Erasmus+: three college students share their mobility expertise in Europe

They chose Austria, Ireland or Spain. Jules, Pauline and Julie share their Erasmus experience and give you some keys to make the right choice.

Carrying out Erasmus+ mobility in the second year of study: they dreamed it, it came true! Jules, 20, student at UTC Compiègne (60) joined six months at Technische Universithe was from vienna in austria🇧🇷 Pauline, 21 years old, with LEA license (applied foreign languages) in Arras (62), also settled for six months abroad, at the Sligo Institute of Technology in Ireland. As for Julie, 20 years old, Spanish license student (LLCCER) in Lille (59), directing the University of Seville in Spain for a whole year.

For all three, it was the will to change, independence and, above all, the desire to improve their second language that led them to live this experience.

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Choose your Erasmus+ country according to the language

The three students are unanimous, the essential criterion for doing Erasmus is to progress in the language you are studying🇧🇷 That was Pauline’s main motivation, disappointed with the habilitation, which she thought was centered on practice. The choice of country was then made according to your wishes : “I wanted to go to an English-speaking country in northern Europe, but because of Brexit, I couldn’t go to Scotland.” His choice therefore fell on Ireland.

For Julie and Jules, the goal was to improve their oral fluency to better complement their training and skills. Julie hesitated between Spain and Latin America, and finally the proximity to France that reassured her for this first experience🇧🇷 While Jules preferred to bet on a country he already knew because he had visited it younger on vacation: Austria.

Passionate about encounters and discoveries, Jules chose Vienna, the capital of Austria, to carry out his Erasmus+ mobility. // © Photos provided by the witness

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The financial aspect, an essential criterion for international mobility

In addition to language, financial criteria also seem to be decisive when choosing your Erasmus+ destination. If you hesitate between several countries or cities, the cost of living can be decisive. Inform yourself well before leaving.

Especially in the cost of housing. Jules favored the Austrian capital for its low cost of living: “The price of housing was not very expensive.” As well as transport, since with just one hundred euros he managed to access the city’s public transport for six months.

Pauline, who had gone to a much more expensive country, Ireland, asked about the financial aid available, in addition to the Erasmus+ grants. She recommends working in the summer, to save “so you can enjoy it right away without tightening your belt!”

Another tip: choose a city that is not the capital. In Seville, where Julie left, the cost of living is about three times cheaper than in Madrid, with little difference in quality of life. So many “small” differences that may come in handy when choosing your destination.

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Courses, environment, meetings, living environment: each with its own criteria

But many other criteria can be important to choose the Erasmus+ destination of your dreams. Pauline especially sought to follow captivating courses in a place where she could be serene and disoriented. The sublime landscapes of Ireland convinced her and the courses lived up to her expectations. According to her, the teachersthey are very attentive and really enjoy the lessons🇧🇷 The city of Sligo also made her want to settle down there: “I feel safe there. I went to bars and clubs a lot and I was never afraid to go home alone.”

Jules, however, wanted to do beautiful encounters and living new experiences abroad🇧🇷 Surrounded by mountains and lakes, Vienna completely seduced him. A lively town where you can go for walks in the surroundings or “drink beers in front of the Saint-Charles-Borromée church”. To get to know people during confinement, the student had his own method: “Since the weather was good and we were entitled to sports activities, I bought a basketball and played it all over the place. Vienna.” This allowed him to discover new places and meet other foreign students.

A goal also shared by Julie. Choosing a roommate was one of your best decisions to meet people and create strong friendships with Spaniards. Seville also allowed him to have a true student life full of activities and places to visit: “Many times, at night, we could land on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, where many young people met. They are good memories.”

As you may have noticed, even if there are as many criteria as there are students, the objective of mobility always remains the same: bloom and leave with unforgettable memories🇧🇷 So, whatever your criteria and your destination, get started!

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