You have read about our exchange program, but still not convinced that you want to go? Read the feedbacks from the people who already did their exchange with us!
On this page you can find the testimonials of our Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholars and Erasmus+ Exchage students. Click the year in which you are interested.
ESTONIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS SCHOLARS
Elena Stovpak (Ukraine)
I have been always dreaming about gaining international educational experience. As soon as I've got the life-changing opportunity to study at Narva College of the University of Tartu, I realized that it is far beyond all my expectations: up-to-date methodology, highly qualified lecturers and great groupmates turned my every day into a wonderful discovery!
The programme was not easy. Our teachers always pushed to get better, to think out of the box of our home educations systems. It was challenging but also extremely interesting.I learned many things, but what is most important: I enjoyed the whole process and was very happy!
The amiable atmosphere and the modern approach to the higher education developed my knowledge and skills tremendously.
Olena Heorhinska (Ukraine)
My exchange semester in Narva College started in February and finished in June, 2017 but its influence on me will last for years.
Coming to Narva seemed to be a bit of a challenge first, both culturally and linguistically. None of us knew what exactly to expect: what kind of mindset do people have there? What language do they actually speak? And what is the life going to be like in general? All those questions bothered every single exchange student who decided to make a step out of his comfort zone and expose him/herself to something unfamiliar and exciting.
Narva is an extraordinary place to visit. By being somewhere, where different cultures are concentrated and Russia is within a walking distance, I learned a great deal of things and became a better person. This unique experience taught us to look beyond the borders (literally and metaphorically) and to realize the common human nature of all people that come our way.
Pavlo Cherchatyi (Ukraine)
During this program I discovered a new advanced approach to teaching. Moreover, I learned new research skills that every western scholar needs: conducting a study, data collection, academic writing and reading, etc.
This exchange semester also granted me an opportunity to take an internship at school and develop my pedagogical potential. The actual studies take place in a modern building where you can get a lot of powerful resources for your projects as well as the support from competent professors and staff, who are always eager to help. The college itself is very cozy, though my favorite place was the library and the terrace.
Also, thanks to Narva I got to learn a lot about the history of Estonia. The town itself is not bad looking and has a beautiful castle, which saturated with history of different periods. All these aspects merged together make this program truly unique and interesting.
Khatuna Buskivadze (Georgia)
This program changed some of my views. Here are some "Who, What and Where".
“Who” comprises the teachers and students; the teachers are really well-accomplished, love their jobs and perform them with the great passion. Students are from different counties and that makes the program so attractive. When a person chooses this exchange program, one becomes very enthusiastic, because one might feel the real pulse of student’s life while studying here.
“What” corresponds to the program, which is absolutely flexible and immensely practical; I would call it Discovery Learning – purely constructivist based approach to education with the help of prior knowledge through experience. As for “Where” – this well-equipped building of the University of Tartu has everything for students to feel the educational atmosphere and friendly environment. All things mentioned, I want to thank for all organizers, teachers and students of this program for such an unforgettable and remarkable experience of my life.
Vladyslav Bilan (Ukraine)
Truly unforgettable and memorable experience in Narva College of University of Tartu has changed my perception of educational process.
During the studying program, I increased my knowledge in teaching methodology, developed critical thinking skills and got accustomed with rich Estonian culture and history.
Such subjects as "Nation-building in Post-communist Societies" and "Language policy" gave me a realization of how the state building mechanism works.
Besides, I had an opportunity to become familiar with the Estonian school system and develop myself professionally during my internship at the local gymnasium.
The modern learning environment as well as highly skilled teaching staff motivate you to proceed with your studies.
Aside of that there are a lot of fun things to do at the college. Here is an incomplete list: hanging around in a modern high-tech building, going to a library with a nice view, sitting in matress chairs in the lobby or going to jazz concerts (held on wednesdays once every 2 weeks).
Even after your exchange is over, you want to come back to the college every day.
I would definitely recommend applying!
Anastasiia Kopych (Ukraine)
Hello future Narva College student! My name is Anastasiia, I am student from Ukraine and I was an exchange student here, in Tartu University Narva Colledge, so I definitely have something to say to you!
First, Narva is a unique place, where you can meet two cultures at the same time: Russian and Estonian, so be ready to back home as a super multicultural person;)
Second, the building of College is a highly modern studying place, where you can spend your whole day: resting on sofa, reading in the library and, of course, eating in luxurious cafe (please, try a local bread with butter there).
Last, but not least, you will have a chance to get acquainted with one and only CLIL system, which is very popular in Estonia. Due to the CLIL approach, you will become not a language teacher, but a teacher of a certain subject in a foreign language. For me that was fascinating! It was equally exciting for my group mates, when I told them about this approach!
So, I am sure, you will not be disappointed after you exchange in Narva! But, my advice number one: check how Narva city looks like in Google Earth app, to avoid expectation/reality feeling. I send my respect and big hug to all College professors. Best wishes!
ERASMUS EXCHANGE STUDENTS
Artem Wasinger (Russia)
You never know what is expected of you in the next turn of your life. It’s like a new movie you are going to watch, which you already looked up in the Internet or about which you heard something from your friend.
However, you always make a choice and watch it yourself, because it is your own life, and only after you did something you can conclude whether it was worth doing. It is almost the same with the student exchange experience. Before embarking on it, you have to tune yourself to be open-minded to the new information, new teaching ways, cultural differences, unfamiliar environment, different style of life, etc.
To be honest, at first, I was skeptical that I can improve my English in a Russian-speaking city situated in Estonia, but as soon as our classes started my doubts dissolved. The whole studying process was in English and the only language we used in the class was English. It is called immersion because you immerse in a different linguistic environment.
Narva is a magnificent place, the beauty of which you can not understand at first sight. You need to live here for a while, feel the real atmosphere of the city, learn its incredible history.
The modern cultural and educational heart of the city is the college, built in a historical place. It attracts everyone into its cozy and stylish interior. Every classroom is highly technologically equipped. Free wi-fi is available in the building. For students, it is a second home. Well, at least for me it was. I could spend the whole day inside. My favorite place was the library. Besides the books, there are more than 15 computers you can access anytime.
To tell the truth, I loved the city, college and people, who work here so much, that if I could, I would stay here longer than six months.