Incoming Erasmus students
International opportunities brochure (with available courses for Erasmus students)
Information Package for International Students
ISSBS International Office
Information Package for International Students
ISSBS International Office
Terms and conditions for an exchange
Thank you for considering the International School for Social and Business Studies (ISSBS) for your Erasmus exchange. In their study Erasmus students follow the Learning agreement between the Erasmus student, home instituion and ISSBS. Prerequisite for your Erasmus mobility at ISSBS, Celje, Slovenia is a signed Erasmus bilateral agreement between ISSBS and your home instition.
ISSBS Eramus ID code is: SI CELJE03
For more exact information, please check International Opportunities brochure or contact the ERASMUS coordinator at ISSBS.
Academic year, trimesters and minimum exchange period
Academic year at ISSBS is divided in 3 trimesters, each lasting for 11 weeks or approximately 3 months. Academic year starts on 1st October and finishes on 30th September.
Academic calendar of ISSBS defines examination periods, lectures-free days, holidays and certain important events at the faculty.
There are usually not more than two courses carried out in each trimester. Each trimester is followed by an examination period during which there are at least two examination dates for each course, carried out in that trimester. This kind of approach enables students to study continuously during the year, which consequently enhances durability of acquired knowledge.
Before the start of the first trimester of this academic year, ISSBS will for the third time organise The Introduction to Studies for undergraduate students. It will be organised in the form of lectures and seminars giving advice on how to write academic papers and how to study. They will also offer a computer literacy course. Lectures and seminars will be carried out during first weeks of October. New and useful advice for successful studies will enable students a gradual passage into the academic year.
The Introduction to Studies for undergraduate students (October 1st - October 16th)
- 1. trimester (mid-October - mid-December)
1st examination period (first half of January)
- 2. trimester (mid-January - mid-March)
2nd examination period (end of March - beginning of April)
- 3. trimester (mid-April - mid-June)
3rd examination period (second half of June - beginning of July)
Autumn examination period (mid- August - mid-September)
Minimum exchange period is 3 months or approximately one trimester in which student will, coinciding with one of the trimesters, listen to two or three courses.
The student applying to ISSBS must be enrolled at his/her home higher educational institute (faculty). Applications and related documents for the exchange must be signed by the student's home instituion's International Office.
If you want to conduct a part of your studies at ISSBS, the following documents must be sent by student's home International Coordinator to ISSBS International Office:
1. Application form for Erasmus international students (via e-mail or land mail)
2. One colour photography (passport-type)
3. Curriculum Vitae in English
IMPORTANT! PLEASE NOTE THAT ISSBS DOES NOT ORGANIZE ACCOMMODATION FOR ERASMUS STUDENTS. INCOMING STUDENTS SHOULD FIND, PLAN AND ORGANIZE THEIR OWN ACCOMMODATION ARRANGEMENTS.
Application documents must be sent until the end of application dates. During this registration procedure, you should cooperate with the International coordinator of your home faculty. All necessary forms can be found on the ISSBS website.
All the documents must be sent to by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by postal services to the below address:
International School for Social and Business Studies
Mariborska cesta 7
Currently, courses are available only in the tutorial way (English), but you can also attend the regular classes in Slovene language. All the teachers know how to speak/write English, so communication with them is not going to be a problem. All the ISSBS students also speak very good English. We recommend incomming students to learn a bit of Slovene before the exchange or attend Slovene language course while living and studying in Celje. Information about Slovene language courses for Erasmus students can be found here.
ISSBS makes selections of foreign Erasmus applicants during the whole year.
1st trimester: until June 15th (first Trimester, first and second Trimester, all three Trimesters or whole academic year)
2nd trimester: until August 15th (second Trimester, second and third Trimester)
3rd trimester: until January 15th (third Trimester)
Subject for Erasmus students
There will be a list of selected subjects, which will be offered in tutorial way. They will be selected each academic year and published on this site. Erasmus students can attend all the Slovene courses. You can find information on all three programmes and subject for Erasmus students here.
Confirmation of your registration with ISSBS
Student's acceptance will depend on the number of places available. The ISSBS International Office will send the Confirmation letter to the International coordinator of your home faculty. After this a study plan is to be arranged between the Erasmus student and ISSBS. An important document called Learning agreement must be approved by student's home faculty and ISSBS. The document Learning agreement must be sent to ISSBS by student's international coordinator.
ISSBS reserves the right not to accept admissions of exchange students if:
application arrive after deadlines (1st trimester: June 15th (for first Trimester, first and second Trimester, all three Trimesters or whole academic year), 2nd trimester: August 15th (for second Trimester, second and third Trimester), 3th trimester: January 15th (for third Trimester).
when the number of applications exceed places available for exchange students.
The International Office of ISSBS will notify it's decision to the applicant's International coordinator around mid-July, mid-October or mid-December.
In case of acceptance, ISSBS will send an official Acceptance letter to the applicant's International office. The letter will indicate the date when the student must arrive at ISSBS, all the the necessary information the student needs and all documentation he/she has to bring with him/her.
Application procedure documents are available here:
1. Application form for International students
2. Learning agreement
ECTS and credit points
All study programmes, accredited after April 2004, are measured in credit points according to ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).
The European Credit Transfer System - ECTS was developed by the European Commission and it defines the evaluation of students' workload in a form of credit points. Higher education in Slovenia has become evaluated with credits as a part of the Bologna reform. The purpose of unified European credit system is to achieve comparability of different study programmes and to enable mobility between higher education institutions in Slovenia as well as internationally. ECTS is based on actual students' workload, transparency of study programmes and students' success. (Criteria for credit assignment to study programmes according to ECTS, Official Gazette of Republic of Slovenia, no. 124/2004, 19. 11. 2004)
Every year at ISSBS is evaluated with 60 credits and every trimester is evaluated with approximatelly 20 credits.
ISSBS: One credit point represents 25 students' working hours; one academic year last 1500 students' working hours.
Courses for Erasmus students are carried out in English. For active involvement and participation at the classes students should be at least a B2 level (intermediate) of English language proficiency within The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Foreign students are offered a number of courses in English. During the couses students will be informed about its content and English literature they should study. You will also get all relevant information about required assignments (short and longer written papers), exams and grading system. The list of international courses will be published on ISSBS' website
Introductory course of Slovenian language
ISSBS will organise an intensive introductory course of Slovenian language for foreign Erasmus students. It will be carried out at the start of international semester if enough students apply for it. For more detailed information about the course please consult the office for international cooperation of ISSBS.
Examination dates and grading system
The 19th article of the Statute on examination and grading of International School for Social and Business Studies defines five examination periods. Three of them follow each trimester and two of them take place during so called summer and autumn trimester. There are at least four examination dates for each course during the academic year. Students can take an exam after they fulfilled all the requirements defined by the curriculum.
Students are allowed to take an exam after filling out an entry form which has to be submitted to the office for students' affairs at least five working days prior to the scheduled exam. If students decide to withdraw from the exam they have already registered for, they have to do this at least three working days prior to the scheduled exam. Written exams take the form of a written task. Results of written exams are published by lecturers within 14 days after the exam.
Students are graded on the basis of their exam results and short and longer papers they have written as a part of their course. Such grading system enables a better review of each student's knowledge.
Slovenian grades ECTS Grade description 10 A Excellent: outstanding performance with only minor errors 9 B Very good: above the average standard but with some errors 8 C Good: generally sound work but with a number of notable errors 7 D Satisfactory: fair but with significant shortcomings 6 E Sufficient: performance meets minimum criteria only 5 F Fail: considerable additional work is required
The pass grade is 6. Students can take the same exam three times without having to pay for it. The following exam sittings are payable.
Erasmus Charther for Higher Education 2014-2020
Institution's international (EU and non-EU) strategy
Internationalization strategy of the International School for Social and Business Studies (ISSBS) at the mobility development follows the guidelines as laid down in the long-term vision of the faculty. It aspires to become internationally recognized for its academic excellence and social responsibility. Internationalization strategy MFDPŠ is, accordingly, focusing on:
1) strengthening the scope of international education and training,
2) the integration of foreign higher education teachers and students in teaching and research activities of the faculty,
3) transfer of knowledge and experience of foreign experts in the Slovenian environment and Savinjska region,
4) strengthening interdisciplinary education and training, and
5) the development of an international network of higher education institutions to promote research and development activities and the strengthening of international reputation of the ISSBS.
ISSBS offers contemporary second cycle study programmes - (1) Quality in education, (2) Knowledge Management and (3) Lifelong learning: human resource management , which we believe to be of interest to the international arena. The English language study programmes will be a good starting point for the preparation of the joint degree programmes, which is one of the strategic objectives of theISSBS, in parallel with the preparation of programmes in English language programmes will be tailored for the implementation in the e-environment.
ISSBS' internationalization strategy is pursued through various activities and with them the international network of partner institutions in the context of the acquisition and selection of potential partners is expanding. This activities are mainly:
1) the organization of international scientific conference MakeLearn,
2) issuing of the International Journal of Management, Knowledge and Learning,3) strengthening international contacts with foreign higher education institutions with organization of summer schools
4) applications and implementation of R&D projects
5) publications within the ISSBS Press and international publishing house ToKnowPress. The latter was established by ISSBS with Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand, and Marie Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland, which are one of the most important ISSBS partners.
6) In addition, ISSBS will become even more popular in the international arena with implementation of whole study programmes in English, which is a plan for the coming years, and by doing so make it easier to select and recruit new partners.
ISSBS with its supply and implementation of research and development projects as well as any programmes in English and, consequently, the search and selection of partners, focuses mainly (but not exclusively) in the Central, Southern and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. The faculty is also a member of the International Federation of University EMUNI and is with its activity particularly active in the EUROMED region. With strengthening of these activities ISSBS will continue in the coming years, and in this context through bilateral or multilateral meetings and cooperation conclude into new partnerships for the future transfer of knowledge and best practices in education and research. The key objectives of activities and target groups in the field of mobility:- To enable local students (at all levels of study) access to international expertise and a comparison with domestic academia and business,- To encourage the exchange of knowledge and research experience of visiting teachers with ISSBS HE teachers and course professors,- To enable further development of educational activities of the institution and to strengthen its involvement in the international environment, and cooperation with foreign partner universities, so that it becomes more attractive to both domestic as well as foreign students,- To enable academic staff of the ISSBS access to international knowledge in the key fields of study of ISSBS and enhance the quality of education,- Preparation of courses and programmes in English,- The application and implementation of research and development projects,- Implementation of training courses for the general public.
Institution's strategy for the organisation and implementation of international (EU and non-EU) cooperation projects in teaching and training
ISSBS pursues its internationalization strategy through involvement in international research and development projects, international publishing activities, as well as internationally oriented education and training. This is implemented with the involvement of foreign teachers in the educational process, providing training by foreign lecturers for various groups, with the involvement of foreign students in the implementation of courses (including summer school), development of parts of programmes or whole programmes in a foreign language, and planning the implementation of these programmes for students from geographical areas mentioned in the previous area.
Strategic directions of ISSBS internationalization are already materializing. In the academic year 2011/2012 the third international summer school took place (titled Innovation in Business - Environmental Challenges), which was attended by 16 students from nine countries (also from non-EU countries), the lecturers were university professors from partner institutions from Poland, Austria and Germany. In 2013 ISSBS will organize the international scientific conference on management, knowledge and learning MakeLearn for the third time. Within its framework an international workshop on writing and publishing scientific papers will take place and International Journal of Management, Knowledge and Learning will be published. In 2012 international publishing house ToKnowPress was established. ISSBS also participates in various exhibitions and presentations of foreign education providers with which we want to attract foreign students (e.g. Croatia). An important task that is still pending, is the implementation of second cycle programmes in English and development of new programmes and parts of progammes in a foreign language. They will be designed multidisciplinary and will include knowledge from social sciences and to a lesser extent, science.
Participation in the Programme on the modernisation
Participation in the Programme will significantly contribute to the achievement of strategic objectives of the ISSBS, while also achieving objectives deriving from the five priorities.
1) Graduates' and researchers' achievements. Participation in the Programme will allow comparison and matching the level of knowledge and potential outcomes arising from the study programmes and courses at ISSBS, to the knowledge and learning outcomes that are provided by study and training programmes in foreign institutions. This will be done through teacher mobility and knowledge transfer between domestic and foreign teachers, as well as students.
2) Improving the quality of higher education through mobility and cross-border cooperation. With the participation of foreign teachers ISSBS will strengthen the quality of the existing study programmes and further intensify their international dimension, which is one of the key strategic directions of the ISSBS. With summer schools and similar projects which involve mobility and cross-border cooperation ISSBS' involvement in the local as well as international environment will be strengthened, and in this way realize the strategic objectives related to social responsibility of the institution. With these activities ISSBS will also gain access to foreign students, which is one of the most important strategic goals of the faculty, as it wishes to indepandantly implement programmes for foreign students.
3) Integration of education, research and business sector for excellence and regional development. As was already indicated in the previous paragraph of this section, one of the the most important strategic goals of the ISSBS is corporate social responsibility, especially in terms of contribution to the local community and the local economy (through appropriate training, education, research and development projects, etc.).. By participating in the Programme ISSBS will be given the opportunity to contribute in its environment relevant new knowledge, quality education and training, as well as opportunities for partnerships in research and development activities. By participating in the Programme integration between domestic and foreign teachers, researchers, business people and students as future entrepreneurs, teachers and researchers will take place.
4) Improving the governance and financing. Participation in the Programme will facilitate the implementation of some important strategic directions of ISSBS in terms of financing and management.