International students arrive at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences

Twenty exchange students from Norway, Slovakia, the Netherlands and France have joined local learners at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences on Tourism and Information Technologies (IT) courses.

Sam Ham, exchange student from ESME-Sudria University, says he was surprised to see how great Valmiera and the university looks: “The laboratories at the university are modern and equipped with everything necessary. The buildings and all study rooms have a homely feel.” Sam also notes that he has felt very welcomed by both, students and lecturers.

Exchange students will spend the whole semester in Latvia and in addition to studies, they will take part in various extracurricular activities, such as the debate club or sporting events. Students will also learn about the local culture and traditions as well as study Latvian.

“I chose to study in Latvia, because I wanted to find out more about the Baltic countries,” says Marlies van Dalfsen from the Netherlands. “Vidzeme University appealed to me because it has a great reputation for programmes in tourism and I also had read that Valmiera is a beautiful town. I knew that I would love it here the minute I arrived, the students are very helpful, nice and forthcoming and the university is charming. I am hoping to find out a lot of new things about Latvia and look forward to studying here.”

Throughout the introduction week, which run from 29th January to 2nd February, students got to know the University, Valmiera and the surrounding areas. They also met with Gatis Krūmiņš, rector at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, as well as Ojārs Bāliņš, Head of Engineering Faculty, Mairita Zaķe, Head of IT studies and Ilgvars Ābols, Head of Tourism and Leisure studies.

Alongside their Latvian mentors, international students also took part in a number of team-building activities to help them get to know each other and integrate with the local learners.

Through the partnership with ESME-Sudria University in France, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences welcomes international IT students every year. A number of students this year have also chosen to spend a semester in Latvia through the well-known Erasmus + programme.

Izmantojot ESME Sudria universitātes Francijā un ViA noslēgto sadarbību, uz Latviju ik gadu atbrauc topošie informācijas tehnoloģiju nozares speciālisti un šis gads nav izņēmums, savukārt pārējie studenti ieradušies Erasmus + programmas ietvaros.