• CEFAM
    47 rue Sergent Michel Berthet
    69009 Lyon, FRANCE
    O4 72 85 73 63

ERASMUS+

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+ CEFAM’s International Strategy:

CEFAM’s strategy has always been fundamentally international as the school was founded 30 years ago with the active participation of American partner universities. Through both the content of its programs and its academic organization in association with several well-known American universities, CEFAM prepares its students for careers in corporate management.

Today, the CEFAM program enables all of its students to simultaneously earn the CEFAM degree (certified Level I by the French government) and a BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) from the American partner university of their choice.

Since it was founded, CEFAM has positioned itself as an institution specialized in international education and the development of competencies based on a network of corporate partners and alumni throughout the 5 continents. Our goal of corporate recognition is in keeping with our overall strategy and requires us to be in sync with professional savoir-faire and behaviors and to adapt our work methods to remain relevant to the job market.

For this reason, the CEFAM program includes several mandatory internship periods for a total of 9 months minimum of corporate experience, allowing our students an opportunity to put their skills into practice. Since 2007, more and more CEFAM students have been able to complete internships within the European Union thanks to ERASMUS grants. We intend to strongly promote this opportunity and to make it a focal point of our development. Our corporate network “CEFAM CONNECT” has been built with more than 2500 internationally minded companies, all CEFAM partners, and our Alumni who are of course at the heart of this network. We aim at developing global partnerships with well-known companies by centering corporate relations and educational methods on the real needs of our stake-holders.

Companies are looking for employees who are adaptable, self-reliant, and open to other cultures. Language abilities are especially necessary, with a clear priority given to a perfect mastery of English. On the job market, graduates who have opted for a “Business and Management” program with an international focus have the advantage especially when their résumé includes significant foreign experience, whether for studies or internships.

In addition, international mobility presents opportunities to exchange and analyze practices in order to improve our own methods and tools. We are making every effort to develop strategic alliances to reinforce our international visibility and continue the outgoing international mobility of our students and our administrative staff and faculty. At the same time, we are continuing to develop incoming international mobility by increasing the number of international students in our programs through exchanges and the creation of “tailor made” programs.

+ CEFAM chooses its partners based on several criteria, including:
  • the quality and recognition of the institution – all of CEFAM’s partners are AACSB accredited
  • professional opportunities that correspond to our programs
  • the added value of the institution (campus, co-op programs, facilities)
  • the academic majors offered (“Risk Management” or “Supply Chain” for example)
  • a desire to co-develop joint certificates, programs, and/or degrees

The partner universities for our BBA program are Temple University in Philadelphia; Northeastern University in Boston; Pace University in New York City; Siena College in Albany, New York; and Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

CEFAM was a pioneer in the development of dual degree programs with American partners.

Students who finish their undergraduate program in the United States obtain a Bachelor of Business Administration degree conferred by the AACSB accredited American university where they spent their 4th year and the CEFAM Degree, certified Level I by the French government – “Manager des organisations à l’international” (registered with the RNCP, as appeared in the Official Journal of 22 August 2012, NSL code 310m).

For historical reasons, CEFAM’s institutional partners are located in North America, but the use of the American language and the adoption the “Anglo-Saxon” format do not simply make CEFAM an American school in France; such a definition would limit the scope of our institution whose mission is truly international. Our strategy is to create a network of partnerships throughout the world, with the objective of developing bilingual and bicultural programs based on the American model, dual degree programs, and other projects involving international cooperation. ERASMUS+ represents a new opportunity for CEFAM to explore other regions.

Our international strategy is also visible every day within our walls through the increasing numbers of foreign students enrolled in our programs and our English speaking international faculty.

The objectives of all our mobility activities, not only for incoming and outgoing students (whether for studies or internships) but also for staff, are:

  • To promote professional mobility opportunities for all individuals
  • To develop a European identity in addition to our “Franco-American” identity
  • To learn appropriate professional behavior in intercultural contexts
  • To acquire language abilities in order to facilitate international mobility
  • To reinforce curiosity
  • To develop self-reliance
  • To enhance employability
  • To gain hands-on experience during professional opportunities
+ CEFAM: ERASMUS + University Charter Holder

Through the ERASMUS+ program, CEFAM students have access to ERASMUS+ activities and actions and benefit from academic, professional, and financial support on a European level.

In keeping with this European dynamic, CEFAM is also a member of EMA (European Management Academy), an association that brings together several European schools and whose objective is to encourage and spread knowledge in the fields of business and administration on a European level.

CEFAM is an ERASMUS+ Charter holder

+ ECTS

Since it was founded, CEFAM has always used a modular credit system for its programs: each successfully completed course module earns the student a certain number of credits. CEFAM’s academic organization is based on the transfer of all course work completed at CEFAM in Lyon, as well as the grades earned, to the partner university in the United States chosen by the student.

Additionally, in Europe, the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) aims at promoting student and staff mobility. CEFAM presents its academic programs in accordance with the European Union’s ECTS specifications.

Internship periods also earn ECTS credits.

+ Participant Selection Process:

In order to obtain an ERASMUS+ grant, CEFAM students must make their request directly to the Internship Department (to Caroline Delacroix) and have already found an internship that fulfills the organization’s requirements (i.e. ERASMUS + member country, different country from that of the student’s country of origin, no previous grant, etc), as students will have been informed of all the requirements early on in their program.

The annual overall grant awarded to CEFAM students is distributed among a variable number of students and the amount varies each year. As a result, a selection process has been put into place to determine the beneficiaries.

The following list of criteria is used to determine grant beneficiaries:

  1. The internship corresponds to the student’s academic program
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.0/4.0
  3. Student’s diligence and behavior in class
  4. Quality of the student’s internship search process
  5. Compatibility of the internship with the student’s career plan
  6. Arrival date of the request
  7. The type of tasks required by the internship
  8. Stipend or other financial allowance awarded during the internship
  9. Student’s individual financial situation / disability
  10. Level of mastery of the destination country’s language

Students who wish to apply for an ERASMUS+ grant must make a written request in the beginning of the semester and provide CEFAM’s Internship Department with the internship details agreed upon with the company.

Each request will be considered in the context of the other applications and a decision will be sent to the student by email. Those students whose applications are accepted will receive all the necessary forms to fill out by email also. The final grant will only be awarded, however, after the student has accepted and signed the ERASMUS + students obligations.

+ Member countries / Grant Allocation by Region:
Group Destination Country Student Mobility for studies Student Mobility for traineeships
Group 1 Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom 200€ 350€
Group 2 Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey 150€ 300€
Group 3 Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 150€ 300€
+ Distance Calculator & ERASMUS+ / Special Needs Support

Distance Calculator

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/tools/distance_fr.htm

ERASMUS+ / Special Needs Support

Selected beneficiaries with special needs (visible or non-visible disabilities) should contact Caroline Delacroix (caroline.delacroix@cefam.fr) directly in order to apply for additional ERASMUS + grant support.

+ For more information:

http://www.erasmusplus.fr/docs/2014/documentation/fiche_contrat/ka103-notedemande-fonds-complementaires.doc

Note: The French law of 11 February 2005 defines a disability as “any and all limitation of activity or restriction in daily life experienced by a person in his/her environment because of a substantial, lasting or final alteration of one or several physical, sensorial, mental, cognitive, or psychological functions, of multiple disabilities, or of a disabling health condition.”

CEFAM’s academic programs are international by nature and open to students of all nationalities. Specific processes have been put in to place to facilitate our students’ European and international mobility.

 

 

 

 

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