Roundtable discussion “The Netherlands vs. Canada: Students’ exchange experience” for GGL students
A roundtable discussion on Exchange Programs was held on February 4 for first-year students of Global Governance and Leadership undergraduate program. The speakers were second-year GGL students Mark Melamed and Elena Drozdova, who have just returned after a semester spent at Leiden University in the Netherlands and Carleton University in Canada.
During the discussion Mark spoke about his impressions of the semester spent abroad and shared some must-know information on the educational process at the oldest University in the Netherlands – Leiden University. He also expressed his opinion on the worth of participation in exchange programs for future career and personal development. Elena spoke about the semester spent at one of the best Canadian universities – Carleton University and shared her experience of how to combine the curricula of the foreign university and RANEPA and succeed in both.
Mark and Elena also gave some tips on the accommodation, basic expenses and places to visit in Canada and the Netherlands, as well as on how important it is to find time for self-education and why not to be afraid to study abroad.
First-year students discussed the importance of participation in international practices, internships and educational programs for the development of professional competencies and leadership skills. They also talked about their expectations from the upcoming exchange program and received the answers to the most intriguing questions from Mark and Elena.
Students actively participated in the discussion and expressed a great desire to participate in the exchange program this year.