Students’ Experience
Ventspils University College, established in 1997, is a national higher education and science institution.

Students’ Experience

Katrīna Kaņepe, TSF (exchange programme at the Ionian University, Greece)

“By choosing the Turkish city Bilečik and its university, you can get a different kind of Erasmus experience as opposed to what you could get in Europe. You can travel, get to know the culture, traditions, understand the country and its people, see everything on a much broader spectrum. In any case, Erasmus is a great experience, school of life, and an opportunity.”

Ginta Andersone, EPF (exchange programme at the Bilečik University, Turkey)

“I am very pleased with the exchange semester. From the academic point of view, it was an opportunity to see the aspects that I always missed at the Ventspils University College, but at the same time, I also got the opportunity to understand the level of quality of the education at Ventspils. I see it as a great benefit that studies in Kassel allowed me to see the research at Ventspils from a new perspective and also gave me some new ideas. Undeniably, it was also important to understand that this might be a small university in a small country, but the education that we get here is good and there are many aspects that are even better here – especially the availability of lecturers. And on a personal level, it really allowed me to appreciate myself more, to gain a wider perspective on the world, and to enjoy the ease of the Erasmus life.”

Anna Leščinska, TSF (exchange programme at the University of Kassel, Germany)

“I think that everyone should experience an exchange semester. I had the opportunity to compare studies in Latvia and Germany, to live in Germany, and to see that it really is a country where life is not bad at all. I got to know new, interesting people and made friends from different corners of the world. Erasmus is undoubtedly a great programme, and I believe that I have only gained from the five months of exchange.”

Līga Miezīte, TSF (exchange programme at the Flensburg University, Germany)

“You have to experience Erasmus to understand what it’s really like. You have to enjoy it. It’s a whole different country, a different language in the daily life, different traditions and culture you have to deal with. In my case it was Germany. New places, new knowledge, new emotions, new friends for life – that was my routine at the University of Kassel. It doesn’t matter whether you study at the FTS, FEM, or FIT – Erasmus holds a lifetime experience that will help you along the way. My sincere thanks to Erasmus for everything I have gained and that’s still ahead of me. It was an unforgettable period of my life.”

Sabīne Rusmane, TSF (exchange programme at the University of Kassel, Germany)

“I learned a lot in the lectures: about signal processing theory, the use of various low-level programming tools and theories, various commercially-used methods (for example, how to program conveyors) and their mathematical base. One might say that I saw a fairly wide range of possibilities that appear when you link real-life phenomena with the corresponding mathematical compatibilities. The whole year went by in a flash. It’s an experience you must try!”

Vairis Caune, ITF (exchange programme at the NANCY, France)

“Studying German philology at the University of Caen Normandy in France, I have gained knowledge that I would not have studying in Latvia, and a different perspective on France and the world as a whole. The exchange during the semester quickly improved my French and, no less importantly, my command of German as well. The period of Erasmus wasn’t always easy; it called for a lot of effort to adapt to the studies, the language, the city, but it turned out to be an invaluable experience which let me realise the potential of my abilities. All in all, my exchange semester was interesting and undoubtedly valuable. It was an overwhelming adventure, full of discovery, new ideas and revelations. I would recommend it to everyone.”

Laila Moreina, TSF (exchange programme at the University of Caen Normandy, France)

“Erasmus is quite possibly the student’s best chance to see the world through different eyes. My Erasmus semester in Lorean, France, and the University of Southern Brittany has been, and still is, something indescribable. Of course, not everything goes as smoothly as you would wish. I had to fight the language barrier, the ‘I don’t understand anything’ feeling that you get in the beginning did not pass me by, the terrible fear of making mistakes, and other not-so-friendly circumstances. But a person quickly adapts to the circumstances, and in these less than five months I have gained international experience, new friends, a different experience of the learning process, an insight into another culture, indescribable impressions and strong emotions. Friend, if you have the opportunity, do not miss it!”

You can find out more about Liene’s experience and her exchange semester on her blog.

Liene Vimere, TSF (exchange programme at the University of Southern Brittany, France)

“All in all, my time in France was unforgettable, unsurpassed, and indescribable! Thanks to the Erasmus programme, I have gained social life experience, I have tested and evaluated myself in various problematic life situations, I’ve gained deep insight in the cultures, even the lives of other people. Initially, my goal in France was to improve my English and French and to make friends from different countries of the world, but I have definitely gained more than that!”

Sigita Ernesta, TSF (exchange programme at the University of Caen Normandy, France)

“You have to accept the fact that you are newcomer and that the standards of living in your country are quite different from the local standard. And, most importantly, you have to let go of comparing. It’s important to focus on the ever-changing weather conditions and to study cultural differences. Completely different personalities, characters, and a mix of cultures is an integral part of the day-to-day life. Little by little it makes you realise yourself more and more – who you are, who you want to be, what you like and what you don’t.”

Elīna Aģe, EPF (exchange programme at the University of Agder, Norway)

“In the exchange programme, you’ll never be alone, because frightened students just like you whose homes and families are far away all meet there, seeking the thrill of adventure and new impressions. The most important thing is to be bold and to ask for help when you need it; for not once did someone refuse assistance. Everyone was responsive and glad to help, because it’s totally normal to not understand something when you’re in a new place for the first time where no one speaks your native language. I myself have learned to help people more, regardless of their nationality, age, or occupation. This half-year was really my best in the entire period of studies, and I would sign up for this adventure again in a heartbeat.”

Justīne Rača, EPF (exchange programme at the Technische Hochshule Deggendorf, Germany) 

“The Erasmus semester is different for everyone; some say it’s the best thing that’s happened to them, some see it as an opportunity taken, and some might say it’s a waste of time and a lost love. I will be able to judge upon my experience when I return from this Eldorado, for now I am swimming in the Erasmus bubble, breathing in the energy and exchanging stories. But one thing is clear – I am constantly outside my comfort zone. And being outside your comfort zone always teaches something new, it makes you grow and adapt a new mindset. The further down the danger zone, the more I gain. And that’s why I encourage you to step into the danger zone as far as possible! Take the risk and be a winner!”