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Information on study abroad destinations and students' study abroad experience

I. I. Student's basic personal information
II. Activities before departure
III. Academic Issues
IV. Practical aspects of the study abroad period
V. Finance
VI. Academic recognition of your studies abroad by the home institution
VII. Special questions by your home institution
VIII. Final evaluation, your tips, recommendations
IX. Coordinator's comments
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I. I. Student's basic personal information

Academic degree achieved (select from the menu) BcA.

Home institution/university

Name of the home institution Janáčkova akademie múzických umění v Brně
Faculty/department of the home institution (select from the menu or leave unfilled) Divadelní fakulta
Erasmus ID code of the home institution CZ BRNO03
Name of the Erasmus coordinator at the home institution Hana Matějková
E-mail address of the Erasmus coordinator at the home institution matejkova@jamu.cz
Field of study* (select from the menu - the menu is in English) Arts (others)
Level of study during the study period abroad* (select from list) master/graduate (1- or 2-year programme)

Host institution/university

Latvijas Kultūras Akadēmija.
Erasmus ID code of the host institution: LV RIGA08
Faculty/department/studio of the host institution
Name of the Erasmus coordinator at the host institution Aija Melbārde
E-mail address of the Erasmus coordinator at the host institution aija.melbarde@lka.edu.lv
Internet site of the host institution for Erasmus students http://www.lka.edu.lv/index.php?newlang=eng
Beginning date of the study period abroad: 24/01/2012
Ending date of the study period abroad: 19/06/2013
Duration of study period abroad (number of months): 5.0

II. Activities before departure

Where have you gained information about the Erasmus programme? (e. g. on internet, from classmates) Od spolužáků
What was your motivation to study abroad (tick in the list, more items can be ticked) deepening my knowledge in the field of study
improving language skills
stay abroad as a life experience
desire to be independent, self-sufficient
friends/family living abroad
future career, better future job opportunities
Where is it possible to obtain information about courses taught at the host institution? Na Zahraničním oddělení DIFA JAMU
What documents are required by the host institution within the admission/application procedure?
How is the admission/application procedure done? (select) only on-line
How long before departure should be the admission/application procedure completed?
In what language were your courses (mainly) taught? (select from the menu) angličtina
How was your language preparation before the study abroad? (language, length of preparation, type of course, special preparation course organized by the home or host institution)?
How would you evaluate your language skills as for the language in which you studied abroad? (1=excellent, 5=very bad/insufficient)
a) before studying abroad 3
b) after studying abroad 4
Have you participated in an EILC (Erasmus Intensive Language Courses)? no

III. Academic Issues

Before departure, had your Learning Agreement (Studienvertrag, Contract d´études) been signed by both your home and host institutions? (select) yes, it had been signed by both before my departure
Did you change the Learning Agreement during your study abroad period? (select) no
Registration for courses to be studied at the host institution: when does it take place and how is it done? (Are there any restrictions as for the selection of courses? May the registration be modified later on?)
Would you recommend some interesting course/lecturer? The Fundamentals of Film Direction - P.Krilovs Camerawork and Lightening - A. Verhoustinskis Script writing - L. Gundars
Did you take exams at the host institution? (select) yes
Did you do an internship/job placement as a part of your study period abroad? (select) yes
Please describe the methods of learning/teaching (theory, practice, projects) and the methods of evaluation/assessment of students's performance at the host institution and compare them with the situation at your home institution.
How do you see the quality of teaching at the host institution compared to your home institution? (select) comparable
How did you obtain study materials at the host institution? (were these distributed for free during lectures or was it necessary to buy them?)
How is the availability and facilities of the library?
How is the availability of computer facilities (availability of internet connection, is it necessary to have your own notebook?, possibilites of printing and copying)?
Does the host university use the ECTS system? (select) yes
Does the host institution (or a local student organization) organize some special events for exchange students? (select) yes
If YES, please select and specify Pick-up service at the moment of arrival:
Welcome day/evening:
Buddy System (students help students service):
Were you integrated into study groups with local students while studying abroad? Ano
How would you evaluate the level of your integration into the group of local students? (1=high level of integration, 5=very poor or none) 3

IV. Practical aspects of the study abroad period

Which type of accommodation did you use while studying abroad? (select)? hotel/hostel
Price of your accommodation (in EUR monthly) 90
Please explain why did you choose this type of accommodation (describe the equipment of the flat/dormitory; internet connection; recommend what to bring with you; possibility of checking in in the evening or during a weekend)
How long before the start of the study abroad period should the search for accommodation be started? What searching methods would you recommend?
Where can students have/buy their meals?
What are the prices of basic foodstuffs? (Please compare them with the Czech Republic.)
How to get to the place of study, approximate ticket prices, tips for purchasing tickets
What are the possibilities of local transport (public transport system, bicycle, walking; approximate costs)?
What formalities should be arranged after arrival (e.g. residence permit)?
What type of health insurance did you use? (approximate cost, advantages, disadvantages, does the host institution require any special type of insurance?)
Did you have experience with medical treatment abroad? (select)
Did you work during your study abroad period? no
What are the working conditions for Czech/international students?
Tips for free time activities (sport, culture, trips; are they expensive?)

V. Finance

How much was your Erasmus scholarship? (EUR/month) 297
What other financial resources did you use? (select) parents' financial support
your own savings
What were you average total monthly expenses? (EUR/month) 340
a) food (out of the total sum) 150
b) accommodation (out of the total sum) 90
c) free time, travelling (out of the total sum) 100
To what extent did the Erasmus scholarship cover your expenses? (in%) 87
Had you received the first payment of your Erasmus grant before your study period abroad started? yes
If NOT, then when did you receive it?
How did you receive your Erasmus scholarship?
You experience with bank services / accounts (do you recommend to open a bank account abroad, using Czech bank cards abroad)?
Were you charged any fees by the host institution (for the issuance of your student card, insurance, copying, study materials, etc.)?

VI. Academic recognition of your studies abroad by the home institution

How many ECTS did you obtain during your study abroad period? 30.0
How many ECTS were academically recognized/transferred by your home institution? 30.0
Under which status were the courses studied abroad recognized by your home institution? (select and specify - list respective courses)
Had you been informed before you departed abroad which courses will be recognized by your home institution? (select) yes
What is the procedure of academic recognition like at your home insitution? (What are the steps you have to follow, what are the problems you can meet?)

VIII. Final evaluation, your tips, recommendations

Please evaluate how beneficial was the study abroad period from the academic/professional point of view. (1=best 5=worst) 2
Please evaluate how beneficial was the study abroad period from your personal point of view. (1=best 5=worst) 1
Please evaluate generally your Erasmus study period abroad. (1=best 5=worst) 2
Please evaluate the information and support that you received from your home institution. (1=best 5=worst) 1
Do you find the study abroad offer provided by your home institution sufficient as for the possibility of selecting a convenient study abroad destination? (select) yes
If NOT, please give us your comments.
Please evaluate the information and support that you received from your host institution. (1=best 5=worst) 2
Would you be you interested in some other (not necessarily Erasmus) study/work abroad opportunity? (select) yes, I would prefer a job/work opportunity
Do you think that having a study abroad experience will help you to find a job? (select) yes
Do you think that, based on your Erasmus experience, you would consider working abroad after finishing your university studies? (select) I don't know
Once your Erasmus study abroad period has ended, which of the aspects related to it do you appreciate most? (please select, more options can be ticked) Deepening your expertise and knowledge
Other academic benefits
Professional benefit
Language skills improvement
Living abroad as a life experience
Independence, self-sufficiency
Staying with friends/family living abroad
Working life benefits - increased employability
Did you experience any serious problems during your study abroad period?
Do you have any suggestions for your followers (e.g. what to take with them)?
Please provide your comments and ideas on the functioning of the Erasmus programme.
Link to your photo gallery, blog, etc.
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IX. Coordinator's comments

Comments and additional information by the Erasmus coordinator of the home institution
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