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What Do Our Students Say?

Video testimonials

USA Student video: Russian summer program in Daugavpils

Take a look at our students’ daily life and adventures during a summer program in Daugavpils: studying, excursions, free time, culture classes, sports, and much more. Captured every moment from departing the US until saying goodbye to the teachers and friends at the end of the program two months later.
Author: Ceilidh MacRae, Virginia Tech

USA Learn Russian in the EU: Semester Abroad

You will hear from students, studying in different academic semester abroad programs at Daugavpils University. They have come from all over USA.

England Rebecca came from Cambridge University, England

Rebecca arrived from Cambridge University, England for an intensive course in Russian to help her prepare for an exam. She enjoyed the city, practicing Russian with her hosts and discovering Latvia.

Japan Yudai from Atsugi, Japan

Yudai arrived from Japan. He appreciated high-quality Russian language teaching as well as a wonderful city and people.

USA Carey from Maryland, USA

Carey is a doctoral student who studied in Daugavpils on a Boren Fellowship. Here he speaks about his two-semester program and compares his expectations with his experience in Daugavpils.

USA Christian from Colorado, USA

Christian, from Colorado, loved Daugavpils’ city festivals and concerts, as well as its food and the banya.

USA Katharine from Pennsylvania, USA

Katharine, from Pennsylvania, fell in love with her host family and welcomed all the advantages of full language immersion.

USA Samantha from New York, USA

Samantha, from New York, remembers Daugavpils as a pleasant and cozy city where everyone is ready to help both in Russian and in English.

USA Timothy from North Carolina, USA

Timothy, whose doubts were dispelled very quickly by new friends and an awesome host family, talks about study and leisure possibilities in Daugavpils.

Canada Maxime from Saint-Jérôme, Canada

Maxime, from Canada, says Daugavpils is a really unique, cozy and safe place, where you can not only learn a new language but also find many new friends.

Switzerland Elena from Ticino, Switzerland

Elena, from Switzerland, was astonished to discover a European city where everybody speaks Russian and where she tried Russian cuisine for the first time.

Slovakia Paulina from Stara Tura, Slovakia

Pauline, from Stara Tura, Slovakia, maintains that Daugavpils surpassed all her expectations and the program helped her to make friends with students from other countries.

Slovakia Petra from Bratislava, Slovakia

Petra, from Slovakia, describes how Russian people in Daugavpils differ from those in Moscow, and why Daugavpils is better for learning Russian than other cities.

Scotland Liam from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Liam, from Scotland, expresses how comfortable he felt learning Russian in Daugavpils – not only with teachers but also with local students.

USA Connor from Seattle, Washington, USA

Connor, from Washington, not only enjoyed studying Russian in Daugavpils, but also appreciated the chance to learn about the city’s history and culture.

USA Jason from Huntsville, Alabama, USA

Jason, a military history enthusiast from United States, explored many fascinating historical sites and was welcomed by a wonderful host family, thanks to whom he significantly improved his Russian.

Australia Josh from Sidney, Australia

Josh, from Sydney, describes Daugavpils as an excellent city for daily Russian practice as well as a unique location where many cultures mix.

Turkey Sercan from Istanbul, Turkey

Serchan, from Istanbul, talks about the teachers who made him fall in love with Russian and the open, welcoming people of Daugavpils.

USA Jesse from Sacramento, California, USA

Jesse, from California, is thankful for the opportunity he had to meet people from all around the world in Daugavpils and for the chance to visit unique places that are always worth a visit.