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Erasmus+: three students share their mobility experience in Europe

They chose Austria, Ireland or Spain. Jules, Pauline and Julie share their Erasmus experience and provide you with some keys so that you can make the right choice.

Carrying out Erasmus+ mobility during their second year of study: they dreamed of it, they did it! Jules, 20, a student at UTC Compiègne (60) joined to six months at the Technische Universitwas from Vienna in Austria. Pauline, 21, with an LEA license (applied foreign languages) in Arras (62), also settled down for six months abroad, at Sligo Institute of Technology in Ireland. As for Julie, 20 years old, student in Spanish license (LLCCER) in Lille (59), direction the University of Seville in Spain for a whole year.

For all three, it was the desire for 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 when going on Erasmus is to progress in the language you are studying. This was the main motivation for Pauline, disappointed with her license, which she imagined centered on practice. The choice of country was then made according to his wishes : “I wanted to go to an English-speaking country in Northern Europe but because of Brexit, I could not go to Scotland.” His choice therefore fell on Ireland.

For Julie and Jules, the objective was rather to improve their oral fluency to best complement their training and skills. Julie hesitated between Spain and Latin America, and it is finally the proximity to France which reassured her for this first experience. While Jules preferred to bet on a country he already knew for having visited it younger for holidays: Austria.

Keen on 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

Apart from the language, the financial criterion also seems to be decisive in choosing your Erasmus+ destination. If you hesitate between several countries or cities, the cost of living can be decisive. Find out well before you leave.

Especially on the cost of housing. Jules favored the Austrian capital for its low cost of living: “The price of housing was not very expensive.” Just like transport, since with only one hundred euros, he was able to access public transport in the city for six months.

Pauline, who had gone to a much more expensive country, Ireland, inquired about the financial aid available, in addition to scholarships from the Erasmus+ program. She recommends working in the summer, in order to put some money aside “to be able to enjoy on the spot without tightening your belt!”

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

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Courses, atmosphere, meetings, living environment: to each his own criteria

But many other criteria can be important for choosing THE Erasmus+ destination of your dreams. Pauline was especially looking 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 teachersare very attentive and really appreciate the lessons. The town of Sligo also made her want to settle there: “I feel safe there. I went out a lot to bars and clubs, and I was never afraid to go home alone.”

Jules, meanwhile, wanted to do beautiful encounters and live new experiences abroad. Surrounded by mountains and lakes, Vienna completely seduced him. A lively city where you can go hiking in the surroundings or “drink beers in front of the Saint-Charles-Borromée church”. To meet people during confinement, the student had his own method: “As the weather was nice and we had the right to sports activities, I bought a basketball, and I played all over the place. Vienna.” This allowed him to discover new places and meet other foreign students.

A goal also shared by Julie. Choosing to take a roommate was one of his best decisions to meet people and create strong friendships with Spaniards. Seville also allowed him to have a real student life filled with activities and sites to visit: “Often, in the evening, we could land on the banks of the Guadalquivir river where many young people met. These are too good memories .”

As you will have understood, even if there are as many criteria as there are students, the purpose of mobility always remains the same: flourish and leave with unforgettable memories. So whatever your criteria and your destination, get started!

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