I-st Cycle -Bachelor's Degree
The philosophy of the Bologna Process stipulates the flexibility of higher education, that can allow students both to leave any of those three cycles for the integration in the labor market, and to return back to the university to continue undertaking further study. The bachelor's degree is the Ist cycle of university studies, to which the lyceum graduates have access, in other words, holders of Baccalaureate diplomas. According to the principles of the Bologna Process, the higher education should be centered on the learning outcomes, representing a shift in thinking from a staff-based input – oriented system to a student –centred output –oriented approach.
Qualifications that signify completion of the first cycle are awarded to students who:
- have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in a field of study;
- can apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to their work or vocation;
- have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their field of study) to inform judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues;
- can communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;
- have developed those learning skills that are necessary for them to continue to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy.
The length of bachelor's degree (cycle I) in terms of years and credits:
- full time learning 3-4 years by the allocation of 180-240 ECTS credits;
- part time learning – a year more in comparison with full time one – 180-240 credits;
- e-learning – a year more in comparison with part time one – 180-240 credits.
- The number of credits allocated to each field of professional formation is the same for all forms of study: full time learning, part time learning, e-learning.
- In the period of transition, an additional academic year is organized for leavers of secondary schools to complete their studies, without credits’ allocation. For such category of students additional subjects from lyceum program are planned, thus creating adequate conditions for taking or passing Bachelor examinations.
- For colleges’ graduates who pursue their education in higher education institutions at the level of the first cycle in the same initially studied field, the reduction of study length will depend on the number of recognized credits obtained at college after ECTS implementation in colleges.
- For higher education institutions’ graduates who require another field of professional formation, the reduction of study length can be conditioned by the recognition of a certain number of credits accumulated as a result of first faculty completion.
- The Academic year at ULIM starts on 1 st of September and ends on the 1 st of July.
- The academic year comprises two similar semesters, each one is 15 weeks in length.
- The period of the examinations lasts 7-8 weeks per year.
ULIM organizes three times resit examination for debts’ liquidation (the first half of September, December and April)
The quantification of academic year:
1 academic year - 60 credits.
1 semester – 30 credits.
The total number of credits (180, 240 etc) for part-time and distance learning is distributed proportionally in accordance with study years.
The length of study week is of 5 days including 26 hours of contact. The number of contact hours for Foreign Languages Department is 30. The study plan includes several aspects : the way of 1 st cycle finishing –– bachelor exam – passing periods and number of credits.
The licentiate exam includes:
- exam at a fundamental discipline;
- exam at a discipline of specialization;
- defense of licentiate thesis /project.