- Luis Enrique Moreda Rovirosa and Samia Rojas went to Bergen University in Norway for an academic exchange.
Luis Enrique Moreda and Samia Rojas, students at Universidad de las Américas Puebla were awarded a scholarship for an academic stay at the University of Bergen in Norway by the Erasmus program (European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students).
“This scholarship is an opportunity for students that are not part of the European Union to participate in an academic exchange program. In our case we went last semester to the University of Bergen in Norway”, said Luis Enrique Moreda, a seventh-semester student of Architecture at UDLAP. Likewise, he said that to obtain the scholarship they had to meet certain requirements, which include having a GPA of at least 8.5, have a level 2 on the TOEFL, and have a high academic performance.
Finally, he explained that the scholarship included “a regular exchange for a semester at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Bergen. We also took advantage of our stay to carry out other activities, such as hiking, taking part in student groups and, in my case, I was able to work at an architecture firm where I could apply what I have learned at UDLAP,” stated Luis Enrique.
For her part, Samia Rojas, seventh-semester student of Design of Visual Information at UDLAP, commented that, “thanks to this scholarship I acquired new knowledge and experience. For example, joining a volunteer group and showing what I have learned at UDLAP, especially in photography, because I was able to work in the university newspaper taking photos.”
Finally, both students agreed in saying that earning the Erasmus scholarship afforded new knowledge and a wonderful experience for both because they experienced a cultural exchange of languages and traditions. “It also let us see the good of each country, what they have in common, and what you can improve and contribute,” stated Samia Rojas.
It is important to mention that the Erasmus program is an important and successful student initiative, promoted by European institutions for countries that are not part of the European Union, to benefit students from other countries. Its objective is to foster cooperation for student mobility between institutions so the educational and cultural relationship of both countries be strengthened.