It is always not easy to go to study abroad and to get used to the new environment, especially when cultural and other differences between your country and Lithuania as well as language barrier are significant. For this reason at Mykolas Romeris University we have launched Mentors’ programme to help foreign exchange students to adapt in the new environment. Since academic year 2006/2007 Mentors’ programme was organized by the Committee for International Relations of Students’ Representative Body where students working to ease some worries of students’ life.
In Mykolas Romeris University, Mentoring system is currently offered by ESN MRU Vilnius, a part of Erasmus Student Network (ESN), which is the biggest student association in Europe, established on the 16th October 1989 and legally registered in 1990 for supporting and developing student exchange. As of March 2017, ESN is present in more than 800 Higher Education Institutions from 40 countries.
ESN MRU Vilnius is a local section of ESN Lithuania. The main aim of ESN MRU Vilnius is to help incoming and outgoing International students in Mykolas Romeris University. ESN MRU Vilnius was established on the 10th of February, 2010 and is located in Mykolas Romeris University, Room II-214.
The section has lots of active, friendly and really fun members and around 180 exchange students every semester. ESN MRU Vilnius has 9 board members and coordinators and is famous for their big events – Introductory Week, Erasmus Got Talent, Cooking Battle, Pub Quiz.
Mentors are MRU students volunteers – your contemporaries. Most of them already have been Erasmus students so we know with what kind of problems exchange students face and peculiarities of Erasmus traditions. All incoming exchange students get personal mentors which can answer most of the questions about life, entertainments and places to visit in Lithuania. They are helping for students to do all the necessary things:
- meeting arriving students at Vilnius International Airport, Bus or Train stations;
- housing in the Students’ House;
- finding a flat to rent if it is necessary;
- arranging documents for Migration Office;
- applying for LSP (Lithuanian student ID) or ISIC (International Student Identity Card);
- paying for the dormitory or opening an account in the bank;
- solving health problems and etc.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/esn.mru.vilnius/
ATTENTION: degree-seeking students from Lithuania and other countries can apply to become a member of ESN MRU Vilnius. If you are interested in becoming a part of the huge network, write an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.