Amelia Achmetsina is a 4th year BA in New Media and English student from Dublin. She writes about her Erasmus experience for our student blog, with some great tips for students starting their Erasmus journeys:
Erasmus-Exchange might feel scary or exciting, and sometimes a little bit of both. Being able to choose one destination, one university from an overwhelming list may seem like a daunting task but you need to approach it with courage.
When choosing a country, think about what is appealing about it and ask yourself if you would enjoy being there for a semester. Perhaps, it’ll be the music, the culture, the food or the university that sparks an interest for you. Once you get that feeling, hold onto it and do your research about the universities available in that country.
Research the location if you wish to travel during your studies, the curriculum to ensure they have suitable classes and the university for their clubs and societies.
“Dare to be bold, dare to travel somewhere new, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and take a big leap!”
I dared to dream of visiting Canada for many years and when the decision came around I knew that was where I wanted to go. During my research and massive pros and cons list later, I chose Wilfrid Laurier University which was one of the best decisions that I ever made. The university had amazing classes, incredible societies and clubs, and was only a bus ride away from Toronto which I could visit every weekend.
The Canadians were super friendly and I made great friends along the way. So my advice to you all is; dare to be bold, dare to travel somewhere new, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and take a big leap!