”And then I realized, adventures are the best way to learn.”
You might be asking yourself one or both of the following questions: What is the Erasmus Exchange Programme? Why should I take part in it?
Well, let me give you a bit of insight and guidance on one of the most life-changing journeys you can embark on during your university life.
If I were to describe the Erasmus Exchange Programme with one sentence, I’d say that it’s the “making of a new life, a second life.” If we want to get more technical and less philosophical, it is a European funded programme that was established in 1987 offering university students the possibility of studying or doing an internship abroad in another country for a period of at least 2 months and maximum 12 months per cycle of studies.
You might be asking yourself, but why would I want to travel to a whole other country just for a few months? My answer is “Why not?”, but if you need more convincing here are some perks of joining this unique experience.
First and furthermost, this is not just an educational experience, sure you will gain many new skills that are related to your field of study, but you will also learn valuable life-skills which is something you can’t learn in a classroom. In other words, you will develop skills that will help you grow as a person, as a student and as a professional. Moreover, you will be able to broaden your horizons, both physically and mentally.
Apart from that, you will learn a new language or improve it, you will be able to see life from a different perspective and learn new traditions and ways of living.
Further, you’ll grow into the person you want to be, your self-confidence will increase because this experience is one of trust, trust in one’s abilities to adapt, in one’s bravery and courage. It’s not easy to leave your comfort zone, but as soon as you step out of it, there’s a feeling of accomplishment, of unwavering determination.
These are lessons, perks, and skills that form only the tip of the iceberg of what we call the “Erasmus Experience”. There’s so much more to the iceberg that I encourage you to go out there and become part of this wonderful network of international students so that you can see it with your own eyes and experience it in your own and unique way.