Internationalization@PMU

The Paracelsus Medical University (PMU) is a young, dynamic private university with a global outlook. It aims to solve pressing medical and health issues that our societies face today through innovative and impactful teaching and research activities within and beyond its borders in the areas of human medicine, pharmacology, and nursing. The PMU is committed to becoming a world-class institution of higher education by providing an enriching and stimulating environment to its students and staff through transdisciplinary collaboration with key partners around the world. To put this commitment into action, the university management established the PMU’s International Office (IO) which is the central unit that is responsible for the development and implementation of the university’s internationalization strategies. Internationalization is embedded in the PMU’s institutional culture and embodied in its actions and values.

  • Policy on equity, diversity, and inclusion
    The PMU follows the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and provides equal opportunities to all students, and staff. These principles are integral to the PMU’s internationalization strategies, and are also articulated in the PMU’s gender equality plan (text in german).
  • European Policy Statement
    In 2020, the PMU received the Erasmus+ Charter for the program period 2021 – 2027. The PMU sees itself as part of a global network of universities and other institutions in the health care sector that are active in medical, pharmaceutical and health science education, research, and practice. Internationalization is therefore an essential aspect of the university’s activities, both in research and in teaching, for students as well as for employees. It adheres to the values articulated in the Erasmus+ Charter and views internationalization as a key instrument in increasing the quality of teaching, research, and services of the university, as well as increasing the university’s innovation capacity. It supports the development of social, communicative, and intercultural competencies of its students and staff by participating in the key activities of Erasmus+. The PMU also actively supports the initiatives under Green Erasmus+ and strives to contribute to the achievement of the UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals in its actions and process. To this end, the university is currently working on an institutional sustainable development plan. To read the full version of the PMU’s Erasmus Declaration on Higher Education Policy, please read here (text in German).

 

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Team

Dr. Rosalyn Eder, MA

Head of International Office

Responsibilities: Strategic development and implementation of internationalization; strategic partnerships

Ms Susanna Holzer, MHPE

Erasmus+ Mobility Coordinator

Responsibilities: Coordination of Erasmus+ student mobilities; coordination and organization of international events

Ms Bianca Leuschner

Erasmus+ Mobility Coordinator; Assistant to the Head of IO

Responsibilities: Coordination of Erasmus+ staff mobilities; Administration of Erasmus+ program

Erasmus+ Program

Erasmus+ is the flagship program of the European Union which has been successfully implemented in the last 30 years. Erasmus+ provides opportunities for staff and students to increase the quality of their work/education experience through physical and virtual mobility. Starting with the new Erasmus+ program generation 2021 – 2027, the PMU has defined Erasmus+ as one of its key strategic avenues for internationalization. The International Office is the main contact point for all matters relating to the Erasmus+ program.

 

 

Student Mobility

Incoming Exchange Students

Students from partner universities must be nominated first by their home universities prior to sending their application. Download the PMU Information Sheet for more details about your study exchange and/or research internship at PMU. Students whose home universities do not have a partnership agreement with the PMU can apply as a “freemover.”

The PMU does not charge tuition and laboratory fees for students from partner universities. Freemover students should inquire directly at the International Office regarding fees. All students enrolled in Austrian universities are required to pay the student union contribution per semester. For academic year 2022/2023, the student union fee is Eur 21.20.

Incoming students interested in research internships should check the PMU’s research profile.

Clinical placement at PMU Uniklinikum is currently offered only to incoming students from partner universities. For details, please check with your home institution.

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Outgoing Exchange Students

PMU students are highly encouraged to participate in mobility activities, whether for studies, research internship or practical internship. Students are advised to discuss their interests with their respective study organization units at least a year prior to their planned mobility period. Download the PMU Outgoing Student Checklist here for an overview of the application process, and register your interest in the Excel list in MS Teams. Please note that registration does not automatically constitute an approval of your application. 

There are basically two paths to mobility supported by the International Office:

Erasmus+ mobility program for internship

PMU students can undertake an internship in an Erasmus+ program country. Under the Erasmus+ program, students will receive a monthly mobility grant, provided that all the grant requirements are met. Find more detailed information about the mobility program in the Calls for Application below. You will also find the Erasmus+ Student charter here.

  • For long-term mobility, minimum length of stay must be at least 2 full months (for ex: 15.10. to 15.12.).
  • For short-term mobility, length of stay must be at least 5 days and maximum 30 days, and must include a virtual learning component (except for PhD students).
  • Mobility in country of residence and country of citizenship is not eligible.
  • Eligible destination countries: 26 EU member countries, plus 13 Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) associated with the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Republic of Northern Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey. As the PMU is an Austrian institution, internship in Austria is not eligible for funding. This rule also applies to PMU students in Campus Nuremberg.

Calls for Application

The following documents must be submitted for your application

 

Non-Erasmus+ mobility programs

These are mobility programs to Switzerland, the UK, and to PMU partner universities outside the European Union. Students are advised to apply for their own grants to support expenses related to their study exchange or internship. See also the section on Grants and Scholarships below.  

Mobility in PMU partner universities in the USA is competitive. Please inquire at the administration office of your degree program.

Staff Mobility

The PMU as a learning institution recognizes the immense value of staff mobility in fostering collaboration and innovation, and in strengthening partnerships. Colleagues are highly advised to contact first the potential receiving department or institution prior to submitting their application for a staff mobility.

Calls for Application

If you would like to apply for a staff mobility via Erasmus+, please register your interest in the Excel list in MS Teams. Registration does not automatically constitute approval of your application. The following documents must be submitted to the International Office

To confirm your mobility upon your return:

Colleagues interested in applying for collaborative research should check PMU’s Research and Innovation Department and/or research profile.

Use the checklist to plan your Erasmus+ mobility and learn more about the application procedure. For further questions please contact the International Office.

Grants and scholarships

For external grants, please check the Austrian database for scholarships and research funding.
For information about PMU’s internal research funding schemes, please contact the PMU’s Research and Innovation Management.

 

International Cooperation

Quality partnership is a key element of PMU’s internationalization strategy. The PMU as an institution of higher learning values deep and strong partnership based on mutual respect, equity, transparency, and fairness. It works with key strategic partners around the globe, while it continues to develop its partnership portfolio. For questions about partnership, please contact the International Office.

 

ERASMUS+
 

The PMU is an active member of the Erasmus+ community, and aims to further widen its network of strategic partners for mobility and capacity-building projects. To this end, it has established bilateral agreements with several European universities. For questions about partnerships, projects, and mobility (staff and students), please contact us.

 

Erasmus+ partners:

- Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
- Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig (Germany)
- Rigas Stradina Universitate (Latvia)
- Poznan University of Medical Sciences (Poland)
- Instituto Universitário Egas Moniz (Portugal)
- Universidad de Alicante (Spain)
- University of Patras (Greece)
- University of Salento (Italy)
- Charles University (Czech Republic)

 

Currently being negotiated:

- University of Turku (Finland)
- George Ohm Technical University (Germany)
- University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf (Germany)
- University of Bern (Switzerland)

 

PMU's global strategic partners:
 

- Mayo Medical School / Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, USA
- Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
- Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA
- University of Northern Florida, Jacksonville, USA
- Yale University, New Haven, USA
- Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences (KUSMS), Dhulikhel Hospital, Nepal
- University of Glasgow, Scotland
- University of Cape Town, South Africa
- Nuernberg Institute of Technology Georg Simon Ohm, Nuremberg, Germany

 

International Membership
 

The PMU is an active member of the following international organizations:

- Association of Academic Health Centers International
- Eurasia-Pacific Uninet
- Africa-Uninet
- European Association for International Education (EAIE)
- NAFSA Association of International Educators

Events

The International Office warmly invites persons with teaching responsibilities from any discipline
to participate in a new language course, taking place in 2023:

EMI - English as Medium of Instruction

English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) “refers to the use of the English language to teach academic subjects (other than English itself) in countries where the first language of the majority of the population is not English” (Macaro et al., 2018, p. 37). This practice has implications for the quality of the teaching and learning processes; it impacts not only on the content delivery of academic subjects, but also on the didactic teaching/learning effectiveness. This course responds to the need to improve the skills of lecturers in using English as the language of course instruction.
Specifically, it addresses the challenges of designing and teaching course content using a language that is not the lecturer’s native tongue. EMI goes beyond translation of course materials into English, and focuses on the various didactical aspects, particularly in relation to oral skills and oral production that impact on the quality of the course delivery. In the long term, this program is intended to support the internationalization process at higher education institutions by ensuring that lecturers are competent in using English as a medium of course instruction.

At the end of the program, the course participants should be able to:

  • increase their English communicative competency
  • improve their EMI skills
  • immediately apply the skills they learned to their teaching practices
  • reflect on their teaching skills and practices
  • particularly in terms of content delivery and the context of
    their class (i.e. characteristics of the students)
  • conduct peer observation
  • provide constructive feedback.

Course schedule:

This is a 3-module virtual course taught over a year. Schedule for hybrid classes (virtual and face-to-face) is indicated as such.

Module 1

  • 09 January 2023, Monday, 18.30-20.30
  • 16 January 2023, Monday, 18.30-20.30
  • 23 January 2023, Monday, 18.30-20.30
  • 04 February 2023, Saturday, 09.00-12.00 (hybrid)
  • 11 February 2023, Saturday, 09.00-12.00
  • 20 February 2023, Monday, 18.30-20.00

Module 2

  • March to July 2023 (exact dates to be announced)

Module 3:

  • September to December 2023 (exact dates tob e announced)

This course focuses on the following topics:

Module 1: Tools for English as a Medium of Instruction

  • Introduction
  • Digital Tools
  • Pronunciation and prosody
  • English for the classroom
  • Academic and English for Specific Purposes

 Module 2: Introduction to EMI practice

  • Multimodal communication in the classroom
  • Teaching methodology and planning
  • Practice teaching through mini-lectures

Module 3: EMI practice

  • Course design including objectives, outcomes, and assessment
  • Peer observation
  • Practice teaching including individual peer feedback

Methods:

Pair/group works, interactive lectures, reflective exercises, and online tasks.
Participants are expected to be actively engaged and to put the learned strategies
into practice. The course will be held in English.

Hybrid classes will take place at the PMU in the Strubergasse 21, 5020 Salzburg.
Details will follow.

Registration: 

  • obligatory registration until 15 December 2022 via email to international.officenoSpam@pmu.ac.at
  • indicate „EMI course for lecturers“ as subject of your email.
  • applications will be ranked according to date of registration.

Language Requirements:

  • English language skills at minimum B2 / ideally C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • Official test score is not required.

Number of participants:

  • Max: 15 participants
  • Min: 5 participants

Costs:

  • Eur 600,00 per module for external participants
  • Eur 500,00 per module for applicants associated to PMU
  • Eur 400,00 per module for internal applicants

Discounted rate if all three modules are booked and paid for at once:

  • Eur 1,700.00 for external participants
  • Eur 1,300.00 for applicants associated to PMU
  • Eur 1,100.00 for internal applicants

Phd students and teaching staff receive a 50% discount upon registration.
Please attach a copy of enrollment confirmation (for students) or teaching load (for teaching staff) when registering.

Notes:

  • External applicants are applicants that are not associated or affiliated with the
    PMU and its partner organizations.
  • Applicants associated to PMU are students and staff of PMU partner
    institutions, teaching hospitals, and higher education institutions in Salzburg
    associated to the SHK.
  • Internal applicants are students and staff of the PMU and the PMU University
    Hospital (PMU-Uniklinikum). Further education budget from the applicant’s
    respective department/institution could be used to pay for the course. For
    more information, applicants should contact directly his/her/its immediate
    supervisor or line manager.
  • 2 scholarship places for applicants from the Ukraine who hold a offical
    displaced status are available.

Organization:

International Office, in collaboration with the degree program PhD in Medical Science, and PMU Academy.