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Foreign Language courses
Academic Year 2011-2012
The teaching of foreign languages at the Faculty of Economics is sub-divided in the various degree courses as follows:
Students have to choose two European languages from among those offered by the Faculty (English, French, Spanish and German), and have to sit for an exam in each of the two.
- First foreign language (6 credits)
- Second foreign language (6 credits)
Section 1) All the Master’s Degree Courses involve the taking of a test in order to confirm the acquisition of an advanced level in one of the chosen Foreign Languages (3 credits). This test does not grant a final grade.
The following Master’s Degree courses; LM-77 Economic/Business Science, LM-56 Economic Science, LM-76 Economic Science for the Environment and Culture, LM-16 Economics for Finance, require the acquisition of extra language skills in at least one foreign European language, which is validated as a pass evaluation type ‘F’. This validation is carried out in three different, non-exclusive modalities, as follows;
a) “Foreign Language Laboratories” coordinated by the foreign language professors of the Faculty of Economics, which involve a final test with a pass evaluation to verify the required level of language skills.
b) The complete or partial replacement of the final test, where the pass evaluation is given on presentation of a valid international certificate from B2 level upwards, with reference to the European Language Framework. These certificates are valid for three years.
c) Attending conferences or seminars held in one of the studied foreign languages (for at least 8 hours for every credit). Such seminars/conferences must be relevant to the various degree courses studied for the Master’s Degree and participants must present a certificate of attendance and a final written report in the target language, which will be evaluated by the language professors. In the case of a negative evaluation, students will have to opt for one of the two above-mentioned modalities, in order to receive the pass evaluation.
d) Through the validation of experiences abroad (such as; work placements, study/research projects, Erasmus, Summer Schools, etc), arranged in advance with the language professors and with the coordinators of the various Degree Courses. Such a validation consists of a final written report in the language studied (as in point c). In the case of a negative evaluation, the students will have to opt for one of the modalities mentioned above, a) or b).
Students enrolled in the Master’s Degree course in Economic Science (Ecoeco) must obtain a total of 4 credits. These credits are obtained by adding to the above-mentioned modalities 1 credit. To establish the acquisition of this extra credit, students are required to contact the language professors directly.
Section 2) As well as the above modalities for the acquisition of 3 foreign language credits without a final grade, certain Master’s Degree courses require additional credits which involve a final exam with a final grade.
a) Students enrolled in the Master’s Degree Course in Economics and Finance, have to sit for an exam in Historical and Linguistic Culture. This is a module which incorporates Advanced Foreign Language study (3 credits) together with the module of History of Financial Markets (4 credits). Students of the Master’s Degree course in Economics for Tourism have to sit for an advanced exam in their chosen foreign language (Advanced Foreign Language.- 3 credits) This exam must be taken after having first achieved the above mentioned pass evaluation (Section 1)
Students who wish to sit for the exam of Advanced Foreign Language exam in a different language from the one chosen for the pass evaluation (Section 1) can do so, after having arranged with the relevant professor.
c) Students taking the Master’s Degree Course in The Economics for Tourism must complete their study of their chosen foreign language with the module Writing Laboratory (2 credits) and the module of Culture (4 credits).
Transition from the old to the new regulation system
Section 3) This section refers to all the Master’s Degree Courses, from the old (ddl 509) to the new regulation system (ddl 270) up to final phasing out of the old system.
As the students have acquired 9 credits in their first language, and 6 credits in the second, during the three-year degree (1st level), the pass evaluation (3 credits) for any extra language skills will be granted in the second language. Nevertheless, it will be possible for students who would like to continue to study their first foreign language to obtain the pass evaluation in this language, following the program relating to Advanced Foreign Language (3 credits).
As regards the Master’s Degree Courses which require additional credits in foreign language and culture, apart from the pass evaluation of 3 credits:
Ecofin and Ecoturs
Students can take the exams based on Language which are part of their study program in the following way:
- Pass evaluation (3 credits) in the second foreign language
- Advanced Foreign Language (3 credits) in the first foreign language
- Both pass evaluation and exam in Advanced Foreign Language in the second foreign language.
Students coming from other Faculties and Universities
Section 4) Students who come from other Faculties/Universities are requested to refer to the professors of the different languages in order to establish the most suitable modality for the acquisition of extra language skills.