Thanks to the border-less Europe, as usually, Ventspils University College was welcoming new Erasmus students this semester again. They are coming from different countries – France, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Greece and Macedonia – and have different stories. We asked three of them about their experiences and motivation to apply for Erasmus, and study in Ventspils, Latvia.
Vasiliki from Cyprus (Foreign Languages and Translation): First, I decided to apply for Erasmus, because I wanted to practice English language, and try to learn some Latvian. I chose Latvia, because it is very different from the country where I study. I wanted to explore it, and learn more about the culture of the Baltic States, especially Latvia. I like Ventspils, because it is a nice, quiet and a safe place and I like the fact that all the lecturers are very helpful at Ventspils University College. Erasmus has given me the opportunity to meet new people all around the world, and to realize, how important it is to learn about other countries, and to exchange your thoughts with different people. In my opinion all students should take this opportunity, and study abroad for a semester and of course I recommend Ventspils. I think it is a very good place to study. Moreover, one thing that everyone should keep in mind: always save some money, if you want to travel during mobility period!
Georgia from Greece (Foreign Languages and Translation): I chose Latvia, because I wanted to explore the culture of a country, which is so different from mine and I think Ventspils is a very quiet and good place to study. Academic staff at Ventspils University College is very cooperative, and we often have the chance to participate in different international events.
Erasmus mobility is a good opportunity to meet new friends from different countries. I also learned the importance of knowing other cultures, appreciating my home country more. I believe that all students should experience Erasmus, and Ventspils is a good place to do it.
Urtzi from Spain (Modern Languages and Management): Latvia was my choice, because I thought it would be interesting to spend a few months in a country with a very different culture and language. Ventspils is a nice and peaceful city. I like the comfortable dormitory, which is in the same building as the University. I have met many nice people from different countries here, and I am trying to learn the Latvian language. Erasmus is a good opportunity to open your mind, and to get to know more about different cultures and languages. I think the best thing about it is to make new friends and learn about their countries and cultures. I recommend everyone to apply for Erasmus, but it is always important to plan everything carefully, and to know exactly where you are going, and how things are going to be.
Every year Ventspils University College is not only welcoming new incoming Erasmus students, but also sending many of our students to spend part of their studies at another higher education institution or with an organisation in Europe. The Erasmus Programme in Europe has been enriching lives, opening minds and shaping people’s futures for the past 30 years (since 1987), but in Latvia and Ventspils University College (VUC) – since 1998.
Thursday, March 9 six Ventspils University College (VUC) students from Spain, Hungary, Greece, Cyprus, Uzbekistan and Thailand were participating in Zuru Elementary school annual “Foreign Language Week”.
For third consecutive year, VUC International Office (IO) has been cooperating with Zuru Elementary school English teacher Kristīne Dane. She has been inviting VUC students to introduce 5th to 9th grade students of Zuru Elementary school to their countries, cultures, language and their impressions of Latvia, and to give school’s students an opportunity to practice English. Lasīt vairāk
On Thursday, February 23 the President of the Republic of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis and the First Lady Iveta Vējone were visiting the Engineering Research Institute Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre (VIRAC) of Ventspils University College (VUC) in Irebene where they got acquainted with the opportunities provided by VUC and VIRAC, their contribution to the region, as well as discussed industry issues and toured the unique scientific infrastructure of VIRAC. Lasīt vairāk
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. Lasīt vairāk
On Tuesday, February 7 at 16.10 in A104 auditorium an informal Erasmus evening “Get to know Erasmus Europe” will take place. This event is for both the outgoing (former and the prospective ones) Erasmus students and also the incoming Erasmus students at Ventspils University College (VUC). In order to learn more about the application process for either Erasmus+ studies or traineeship, all students are invited to attend VUC Information seminar on Wednesday, February 8 at 12.00 in D104 auditorium. Lasīt vairāk
The European project “Legal Systems and Business Law in the EU: Translating and Interpreting in Diversity” that is currently taking place at Ventspils University College was awarded with the prize Good Practices Internationalization and Mobility (3rd Edition), by the Polytechnic of Porto. Lasīt vairāk
The project “Legal Systems and Business Law in the EU : Translating and Interpreting in Diversity” has reached its furthest north point – Ventspils in Latvia where students from seven different countries are participating in various events within the framework of the aforementioned Erasmus+ Key Action 2 intensive programme project. Lasīt vairāk
From January 23 till February 4 within the framework of the Erasmus+ Key Action 2 intensive programme project “Legal Systems and Business Law in the EU : Translating and Interpreting in Diversity” students and teaching staff from France, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and Latvia will participating in various events at Ventspils University College. Lasīt vairāk
Ventspils University College welcomes to the 5th International Conference “Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development – EIRD 2017. Smart Growth of the Local Community in the Global World”, which will be held June 29.-30, 2017, in Ventspils. Lasīt vairāk
10 million Euro for European consortium which also includes scientists from Ventspils.
RadioNet, a consortium of 28 leading institutions for radio astronomical research from 13 countries, which also includes Latvia, has been awarded 10 million Euro by the European Commission, to be used over the next four years. The speaker of the RadioNet consortium is Prof. J. Anton Zensus from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn (Germany). Latvia in consortium is represented by Engineering Research Institute „Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre” of Ventspils University College (VIRAC). Lasīt vairāk