation with the wider region while eliminating barriers to regional exchanges in the SEE region.
Activities to be undertaken will improve the capacity of the IHU to integrate research results and innovative practice and to exploit the potential for crossing the boundaries of research, business and education and stimulate an intensive interaction between civil society stakeholders.
European Union – Education and Training
European Commission – Erasmus+
ECTS – European Credit Transfer System
ΙΚΥ – Greek State Scholarships Foundation
ESN –Erasmus Student Network
ESN IHU: https://ihu.esngreece.gr/
FB: IHU ESN THESSALONIKI
European University Foundation
Erasmus without paper
Alexander campus – Sindos Thessaloniki:
ERASMUS FACT SHEET ALEXANDER CAMPUS
University Center of International Programmes of Studies – Thermi, Thessaloniki:
ERASMUS CONTACT SHEET SERRES CAMPUS
* Fall semester Nomination deadline: 15 June
Application deadline: 30 June
Spring semester: Nomination deadline: 15 November
Application deadline: 30 November
*KAVALA Campus accepts applications only for SPRING SEMESTER
Academic year 2023-2024Academic calendar document 2023-2024
Academic year 2022-2023Academic calendar document 2022-2023
Academic year 2021-2022Academic calendar document 2021-2022
Academic year 2020-2021
Winter semester (13 weeks of classes)
Teaching 11 October 2021 – 21 January 2022
Lab assessment (supplementary classes) 24 January 2022 – 28 January 2022
Examinations 31 January 2022 – 18 February 2022
Spring semester (13 weeks of classes)
Teaching 22 February 2021 – 6 June 2021
Lab assessment (supplementary classes) 7 June 2021 – 11 June 2021
Examinations 14 June 2021 – 5 July 2021
September examination session (winter and spring semester 2020-2021)
30 August 2021 – 17 September 2021
During winter and spring semester courses and exams are not held on the following days:
28 October 2020 National Holiday
17 November 2020 Tribute to the Athens Polytechnic Uprising
24 December 2020 – 6 January 2021 Christmas Holidays
15 March 2021 Ash Monday
25 March 2021 National Holiday
24 April – 9 May 2021 Easter Holidays
21 Ιουνίου 2021 Holy Spirit Day
Please note that the following days are local holidays and neither courses nor exams are held in the following cities:
Katerini 16 October 2020 Liberation of the city
Thessaloniki 26 October 2020 Saint Dimitrios Day – Patron Saint of the city
Drama 4 December 2020 Saint Barbara Day – Patron Saint of the city
Kilkis 21 June 2021 Liberation of the city
Kavala 29 June 2021 Saint Peter and Paul Day – Patron Saints of the city
Serres 29 June 2021 Liberation of the city
Academic year 2019-2020
September examination session (winter and spring semester 2019-2020)
1 September 2020 – 21 September 2020
Credit Allocation Methodology
Methodology used for the allocation of credits to course units followed for outgoing IHU students.
The International Hellenic University has a comprehensive and rigorous policy in place for the allocation of credits to the different course units followed by IHU students abroad.
In the case of agreed student mobility or in the case the student mobility is a compulsory element of an IHU programme of study, the International Hellenic University (“home institution”) and the partner institution (“host institution”) shall agree in advance on the recognition of periods of study abroad. The respective School General Assembly has ultimate power and responsibility for approving credit transfer from the host institution to a programme of study within the School, upon recommendation of the Programme Director of the IHU programme on which the student taking part in student mobility is registered.
Successful credit transfer requires recognition of credits. Recognition of credits is the process through which IHU certifies that certain learning outcomes achieved and assessed at the host institution satisfy certain requirements of an IHU programme. Naturally the credits and learning outcomes of a single educational component in different programmes cannot be identical. Fair recognition, rather than perfect or absolute equivalence, should be sought. The University therefore takes a flexible approach to recognition of credits obtained in another context.
Credit recognition should be based on the learning outcomes achieved as part of the educational component at the host institution. As stipulated in the ECTS User’s Guide, recognition means that the number of credits gained for suitable learning outcomes achieved, at the appropriate level, in another context will replace the number of credits that are allocated for these learning outcomes at the awarding institution.
Before the commencement of the mobility, the Programme Director in cooperation with the ECTS Coordinator shall:
- Study the intended learning outcomes, the level and, where possible, the curriculum and the assessment methods of the educational component (i.e. course) that the student wishes to take as part of the student mobility.
- Compare the intended learning outcomes of the educational component at the host institution with the intended learning outcomes of the equivalent educational component (if any) of the student’s programme of study at the IHU.
- Evaluate whether the intended learning outcomes of the educational component at the host institution meet the learning outcomes of the equivalent education component of the student’s programme at the IHU.
- If, following the evaluation, it is found that the intended learning outcomes of the educational component at the host institution meet the learning outcomes of the equivalent component of the student’s programme at the IHU, they may then approve credit transfer.
- The Programme Director shall then submit a recommendation for approval of credit transfer to the School General Assembly which has ultimate power and responsibility for the final approval of the transfer of credits.
To facilitate comparability and transfer of grades for mobile students, the ECTS Grading Table will be used and will be included in section 3b of the Transcript of Records and in section 4.4 of the Diploma Supplement.
If credit transfer has not been approved by the School General Assembly, participation in student mobility will only be recorded in section 6.1 of the Diploma Supplement.
Grading System in Greek Universities
The grading system for Greek Universities is between the scale of 0-10 (0% – 100%) and the pass (module) is 5 (50%). The grading system can be described as follows:
|ECTS Grade||Definition||IHU grading scale||Definition|
|A||EXCELLENT – outstanding performance with only minor errors||8.5 – 10||Excellent (Άριστα)|
|B||VERY GOOD – above the average standard but with some errors||7 – 8.49||Very Good (Λίαν Καλώς)|
|C||GOOD – generally sound work with a number of notable errors||5 – 6.99||Good (Καλώς)|
|D||SATISFACTORY – fair but with significant shortcomings|
|E||SUFFICIENT – performance meets the minimum criteria|
|Fx||FAIL – some more work required before the credit can be awarded||4 – 4.99||Not satisfactory (Ανεπαρκώς)|
|F||FAIL – considerable further work is required||0 – 3.99||Fail (Κακώς)|
57400 Sindos, Thessaloniki
Grammatiki Grammenou, Head of European & International Programmes Dept. (Admin. Issues, IIA, Staff Mobility)
Ms Stela Tsifitopoulou, Student Mobility
14th km Thessaloniki – Nea Moudania National Road
57001, Thermi, Thessaloniki
Anna Papadopoulou (Student and Staff Mobility, International Mobility, Bilateral Agreements)
Telephone: + 30 2310 807551
St. Lucas, PO BOX 1194, 65404 Kavala-Greece
Nikos Kiourtis, Incoming Students/Staff, Nominations of Outgoing Students, Confirmations of Incoming Students:
Telephone: +30 2510 462290
Fei Georgiadou, Outgoing Students/Staff, Language Tests, Mobility Archives:
Telephone: +30 2510 462221
Anna Madytianou, IT Applications of Outgoing Students/Staff, Archives of Bilateral Agreements, International Mobility:
Telephone:+30 2510 462308
Terma Magnesias str. , T.K. 621 24, Serres, Greece
Sofia Tsaroucha – Head of Public and International Relations and Programs Dept.
(Student and Staff Mobility, Bilateral Agreements)
Telephone: +30 23210 49115