More than 650,000 people have gone to study, teach, or volunteer abroad via the ERASMUS+ programme, and the numbers are only increasing! Ventspils University College is one of many colleges to offer its students this exciting opportunity.
Our students have the chance to spend a semester or a whole year in a partner university of their choice. You can find a list of partner universities here: (hyperlink).
The exchange programmes do not disappoint – students and lecturers return from them with a broader world view, new knowledge in their speciality, better command of languages, and uncountable exciting adventures to remember.
In addition to all these opportunities, ERASMUS+ also offers the European Volunteer Work programme to enrich your life experience and grow as a person. For detailed information, see http://jaunatne.gov.lv/lv/erasmus/kas-ir-ebd
Until July 2014, the opportunities provided by the LLP/Erasmus programme were used extensively in the Ventspils University College. On 1 July 2014, LLP Erasmus was closed, and the Erasmus+ programme was launched. Within the framework of the mobility programme, student studies in the universities of other member states of the EU participate in the programme for a period of three months to one year. The aim of the programme is to promote students’ education and the development of foreign study experience.
Ventspils University College offers the opportunity to study at one of our partner universities, depending on the programme of study, to students from all faculties. Students whose previous participation in Erasmus mobility programmes has not exceed 12 months, who have finished at least one study semester (the restriction does not apply to master’s and doctoral students), and who do not have academic debt can apply for the Erasmus programme.
How are credit points transferred?
According to Latvian legislation, 1 CP equals 1.5 ECTS; therefore, upon returning from studies abroad, the results obtained during the exchange period are fully recognized and transferred according to this scale, provided that the study agreement and the internship agreement were harmonised in advance of going on the exchange.
How is knowledge acquired during the exchange period recognised?
To avoid problems with the recognition of acquired subjects, make sure you have harmonised the study/internship agreement with the director of the programme and the External Communication Specialist. Upon your return from the exchange period, you have to write an application addressed to the programme director for recognition of the courses you have taken and hand it to the External Communication Specialist together with the achievement sheet. The Programme Director will carry out the alignment, and the Vice Rector will issue an order. The completed period is fully recognized if the study/internship plan was previously harmonised.
|Grade||Meaning||Comments||Estimated corresponding ECTS grade|
|10||izcili (with distinction)||Knowledge of the student is substantially higher than the estimated normal level.||A|
|9||teicami (excellent)||Knowledge of the student is higher than the estimated normal level||A|
|8||ļoti labi (very good)||Knowledge corresponds to the highest expected level.||B|
|7||labi (good)||The student has mastered the subject deeply and with understanding, is progressing within the expected limits, but makes minor mistakes.||C|
|6||gandrīz labi (almost good)||The student has generally succeeded in the course within the required limits, but he or she is either merely reproducing the knowledge rather than actively using it, or making more substantial mistakes.||D|
|5||viduvēji (satisfactory)||Awarded to students, who are progressing within the limits of their individual abilities, generally are not behind the appropriate age group, but make substantial mistakes and reproduce the facts rather than analyse them.||E|
|4||gandrīz viduvēji (almost satisfactory)||The very last positive grade. Awarded to students, who do their best but still make grave mistakes and just reproduce most of the relevant material.||E/FX|
|3-1||neapmierinoši (unsatisfactory)||Marks of different levels for students whose records are below the expected||Fail|