Varia students are offered diverse opportunities to participate in international activities and strengthen their international skills. International activities include study tours, periods abroad, various teaching events as well as international joint teaching.
Internationality and multiculturalism are increasingly part of working life and everyday life. The purpose of Varia's international activities is to offer students and staff opportunities to accumulate memorable experiences and strengthen their international competencies along with their language and cultural knowledge.
Periods abroad for students
During a period abroad, you can develop language and cultural skills and see the activities and operation of your study field from a slightly different perspective. Employers value competence gained from abroad, such as problem-solving skills, flexibility and creativity.
Varia has international partners globally in a total of 17 different countries. Our students have the opportunity to go to Europe for a period abroad for a learning period at a workplace or an educational exchange in a partner institution, usually for 2–11 weeks. Periods abroad are mainly financed with the support of the EU Commission's Erasmus+ projects. Student exchange can also be implemented for a group of students.
International and cultural content is utilized in Varia in many different educational fields. For example, the differences in work tasks, materials, tools and techniques in different cultures and countries can be taken into account in teaching.
With international partners, virtual teaching, co-teaching and the utilization of digital tools for collaboration can be implemented. Virtual international cooperation has already been tried in many fields, and it is well-suited, for example, for practising the English language, getting to know students from another country, and for field-specific comparisons. Virtual collaborations can be implemented e.g. in the eTwinning-service.
As an example of such cooperation, every year since 2003 in the field of mechanical and production technology, a two-week project work has been carried out with German partners, where students have collaborated to create a device related to different themes. A remote-controlled robot car has also been built together with an educational institution as a virtual teaching collaboration.