Turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life
Jorn van Soest from the Netherlands is studying Veterinary Medicine at Latvia University of Life Sciences (LLU).
“I never thought I would end up in Latvia at some point of my life but I’m very happy that I did. Studying in Latvia wasn’t my first choice but turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. LLU has made it possible for me to pursuit my dream of becoming a veterinarian. At LLU the lecturers have a lot of knowledge, are very approachable and always have or make time for students. The lectures are held in small groups, which helps understanding the topic better and quicker. A very important reason for me why I’m studying here is that the degree is acknowledged in the Netherlands. Jelgava is a very nice, small city to live, it has everything I want and need.”
In three months, I had fallen in love with the country
Aleida Bertran from Spain is a PhD student studying Theory of Culture at the Latvian Academy of Culture.
“I arrived in Latvia unintentionally, when my Master’s university in Scotland offered me the chance to conduct ethnographic fieldwork for my dissertation at the Latvian Academy of Culture. In three months, I had fallen in love with the country and decided to pursue doctoral studies on the Latvian folklore and national identity. I chose this university for fostering vibrant and creative academic environment, students are inspired and engage in stimulating academic projects. My PhD studies are perceived as original because I offer an outsider’s view on the Latvian culture, but it is the magic of the traditions such as the Midsummer’s Solstice Celebration that makes my research insightful.”
The staff of the university know who I am and help me when needed
Matthew Du Toit from Zimbabwe came to Latvia to get a degree in Geomatics. It is a science of the measurement, analysis, and management of geographic and other spatial data.
“When I googled Geomatics, Riga Technical University was the first on the list. I had not heard of Latvia before, but I was quite keen to get out of my comfort zone and experience a new country. Now I call Riga home and Riga Technical University has been a great experience. I like the fact that the administration and teachers know who I am and readily help when needed. It's really nice being in a place like Riga. There is a really large tradition of dance and music in Latvia that I have enjoyed thoroughly.”
Getting settled in Latvia and Riga has been more than easy
Onni Avonius from Finland is studying medicine at Rīga Stradiņš University.
“I have wanted to study medicine ever since I was just a little boy, but there is a huge entrance competition for these studies in my home country. I found information about studies in Latvia from the Finnish medical student organization of Riga RiSLO. At first my thought of studying abroad felt distant, but the more I found out about studying in Riga, the more I wanted to come. Studying in Latvia has been rewarding so far, and the opportunity to get the whole degree in English opens up new possibilities in life. Also getting settled in Latvia and Riga has been more than easy because of many other international students, of which many are from Nordic countries too."