EUCI 2021-2022 - Student Portfolios

What is the EUCI?

The EUTOPIA Certificate of Internationalisation (EUCI) gives students a space in which they can discuss and reflect upon international experiences with fellow students from across the alliance.

Students also have the option to compile a reflective portfolio – which can include creative and multimedia elements – along with a ‘cover letter’ summarising how they have fulfilled the EUCI learning outcomes in order to obtain the certificate.

Here, we showcase a selection of recently submitted portfolios, with the kind permission of the students.

How can you get involved?

To learn more about the EUCI and find out how to enrol, please visit the programme homepage.

Ariadna Guerrero Aragón (UPF)

Ariadna Guerrero
Ariadna Guerrero



"The EUCI seminars have helped me understand how my international experiences have influenced my intercultural skills and my life in general. These experiences enable us to communicate with each other, and cooperate to achieve common goals such as the SDGs."




Berj Dekramanjian (UPF)

Berj Dekramanjian
Berj Dekramanjian




"As an individual, I’m attached to every single location I’ve had the chance to dwell in, and I'll always have parts of them in me, while I left parts of myself in them. Regardless of what will come next, I’m sure I have much to learn, and a whole lot left to explore."




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Daniela Ochoa Pesántez (UPF)

Daniela Pesantez
Daniela Pesantez




"My international experiences changed my life. They gave me the chance to open my mind and my soul, and be connected, and discover myself. Indeed, travelling breaks stereotypes and makes you feel free."





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Erika Kum (UL)

Erika Kum
Erika Kum



"The EUCI program encouraged me to go out of my comfort zone and gain new experience and knowledge, which I am sure to use later in life. That’s why I’m grateful for the opportunity and am happy to be able to write this portfolio as a final step in this program. International experiences have taught me to be open-minded and to listen to others’ opinions, because we can make this world a better place only if we work together."




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Hana Svetin (UL)

Hana Svetin
Hana Svetin





"During my stay in different countries, I’ve always felt a lingering sensation every time I spoke in my native language, as if I’m performing something special, something that’s only shared by some and not understood by all. Indeed, out of all the elements of Slovenia and Slovenian culture, Slovenian language is where I feel most at home."




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Kapitalina Kirillina (VUB)

Kapitalina
Kapitalina






"I upended my life in Belgium to move to South Korea alone for five months. I was in a completely new environment with a distinctive culture. This step out of my comfort zone was, without a doubt, the single most emancipatory act I’ve done (so far)."




 



 

Lena Carstens (GU)

Lena Carstens
Lena Carstens






"The trends of internationalisation and localisation are taking place at the same time. An increased pace of internationalisation can induce the urge to reconcentrate on local characteristics of culture and society. This can lead to self-segregation tendencies among cultures and underlines the need for cross-cultural dialogue."







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Marina Molowny Trenchs (UPF)

Marina Molowny Trenchs
Marina Molowny Trenchs





"Through my international experiences, I have learnt how different cultural backgrounds relate to each other in the school environment. The encounter with cultural diversity is increasingly becoming a part of everyday life, and the task of education in the framework of these experiences lies in the teaching of intercultural competencies."





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Marta Casarramona Basany (UPF)

"Seeing with perspective what I have been through to arrive here, I am sure that I am not the same person that first enrolled on the IB program, not the same person that went to study for one year in Belgium, and not the same person that is now part of an international organization. I have gone through a long journey, but the path hasn’t ended here."

Seyedeh Hiva Houshyar Yazdian (VUB)

Seyedeh Hiva Houshyar Yazdian
Seyedeh Hiva Houshyar Yazdian




"Through my international experiences, I have made very good friends who have now become my family. I call them my family because like members of a family, we spend most of our time together, we watch movies, we talk about our interests and beliefs, and the culture and history of our country, and we celebrate our ceremonies together, and we even cry together!"



Yiwen Gao (UW)

"After graduating from a law school in China, I spent four years working on different cultural projects and travelling to figure out what I wanted to do in my life. Since beginning my studies at Warwick, the Resonate Festival is the activity that has most influenced me: I have not only deepened my academic understanding of sustainable development studies but also gained practical life skills."

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Zhao Zhenqiu (CY)

"When the opportunity of an exchange program arose last year, I chose to study in China so I could come back to my roots after more than 15 years – and more than that, sort through my feelings about who I am and who I should be. This is why I consider this year overseas as an ‘identity journey’."

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