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ACADEMIC YEAR AND SEMESTERS

The academic year begins on September 1 of each year and ends on August 31 of next year. The teaching work in an academic year is structured into two semesters (Winter and Spring). Each semester comprises at least 13 full tuition weeks and 2-4 weeks for exams. The start and end dates for the semesters are set by Senate decree.

ENROLMENT & COURSE SELECTION

Enrolment for first-year students and renewal for already enrolled students takes place at the Secretariat of the Department within set deadlines at the beginning of the academic year. Shortly after the start of classes at the beginning of each semester —i.e. twice a year—, all students without exception state the courses they willattendduringthat semester.

STUDENT ID AND STUDENT PASS

Starting from the 2012-13 academic year, the Ministry of Education has set up a central information system for issuing the new academic ID, which all students must obtain.

The new academic ID is used also as a Student Fare Card (PASS) for public transport; the PASS function of academic IDs is not available to students who have a prior degree from another University or Technological Education Institute (TEI).

The application for the new student ID is made online on http://academicid.minedu.gov.gr

In order to apply, students must have set up an access account (username and password) to the University’s web services for students (see below).

ACCESSING THE UNIVERSITY’S WEB SERVICES

Students obtain their personal access codes (username and password) for the University’s web services from the Secretariat upon enrolment in the Department.

ATTENTION: The codes obtained by the students are necessary throughout their years at the University; they must be kept safe or memorised.

STUDENT UPDATES & ALERTS

In order to keep up with all matters of interest about the University, students must check the Department’s website on http://dsep.uop.gr/ and their emails. They will be alerted about crucial changes during the academic year via the website and by email. It is the students’ responsibility to check the Department’s website and their email account on a regular basis.

EXAMS

The exams are held at the end of each semester (in January-February and June) as well as in September, when students can take resits for the entire year. The exams at the end of the winter and spring semesters are for the courses taught during the respective semester.

In September there are exams available for all courses of both semesters.

In case of failure or non-participation in the exams of January-February and June, students can resit the exams in September. If they fail to pass, they will have to retake the course the next time it is offered. Failure in the exams of elective courses means that students can either repeat the course or replace it for another elective course on offer in the same semester.

ACADEMIC CODE OF ETHICS

The University is a place of free intellectual creativity, research and critical thinking. The academic community, which consists of teachers, researchers, students and administrative and technical staff, is formed to produce and disseminate scientific knowledge, cultivate social responsibility and establish democracy in the University. In pursuing these aims, all members of the academic community undertake to observe the fundamental rules of ethics and conduct with regard to the relations among them, research, teaching and intellectual property rights.

In this context:

a. cheating, forgery and false representation in exams are forbidden;

b. any assignments prepared as part of a course and forming part of student assessment, such as graduation theses, must be the products of the student’s own work. Submitting the same paper for assessment in more than one course constitutes a violation of the code of ethics;

c. it is forbidden for members of the academic community to use the ideas, views and words of third parties without clear acknowledgment (by reference or citation) of their source. Academic research and writing demands the clear citation of views, findings or ideas from the work of other scholars, which must be referenced accurately and in accordance to the applicable rules. Any failure to acknowledge, even involuntary, constitutes plagiarism;

d. In fieldwork, potential participants must be made clearly aware of the purposes of the research, and their consent must be obtained. Participants must be respected and have their anonymity preserved, unless they have consented to having their identity and their contributions made public;

e. The fabrication or falsification of research findings is never acceptableto the academic community;

f. Respect for all individuals irrespective of gender, nationality,background and religious, political or other beliefs, is a fundamentalprinciple of academic conduct and the ethics of research.

STUDENT COUNSELLOR

The Department assigns one of the teachers as Student Counsellor. Students may seek the Counsellor’s help in order to better organise their personal programme of studies of for any other academic matter. Students are strongly advised to make use of this institution.

COOPERATION WITH THE TEACHING STAFF

As part of the overall operation of the Department, teachers are available to meet students for help and cooperation at specific times and days, as posted on the Department’s website at the beginning of each term.

STUDENT MOBILITY - GUEST STUDENTS

The student-mobility action of the European Erasmus Programme aims at improving the quality of Tertiary Education and reinforcing its European aspect, encouraging the collaboration of Universities in a spirit of mutual trust, increasing mobility and promoting the recognition of academic credits  (European Credit Transfer System — ECTS) by transferring them from the host University to the sending University.

Students moving between Greek and foreign institutions in the context of inter-university educational or research programmes are enrolled at the host institutions as guest students. The free-moving students are enrolled as guest students, once they have been accepted by the host University. The mobility scheme is available after the first year of study.

Guest students have the same rights and obligations as those of the host institution for the duration of their studies at the host University, as per the approved collaboration programme.

Guest students cannot enrol or transfer to the host institution or obtain an academic degree, unless the inter-institutional programme through which the guest students have moved includes a provision for a joint degree granted by the collaborating institutions. This limitation does not include the issuance of certificates of attendance or other non-academic titles, whose provision corresponds to the guest students’ duration of study and conforms to the terms and conditions stipulated in the relevant domestic law.

The credits (ECTS) duration of study, successfully completed courses and the grades obtained by guest students at the host University are transferred to their sending University and considered to have been carried out there, provided that these courses are included in an approved programme of collaboration and student exchange.
In the case of independent student mobility, permission is granted by the Department’s General Assembly, which makes the relevant decisions.

EUROPEAN CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM (E.C.T.S.)

The undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of study offered bythe Faculty of Social and Education Policy are organised on the basis of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

ECTS is a system for the descripton of the programmes of study of higher education institutions through the assignment of credits to its constituent parts (courses/units or modules). ECTS credits correspond or reflect the total workload of the student, required for the completion of a programme of studies

The workload is calculated on the basis of the time required for the completion of all educational learning activities that take place within the context of a programme of studies, such as, lectures, seminarsm independent study, examinations, laboratories, etc.

The workload of a full time student during the academic year is equivalent to 60 ECTS credits, i.e. 30 ECTS credits per semester and 20 ECTS credits per trimestre.

In the context of the ΕRASMUS Programme implementation of the ECTS system promotes the processes of recognition of study among cooperating institutes in Europe. It enables students to recognize the part of their studies that was realised in universities abroad. The host university provides the student with a Transcript of Records for all courses they attended successfully abroad, which also records the credits for each course.The home institution recognizes the courses and corresponding credits gained by students during their stay at the cooperating foreign institutions, so that these credits replace the credits gained from the home university during an equal period of study.

THE DIPLOMA SUPPLEMENT

The faculty of Social and Education Policy provides a Diploma Supplement in Greek and in English, for the 1st and 2nd cycle degrees it awards (Ptychion and Postgraduate Diploma of Studies).

The Diploma Supplement was designed by UNESCO and the Council of Europe and was adopted by the European Parliament in 2004. The Diploma Supplement was established in article 15 of Law 3374/2005 on “Quality Assurance in Higher Education – Transfer and Accreditation System – Diploma Supplement”.

The Diploma Supplement is a personal document attached to a higher education degree, in order to make it easier for third persons – particularly persons in another country – to understand what the diploma means in terms of knowledge and competences acquired by its holder.

The Diploma Supplement is a document, which provides information on the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies that were pursued and successfully completed by the individual who holds the original degree to which the DS is attached. It is free from any value judgements, equivalence statements or suggestions about recognition.

The Diploma Supplement

  • Does not replace the original degree;
  • Does not provide any entitlement to formal recognition of the original diploma by academic authorities of other countries.

The Diploma Supplement is issued automatically upon completion of a course of studies, free of charge, in Greek and English.

CAREERS OFFICE

The Careers Office aims to provide all manner of information and counselling to students and graduates of the Institution as well as to all other interested parties on issues pertaining to educational and professional orientation and career.

The Office’s website, http://www.sdbs.uop.gr/career provides access and links to sources of information as well as the opportunity to contact the specialist staff.

Careers Office – contact details:
UOP Careers Office
Karaiskaki Street, GR-22 100, Tripolis, Greece
Former School of Management & Economics, Ground Floor
URL: http://career.uop.gr
Skype: uop.telecounseling, gduoptelecounseling