One year ago I started one of the biggest challenges in my life! I started my Erasmus+ studies in Prague! I can also say that this is one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had.
At that time I was super excited and also a little bit scared because I did not know anyone and anything there. I spent 23h to get there from Riga by bus. Why? Basically, because it was much cheaper and more convenient to move the baggage.
But let’s get back to the main topic. What is Erasmus+? Why should anyone do that?
If I need to define what it is then I have to say that Erasmus+ is Lifelong Learning Programme. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for mobility of learners and staff and cooperation across the education, training and youth sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules and a structure which aims to streamline the administration of the programme. The Erasmus Programme (EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) is a European Union (EU) student exchange programme established in 1987. It is the European Commission’s Programme combining all the EU’s current schemes for education, training, youth, and sport.
If I can define it with my own words then I can say it from my experience. I think many people would agree with me if I would say that Erasmus+ is a magical project! Everyone can find there things they want. There are few kinds of Erasmus+. This time I will talk about Erasmus+ studies because I did that recently.
- If you have ever thought about going to study abroad or you are interested to see how it is to study in the different country, then you should go on Erasmus+. It will be a life experience to see how it is to study abroad. You can choose to go for 1 semester or 2 semesters.
- If you love to meet people from different countries but don’t have this opportunity then consider to go on Erasmus+!
- If you basically want to try something crazy, something unforgettable and amazing, then don’t think anymore and just go on Erasmus+!
Almost everyone comes there alone and everyone easily gets along with many people from different countries. So I want to say that there is nothing to worry about!
Just one thing- get out of your room and be open for lots of new adventures!
And one more thing- do not be ashamed of your English, because the only way how to improve is to practice!
So, if you really think about going on Erasmus+ then I can congratulate you! Good decision!
Now your next step is to choose carefully time, country and university for your exchange. It is better if you can find exactly the same subjects there so later you won’t need to repeat a year or spend some time to pass those subjects you didn’t do during your Erasmus+. For me, it was kind of easy to find related or the same subjects. I study architecture and this field of studies is widespread everywhere. For some more specific studies, it will be harder to find the most similar study program abroad. But it is possible! However, I have heard that some people need to repeat a year just because they couldn’t assimilate subjects they had in Erasmus to their home university. Of course, if you consider that it is worth that then you can do it.
I am happy that we have this possibility to go on exchange abroad and to spend amazing time and to meet fantastic people!
I highly recommend you to do it! You will be amazed how much you can learn! I am pretty sure that I could not learn a half of those things if I would not have Erasmus exchange.
Be wise, use this possibility and be ready for the most amazing time of your life!