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

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

Health crisis or not, mobility abroad has had no time off! As confirmed by the Erasmus+ agency, most departures abroad were even maintained in 2020πŸ‡§πŸ‡· But also in 2021: Julie, Lucie, Ludivine and Victorya are currently following their courses in Ireland, Spain, Sweden and the United States… for your greatest pleasure.

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Limited mobility in Ireland for Julie

After getting a BTS in customer relations and dealings 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 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 really useless“, she says. For almost three years, she settled in Dublin, Ireland, first as an au pair and then as a clerk in a restaurant until the health crisis began in March 2020.

πŸ‡§πŸ‡·I wanted to work to pay for my studies here, she explains. In September, I signed up for the Griffith College, where I’m studying marketing“But, since the beginning of the year, all classes take place through interposed screens. Something that disgusts the student.”Frankly, the courses are great, the professors are very interesting but with the class it’s difficult…πŸ‡§πŸ‡·

With confinements, curfews and distancing, it is difficult to bond between students. β€œIt’s my biggest disappointment: I thought I was meeting people, enjoying my student life, but Covid doesn’t make things easy.” Julie still manages to stay motivated to keep up with her classes: “I want to get my degree, I want to be successful!” 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!πŸ‡§πŸ‡·

Julie enjoys the busy streets of Dublin, Ireland, “a tradition” according to the student. // Β© 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 Social Communication (ESAM) in Caen (14), the student had the opportunity to leave for six months in Erasmus at EASD (Escola Superior de Arte e 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 trainingπŸ‡§πŸ‡· “I really wanted to enrich my skills and learn other techniques from other places,” she says. With a few words of Spanish in her pocket and despite her health crisis, Lucie flew to the Canary Islands.

πŸ‡§πŸ‡·I had some doubts when I left but today I don’t regret it: all my classes are face-to-face because there’s 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 real to be here!πŸ‡§πŸ‡·

Just a slight black dot, the course “too academic” and “stiff”. “The 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 carry out some projects related to the protection of the environment and her artistic curriculum… Keep going!

Lucie takes courses in sculpture applied to shows in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Lucie takes courses in sculpture applied to shows in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. // Β© Photo provided by the witness

Sweden from France to Ludivine

Student in the last year of her baccalaureate at the IAE in Montpellier (34), Ludivine, 20, had a choice: leave or stay. If Thailand was his first choice, it was Sweden that allowed him to move abroad. β€œWith 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 would also be much more expensive, so I preferred opt for remote mobility”, confides the young woman. A choice that the student does not regret at all, especially in terms of education. “The subjects are super interesting, we have to learn on our own, we have a lot to read – besides, I’m behind on my 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 manage to organize myself and interact with the class as if I were in person.” But following an “international” oriented curriculum, the student still admits to being a little disappointedπŸ‡§πŸ‡· “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, in international corporate volunteering.

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The joys of a French campus in the United States for Victorya

More luckily, Victorya, a fifth-year student at SKEMA, managed to the direction of the United States last JanuaryπŸ‡§πŸ‡· 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. β€œI was scared of going through the same thing again this year, so I waited until the second semester to start,” she explains. To obtain her diploma, the student must effectively validate eight months of mobility abroad. A prerequisite facilitated by its business school which has a campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. “America was a dream for me. I knew that the campus was spared by Covid and that conditions were quite favourable, so I left and I absolutely do not regret it!”

Every week, Victorya is tested for free in order to be able to follow certain face-to-face courses. πŸ‡§πŸ‡·Here everything is open, you can go to classes and that alone 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 last year of study is also an important step for her find a job in the United StatesπŸ‡§πŸ‡· “We live this ‘American dream’ (‘American dream’, editor’s note), we also feel privileged to be able to travel so we don’t want to leave anymore!πŸ‡§πŸ‡·

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