19/07/2019

The URV welcomes its largest number of international students yet through the Study Abroad programme in 2019

During their stay they combine training activities, workshops and cultural visits

Students from the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (Mexico) during one of the sessions of the Study Abroad programme.

More and more universities around the world are sending their students to the URV for short stays to receive training in specific subjects through the Study Abroad programme. The training activities, workshops and technical visits enable them to deepen their understanding of their particular knowledge area whilst discovering the Tarragona and Terres de l’Ebre region. 2019 has seen the highest number of participants yet, with 150 international students on 10 different programme such as Law, Education, Business Management and Engineering.

In fact, since 2015 the engineering programmes have made up roughly 40% of the courses offered by the University. These are the courses attended by students from the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (Mexico), who in July visited the URV for the first time to receive training in the technologies and management of renewable energies, in a course offered jointly by the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Automatic Engineering and the Department of Economics.

The academic and cultural Study Abroad programme lasts between 1 and 6 weeks and is designed specifically for each group of students that arrives. Some universities send students every year, such as Hiroshima University, the University of Illinois, Northeastern University and James Madison University, whereas others have only joined the programme this year, which is the case with the University of Texas El Paso (USA), Nelson Mandela University (South Africa) and King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia).

Since 2008, 923 students have stayed at the URV through the Study Abroad programme, including 150 this year. 2019 also sees the highest number of courses on offer with 10 in total. These figures exceed 2017, when 133 students arrived and 9 courses were offered. These programmes enable the URV to establish collaborations with other universities, who can consequently expand in both the academic and research ambits, and they are also useful for students because they can gain first-hand experience of the URV as a potential option for the master’s degrees.