TROEP: 3. Modes of study

Teaching of students at the university is carried out in the following modes:

  • full-time (daytime);
  • correspondence (distance learning). Modes of study can be combined.

Full-time (daytime) mode of study is the main mode of obtaining certain higher education degree.

The educational process of the full-time mode of study involves constant contact between academic staff and a student / PhD student, which provides the acquisition of deep systematic knowledge and persistent skills. Students / PhD students of full-time education are obliged to attend training sessions in accordance with the schedule and fulfill the training tasks timely in accordance with (individual) curriculum and work syllabus of credit modules (CM).2 In accordance with the law, full-time students have the right for scholarship obtainment, privileges for travel in urban transport, dormitory assignment, deferment of military service, etc guaranteed by the state.

Correspondence education is a mode of study that combines the features of self-study and full-time education. It is characterized by the stage-by-stage structure. At the first stage, knowledge base and a methodology for self-learning of educational information and skills development (constituent session) are being acquired; at the second stage, a student taking correspondence course processes independently the training material, fulfills the planned individual tasks; and at the third stage, a direct review of the academic performance (verification of individual tasks, defense of course projects, term papers, examinations and tests, final certification, etc.) is carried out. At the same time, these stages are distant from each other in time according to the Academic Calendar.

Correspondence education is a mode of obtaining a certain degree of higher education by persons who work or simultaneously study in another specialty. Students taking correspondence mode have certain privileges that are guaranteed by the state (additional paid leave, tax social benefit, etc.).

Distance learning is an option of realization of education by correspondence, which is based on the usage of information and communication technologies that provide the provision and receiving of information. Main features of distance learning are interactive communication in the process of education, enabling students to work independently at educational material, as well as counseling in the process of education.

Studying via correspondence (distance) mode in a particular specialty can be introduced if:

  • full-time mode of study is provided for this specialty;
  • necessary staff, educational, methodological, utility and technical and informational support of this mode of study is available.

Studying by correspondence (distance) mode of study in a particular specialty is introduced by the decision of the Academic Council of the University upon the recommendation of the Methodological Council of the University.

Blended learning is a modern educational technology that combines classroom work with some elements of distance learning technologies; it is based on new teaching capabilities of information technologies and modern training resources.

The application of the blended learning principles allows:

  • to expand the educational opportunities of students by increasing the accessibility and flexibility of education, considering their individual educational needs, as well as the pace and rhythm of learning the material;
  • to stimulate the formation of an active student's position: to increase their motivation, independence, social activity, including the process of learning educational material and, consequently, to increase the efficiency of the educational process as a whole;
  • to transform the teacher's style: to move from knowledge translation to interactive communication with students, which facilitates the formation of their own knowledge;
  • to optimize the amount of academic staffs load by increasing the scope of student’s independent work;
  • to reduce the cost of one student’s training via reducing the amount of classroom work in the training groups and lecture courses with less than the standard number of students (PhD students)3.

2 Credit module (ECTS module) is a discipline (part of many semester disciplines) that is studied in a particular semester. The credit module has a certain amount (in ECTS) needed to be achieved to identify (expected) academic performance, and the level of their achievement by a student should be determined in the national / university evaluation system. In the case of a positive assessment, the student receives so-called off-set credits in the ECTS system.

3 See Item 4.3 (Table 1) of this Regulation.