Considering the constant increase in study experiences carried out abroad by Italian students, MIUR has seen fit to give the note prot. n. 843 of 10/4/2013, the guidelines for individual international student mobility. Participating in a study period abroad represents a significant and strong intercultural training experience for a student, a unique and useful opportunity for his/her maturation, providing great benefits for the future, both on a human and professional level.
Completely immersed in the culture and language of the host country, in short you are no longer a foreigner, but you become a citizen of the world. Those who choose this option learn to face many problems that will arise again in life and to make important choices independently and responsibly, develop a spirit of initiative, positive interpersonal relations, transversal skills, responsibility and autonomy for their own life project and critical thinking and creative.
Participation in these experiences involves the involvement of the student’s cognitive, affective and relational resources
It is important that students and families who orient themselves towards a study abroad path are aware that participation in such experiences involves the involvement of the student’s cognitive, emotional and relational resources, reconfiguration of values, identities, behavior and learning in a optics that contribute to the development. of transversal skills, in addition to the more specific ones related to the disciplines.
Study and training experiences abroad are considered an integral part of education and training courses
According to what has been reiterated at the legal level, students’ study and training experiences abroad for periods of no more than one school year, which must be completed before the start of the new school year, are considered an integral part of the education and training courses . , are valid for re-admission in the home institution and are assessed on the basis of a successful continuation of the students’ educational path.
These guidelines determine the procedures, the assessment criteria for students who have been abroad, and the obligations to which students and the institute are subject before, during and after the study stay abroad.
Guidelines for an educational institution
It is therefore good that each higher education institution has or provides, based on current legislation, its own comprehensive guidelines.
“Lorenzo Guetti” Institute of Higher Education in Tione di Trento led with great competence, an unequivocal supreme professionalism and excellent leadership qualities by Prof. Alessandro Fabris, identifies the following directives:
- considers the study abroad experience an important opportunity for the student’s personal enrichment and maturation;
- annually identifies tutor teachers tasked with keeping in touch with students during the study abroad experience;
- through the class councils, it defines the basic content for reintegration into the classroom, allowing the student to live the experience of full immersion in the foreign school;
- expresses an overall assessment that takes into account the “documentation issued by the foreign institute” and the assessment of the acquired skills in relation to the expectations set before departure;
- for foreign students completing a period of study in our institute, aware that the student comes from school systems that have different priorities and educational, learning and evaluation methods from ours, implement methods and strategies to favor their placement not only in form of studies, but also of daily behavior. For this purpose, it appoints a teacher advisor who follows the student on his path of introduction to the new class and provides indications and the necessary support for fruitful work during the school year.
Before you leave to experience abroad for an entire school year
It should be noted that, as highlighted in the MIUR note, “it seems appropriate to exclude students attending final year study courses from gaining experience abroad as they are preparatory for the state exams”; The Guetti Institute recommends, considering the experience gained, e.g. in its exceptional guidelines, to participate in the year abroad in fourth grade.
- before February of the year before the study abroad, inform the head teacher and the class coordinator;
- he then hands in the documentation relating to the foreign school he is going to attend to the education secretariat.
What happens after the CoC evaluates the opportunity?
After the class council has assessed the appropriateness of this choice:
- asks the class coordinator for the name of the tutor teacher;
- inquires from the tutor about the rules for re-admission to the institute after returning from foreign experience, and arranges the activities useful to facilitate reintegration in the class, especially for subjects not present in the study plan of the foreign school;
- makes agreements with the supervisor to establish the communication methods during the stay abroad;
- verifies, after the final votes, the result of the vote (students who participated in the year abroad are obliged to compensate for any educational deficiencies assigned in previous classes);
- sets out the “Educational Contract”, also signed by the family and the school head (contract from the prestigious institute, which is attached as an example of excellent school administrative practice).
What does the class council do?
- assesses the possibility of this choice and the possible didactic difficulties that the student may encounter upon his return (if the student has previous educational deficiencies or insufficient assessments in one or more disciplines, the class council must point out the recovery difficulties upon return and express a negative or conditional opinion on recovery of the deficiencies themselves); the opinion expressed is recorded and communicated by the coordinator to the student and the family. If the student is not admitted to the next class, he will not be able to participate in the class he repeats abroad and must therefore stay in Italy. If the family, despite the negative opinion of the Class Council, decides to choose a study stay abroad for their child, they assume full responsibility for any difficulties that the student may encounter during and after the stay abroad. In any case, the student will remain enrolled and the procedures in these guidelines will be applied.
- appoints a teacher advisor who, if necessary, is assisted by the coordinator of the Internationalization Institute with the task of keeping in touch with the student before, during and after the stay abroad and helps him with the organization of his educational course Italian curriculum;
- communicates to the student the modalities of readmission to the department and the basic content of the individual disciplines necessary to successfully meet the next class.