Amistat Roman de Govèrns per |
Universitat e Solidaritat
Amizade Romana dos Governos para Universidade e Solidariedade
Amistie Romane de Gouuernements pour l'Universitie et la Solidaritie
|Formation||December 13, 2029|
|Headquarters||7100 W Avenida dos Regentes, Alahuela, Insui 01009|
|Membership||Burgundie, Insui, Monteangelo|
|Official languages||Burgundian, Portuguese, Angeline|
|Burgundian Delegate||Evienne deLorne|
|Insuian Delegate||Alana Romeo|
|Monteangeline Delegate||Iean Courblanc|
ARGUS, the Accord of Romance Governments for University and Solidarity (Burgundian: Amistat Roman de Govèrns per Universitat e Solidaritat, Insuian: Amizade Romana dos Governos para Universidade e Solidariedade, French: Amities Roman de Gouuernements pour l'Universites et la Solidarites), is an intergovernmental program operated by the governments of Burgundie, Insui, and Monteangelo for international students. The program is a union of Romance countries with the goal of reinforcing cultural and linguistic characteristics. At the core of the program is international education. Virtually all international exchange students at the post-secondary level between the three nations are subject to the program which plans lodgings, food plans, language lessons, and curricular oversight for exchange students to varying degrees according to the country of origin and the educational establishment. In addition to state-funding, a portion of the program is privately funded by non-governmental organizations and the education industry.
The acronym "ARGUS" was selected as the definition is consistent across languages. The preferred English full name, Accord of Romance Governments for University and Solidarity is an imperfect translation, but preserves the acronym and thus gained acceptance. The name is intended to convey both the focus on education (particularly post-secondary) as well as the sense of unity between Romance cultural groups. During the development of the program, creating an acronym that worked in Burgundian, Insuian, and Angeline was considered a priority and the final decision occurred somewhat late in development. The acronym is also an allusion to ancient Greco mythology as a term for a watchful guardian.
Program in Burgundie
One of many educational foreign exchange programs in Burgundie, ARGUS is by far the most comprehensive. While most universities in Burgundie have partnered directly with individual universities and programs overseas to provide a plethora of foreign exchange offerings to their students, ARGUS is a wholesale approach, allowing access to all of the participating university programs in Burgundie, Insui, and Monteangelo. All state-run, and parochial universities have signed into the compact, with most private universities participating as well. As of the end of 2030, only those private institutions known as the Old Ivies, are not participating in the program. The remaining institutions have agreed to accept up to 3% of their total enrollment through ARGUS. Across all participating universities, this amounts to about 2,300 seats in 2-year associate degree programs, 8,000 seats a year in 4-year bachelor degree programs, 1,200 seats in masters programs, 590 seats in doctorate programs, and 22 seats in post-doctoral fellowships. While not yet directly recognized in Insui and Monteangelo a number of Burgundian trade associations have opened up their accreditation and certification application pools to workers is those nations as part of ARGUS.
Burgundian degrees in liberal arts and the humanities are preferred by participants in ARGUS, especially amongst Monteangeline students who find their education systems a bit martial. International business courses are also highly sought after. As part of the ARGUS agreement, international students are provided with on-campus room and board with a cultural expenses stipend in the form of a BurgenPass, a card that allows students admission to public transit, museums, performing arts venues, art galleries, libraries, churches, and archives. These passes are preloaded with $100/month during the academic year and $300/month in the off-season. In a controversial move, some bars and restaurants in large university towns have been found an exploit in the BurgenPass system, and have been able to siphon value off of the cards in exchange for food and alcohol. The Revenue Guard have started looking into these reports, but have yet to be able to build a conclusive case against these establishments.
As part of the residential programs, a prerequisite of a sufficient score in Burgundian language testing is required. For most students, this is achieved in an intensive immersion program in the summer before the start of the fall semester. Two separate courses, one for Insuians and one for Monteangelines are offered, culminating in a week-long host-family stay at which time the prospective students are expected to speak only in the Burgundian language. Those who do not pass the final week are remanded to their home country with the opportunity to retry the following year. There are no limits to the number of years a student may apply, but it is assumed that after two attempts, the academic trajectory of the student would be adversely impacted and they are unlikely to be admitted. These language lessons are provided free of charge, as are room and board.
While not an official aspect of the ARGUS platform, it has been observed that immigrants from Insui and Monteangelo who have participated in ARGUS, seem to maneuver through the path to citizenship in Burgundie with fewer issues.
Program in Insui
While foreign exchange of students in Insui is common at all levels (i.e., primary, secondary, and post-secondary), the ARGUS program is a method preferred by many higher education institutions. The public universities of all 33 states, the three territories, and the capital region, as well as some private universities have implemented some form of legislation to allow students from Burgundie and Monteangelo to attend their institutions to further develop their knowledge. Each state has a varying amount of seats they allot specifically to ARGUS students, ranging from 4% in the Alahuela, Bicarian Islands, and Providence, to ~1% in Cambria, Milan, and Porta Bianca. A student admitted to a public university under ARGUS is, nonetheless, considered an International student.
Students entering Insui are required to have some understanding of the Insuian language and unless the language requirement is fulfilled prior to enrollment, most students will have to take a semester or more of the language during their first year. All language course costs are covered by the university. Students admitted are held to the same standards as an Insuian student admitted to the same university. They are guaranteed on-campus housing for half of the time they are enrolled (depending on school, volume may only permit a year) and are placed in off-campus housing for the remainder of the time. Food expenses are covered by the student, or in cases where financial assistance is needed, by the federal government, as are books and supporting materials. Those pursuing citizenship will be provided with information and documentation from the Bureau of Immigration upon arrival.
Though not at all required and not part of ARGUS' mission, many students choose to seek citizenship, a roughly four year process now shortened to two, or dual citizenship which can be achieved in as little as six months.
Program in Monteangelo
The ARGUS program is the only system for foreign exchange students to study in Monteangelo. People of other nationalities or otherwise outside the program are unable to obtain education visas. Monteangelo accepts anywhere from 2,500 to 3,000 students from Burgundie and Insui annually who have the opportunity to study at all campuses of the state-operated post-secondary institutions. Foreign students typically must qualify for a specific track at enrollment and graduate with accreditation in that specific profession. Common programs for foreign students to study include engineering, design, and medical research. Humanities programs are not unheard of, but considerably more difficult to obtain access to in Monteangelo through the program.
While studying in Monteangelo, international students are provided lodgings on campus as well as meal plans. Students are subject to the national rationing system, but receive food allowances to subsidize living expenses. The food allowances are typically seen as insufficient and many students pay out of pocket for additional food. However, education for foreign students in Monteangelo is relatively cheap and the STEM programs offered are held in high regard internationally. While courses in sciences and engineering at other institutions can cost from $15,000 to $20,000 per semester for foreign students, the same courses may cost $8,000 to $12,000 per semester in Monteangelo.
Educational tracks taken through the ARGUS program are typically preceded by a semester of language lessons unless the applicant demonstrates sufficient language skills in Angeline during enrollment. The additional semester is typically held the summer prior to the beginning of the fall term. These language lessons are provided free of charge as are lodgings and the standard food allowances during this time. While not especially difficult, failure to develop adequate language skills may see candidates expelled from the program with repercussions for obtaining visas in the future with Monteangelo. This leads many prospective students to take language lessons prior to enrollment.
At present, due to otherwise restrictive immigration policies, graduation from a Monteangeline post-secondary institution through the ARGUS program is one of the only legal ways to immigrate to Monteangelo. In addition to citizenship, foreign graduates from the Monteangeline university system may benefit from job placement by the Monteangeline government.
In Burgundie, many large industries pay into ARGUS for a first shot at the numerous Insuian and Monteangeline students graduating from Burgundian universities. This provides the companies with employees with diverse experiences but with a higher educational background they know and trust. In the case of Monteangeline students, companies also appreciate the martial background that implies that they will work regardless of the odds and can fill positions in strong hierarchical organizations, something that some young Burgundians are having an issue doing.