Vigo Erasmus students value scholarships and reputation when choosing their destination

Vigo Erasmus students value scholarships and reputation when choosing their destination
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The Social Council of the University of Vigo published the results of a study that analyzes the evaluations made by international students when choosing a destination, as well as the support actions and welcome they receive upon arrival. They conclude that the main reason for choosing a destination center is the availability of scholarships or collaboration agreements with their home university and, from there, issues such as the information available on their websites, location and the general reputation of the university are taken into account.

Taking all this into account, one of the aspects that worries them the most and that is also taken into account when choosing a destination is the cost of living in those places and opinion of colleagues who already spent a stay at this University.

The work, prepared by teachers María Jesús López-Miguens and Gloria Caballero, takes as shows the 517 international students who were received at UVigo during the 2022/2023 academic year, the vast majority of them (79%) linked to the Erasmus program, but also to bilateral agreements (14.8%), international mobility exchanges (3.7%) or ISEP (2.5%). The idea was to better understand the motivations of these students to promote the internationalization of the University of Vigo itself.

Welcome and stay

Regarding the welcome they receive, the students valued, above all, the organization of a welcome event with general information about the university, as well as the cultural events that are organized for them, the courses and the additional information they receive about aid for rent, food or transportation.

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Regarding their university stay, they highlight that it allows them to acquire a greater autonomy, responsibility and ability to adapt, and that represents a qualitative leap in their ability to communicate orally, relate to others and work as a team with people from different cultures.

They also left with a good taste in their mouths about the cost of living in general, and UVigo in particular, and they believe that this stay will also help them improve their employability.

On a social level, what they value most is having enjoyed the nightlife and having seen places of cultural interest, both in the city itself and in its surroundings.

Interest grows

There are 480 students. The University of Vigo received this course a total of 480 foreigners who passed through the classrooms of the three campuses. 228 did so in the first quarter and another 241 will be in the second, including both those who arrived in this second batch (198) and those who have a full course stay (43). To complete the overall figure, those who remain are students with internships, the duration of which is temporally linked to their training in companies. The institution is trying to recover pre-pandemic numbers, when the three campuses received about 650 foreign students a year.

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