The International Relations Office of the European University of the Atlantic has received more than twenty international students from various European countries, who will be studying on our campus for a period of time. Logically, the situation caused by the pandemic has reduced the presence of students from the Erasmus+ program. But this group has made the brave decision to travel to Cantabria to live an academic and vital experience of international character.
The brief welcoming ceremony was opened by Professor Inna Alexeeva who thanked them for their presence and then explained the advantages of studying abroad, especially in the face of the job market. Likewise, Professor Alexeeva encouraged the new students to integrate into the university community and get to know the city and the community of Cantabria, of which she highlighted its safety. She concluded her speech by offering UNEATLANTICO’s help in answering any questions or any setback that could arise.
The academic director of the degree in Translation and Interpretation, Dr. Araceli Alonso, then took the floor and praised the courage of these students.
“I congratulate you all for the courage you have shown during this peculiar academic year in which everything is affected by the pandemic. The European University of the Atlantic is delighted to have you here and I personally encourage you to enjoy this magnificent cultural experience”.
According to the data published by the Erasmus+ Agency, 94% of the students who participate in this European program are more tolerant and 88% improve their social skills. In addition, the figures show that students who participate in Erasmus + have twice the chance of finding a job after graduation, and 30% of those who carry out a period of practice of this type obtain a job in the same company where they do it.
Students who have attended this Erasmus+ period mostly come from Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Poland. Two UNEATLANTICO students acted as hosts throughout these first hour, guiding their new classmates around the campus and giving them a warm welcome.