The third annual Pre-departure orientation meeting for the newly selected Erasmus Mundus students took part in Kyiv (02/08/2012)
This year the Ukrainian capital - Kyiv - has become a host city to the wide variety of international events: Euro 2012 championship, Eurovillage 2012 and, the last, but not the least, the third Pre-departure orientation meeting for the newly selected Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders from Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.
The event was traditionally organised by EU Delegation to Ukraine and Eurasian Regional Chapter of Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA). Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA) was established in 2006 by the initiative of European Commission and nowadays unites more, than 7500 members around the world.
Two days were dedicated to establishing the professional and private network among newly selected Erasmus Mundus students and providing them with the support information regarding future studies and life in Europe. 34 Erasmus Mundus students from Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova attended the meeting.
This year the PDO meeting became an essential part of European Village project and was organised within the framework of ‘Study in Europe’ Days, which showcased study and research opportunities for Ukrainian students, teachers and scholars.
The event started with the open public talk with Erasmus Mundus alumni from Ukraine, who provided first hand information and insights from their personal success stories on how to get a scholarship, what is it like to study in the EU to the visitors of "Study in Europe" fair.
Then, Maria Ustinova, the President of Eurasian Regional Chapter of Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association, presented the mission, goals, structure and activities of EMA and explained to the students, how they can take an active role in the development of the association and which practical and funding opportunities EMA gives to its members.
Anna Korepanova, the Network Coordinator of Eurasian Regional Chapter of Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association, led the discussion about the practical issues related to studying and living the European countries. Together with Ukrainian Erasmus Mundus alumni Julia Kirillova and Vladislav Demchyk she gave advices about finding the accommodation, application for residence, payment for medical insurance, opening bank account, car rent, driving license, mobile communication, meals, opportunity to work during the study period, finding internships and so on.
On the second day the students participated in the workshop on intercultural communication, which was organised by Iris Schneider, the trainer from the German leading company in intercultural consultation ICUnet.AG. The Erasmus Mundus students learned about different culture and communication rules and practices, discussed the concept of cultural shock, played various simulation games and tried to see themselves in a new, but a very important role - the ambassadors of their countries.