A week of Erasmus events


Last week the International Office of VUC hosted a series of Erasmus+ events where one of them was an informal Erasmus evening “Get to know Erasmus Europe” that took place on Tuesday, February 7 and the other – an Erasmus+ Information seminar on Wednesday, February 8.For the informal Erasmus evening the aim was in a relaxed atmosphere to share VUC outgoing and incoming Erasmus student experience with those who would like to go on Erasmus studies or traineeship.

The organizers were happy to see full-time students from Latvia, Uzbekistan, Thailand and Erasmus students from Poland and Greece gathered in one room. VUC outgoing students from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) Gemersheim Campus, Fachhochschule Flensburg, Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal (FH) and the University of Deusto shared about their time in Germany and Spain. It was a wonderful opportunity for others to learn hints and tips about the practicalities of Erasmus life and studies. Some of the tips were about choosing accommodation, traveling cheap, places to see and what to expect while living abroad.

Incoming students from Greece were excited to see their fellow course mates in photos about Erasmus in Germany. They also seized the opportunity to share about what the Ionian University has to offer and invited all to come to the island of Corfu. The Polish incoming students and VUC outgoing student to the University of Deusto shared a laugh about the fact that the Latvian imagination cannot reach the peaks of the high mountains in Spain. It turns out that Latvian “mountains” are mere hills in Spain and Poland.

Overall, the eve was a great opportunity for all to meet, share and be encouraged to make the next step – apply for Erasmus studies or traineeship. Therefore, an Erasmus+ Information seminar was held on Wednesday, February 8 where the Erasmus+ Coordinator introduced all the participants as to how to apply for either studies and/or traineeship and what to keep in mind while selecting a particular destination.

Information about the necessary documents for the outgoing Erasmus students can be found here: http://venta.lv/en/studies/exchange/outgoing/how-to-apply/

The Erasmus Programme in Europe has been enriching lives and shaping people’s futures for the past 30 years (since 1987), but in Latvia and Ventspils University College (VUC) – since 1998. Therefore, throughout 2017, there will be events all over Europe including Latvia to mark the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus+ Programme that is a significant milestone for Europe.

As we read on the official Erasmus+ website https://ec.europa.eu/, these events will include conferences, forums, dialogues, celebrations, debates, and exhibitions. Taking into consideration the anniversary year, Ventspils University College (VUC) also wants to step out of the ordinary and organize some more events besides the traditional ones, like the aforementioned informal Erasmus evening “Get to know Erasmus Europe”.