How Ukrainian student earned 4 western university diplomas in 2 years under Erasmus+ programme

Oleksandr Ivanov joined Erasmus program in 2013, and a two-year master’s program at four European and American universities paved the way toward not only the quality knowledge in a new field – system analysis – but also helped him visit unforgettable places and see how diverse the world can be even within the single border; and also, realize that interesting acquaintances often go beyond a mere list of contacts and find their continuation in joint international projects and initiatives. And as it turns out, understanding each other despite the language barrier is much easier when you reserve the right to a mistake.

Oleksandr told us which students most often decide to stay in Europe and who goes back home, how he saw Ukraine after two years of absence, and how he now helps prospective students improve their chances to enroll. Read more

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How Lutsk University of Third Age makes retired people happy

These students can even be kindly envied, because their life is rich and vivid: they bring medals from sports competitions from abroad, they extremely interestingly spend all holidays, work for charitable causes and, of course, attend lectures. Most of them have modern gadgets. They easily use Privat-24, pay for utilities on the Internet, chat with Skype and have profiles on Facebook. And the oldest student is almost 90 years old. Read more

How the Ukrainians help fight plagiarism across the globe: the story of Noplag startup

Noplag is a Labiteam-designed service of identifying plagiarism in texts written by schoolchildren, university students or scholars. Na Chasi publishes an interview with Noplag CEO Oleksii Bochkov, who speaks about how the company’s internal project has grown fivefold in just a few months and why their team has focused on foreign clients. Read more

How to get master’s scholarship in Europe

Ukrainian Yulia Hudoshnyk won a grant from the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme and received her master’s degree in global studies in Denmark and Germany. Any Ukrainian of any age and status with a bachelor’s degree or a fourth year student can apply for a master’s programme. Yulia explains how to choose a programme, what to say in a motivation letter, what should be your English level, how studies in Germany and Denmark differ and how to use the knowledge acquired in Europe upon return to Ukraine. Read more

Life without borders: What it means to be an Erasmuser

This year, Europe’s most popular education programme, Erasmus, celebrated its 30th anniversary. One of the programme’s biggest advocates, Umberto Eco, believes Erasmus created the first generation of young Europeans. Now the programme’s successor, Erasmus+, continues to unite young people from around the world under its umbrella of opportunities, ranging from university exchanges to volunteering. Read more

How to be selected out of 25,000 people? Insight from a traineeship at the European Parliament

Every year, around 25 000 people apply for a traineeship at the European Parliament and 600 of them are selected. Only 10% of the trainees may be nationals from countries beyond the EU and applicant countries, which makes the competition especially tough for Ukrainians. Yet impossible is nothing. A fresh Ukrainian alumnus of this traineeship tells about her long way to the heart of EU law making. Read more