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What will I need to follow an EWA course?
Apart from a set of the correct wine tasting glasses, (we can give advice on this) all you need to register for one of our courses is a computer with an internet connection, a webcam, word processing software and software to open PDFs, audio and video files. This usually comes standard, but can also be downloaded for free at, for instance: Adobe Reader, Quicktime or Mediaplayer and Skype.
Courses are available in English and it is the administrative language for the EWA.
The length of a Course:
The lectures are offered (via the e-learning platform) at the rate of at least one lecture per week (in some courses there may be a few lectures already availabel), and each lecture contains certain compulsory assignments which the student will upload onto the e-Learning platform once she/he has done the assignment. You can therefore roughly work out how long a course will take – bear in mind that we are closed for the Summer vacation in July and August, for about 2 months, and also for a week or so in December, so in those times we operate with a skeleton staff, but you can still upload your assignments and download lectures during these vacations – the grading of assignments will only be done after the vacations.
Typical Length of a Lecture & Time required for Assignments:
There is no average length for a lecture, as length will be determined by its contents, but you should allow yourself about 2 hours per week for the compulsory assignments, which form part of every lecture.
Starting date of course: Because of the nature of e-learning start dates for courses are flexible; there is no set starting dates. So you can start immediately after you have registered and the course fees have been paid.
In most courses, students are expected to get some hands-on experience working in any wine-related wine business/retail shop in the student’s town or area. But we do sometimes allow exceptions to this when there are no such wine businesses in the area/city of the student (for instance in Muslim countries). The student just has to apply for such exception, giving full reasons.
IT Hardware and Software
All students will need access to a reliable computer (either Mac or PC) with an internet connection (preferably broadband or cable) and their own personal e-mail address.
Our experience has been that if students do not have a regular, commercial email address it is better that they use a yahoo email address, and preferably not one from Hotmail.
You are responsible for the proper functioning of your computer; a malfunctioning computer is no valid excuse for submitting late work!
You should have the following Microsoft (or OpenOffice equivalent) software installed on such computer: Microsoft Word, Windows Media Player, PowerPoint (optional) and Excel (optional)
It is assumed that students who wish to follow an e-learning course have an adequate amount of experience to work on a computer.
Students should be able to use their email and word processing package
They should be able to navigate their way around a website
Be able to download and install software programs.
In keeping with our policy of offering only professional and academically strong wine education, all of our courses require students to write an examination on every module which forms part of that course. Such examination is done on-line, using a multiple-
choice method. So, once you have completed any of your course’s modules contact EWA to pre-arrange a date for this module examination that suits you and EWA. An exam invigilator will be accompanying you during the exam, especially for those whose first language is not English (to explain terms or words), using your computer’s webcam and Skype.
How to register:
Once you have decided which course to follow you simply fill in the Student Registration Form, (download it from the website or ask us to email you one), sign it, then scan it in and email it back to us.
Simultaneously arrange for the necessary course fees, plus the Registration costs of €75, and the module exam fees (@ €35 per module) to be deposited into our bank account (see Registration Form) by instructing your own bank to do so.
- We then send you the documentation relating to the course, together with your own password and username, on the same day that we receive payment so that you can immediately start your course.
Though not compulsory we recommend the use of the Aromabar wine aroma kits to our students. By comparing the aromas in the Aromabar boxes with the aromas in wine, you´ll learn to train your sense of smell and thus your taste as well. Your knowledge about grape varieties, their typical aromas and whether a wine has any faults, will develop on its own.
There is a range of boxes available, from one combining aromas for red and white wines, to single boxes, also for whiskies and wine faults.
Each aroma is safely stored in a small and beautifully shaped glass phial with a screw top. The functional, handmade boxes are available for white wine, red wine, barrique aromas and wine faults. In addition, each box contains a high-quality, detailed brochure with explanations of the aromas contained in the set as well as the corresponding wines.
About this document
This privacy notice explains how European Wine Academy (“EWA”, “we”, “our”, “us”) collects, uses and shares your personal data, and your rights in relation to the personal data we hold. This privacy notice concerns our processing of personal data of past, present and prospective students of European Wine Academy (“you”, “your”).
EWA is the data controller of your personal data and is subject to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).
How we collect your information
We may collect your personal data, from our website and our e-learning platform (www.ewaplatfrom.org) in a number of ways, for example:
- from the information you provide to us when you interact with us before joining, for example when you express your interest in studying at EWA;
- when you communicate with us by Skype, telephone, email or via our website, for example in order to make enquiries or raise concerns;
- in various other ways as you interact with us during your time as a student of EWA, for the various purposes set out below;
The types of information we collect
We may collect the following types of personal data about you:
- your name, and contact information such as address, email address and telephone number. We will also allocate you a unique student number.
How we use information about our students
- As a small educational institution we do not, will not, nor have we ever, used any student’s personal data for any commercial purpose than to communicate with that student.
- We do not even allow other students to access a student’s personal data or email address.
- Such data is only visible to authorised staff of EWA.
- We have certainly never, nor will we, sell or hand over any student’s personal data to any third party for any purpose whatsoever.
The purposes for which we may use personal data (including sensitive personal data) we collect during a student’s association with us include:
- registration and admissions;
- academic matters, including:
- the provision of our core teaching, learning and research services (e.g. registration, assessment, attendance, managing progress, academic misconduct investigations, certification, graduation);
- maintaining student records;
- providing IT and information services;
- other administrative purposes, including:
- carrying out research and statistical analysis;
- carrying out audits (e.g. to ensure compliance with our regulatory and legal obligations);
- providing operational information (e.g. providing IT support, information about building closures or access restrictions on campus, or safety advice);
- promoting our services (e.g. providing information about summer schools, student exchanges, or other events happening on and off campus);
- preventing and detecting crime;
- dealing with grievances and disciplinary actions;
- dealing with complaints and enquiries.
Graduation and degree information
Personal data (including award and classification) will be not be made publicly and will only be made public, for instance to a potential employer, with your specific consent.
The basis for processing your information and how we use it
We may process your personal data because it is necessary for the performance of a contract with you or in order to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract. In this respect, we use your personal data for the following:
- to interact with you before you are enrolled as a student, as part of the admissions process (e.g. to send you a prospectus or answer enquiries about our courses);
- once you have enrolled, to provide you with the services as set out in our Student Handbook and related documentation;
- to deal with any concerns or feedback you may have;
- for any other purpose for which you provide us with your personal data.
We may also process your personal data for our compliance with our legal obligations. In this respect, we may use your personal data for the following:
- to meet our compliance and regulatory obligations, such as compliance with anti-money laundering laws and safeguarding requirements;
- for the prevention and detection of crime;
- in order to assist with investigations (including criminal investigations) carried out by the police and other competent authorities.
We may also process your personal data where:
- it is necessary for medical purposes (e.g. medical diagnosis, provision of health or social care or treatment, or a contract with a health professional);
- it is necessary to protect your or another person’s vital interests; or
- we have your specific or, where necessary, explicit consent to do so.
Sharing information with others
Taking our above statement regarding selling your personal data, for the purposes referred to in this privacy notice and relying on the bases for processing as set out above, we may share your personal data with certain third parties. You are given the opportunity to opt out of some of these data sharing arrangements, for example when you register with us, but you should carefully consider the possible impact of doing this. Unless an opt-out is in place, we may disclose limited personal data to a variety of recipients including:
- our employees, agents and contractors where there is a legitimate reason for their receiving the information, including:
- third parties who work with us to provide student accommodation;
- third parties who work with us to provide student support services (e.g. counselling);
- third parties who are contracted to provide out-of-hours IT services for us;
- internal and external auditors.
- professional and regulatory bodies in relation to the confirmation of qualifications, professional registration and conduct and the accreditation of courses;
- government departments and agencies where we have a statutory obligation to provide information;
- crime prevention or detection agencies
- parents, guardians, and next-of-kin (where there is a legitimate reason for disclosure)
Changes to your personal data
Please tell us promptly about any changes to the information we hold about you. This is particularly important for your contact details. You can do this by sending an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How long your information is kept
Subject to any other notices that we may provide to you, we may retain your personal data for a period of five years after your association with us has come to an end. However, some information may be retained indefinitely by us in order to maintain your academic record for archiving purposes.
You have the following rights:
- to require that we cease processing your personal data if the processing is causing you damage or distress;
- to require us not to send you marketing communications.
- to require us to correct the personal data we hold about you if it is incorrect;
- to require us to erase your personal data;
- to require us to restrict our data processing activities (and, where our processing is based on your consent, you may withdraw that consent, without affecting the lawfulness of our processing based on consent before its withdrawal);
- to receive from us the personal data we hold about you which you have provided to us, in a reasonable format specified by you, including for the purpose of you transmitting that personal data to another data controller;
- to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to any of our particular processing activities where you feel this has a disproportionate impact on your rights.
Please note that the above rights are not absolute, and we may be entitled to refuse requests where exceptions apply.
If you have given your consent and you wish to withdraw it, please contact our Data Protection Officer using the contact details set out below. Please note that where our processing of your personal data relies on your consent and where you then withdraw that consent, we may not be able to provide all or some aspects of our services to you and/or it may affect the provision of those services.
If you have any queries about this privacy notice or how we process your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer by email: email@example.com
To request access to the personal data that we hold about you, you may contact our Data Protection Office by email: firstname.lastname@example.org