How are you?
Today, we want to talk to you about the Bologna Plan. Have you heard about it? I bet you have!
Just case you have not, let me tell you about it.
In 1999, 29 countries signed the Bologna declaration, which started a process aiming to create a common “European space for higher education” in order to enhance the employability and mobility of citizens and to increase the international competitiveness of European higher education.
Changes to be made were related to six main aspects:
- Easily recognisable and comparable academic degrees
- Two main cycles: undergraduate, a minimum of three years long, and graduate.
- Accumulation and credit transfer for ERASMUS programmes.
- Mobility of students, teachers and researchers.
- Cooperation to ensure quality higher education.
- Establishing an European dimension in higher education
This process was completed last school year 2010-2011 and now most degrees in all universities in the member countries fulfill these aspects. However, if you had already started a degree before the implementation of these changes, do not worry, nothing is to going to change.
But, those of you that are already studying a degree within the Bologna Plan should also be aware that students are required to demonstrate a certain level (B1 according to the Common European Framework of Languages, an intermediate level) in a second language in order to graduate and English could be the right choice for you.
And if you are already getting ready for the FCE exam you working in the right direction. 🙂
A B1 level in equivalent to the PET (Preliminary English test of Cambridge ESOL), yet for ERASMUS Programmes and to pursue further degrees and employment in English speaking countries you will need the FCE.