Lelde Plüksna

Latvia

Coming to Estonia...
I was studying Law in Latvia for one year, when my friend moved to Tallinn and found out that Tallinn University of Technology provides a Law programme in English. It was a great opportunity to add some international level for my studies, not only because of the English language, but also because of the subjects taught and students from abroad. Tallinn Law School has roots back from Concordia and University of Audentes times.

Before coming here...
As Estonia is a neighbouring country of Latvia, the history and development of the countries are pretty similar. I also had some school trips to Estonia and Tallinn, so I had seen the place before and knew that it is nice place to stay.

Student life in Estonia...
I can’t really compare, but I think that the student life everywhere is pretty amazing! I know that there are student bodies that organize different events and also students themselves are making some parties and get together to do different stuff. I don’t live at the dorms, however I have heard that there is a lot of fun and you can enjoy every evening.

At the beginning of the academic year there are some orientation days held and people from abroad get to know essential information about Estonia, studies and student life. Here are some active students – tutors who help international students during their studies.

Studying in Estonia...
Definitely one of the biggest benefits is the improvement of English. Also the international atmosphere is a bonus: it is not only the students that come from many different countries, but also the lecturers and professors. For example, we have lecturers from Estonia, USA, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Sweden and so on.

The interesting part is that you get to learn a new language (Estonian) even without really going and studying it. Many expressions and words just stick to you and you can get around with it, although for real conversation it is not enough:)

Best things that have happened to me in Estonia...
The best thing is all the friends you get! Also in any place abroad what you can gain is the adaption to new situations, places and people, which is great benefit for the future. I believe that I will benefit from my studies, because of my study programme: International, EU and Comparative law, which opens the door to a lot of places, not only in Europe, but all over the world.

I would tell others...
TTU has a great campus! Everything is connected, you can go from the Faculty of Social Sciences to the Faculty of Ingeneering without going outside the school. There is a brand new and modern library, Wi-Fi throughout the school. My studies are held in a newly built building and all the time there are some renovations done to make the school premises more comfortable and modern.

We are about 40 people in my course. This is not a lot but also not that less. It gives an opportunity to participate in discussions during the lectures, take actively part in seminars. In addition, you can hear everything from the lectures, because there is not this big mess when at one place some 150 people are sitting together. Besides that we know every lecturer and professor of our faculty and they know us!

My degree programme is...
International, English, European Union, friendly, challenging, practice and theory, knowledge, experience, interesting. 

While being away from my home country, I miss the most...
I miss my family, friends, my home, language and shops in Riga!

Studying in Estonia is an international experience...
Studying abroad gives you unforgettable experience to learn how to deal and work with people with different mentalities. It is sometimes challenging but also very interesting and mind changing.

My future plans...
First is to gratuate from Law School and then to continue my studies somewhere in Europe. And finally, I’m ready for all the great things that future will bring!

The last thing I want to say...
Brauciet studēt uz Igauniju! Veidosim šeit lielāku latviešu studentu pulku un pierādīsim, ka latviešos ir spēks! :)

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