- ABOUT ISEC LISBOA
Maria Cristina Ventura, PhD
Officially recognized in August 1991, ISEC Lisboa - Higher Institute of Education and Sciences, is defined as a private non-profit higher education and research establishment whose institutional mission is to provide scientific, technical, cultural, pedagogical, professional and human training. As an institution of public interest, ISEC aims for growth driven by the national needs as well as the objectives that it statutorily pursues, thus contributing to the qualified, integrated and harmonious development of higher education in Portugal.
This mission is mainly accomplished through a training project guided by high standards and inspired by ethical and humanist principles, to prepare citizens of culture and competent professionals. The adequacy of a training project to quality professional performance depends largely on the integration of scientifically produced knowledge. This is why the learning experience marked by intellectual curiosity and the spirit of research represents, in our educational project, a strategy for integrating theoretical and practical knowledge, critical reflection and lifelong professional development.
COORDINATION ERASMUS +
SHORT CYCLES SHORT CYCLES
SCHOOL CALENDAR 2020 / 2021 Start of the 1st semester - 2nd and 3rd year September 21 Start of the school year – WELCOME DAY September 29 Start of the 1st semester - 1st year October 6 School holidays // Christmas December 21 to January 2 Pedagogical monitoring of the 1st semester January 25 to February 20 End of the 1st semester February 9 Final evaluations related to Continuous Evaluation February 10 to February 20 Deadline to post the grades // 1st semester Until February 24 Exam Registration February 25 to March 6 EXAMS, 1st semester June 29 to July 10 Start of the 2nd semester classes March 1 School holidays // Easter March 29 to April 4 ISEC Lisboa Day May 16 End of the 2nd semester classes June 12 Final evaluations related to Continuous Evaluation Until June 26 Deadline to post the grades // 2nd semester Until June 28 Exam Registration June 29 until 3 days before the exam day EXAMS, 2nd semester July 12 to July 24 Exams Special Period, Student Worker and Final-Year Students July 26 to July 31 and September 1 to September 18 Re-enrolment of students who do not take exams in the 2nd semester nor special period June 29 to July 24 Re-enrolment of students who took exams in the 1st call of the 2nd semester Until August 7 Re-enrolment of students who took exams in the Special Period for Student Worker Until September 25 Exam Registration for Final-Year Students – Special Period October 1 to October 29 Exams for Final-Year Students – Special Period November 15 to December 15 END OF SCHOOL YEAR December 30
1) Only students from our partner institutions can apply.
If you want to come to ISEC Lisboa as an Erasmus+ student you should check our partner list!
2) You should to be nominated by your university until:
30th June. Deadline for sending applications for Fall semester;
30th November. Deadline for sending applications for Spring semester.
3) Which documents should you send to ISEC Lisbon?
Learning Agreement (please check the course catalogue);
Erasmus+ OLS Portuguese/English language proficiency certificate at a minimum level B2;
Passport/ID Card (soft copy);
4) Successful candidates will receive by e-mail:
Signed Learning Agreement.
5) Remember to bring with you:
European Health Insurance Card (we strongly suggest);
ISIC-card: https://www.isic.pt/en/ (only a suggestion).
6) Changes to the original version of the Learning Agreement are allowed during the two first weeks after the beginning of the semester.
During the mobility programme
1)The student sends the Erasmus+ Coordinator a copy of the Arrival Certificate signed by a representative of the host institution within 5 days after the beginning of classes;
2)The student should participate in all activities provided by the host institution whenever they are directly related with the Erasmus+ mobility programme;
3) The student should maintain regular contact with the Erasmus+ Coordinator.
At the end of the mobility programme
1) The student sends to the Erasmus+ Coordinator the signed Attendance Certificate, as well as the Transcript of Records. This last document is necessary for the automatic recognition of all the ECTS credit units acquired by the student during the mobility programme. These credits are automatically validated and added to the Diploma Supplement and the student does not have to be subject to any kind of test or additional examination, having only to testify that he/she has complied with the Learning Agreement for Studies regarding all the credit units.
2) The European Commission sends the student a hyperlink to a questionnaire about the experience in the programme;
3) The student thus becomes an Erasmus+ Ambassador, participating in promotion activities whenever asked by the International Relations Office, in order to publicize the benefits of the programme.
SYSTEM OF DEGREES AND EVALUATION METHODS
System of Degrees
The Portuguese system of higher education is binary one, as it encompasses universities and polytechnic institutions, and its structure is based on 4 cycles: a cycle of short-term studies that do not confer a degree, and 3 study cycles that confer the degrees of licentiate, master and doctor. (Figure representing the Portuguese Higher Education System).
At ISEC Lisboa, we offer the short-term study cycle (CTeSP) and 2 cycles conferring Bachelor and Master degrees.
1. Continuous Evaluation is the cumulative and constant evaluation of all the work done by the student as he/she actively participates in collective or individual academic activities with a view to acquire and develop knowledge and skills, according to the goals of each course.
2. Continuous evaluation is the main system that functions during academic periods and it is based on the different kinds of tasks set for each academic subject (participation in collective and tutorial sessions, fieldwork, projects, autonomous study, and evaluation tests).
3. The following may be part of continuous evaluation:
a) attendance and participation in classes or other teaching activities that take place;
b) written tests;
c) individual or group assignments and projects about topics suggested or approved by teachers;
d) participation in initiatives and work developed in class, as well as seminars and oriented research;
e) oral presentations;
f) organisation and participation in conferences, seminars and talks considered relevant by teachers;
g) organisation and participation in field trips organised by teachers.
4. Students should be subject to face-to-face evaluation after every 15 hours of teaching.
5. Of the evaluation components mentioned in point 3, there should result two written documents for annual subjects and one written document for semestral subjects, except in cases where the nature of the subject invalidates this rule.
6. At least one of the components of evaluation should be conducted face-to-face.
7. In continuous evaluation, teachers may establish different weighting for the several components as well as the minimum grade to succeed in each particular element, provided that students are evaluated in all the contents of the programme, and as long as that this information is clearly stated on the Curricular Unit Programme (FUC).
8. According to the number of units it confers, each curricular unit implies a certain amount of work by students, and the teacher has to define a set of competencies (knowledge and skills) to be acquired, in association with the different tasks that students should perform. It is also for the teacher to determine the nature and number of components that comprise the continuous evaluation process in each academic year, as well as their weighting in the final classification that students obtain in each subject or curricular unit, according to the principles explained above in points 3, 4, 5, 6 e 7. That information should be clearly stated on the programme (FUC), and the programme should be made available to students within the first 10 (ten) days of the term.
10. At the beginning of each term, teachers must inform students and course coordination of the set of evaluation criteria that they will adopt in each curricular unit, as well as the dates of the tests, which should respect the academic calendar.
11. The evaluation criteria adopted by each teacher have to allow for the compliance with deadlines fixed by the academic calendar, namely for disclosure of final classifications, filling in official classification forms, registering for exams, enrolling, etc.
12. Successful conclusion of a subject depends on a positive general evaluation of the work conducted by the student, which should show clearly that he/she has acquired the required competencies for that curricular unit.
13. Partial grades obtained by students in each curricular unit are expressed by the teacher in qualitative and/or quantitative terms, and their final classification should correspond to a numerical value between 0 zero) and 20 (twenty) (accompanied by the European scale of comparability of classifications), rounded to the upper whole unit, which can be associated with the following descriptions:
a) Less than 10: Insufficient (fail);
b) Between 10 and 13: Sufficient;
c) 14 and 15: Good;
d) 16 and 17: Very good
e) From 18 to 20: Excellent.
14. Students who have duly enrolled in the curricular units and have no administrative or financial pending situations have the right to be informed by teachers of their partial classifications within no more than 15 week days after being subject to the respective evaluation component.
15. Students pass when they obtain a grade of 9.5 or more, rounded to the upper whole unit.
Evaluation through examination
1. Students who have failed or wish to improve their classification in a subject may be evaluated through a final examination.
2. In some curricular units, namely subjects that involve traineeship, projects, seminars, activities conducted in cooperating institutions, supervised teaching practice, and other curricular units listed in the Regulating Documents for the different courses, students may not be evaluated through a final exam.
3. Failing to pass traineeships, projects, seminars, activities in cooperating institutions, including supervised teaching practice, implies that the student will have to enrol, attend, and be subject to continuous evaluation in the respective curricular unit once more.
4. Examinations may be comprised by written tests, oral tests, written and oral tests, and observation of competencies. In foreign language units, a written and oral test is compulsory.
5. Oral tests should always be conducted by a jury of at least three teachers.
6. Regular examination periods are:
a) 1st period, 1st semester – in February: for 1st semester subjects;
b) 2nd period, 2nd semester – in July: for 2nd semester subjects and annual subjects;
c) 2nd period – in July and September, restricted to working-students and/or final year students, for 1st and 2nd semester subjects and annual subjects.
d) Special period for senior students – in November / December, for students who have only 2 subjects left to finish their degree.
7. The length of the exams should be adjusted to the specific requirements of each curricular unit, and students should be informed about the time limit.
8. Students who have completed at least 100 ECTS credit units may do or repeat exams in any of the periods fixed in the academic calendar.
9. Students will pass an exam if their classification equals, or is higher than, 9.5, rounded to the upper whole unit.
10. Final examination classifications must be disclosed within 5 days after the exam takes place.
- STUDIES INFORMATION
- GENERAL INFORMATION
Erasmus+ Activities 2019/2020
(Due to the impact of COVID-19, all activities planned for Incoming Erasmus+ students in the 2nd semester have been cancelled)
SEP 2019 - Welcome Day for International Students – 19/09/2019, Tour around the campus and lunch with school directors and staff; Information about timetables;
OCT 2019 – Introduction to ISEC Buddy support;
NOV 2019 – 1st Erasmus+ Alert 2020/2021, on 18/11/2019, with 3 sessions: morning, afternoon and evening, with the presence of Professor Tibor Virag from Óbuda University (Hungary), who talked about his university/faculty, and the benefits of the Erasmus+ experience, as well as the participation of student Afonso Direito, who shared his Erasmus+ experience at Universita Degli Studi Roma Tre (Italy);
NOV 2019 – Tea with the Erasmus students, on 22/11/2019: meeting with Incoming students to provide guidance through the mobility experience.
JAN 2020 – Farewell party to Incoming 1st semester students. Collection of statements, photographs and answers to a satisfaction survey.
JAN 2020 – 2nd Erasmus+ Alert 2020/2021, on 7/01/2020, with 2 sessions: morning and evening;
JAN 2020 – Erasmus+ CALL 2020/2021, on 27 and 28/01/2020, 1 evening session and 1 morning session respectively;
FEB 2020 – Erasmus+ applications for outgoing students, 2020/2021;
FEB 2020 - Welcome Day for International Students, 2nd semester – 21/02/2020. Tour around the campus and lunch with school directors and staff; Information about timetables;
MAR 2020 – Results of Erasmus+ Applications 2020/2021
APR 2020 – Meetings for information about mobility and preparation of Outgoing students.
MAY 2020 – Host institutions are informed of the nomination of Outgoing students for 2020/2021;
MAY 2020 – Application: renovation of the ECHE for the 2021/2027 cycle;
MAY/JUN 2020 – Development of a new menu for Internationalization on ISEC Lisboa's webpage, to meet the requirements of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2021-2027.
Promoting social awareness and responsibility, as well as active and responsible citizenship, is a pillar of conduct of our organisation. Aware of the relevance of this, ISEC Lisboa has always observed these fundamental principles in its institutional mission: “ISEC's mission is to promote the whole fulfilment of individuals through the development of teaching and research with high quality standards, adopting an individualizing view of Man, and awareness of social responsibility. This mission is fulfilled through the conception, transmission and dissemination of professional culture and knowledge, according to high standards and exigency, while promoting cooperation and awareness of the social and humane dimension of citizenship”.
In order to operationalize and develop a sense of social responsibility and commitment to active citizenship among the academic community, the GRS - Office for Social Responsibility conducts several activities towards that end, in compliance with the SOCIAL CHARTER OF ISEC Lisboa and with its SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY POLICY.
The whole community (students, teachers, staff, external partners, etc.) is involved in multiple activities organised by the GRS throughout the year. Therefore, all incoming and outgoing participants are invited and encouraged to take part in these activities (before, during and after the mobility). These activities are of different types:
(i) Voluntary service programmes for non-governmental organisations;
(ii) Solidarity campaigns;
(iii) Support to populations in need;
(iv) Campaigns for environmental sustainability and responsible consumer behaviour;
(v) Senior Students Solidarity Campaign;
(vi) Organisation of an annual SOCIAL MARKET, whose profit accrues to solidarity associations, etc…
In the interest of promoting active citizenship and civic commitment from incoming and outgoing students, the following aspects should be highlighted:
(vii) Availability, in the Course Catalogue for mobility, of curricular units related with Ethics and Deontology in different courses offered by ISEC Lisboa, where the above principles are under focus;
(viii) ISEC Lisboa is involved in the European research project “Learning to Be”, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme, within Key Action 3 (https://learningtobe.net/), which aims to conceive evaluation methods and tools towards the development of social and emotional competencies in education schools, thus contributing for the definition of public policies for the improvement of quality in education as well as social cohesion and fundamental values of a democratic society. The obtained results were thoroughly disclosed among our academic community.