TIPS TIPS AND MORE TIPS FOR AN EXCHANGE
10 TIPS BEFORE GOING INTO AN ERASMUS EXCHANGE
As in one of our previous post we wrote about the exchange experience of a “team member”; we thought that many of you might be considering the option of going abroad to study next school year.
Get organized before you go on an Erasmus exchange can seem crazy: many papers, paperwork, searches, comparisons and above all, questions.
CALM DOWN! all we have gone we have come to think “why did I get into this?”
Therefore, in this small post, we wanted to pick up a few tips to guide you to organize yourselves before you go to live temporarily abroad:
1. Do not stress. You must organize and read well all the papers. I know you are getting 4 different guides of 500 pages each. You’ll think that it’s the end of the world because every time you go to the international relationships office, the coordinators will give you more and more papers. The key is not to leave everything for the last minute and highlight key concepts to have clear ideas because, otherwise, you’re going to be really overwhelm.
2. Think about the language you want to improve. English is going to be the most spoken language always, but there are other languages that are interesting too such as French, German or even, Chinese.
3. Once you have the language you want to learn clear, you should choose the university. It is important to choose the university first and then the country. Maybe you want to go to an exotic country but there is a possibility that the degree you want is not offered.
4. Make sure that the subjects you choose are validated and you don’t have to do them later. At the end, if this happen you relax and take a “sabbatical year” more than an Erasmus year. It is important not to miss a degree year.
YOU HAVE ALREADY MADE THE RED TAPE PART!
5. At this moment you start wondering were are you going to sleep. In almost all European countries rents are too expensive, even for a 60 square meters’ flag. In addition, the owners do not usually rent to students and, if they do, they ask for a very high bail. So you have two alternatives:
|You will make friends of your own country
|Native family||Cultural immersion
You won’t make friends of your own country
6. Purchase flight. Take a round trip closed, because this will be always cheaper. Get organized to take them about two months before you go, because at that time they are cheaper.
ENJOY YOUR PEOPLE AND YOUR COUNTRY!
7. The date is approaching, and here emerges the typical question “what should I took with me?”. You find that you have 100 different outfits that don’t fit into your two suitcases. Don’t worry! I assure you that you’ll end up wearing the same 15 outfits during the whole all Erasmus.
- Boys: Forget blazers and shoes.
- Girls: leave your dresses and heels in the cupboard at home. In Europe the majority of the people usually go more casual.
8. Prepare the basic things inside a little bag, thereby they will always be on tap: Passport, IDN, plane tickets and a little map with the necessary indications that help you to reach your future flag using public transport in the destination country.
9. And now… the tears! Say goodbye to all, make the latest hangouts with friends, family … You are going to spend many months out until you see them again. Don’t worry, because when you come back everything will remain the same and it will seem that time has not passed.
10. You should arrive at the airport with enough time, and above all relax, because I know well that, despite you have a big desire to go, you will be scared in front of the gate.
ARRIVE AT YOUR DESTINATION AND LIVE IT! Enjoy every minute of the experience. Join to every plan, to every trip, to every party and to every night watching a film with your new friends because you if not, at the end, you will regret it.
I hope these tips are helpful to you when planning your trip and make the most of your language exchange.