Erasmus

EPS OF THE FELIKS NOWOWIEJSKI ACADEMY OF MUSIC IN BYDGOSZCZ
The main objective of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music (FNAM) in Bydgoszcz is to provide artistic education of the highest quality as well as foster individual artistic development. The aim is achieved through observing high standards in teaching as well as creating opportunity for students to learn a variety of performance techniques. Owing to its international cooperation with a number of European institutions of artistic education, the FNAM opens up new opportunities for the students to work with the most renowned in their fields. Year by year the FNAM aims to increase the mobility of its students and teachers, thereby actively contributing to the development of the European Higher Education Area.

The FNAM systematically enlarges the wide network of its foreign partners in order to execute, apart from the regular teaching collaboration, joint artistic and scholarly projects. Under bilateral agreements, the FNAM has previously cooperated with schools in France (University of Toulouse-le-Mirail), Italy (Rovigo Conservatory, Reggio Emilia Conservatory), Latvia (Riga Academy of Music), Slovakia (Banska Bystrica Academy of Arts, Bratislava Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Belgium (Lemmens Institut), and others. The cooperation has involved all of the four FNAM Faculties.

In order to fully comply with the requirements of the Erasmus Programme, the FNAM pledges what follows:

  • to continue its present international cooperation,
  • to further international cooperation by finding other partners within the EU,
  • to continue its activity entailed in the membership of international associations for institutions of higher professional education (Assotiation Europenne des Conservatoires),
  • to apply for membership in international organizations intended for institutions of higher artistic education,
  • to prepare its students and academic staff to participate in the Erasmus Programme student and teacher exchange, foreign internships and Intensive Courses,
  • to admit students representing foreign partners to regular study programmes or courses, as well as students participating in the Erasmus Programme.

The Erasmus Programme offer will be publicized by means of the following:

  • information imparted to students during special meetings,
  • the FNAM website: www.amuz.bydgoszcz.pl,
  • circulation of posters and publications among the academic community.

The FNAM pledges to strictly observe the principle of indiscrimination by:

  • creating equal opportunities of participating in the Erasmus Programme for students with mobility or dexterity limitations,
  • increasing student financial support by implementing the special FNAM grant and scholarship system, intended for those participating in the Erasmus Programme,
  • taking a firm stand against instances of xenophobia or racism.

All of the four FNAM Faculties have implemented the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), and use it in conjunction with Learning Agreements, Transcripts of Records, and other requirements concerning Mobility. Furthermore, the FNAM study programme scheme now in effect (a three-year BA-equivalent degree programme followed by a two-year MA-equivalent degree course) facilitates recognition of any potential scholarship or participation in a student exchange programme.

The FNAM runs an LLP Erasmus office that provides outgoing students with relevant information on the place of study: educational institution and its academic staff, country and city of residence, as well as practical information concerning the exchange programme (posters and web page addresses to consult, information meetings, peer support and advice). The office also offers assistance in finding accommodation.

Incoming foreign students receive support which includes practical e-mail correspondence tips: directions on reaching the destination, journey arrangements, information materials on the country, city and FNAM. Scholarship holders are granted accommodation in the FNAM student hall. The office will assist them in finding accommodation in case they decide to seek it elsewhere. From the first day of their stay in Bydgoszcz, all incoming students may participate in orientation and integration meetings, become active members of various student organizations such as young artists’ and scholars’ groups or sport clubs, or undertake religious activities. The whole of the FNAM infrastructure is made available to its students. The working language for foreign students is English.

Outgoing academic staff receive support with regards to journey arrangements, ticket and accommodation booking, information on the country and institution of their visit (cooperation history), as well as language assistance from their colleagues – teachers of foreign languages. International cooperation activity is among the criteria for the FNAM regular evaluation of a teacher’s overall academic involvement.

Scholarly achievements of Erasmus participants are continuously monitored through regular contact with the educational institutions they represent, and any violation of the terms of the exchange agreement is instantly reported. Additionally, both incoming foreign students and outgoing FNAM students and teachers may report to the LLP Erasmus office any difficulties they encounter during their stay, or potential later obstacles on the way of recognizing their scholarship or academic achievements.