The trip lasted from 15 till 22 October. During the week our students, together with local young people, participated in academic process and got to know the most beautiful and popular sightseeing places in Saint-Nazaire town.
RTA representatives were surprised by the openness of French students and academic staff. According to the local students, once there were a lot of exchange students at the University of Nantes, but the number has considerably decreased during the last years. Probably, that explains why everyone so enthusiastically tried to show how prestigious is the University of Nantes. And it really is! The only problem (or maybe an advantage?) is the fact that lectures are in French and only few professors are able to communicate in English.
During the week French students introduced to their culture, traditions and national cuisine, told how it is to be a student in France, how much it costs, and how easy it is to start employment. Questioning local students, it was concluded that average monthly expenses are 700 EUR.
“I think that studies in France are realistic, but at least minimal French language knowledge is necessary. As is known, French language studies are not very popular in Latvia, but I think that French people, nature, education level, and labour market would completely pay off language learning difficulties,” RTA student Mārtiņš reveals his thoughts.
“I believe that the week, spent in France, was a great opportunity to understand how important it is to expand our horizons and to get to know what opportunities we have as the students of RTA. Although, according to our opinion France is rather expensive country, after having spoken with French students it appeared that a grant, which we would receive, would be sufficient to study in France,” says RTA student Elīna.
Probably next year RTA will host new exchange students from the University of Nantes. The week we spent in France showed how important it is to broaden our horizons and meet new people. Erasmus+ programme is relatively freely accessible for RTA students, whereas, in most higher education institutions students have to seriously compete to get this opportunity.
Elīna and Mārtiņš emphasize that students shall study abroad to develop themselves and learn something new.
Elīna Zujāne and Mārtiņš Strods,
Students of the Faculty of Economics and Management, RTA