Impressions of a student at the Faculty of Psychology, Pedagogy and Social Work about a semester study in Belgium

“I am a fourth-year student at Drohobych State Pedagogical University studying to become a psychologist at the Faculty of Psychology, Pedagogy and Social Work. This year, the university gave me the opportunity to go to study to the University of Applied Sciences VIVES (Belgium). I learned about academic mobility in my first year from the students who had previously participated in it. Their enthusiastic reviews motivated me to make efforts to pass the selection and achieve my dream goal. Recently, I myself returned after a three-month study at a Belgian university with many unforgettable experiences.

First of all, studying at VIVES is different from what we are used to. I was a part of the e-Society program which studies the connection between human psychology and the latest technologies. For me, as a future psychologist, it was a very valuable experience. The program included visits to museums, research centers and other faculties. Lectures for us were conducted not only by our teachers, but also by specialists in a specific field from different countries of the world. Also, during the training process, there were many practical classes that formed new skills. I also feel it important that my level of English has improved significantly.

In addition, the university provided us with a cultural component: excursions to various cities in Belgium, numerous student meetings in an informal setting, many opportunities to create interpersonal relationships with students from other countries.

Thanks to the Erasmus+ program, we visited not only Belgium, but also many interesting places in France, the Netherlands and Germany.

It is really impossible to describe the whole range of impressions and emotions in a few sentences but it was really an invaluable experience for which I am very grateful to the Department of International Relations of the University, our former Dean Ihor Hrynyk and everyone who helped and contributed to our experience abroad.”

Iryna Radyk, fourth-year student,

Faculty of Psychology, Pedagogy and Social Work