The Ultimate Erasmus+ Survival Guide
Translated by Αnastasia Tsitsani
Based on the original article in Greek by Νεφέλη Στεφοπούλου
Preparing for an Erasmus programme is always exciting for every student but it can also end up being quite nerve-racking. Still, I think that when I say that Erasmus (European community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) is an amazing, once in a lifetime experience, I speak on behalf of all students.
There is a high chance it will be your first time living in a foreign country for such a long time. In fact, this might be the first time spent completely alone for many students in an independent, adult-like manner.
So, here are some useful tips that will possibly help you both at your “practical” and psychological preparation:
Do some research
As we all know, every country is different and there is always a ton of things that you can learn. However, being prepared in time and in the right way is the most important, since the simplest things are often the ones we ignore.
Organise your stay
The sooner you decide where to stay the better. You will have time to do your research and choose what best suits your needs.
Make a plan of your expenses
Many students are used to calculating their expenses concerning their social life. In that case, don’t forget that you have to estimate the expenses regarding your accommodation, possible transportations, food and of course, your night-outs.
Don’t overuse social media (i.e. Facebook)
Perhaps, this is one of the most difficult things. Using social media, especially during the first weeks, will prevent you from missing your home and, mostly, your family and friends. But, using them at a great extent will make you miss some of the best experiences that an ERASMUS programme can offer.
Talk to everyone!
Yes, do it! Keep in mind that you will all be going through the same thing, so everyone will be friendly. Moreover, a programme like this one is the best opportunity to make friends from all over the world and to be able to visit them in the future.
Don’t forget your education
The fact that you are in a foreign country doesn’t mean that you can neglect your responsibilities. Don’t forget that your grades will be calculated when you come back, so there is no point in ceasing all effort.
Say ‘yes’ more
Say ‘yes’ to daylong trips, that are often organised by universities and if you have the chance travel to even more destinations.
Participate in an ERASMUS programme!
This is possibly the most important tip that someone could give you. It is a fantastic experience that is worth living!