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My story of Erasmus + study mobility experience


Student's name and surname: Aleksei Khripunov
Age: 20 y.o.
Gender: Male
Sending institution: Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Russia
Receiving Institution: Baltic InternationalAcademy, Latvia
Field of study: Business and Administration
Length of mobility period: 5 months

The reason why I decided to participate in Erasmus+ study mobility is unique experience that develops personality and broaden mind in various ways such as business proficiency, economic intellection and socio-cultural relations.

There were not any troubles in dealing with sending and receiving higher education institution before, after and during my mobility because Erasmus+ has highly qualified coordinators who will not let you make a mistake and explain all aspects of the mobility.

Firstly, I am very proud of my grades, because I closed all exams with top results and got a huge amount of knowledge in business sphere. Secondly, I caught the chance to participate in V International Scientific Conference Transformational processes in Law, Regional Economics and Economic Policies: Topical Economic, Political and Legal Issues and wrote two scientific articles on economics.

Of course, the most significant impressions and experience while living outside my home country brought communication with people, because exchanging experience and knowledge with different people from all over the world is invaluable chance that Erasmus+ gives to students. In addition, it was my first time in Europe and I had great time by having a small tour to Austria and Hungary during Christmas holidays.


As for advice for future Erasmus+ students, just be open-minded and try to combine studying and having fun.









My story of Erasmus + study mobility experience


Student’s name and surname: Aglaya Busalova
Age: 23
Gender: Female
Sending institution: Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Russia, Moscow
Receiving Institution: Baltic International Academy, Latvia, Riga
Field of study: Business and Administration
Length of mobility period: 5 months

Participating in Erasmus+ program was a great opportunity for me to improve knowledge of English, meet new interesting people and grow like a person.

I have graduated from my Bachelor’s study in 2016. My core subject was Management. I decided to continue my education and have been accepted as a Master program student by the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics in summer 2016. My study in Home University is really interesting. I have been chosen for participating in Erasmus+ program in Baltic International Academy in Riga. I was so surprised for a good level of studies in the Academy. The way of teaching is close to my Home University, but some technics of study was incredible and really interesting. I have gained a lot of new knowledge about EU economics.

From the academic side – this mobility is helpful to fulfill knowledge about EU and the economics of the Baltic countries. It is great chance to open new country and explore it, to meet the culture of habitants. From the personal side is a great opportunity for personal development and growth: to open new sides of economics studies, to improve some skills, including language proficiency.

This is a great opportunity for a person to live alone outside home. First of all this is a great chance to start planning your life, because you need to do everything independently: to plan your finances, your time, your schedule, etc. It is a little bit more complicated that in your Home Country because you need to do it alone without help of parents. Second reason is that you start to think as an adult.

One very important piece of advice, which I can give to future student, is try to take as much as possible from this opportunity, make good friends, study hard and pick new important information, also travel a bit, but only in weekends or holidays.

Write a do list to your mobility and try to make your life more interesting.




My story of Erasmus + study mobility experience

My name is Aksana Bandarenka, I am 35 years old and I study in the Baltic International Academy (Riga, Latvia). In the fall of 2016, I participated in the student program Erasmus+ study mobility and went to the beautiful Russian city of Tomsk. Length of mobility period was 19/09/2016 - 22/12/2016.

At the Academy, I study Professional Master's programme "Management of communication in the leisure and entertainment industry". Now I am working over master's thesis on the topic of consumer behavior. I am interesting in psychological characteristics that influence the choice of one or another of entertainment. In the past, I studied journalism and advertising management. My thesis takes into account the knowledge gained during my education in Belarusian State University (my first higher education) and knowledge received now in the Baltic International Academy.

The reasons why I took part in the Erasmus+ study mobility are curiosity and love for innovation. As you know, adaptation to new unfamiliar conditions develops the brain, while daily routine and inertia rather make the brain lazy. I try to do my best to get out of the comfort zone.

Travel for me is not just a hobby; it is my current academic major. It was interesting to come to the city not as a tourist for the weekend, and live in it for three months. It is a completely different vision of this city and its parts. It was very interesting to go through this new experience. The point that I go in the legendary Siberia increased the interest.

Tomsk is a unique city. In Tomsk many young people and few pensioners, unlike the average city. First, due to the large number of educational institutions many students; secondly, many of them stay after graduation. Factor of the predominance of young people has strongly influenced by the infrastructure of the city and this is especially noticeable in the entertainment sector.

The city is trying to make interesting to attract tourists and new students. In Tomsk many unusual monuments. For example, there are monuments to “House Slippers”, “the Lover” and “the Frog-Traveler” and so on.

From a professional point of view I find it very interesting how the museums, theaters and other leisure venues. High competition among institutions and the high demand from young consumers gives a great result. For example, local museums have already implemented the techniques, which we were discussing during our lectures in the Academy as the latest European trends. I spent a lot of time attending different events, and some theaters and museums could become better acquainted. The most important benefit from the trip, I think the internship in the First Museum of Slavic Mythology.

Also important for my study was the familiarity with the local students, young scientists and professors from other faculties. I myself went to meet on of the Department and as a result, this communication very advanced my research.

Basic of my study was writing a master's thesis. Even to pass the English exam I was preparing the translation of international articles on the topic of my research. Each student had to translate 20 pages. At first I thought I had the brains to boil, and when finished was very satisfied.

In addition to compulsory subjects (tourism management), I selectively went to other lectures. I have learned about new and unusual things: the ways of conducting sports and games competitions, human physiology and how to conduct different tours.

I spent a lot of time in the library. Sometimes I stayed until late at night. This is possible thanks to that the Tomsk Library has a reading room open 24 hours a day. The library is very modern organized: there is a directory with e-books, access to international databases and much more. Based on the library-hosted meetings of the club of spoken English, meetings with writers etc.

What kind of advice I would like to share with future Erasmus+ students? Not just to sit in the library. Go and find the city's most successful organization in the field of your profession and ask for an internship. My experience is that organizations are open to students, especially for foreign. Do not just observe the process and ask questions as organized by the marketing and so on. Theoretical knowledge from books is important, but the fact that you can discuss without reserve as an inquisitive student is priceless.

Thanks for reading to the end!












My story of Erasmus + study mobility experience


Hello! My name is Ekaterina Betekhtina, I am 23 years old and I am a student of National Research Tomsk State University. My specialization is Organization and management in tourism and sports and recreation work and this year (2017), I am going to get my master degree.

Last year I got the opportunity to take part in Erasmus+ program and visit Latvia, so now I am here, studying Tourism Management and Hospitality Business with other students of Baltic International Academy in Riga, the capital of Latvia. The mobility period includes 5 month from September until February.

The main reason to come here was my interest to get cultural exchange experience and to that differences that were hidden in our ways of life. Hundreds of students from all over the world become participants of Erasmus+ every year in order to communicate, make new relations, get familiar with traditions, habits and features of people from other countries and I am not the exception. Another reasons, that made me participate in Erasmus, was my dream to study, get education abroad and to travel in Europe.

When the decision to take part in Erasmus was made, I started preparations of all the necessary documents. Before the mobility period started, the international educational departments of my university and receiving academy provided all the important information and documentation, helped with getting an insurance and gave recommendations in order to avoid problems with getting a visa. Both universities were very helpful. During the mobility I had almost 24 hours support, representatives of receiving university helped me to adapt to new conditions, gave various information about Latvia, Baltic International Academy and all other necessary things (transport, mobile connection, medicine for foreigners and other), which really helped during the mobility.

Looking back to that experience, I can say without any doubts that this internship was the most amazing and greatest period of my life. It is difficult to list all the gains that I have gotten: first and the most important thing that I have to mention, is new friends. I was fortunate enough to live with two amazing Russian girls, I met many people from different European countries and from another parts of the world, and some of them were from Riga. Some people I met became to me my big international family. They gave me a lot of great emotions and a big amount of such a good memories and made me happier person! Locals helped me with adaptation in Riga, showed me their traditions, habits, rules and the way of doing things so that was easy for me to get used to the new environment. In addition, I cannot mention that personal growth that happened with me due to this journey. High qualification of professors in BMA and the way they organized educational process helped me to learn new things (in sphere of tourism, management, marketing, technologies of creating thinking and so on) that I believe would be really helpful and essential in my future career and life. In addition, this trip helped me to improve language and communicational skills.

The most significant expressions of my mobility period are connected with the trips that I had with my friends. We have travelled to Italy, Estonia, Lithuania, different Latvia cities and that was awesome! Everything in these trips were unforgettable: people, national cuisine, attractions and so on. Moreover, that is necessary to say that events that were organized by the students and professors of academy were so fun and interesting: we celebrated Halloween in the Academy, had an evening in oriental style and many other parties.



What can I advise to future Erasmus students? During of my mobility period I made couple of new conclusions. The mind of them it is the most interesting events begin to occur when you were leaving your comfort zone. You have to be open-minded, easy going and ready to learn new things. You should not be shy, closed or afraid to learn new, to communicate with people or make new friend, ask questions, make mistakes or show your imagination and emotions. Because the experience, that you gain, helps your mind to grow both in personal and academic ways, improves you more and more every day and it draws your life story, which becomes more bright and colorful every time when you fill it with new people or knowledge. Life is beautiful and you should be happy every day, appreciate what you have, try to do whatever you want and enjoy every moment of his life! I am happy that this Erasmus helped me to fill mine with such a good memories.

Story of Erasmus+ study mobility experience


Kristina Bykoder, MBA program, Baltic International Academy

Travelling can teach you more than anything else. Sometimes one day which you live in another country can give you more than ten years of living at home.

Anatole France

It is not a secret that opportunity to see different countries, to learn different cultures and economic markets is very valuable nowadays and thanks to Erasmus+ program young people, students all over the world are getting the chance to try themselves, to feel the real freedom of choice.

My name is Kristina Bykoder, I am a Master program student and this year I successfully finished my Erasmus+ mobility in Moscow. To apply for the study in Plekhanov Russian University of Economics was my considered and thoughtful decision. I am a driven person and strive for constant improvement that’s why the opportunity given by the International Office was highly valuable for me and important. The main reason for participation in Erasmus+ program was the desires of new knowledge, new vision and different experience.

My mobility was very well organized, I got all the necessary documents in time and always had the opportunity (before and even after the mobility) to ask for help my coordinators in sending and in receiving institutions. Range of courses and lectures suggested by receiving university was quite diverse, interesting and useful for young and purposeful professional.

My academic and personal gains were very successful, the chance to get the knowledge and experience in such a way is incredibly precious and helped me to sharpen my vision and ideas, gave me the opportunity to observe the educational process in a great institution – Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. I can hardly estimate the value of obtained benefits from both personal and professional sides.

The experience I gained during the semester with an Erasmus+ mobility was an essential tool for the future, as I am eager to learn and getting thoroughly into cultural anthropology – and these were my most significant impressions while living abroad. To be involved in collaboration of different nations together with wide diversity of cultures and mentalities – that is amazing background for the student that he gets while participating in Erasmus+ mobility program. My sincere advice for the future Erasmus+ students is to do not be afraid of being outside of home country, to be friendly and open-minded – and then the entire world will be open in front of you.

I regard that every student needs to have such a wonderful experience and opportunity to become a versatile professional due to help of Erasmus+ mobility program which is like a door – opening to young people independent, adult life with a number of interesting experiences and new acquaintances.


Sending institution: Baltic International Academy, Latvia
Receiving Institution: Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Russian Federation
Length of mobility period: 3 months (22.02.2017 – 21.05.2017)
Student’s name and surname: Kristina Bykoder
Age: 25 years
Gender: female
Field of study: Business and Administration










Story of Erasmus+ study mobility experience


Name and surname: Anastasiia Dalibozhko
Age: 25
Gender: female
Sending institution: National research Tomsk state university, Tomsk,Russia
Receiving institution: Baltic International Academy, Riga, Latvia
Field of study: Economics
Length of mobility period: 3 months (01/11/2016 – 04/02/2017)

When in Tomsk I learned about the opportunity to travel on study exchange abroad, in Latvia, I was immediately inspired to try to participate. It was very interesting for me because I did not have the experience of living abroad, as well as that the experience of real student life, as I have always studied in my hometown. In addition, I was always inspired European cultural heritage, as well as, importantly, the academic potential, as the European education experience is valued in Russia, and I exactly had to gain material for the dissertation. In addition, an international exchange program has long been my dream and I realized that I could not miss this opportunity.

To collect and prepare a package of documents for participation was not very hard for me. I already had experience in preparing documents for the various competitions, conferences, scholarships, so only had to be patient and carefully fill in the necessary forms. In addition, I received filled sample documents from my university. In addition, I had an opportunity quickly get help and advice from the receiving side, which is very important.

Academic results: I was able to immerse myself in the learning process of the receiving institution. I met with local PhD students, professors, attended classes and perform all the same tasks. In addition, I gained material for writing a dissertation, which will undoubtedly help me to advance with scientific research. In addition, already obtained during exchange results of study I presented at the conference, as well as prepared for printing the article. Of course, I was also able to prepare statistical and other material, as well as some sketches of articles, which I will continue in Russia. From personal achievements, I can say that I have been able to overcome the fear of living in a foreign country. Everything was even easier than I imagined. In addition, I loved Riga so much. It was comfortable city for me and very close in spirit. I acquired new friends, with whom I hope to continue the communication after returning home, and share research results and continue to cooperate.

Probably, for me one of the most interesting experiences turned out to live through European winter in Latvia. I am from Siberia, and when in Riga was + 3 + 5 degrees, in Tomsk sometimes were incredible even for our climate frosts down to - 50 degrees. Another interesting and even unexpected plus of the trip, because all the 3 months I could easily walk around and admire the Riga old town, which I am especially loved.

Overall, the program was very interesting and useful experience for me. New places, new people - it is always very inspiring. The best thing that besides academic purposes able also dive into the local culture. Perhaps this is the most valuable.

For students who only want to participate, I want to give a piece of advice: do not be afraid. The main thing is to believe in yourself and never give up. Do not worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you do not even try. Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow!











My story of Erasmus + study mobility experience


Hello! My name is Dina Shaidulina, I am 21 years old and I am a student of Saint Petersburg State University of Economics. My specialization is Tourism and this year (2017), I am going to get my bachelor degree.

Last year I got the opportunity to take part in Erasmus+ program and visit Latvia, so now I am here, studying tourism with other students of Baltic International Academy in Riga, the capital of Latvia. The mobility period includes 5 month from September until February.

What were the reasons to come here? Firstly, and I believe, that was the main part, I wanted to get that cultural exchange experience. Hundreds of students from all over the world become participants of Erasmus+ every year in order to communicate, make new relations, get familiar with traditions, habits and features of people from other countries and I am not the exception. That was interesting for me to see that differences that were hidden in our ways of life. Another reasons, that made me participate in Erasmus, was my dream to study, get education abroad and to travel in Europe.

When the decision to take part in Erasmus has been made, I started preparations of all the necessary documents. Before the mobility period started, the international educational departments of my university and receiving academy provided all the important information and documentation, helped with getting an insurance and gave recommendations in order to avoid problems with getting a visa. Both universities were very helpful. During the mobility I had almost 24 hours support, representatives of receiving university helped me to adapt to new conditions, gave various information about Latvia, Baltic International Academy and all other necessary things (transport, mobile connection, medicine for foreigners and other), which really helped during the mobility.

Looking back to that experience, I can say without any doubts that this internship was the life-changing period of my life. It is difficult to list all the gains that I have got: first thing, that I have to mention, is new friends. Couple of them came from Russia as I did; others were from Kazakhstan and different European countries, big part of them were from Riga. Anyway, these people I met changed my way of thinking, gave me a big amount of such a good memories! I spent amazing time with them. Locals helped me with adaptation in Riga, showed me their traditions, habits, rules and the way of doing things so that was easy for me to get used to the new environment. In addition, I cannot mention that personal growth that happened with me due to this journey. High qualification of professors in BIA and the way they organized educational process helped me to learn new things (in sphere of tourism, insurance, logistics, history and so on) that I believe would be really helpful and essential in my future career and life. In addition, this trip helped me to improve language and communicational skills.

The most significant expressions of my mobility period are connected with the trips that I had with my friends. We have travelled to Italy, Estonia, Lithuania, different Latvia cities and that was awesome! Everything in these trips were unforgettable: people, national cuisine, attractions and so on. Moreover, that is necessary to say that events that were organized by the students and professors of academy were so fun and interesting: we celebrated Halloween in the Academy, had an evening in oriental style and many other parties.



Due to the experience I made couple of conclusions that I think is necessary to share with future Erasmus students. You have to be open-minded, easy going and ready to learn new things. You should not be shy or afraid to communicate with people or make new friend, ask questions, make mistakes or show your imagination. Because the experience, that you gain, helps your mind to grow both in personal and academic ways, improves you more and more every day and it draws your life story, which becomes more bright and colorful every time when you fill it with new people or knowledge and I am really happy that this Erasmus helped me to fill mine with such a good memories.



My story of Erasmus + study mobility experience


Name and Surname: Ekaterina Sergeeva
Age: 22
Gender: Female
Sending institution: Saint Petersburg State University of Economics Russian Federation
Receiving institution: Baltic International Academy, Riga, Latvia
Field of study: Economics and Finance
Length of mobility period: 5 months (24/12/2016 – 25/05/2017)

In my opinion, participating in such programs is very important for us, students, because it offers a possibility to “taste” the international education, develops integration of youth across the globe, and wakes in us a spirit of openness, courage and mutual understanding. In addition, it is not a secret, that employers widely appreciate this kind of “bonus” in CVs of candidates who have participated in international exchange programs, as this characterizes the potential employee not only from an academic point of view, but also as a person with wide mental outlook and ability to adapt in different environments.

Before, after and during the mobility I received a great support both from the sending and from receiving institutions. From the moment when I first heard about this program, I immediately wanted to try it. I like learning about new cultures, meeting new people. Discussing about different topics with people of different nationalities is what I love doing. In addition, during my studies abroad I became more independent. New responsibilities and concerns appeared immediately – meeting new people, developing new relationships, etc. I also became a representative of my own country and the receiving country, sharing my experience and being able to compare the two cultures. In general, I can say that my experience was very positive.

My academic gain from this program is growth in intellectual level, good progress and increased quality of the gained knowledge. My personal gain – self-confidence and, personal growth.

I should say: these impressions will last for a lifetime! Only positive emotions. However, this is very subjective and depends on the one`s readiness for new accomplishments. It is unconditionally a very useful experience in all fields: professional, social, language.

What kind of advice would you like to share with future Erasmus+ students?

In the first place, to complete all the tasks on time (from applying the documents to buying the tickets). Second, not to be afraid to make changes in your life. Third, not to be nervous about schedule conflicts or transfer of credits. All these problems have been solved after arrival to Riga. Here you will be welcomed by wonderful people, who are working in the international department, represented by Inta Buka, who will be the main responsible person during the whole period of your study and will help you with any questions.

This program opened new horizons and possibilities for me. In 5 months, I met many people from different countries; I got familiar with a new educational system and met new professors.







Story on Erasmus+ teaching mobility experience


Leonid Kapilevich
Age : 53
Gender : male
Sending higher education institution and its country: National Research Tomsk State University, Russia
Receiving higher education institution and its country : Baltic International Academy, Riga, Latvia
Study subject : Tourism and Hospitality
Length of mobility period : 29/11/16 -08/12/16

In Tomsk State University, I have been teaching for over 10 years. For the first time I have attended with a study, visit in Baltic International Academy in 2014. During ERASMUS+ staff mobility for teaching in 2016, in addition to the providing guest lectures, I have developed my competences in Tourism and Hospitality and increase the relevance of my teaching, have built new contacts with the management and teaching staff of the study direction "Tourism and Hospitality" and in the International Department. These contacts gave me an opportunity to discuss new projects and participation in future grants activities with the Academy and of course have expanded my professional network.

During my participation was sign new exchange agreement between Tomsk State University and Baltic International Academy. This agreement will become good continuation for exchange of students between our HEIs after end of the ERASMUS+ grant in May 2017. Lectures in the Academy also gave me possibility to try in practice teaching methods, which we use in our University, in future to adopt the experience received in the Academy in lecturing in Tomsk State University, and to share these methods and practices between my colleagues in Tomsk. We also have discuss with the director of the study direction "Tourism and Hospitality" in Baltic International Academy the development of the IT projects in the framework of our study programs and opportunity to open new direction of studies in Tourism area in Academy.

Therefore, my exchange period was not only successful for my academic and personal development but also very fruitful for both Universities. By the way, Riga - amazing, magnificent city, with interesting cultural life and unique NovoArt architecture, I have a chance even to visit a premiere of the opera "Eugeny Onegin" in Latvia. It was very interesting for me to combine lectures for students from the bachelor's and master's degree programs; it was good experience of preparation of material for any audience of listeners.

The main subject of my lectures was new for students in Academy and therefore, lectures have turned out dynamic, we used cases and analysis of problem situations in our lectures, and often addressed practical experience of two countries. Of course, students ask a lot about my country, town and my University, that is why every participant of program ERASMUS+ should be ready for such questions and I hope that such programs will continue in future and may be become not only grant programs but also something permanent as ERASMUS+ program with EU countries.

I hope that in future I will have opportunity to take part in such mobility more often. It was great experience for me.



My story of Erasmus + study mobility experience


Hello! My name is Maxim Korchemnyi, I am 24 years old and I am a graduate student at the department of general economic theory and history of economic thought.

Since the beginning of my studies in high school, I wanted to visit the European University for comparing educational programs. Last year I had the opportunity to visit the Baltic International Academy, which are located in Riga, capital of Latvia on Program at Erasmus + and I accepted with great pleasure. My mobility period was scheduled from October to February.

What were the reasons to come here? First of all, I had to consult with colleagues and the professor about my thesis. During the period of mobility, I have consulted with the teachers of the Baltic International Academy, who helped me in the discussion of my work, as well as suggested new sources of information. Studying in Riga, I teamed up with colleagues and the result of our joint activities, was an article written together, which greatly helped in the writing of my thesis. Secondly, it was necessary to get acquainted with the cultural characteristics of European students, to plunge into their traditions. A great number of students from all over the world study at the Erasmus + program and it promotes cultural exchange. Moreover, due to mutual cooperation and communication of ideas function that can be used already in the scientific activity. This practice has helped me in the scientific work.

When I arrived in Riga for training, I was immediately fascinated by this city for its architectural ensemble. Spending a lot of time in the library, searching for the necessary literature, I thought about the incessant cultural events in this delightful city. In all my mobility, I visited several museums (the Amber Museum, the Museum of porcelain, the Automobile Museum), exhibitions. With colleagues from the Baltic International Academy after attending lectures, we often strolled through Old Riga, where friends carried me on a tour, plunging into the mysteries of cultural life. Admiring the sights, I could not help and attended an organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.

While in Latvia, I was able to combine educational and cultural activities. The first half of the day was entirely devoted to the theoretical aspects of my thesis. Separately want to note the high level of professionalism of teachers of the Baltic International Academy. Thanks to them, I was able to more carefully analyze certain aspects of my research. I also had a chance to try their hand in the exam in the European higher education institution. For me it was the first time, and I learned something new.

Special attention should be paid lectures at the Baltic International Academy. Using the most advanced technology lectures on discipline "Economic integration and the challenges of globalization" were very interesting and full of an abundance of modern statistics. We touched on the most important challenges of 21st century economic sphere, and working in a collective discussion, find ways to solve them. Very exciting was the consultation on the subject "Theory of Regional Development", which raised topics related with the regional economic systems of different countries. With colleagues, we discussed issues such as unemployment in the regions, the growth of gross regional product, the formation of a favorable investment climate. Moreover, I had the opportunity to participate in the conference, which were professors, researchers, students, post-graduate students from different countries. We exchanged different ideas, working hours in order to solve some problems in the economic sphere. In addition, it should be noted that the lecture materials, discuss urgent problems of the economy at the round tables, consultations with professors all this contributed to the writing of my thesis.

In conclusion, I would like to say that you need to become a member of the Erasmus + program, as it is it will help in achieving good results in your life. This program allows you to develop as a scientific and cultural terms. You have forged many new friends from different parts of the world that will allow you to hone your communication skills. Also on the program, studying you will be able to improve their skills in using a variety of foreign languages. All this will help you in the future to feel much more confident on the international scene the students, and will contribute to your success in the educational activity.







My story of Erasmus + study mobility experience


Name: Anna Marihina
Age: 21
Gender: Female
The Sending institution: Baltic International Academy
Faculty/Department: Culture management
Country of mobility: Russia
The receiving institution: Plekhanov Russian University of Economics
Duration of the mobility: 3 months

I participated in the ERASMUS+ mobility program for the first time in Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Moscow, Russia from February 27, 2017 until May 27, 2017.

I have chosen to study in Moscow, Russia because it is a great opportunity to get a knowledge about different country. For me it was very important because in Russia, my family has many relatives and my grandmother was living there for almost 18 years before she started living in Latvia.

I did get a lot of information and knowledges during my studying. Now I know a lot about the city. I chose to participate in the mobility because the ERASMUS+ mobility program is a great possibility to share experience and to get knowledge about different country.

It is a great opportunity to improve your abilities and to look at the different type of education system. After this mobility, I can find solutions in difficult or challenging contexts, plan and carry out my learning independently, see the value of different cultures and do many other things.

The most significant impression during my ERASMUS+ mobility was Plekhanov Russian University of Economics festival of Plekhanov’s culture. It was amazing; there were many international students. It was a great experience, an amazing atmosphere and a great cultural mix.

I believe that the ERASMUS+ mobility program is the best way to expand your horizons and improve yourself mentally and physically.









Erasmus + mobility experience story in Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics


Undergoing tuition process in the Baltic International Academy by doctoral study program “Regional economics and economic policy” I clearly understood necessity of introducing with experience in that area in other countries in reality. Especially in my scientific topic that are connected with state housing policy. That topic is rather rare in our country that is why the other countries experience is vitally important for me. As I got the possibility to take part in Erasmus+ program through my University I immediately confirmed my participation. I never before participated in mobility programs.<>

My mobility program in Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics gave me a huge experience in my scientific topic and additional knowledge in that area. Comparing with my country, over there is a lot of specialists and experts connected with my topic and many theoretical materials.

Actually, my receiving University provided rather high level of supporting in my mobility program: accommodation, education program, availability of scientific databases – library and Internet. Saint- Petersburg is a very big city with a big number of higher education institutions, over there many students from all countries. The city is very rich with architectural monuments, museums, theaters, very broad the culture life. That is why in Saint Petersburg is possible to joint education process, to gain your personal knowledge and to get many culture impressions.

Alexandrs Sakovskis
Sending institution: Baltic International Academy, Latvia
Receiving institution: Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics, Russia
Field of study: Economics
Length of mobility period: 05.09.2016 – 04.02.2017






My story of Erasmus + study mobility experience
Sandris Backins
Age: 28
Gender: Male
Sending Institution: Baltic International Academy (Latvia)
Receiving institution: Tomsk State University (Russia)
Length of Mobility period: 16.09.2016-16.12.2016

My name is Sandris Backins. I am 28 years old and live in Latvia – Riga. Moreover, I am studying Europeans Studies in Baltic International Academy (BSA). Before I never was studying abroad. I always was very curios how it is to study abroad in another university. What methods professors are using, what kind of knowledge they give students, how it is to study in foreign language etc. When I see that there is opportunity to go in exchange program, I use it. I chose go to Russia - Tomsk, because it is good university and it is located in Asia.

I went to Baltic International Academy in Erasmus mobility center. They explain all rules what I must to do, to go exchange program. Therefore, I started to do whole paper work, fill forms, sign agreements and make visa. With visa there was some problems, I cannot gate it so fast, because if I go to Russia I also need go to laboratory to make blood analysis. However, in the end all was good. In last days, I have some doubts and worry, because it is so far and I was not sure where I will live and are the Erasmus money is enough to live for 3 month.

When I arrive in Tomsk airport, I met polite man Tarek, who take me to the dormitory, explaining me everything, show me Tomsk state university and help me with registration in university. In university, I met girl, who give me a schedule of studies, also explaining the rules, about exams, about library, sport hall etc. I was very surprised, that receiving university help me to deal with all this things so effective.

Studies was in Russian language. I was thinking that I know Russian language very good, but after first lecture, it was, like brain shock. Because this professor was explaining fast, using terminology and think I cannot handle it. However, after few lectures, I adapt and start understand and make notes. I improve my Russian language. I get lot of new information, new views and new experience about politics in Russia and around world.

From all professors, the most impression leave one whom as leading World politics. I like the method he use to teach students. He uses lot of examples from experience and in the same time tell needed information and it is easy to remember. In addition, he can say some jokes when everybody is tired and after it everybody get good mood to continue study. I think it was best professor that I meet until this time.

I was surprised how much foreigner students is study in Tomsk State University. There was students from all around the world. From Vietnam, China, Kazakhstan, India, Zambia, Nigeria etc. I make lot of contacts from all world. It is was very interesting to speak with this students and asking the questions about economic and political situation in this country’s. I get very wide view about world. This experience was amazing.

For another students who go to the Erasmus program I suggest, do not afraid go even so far. There always people who take care in this program. Everybody try to help you when you are foreign students. Moreover, if you very about Russian language it is not a problem, there is lot of students, who speak in English. In Tomsk is foreign student community who organize a trips, activities and lot of interesting things. They take good care.











Mans Erasmus+ docēšanas mobilitātes veiksmes stāsts


Jekaterina Vozņuka
37 gadi
Nosūtošā iestāde: Baltijas Starptautiskā akadēmija
Mobilitātes valsts: Krievija
Uzņemošā augstskola: National Research Tomsk State University (36 Lenina ielā, Tomska Krievija, 634050)
Studiju priekšmets: Concept of a travel destination marketing and positioning strategy
Mobilitātes perioda ilgums: 5 dienas

Piedalīties ERASMUS+ mobilitātes programmā izvēlējos tāpēc, ka tā ir unikāla iespēja docētājiem iegūt pieredzi un attīstīt prasmes, nodibināt jaunus kontaktus zinātniskajā un kooperācijas līmenī, kas mūsdienās ir viens no galvenajiem resursiem profesionālajā pašattīstībā, zināšanu un kvalifikācijas paaugstināšanā.

2016. gada 12-16 septembrī īstenoju docēšanas mobilitāti Nacionālajā Pētnieciskajā Valsts Tomskas Universitātē Erasmus + programmas ietvaros. Tā ir viena no vecākajām Universitātēm Krievija ar milzīgiem zinātniskiem sasniegumiem un potenciālu, līdz ar to es uzreiz izvēlējusies šo Universitāti no visām augstskolām, kuras piedalījās šajā projektā.

Neskatoties uz to, ka Universitāte no Krievijas piedalījās Erasmus programmā pirmo reizi, informācijas apmaiņa notika ļoti ātri, pateicoties koordinatoriem. Man bija jānoformē vīza – diemžēl dokumenti vīzai no sākuma netika pieņemti, jo ielūgumā, izrādās, trūkst informācijas par Erasmus+ programmu un īstenojamo projektu. Pateicoties operatīvai Tomskas Universitātes koordinatora palīdzībai, visas neskaidrības tika atrisinātas un vīzu saņēmu laicīgi.

Sagatavojot lekcijas ārvalstu studentiem, es iepazinos ar sociālekonomisko situāciju un statistikas datiem Tomskā un apgabalā, analizēju tūrisma attīstības potenciālu – šo informāciju izmantoju salīdzināšanai, piemēriem un diskusijām. Vadot lekcijas bija prieks konstatēt studentu ieinteresētību - gan kursa saturā, gan praktiskajos piemēros, kurus izmantoju no Latvijas un citu Eiropas valstu tūrisma mārketinga pieredzes.

Mobilitātes programma deva jaunus BSA studiju programmu attīstībai nozīmīgus kontaktus un pieredzi. Uzskatu, ka mobilitātes programma pasniedzējiem – tā ir nepieciešama, ļoti interesanta un pilna ar ieguvumiem mūsu darba sastāvdaļa - iesaku piedalīties tajā saviem kolēģiem.








 
 



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