They determined to go research overseas regardless of the well being disaster

From France, Europe or across the Atlantic, international mobility is far from standing still. While some students had to cancel their stay abroad due to the health crisis, Julie, Lucie, Ludivine and Victorya took their chances. They say.

Health crisis or not, mobility abroad has not taken time off! As confirmed by the Erasmus+ agency, most departures abroad were even kept in 2020. But also in 2021: Julie, Lucie, Ludivine and Victorya are currently following your courses in Ireland, Spain, Sweden and the United States… for your greatest pleasure.

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Confined Mobility in Ireland for Julie

After getting a BTS in customer relations and trading in Albertville (73), Julie, 25, wanted to go elsewhere. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I tried to continue my studies in the area of ​​health and social work, I did civic service but my goal, for a long time, was to become bilingual in english… even though I was useless“, she says. For nearly three years, she settled in Dublin, Ireland, first as an au pair and then as a restaurant clerk until the health crisis began in March 2020.

I wanted to work to pay for my studies here, she explains. In September, I signed up for the Griffith College where I am studying marketing“But since the beginning of the year, all classes have taken place through interposed screens. Something to disgust the student.”Frankly, the courses are great, the teachers are very interesting, but with the class it’s difficult…

With confinements, curfews and distance, it is difficult to create a bond between students. “It’s my biggest disappointment: I thought I was meeting people, enjoying my student life, but Covid doesn’t make it easy.” Julie still manages to keep herself motivated to follow her classes: “I want to get my degree, I want to succeed!” The student also continues to enjoy Irish pubs and nightlife. “People are very open and very curious here, it’s part of their culture and now, I don’t want to leave this island anymore!

Julie enjoys the busy streets of Dublin, Ireland, “a tradition” according to the student. // © Photo provided by the witness

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Face-to-face classes in the Canary Islands for Lucie

Lucie, 22, has also taken over the management of an island. In the fourth year of the Higher School of Arts and Media (ESAM) in Caen (14), the student had the opportunity to leave for six months in Erasmus at EASD (School of Art and Design) in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Since last January, she has been taking courses in applied sculpture at the show, a good way to complete your training. “I really wanted to enrich my skills and learn other techniques from other places,” she says. With a few words in Spanish in her pocket, and despite the health crisis, Lucie flew to the Canary Islands.

I had some doubts when I left but today I don’t regret it: all my classes are in person because there is a lot of practice… the beach is 50 meters from the school, I like bars and restaurants, I visited many exhibitions… I live almost normally. It’s royalty to be here!

Just a slight black dot, the “very academic” and “strict” course. “Pedagogy is quite different from France, where there is more room for creativity, but I know that all the techniques will be useful to me later on.” The student has already started to put together some projects related to the protection of the environment and her artistic curriculum… Continue!

Lucie takes courses in applied sculpture at the show in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Lucie is taking courses in applied sculpture to performance in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. // © Photo provided by the witness

Sweden from France to Ludivine

A final year baccalaureate student at the IAE de Montpellier (34), Ludivine, 20, had the choice to leave or stay. If Thailand was his first choice, it was Sweden that allowed him to move. “With the crisis, it was better to focus on Europe. But I was still afraid that it would be canceled at the last moment and life in Stockholm was also much more expensive, so I preferred opting for remote mobility”, the young woman confides. A choice that the student does not regret at all, especially in terms of teaching. “The subjects are super interesting, we have to learn on our own, we have a lot to read – besides , I’m late on the readings! – and we do a lot of group work.”

Since January, Ludivine has been taking English classes at the University of Malardalen behind her screen, but that doesn’t change her learning. : “On the contrary, I can organize myself and interact with the class as if it were in person.” But following an “international” oriented curriculum, the student still admits to being a little disappointed. “When we work together, I’m the only one at a distance. It’s hard to be able to share things, I would love to meet them!“Ludivine also claims to have progressed more in written expression than in oral expression. One thing is certain: after the master’s degree, the student intends to go abroad, and why not, for international corporate volunteering.

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The Joys of a French Campus in the US for Victorya

More luckily, Victorya, a fifth-year student at SKEMA, managed to the direction of the United States last January. The 24-year-old has come a long way: in 2020, her mobility in China had been canceled after a month due to the health crisis. “I was terrified of going through the same thing again this year, so I waited until the second semester to start,” she explains. In order to obtain her diploma, the student must effectively validate eight months of mobility abroad. A prerequisite facilitated by their business school which has a campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. “The United States was a dream for me. I knew that the campus was spared by Covid and that conditions were quite favorable, so I left and have absolutely no regrets!”

Every week, Victorya is tested for free to be able to follow certain face-to-face courses. “Here, everything is open, you can go to class and only that is a real opportunity because you can meet a lot of people.“, she says. By enjoying life on her campus, the student feels immersed in American culture. This final year of studies is also an important step for her find a job in the US. “We live this ‘American dream’ (‘American dream’, editor’s note), we also feel that we are privileged to be able to travel, so we don’t want to leave anymore!

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