Hello! My name is Tryfonas and I come from Greece! I study Applied Informatics in University of Macedonia which is located in Thessaloniki, the 2nd most populated city of Greece. Here in Banku Augstskola I study Business and Finance so I get the chance to study something not directly connected with my original subject of studies.
I chose Latvia as my destination because I thought it would be a very good chance to visit and live in a country that is very different than mine (but also similar in some ways). Banku Augstskola being a Business School also played a major role since I personally like learning about how businesses work and everything that involves it.
I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised by how well organized Banku Augstskola is. From the very first moment the people of the School have been always there to answer any questions we might have and help us through every process we had to go through. Teachers are sophisticated, courses are actually very interesting and their level of difficulty is, I would say, perfect for Erasmus studies!
Regarding my experience in Riga as a whole: I absolutely love the place! I arrived in the end of January and I really enjoyed how everything was covered in snow, it really is not something you see very often in Greece. The city itself is gorgeous, the architecture is really something special and walking through the city never tires you. Whatever type of person you might be, there IS something for you to do! Museums, pubs/bars, clubs, karaoke, restaurants, gyms, running clubs, board game meetings, music schools, dancing schools…and the list goes on. Also the extraordinarily beautiful nature of Latvia is something you shouldn’t miss, so be sure to make trips to visit it! There are negatives of course also, but they do not overshadow the positives so I will only note the main one: the weather is not only harsh (some days we had -18 and people told me that it wasn’t even a ‘heavy’ winter) but VERY unpredictable. So be prepared!
Erasmus is really a unique experience that will change you as a person! The place really doesn’t matter that much (although Banku augstskola is obviously the best choice!). It’s the people you meet that make it unforgettable. You will meet people from all over the world, learn about their way of life and their cultures and most certainly make new friendships. So my advice to anyone considering it would be: GO for it! There is no way you are going to regret it!