Hello, world! Have you ever thought of studying abroad? Maybe you also have seen a bunch of international students in your city and you were wondering how they managed to gather all together in this particular country? EASY! They are travelling and studying in other countries using the ERASMUS+ programme! Undoubtedly, YOU can be the one to be chosen to participate in this programme! Let's uncover all the pecularities of it in today's blog! Stay tuned!
Since I am coming from Finnish university (read more about it here), all the Finnish students are given an opportunity to undertake an exchange somewhere abroad. In some universities it is an obligitory action in order to graduate, however majority of universities do not force you to go abroad if you don't want to, they make it optional.
WHAT IS ERASMUS+ PLUS PROGRAMME?
ERASMUS+ Plus is abbreviated from EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students. To put it simply, it is Eropean system that enables student exchange opportunities among other partner institutions. Student can do either work placement or study semester/year abroad with ERASMUS+ Plus. Important to know that the study programme abroad should relate to the one in your home institution. For example, I studied in Finland on Business Management Programme and, therefore, went to the university in Spain for my Erasmus to the department of Business and Communication. You can read more about ERASMUS+ Plus on their official website
Finnish universities require students to undertake work placement in the area of their studies (Business, Engineering, Tourism etc...). This placement should last at least 6 months, without it student cannot graduate. As I mentioned before, placement can be done with Erasmus+ as well. If student chooses to go for Erasmus, he/she will be given a grant. The amount of money given will depend on the country you are going and on your purpose (whether it is work placement or studies).
I have done both, practical training and studies in Spain in collaboration with this Erasmus+ Plus. I have worked in Barcelona for 3.5 months and then studied in Vic (city close to Barcelona) for 5 months. My grant for work placement was it total about 1100 euros and for studies additionally 980 euros. 80% of the grant is paid to you before studies/placement and 20% is paid after you finish the programme.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF ERASMUS+ PLUS?
In my opinion, Erasmus gives you tremendous opportunities! All the exchange students I have communicated with NEVER regreted the decision of going abroad with Erasmus! The advantages are:
1 - You develop your second or even third language skills (I have studied Spanish, for instance)
2 - You grow your professional network
3 - You have a chance to challenge yourself by being in another different cultural surroundings
4 - You develop your cultural skills, by communicating with people from all over the globe
5 - You have an opportunity to visit many other cities and countries
6 - You find new amazing people to connect with
7 - You can have a chance to find employment in the country of your Erasmus and stay there! Isn't it cool?
This is what I think about Erasmus. It's been the best academic decision I could possibly ever have made. So, if you have a chance to travel with Erasmus+ Plus programme, I hope you will not have even a tiny bit of hesitation! Believe me, you will enjoy it 100%!
What can be better than
TRAVELLING + NEW EXPERIENCES + NEW CONNECTIONS + NEW KNOWLEDGE
So, dear people, this was just a little bit of information for you to have a slight idea of what this programme looks like. You can read more about my placement in Spanish company here and about my university in Spain here :)
If you have any doubts or questions, do not hesitate to contact me through all my social media!
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta