Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. Over forty percent of its 207,600 square kilometres is forested, and its strongest economic sectors are service industries and manufacturing. 

Average temperatures vary across Belarus. In January, temperatures average from -4.5°C to -8°C, in July the average temperature is +17°C to +18.5°C. Belarus also enjoys 75-125 days of snow each year, with falls ranging from 15 to 30cm.

Each of the regions inside Belarus have oversight of the education systems, and students have the ability to attend either a public (state) or a private school. The current structure of the educational system was established by decree in 1994. In Belarus 2 leading establishments of higher education in national education system: Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus and Belarusian State University. 

Until the 20th century, the lands of modern-day Belarus belonged to several countries. The country declared the sovereignty of Belarus on 27 July 1990, during the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and declared independence on 25 August 1991. 

Belarus enjoys a rich cultural and artistic heritage that dates back many centuries. Artistic movements and religions have played their part in shaping the architecture of Belarus, with fine examples of Romanesque and Gothic, Baroque and Classicism, Modernism and Eclecticism to be found across the country. Belarus also has four World Heritage Sites. The government policy is to make sports accessible to all in Belarus, and this means that the country has excellent sporting facilities in pre-schools, schools and higher education facilities. In 2013 Belarus is to host European Boxing Championships. *

EU funded Scholarship Opportunities are available to Cardiff Metropolitan University students and graduates (from bachelor to post-doctorate level) in all schools, as well as academic and administrative staff, through Erasmus Mundus. Cardiff Metropolitan University is directly involved in the following Erasmus Mundus project with Belarus:


To find out about other Erasmus Mundus projects that Cardiff Met are involved in, please click here.

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* Source: Wikipedia