The date of departure to our Erasmus destinations approaches and we start to get nervous, we don’t really know what we have to prepare or if we have things to do before we leave. We are excited and scared at the same time, happy and sad at the same time.
It’s normal, it’s what we all feel before we embark in a new adventure. This is why we give you here a few little things who can help you better prepare for your Erasmus.
1. MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS IN ORDER
Although this is the most painful, it is also the most important. You’ve probably signed more papers than you’ve done in your entire life, but you’ll still need to check that everything is in order Before leaving. The paperwork takes a lot of time, and you might find out a week before departure that you’re in serious trouble. A few of the things you need to check before you go are:
– Erasmus papers: your study agreement, registration at your university, the Erasmus grant, confirmation from your host university, etc.
– Passport/ Identity card: (depending on the country you are visiting). Make sure they are still valid and will remain so throughout your Erasmus: what if you are not let back?
– European Social Security Card: if you don’t have it yet, it will be very easy for you to get it. You can request it online and we will send it to you within a week.
– Accommodation at destination: you can book accommodation in advance or look for one on the spot. In the latter case, it would be good to know where to go before finding permanent accommodation.
2. TRAIN YOURSELF TO SPEAK IN THE LANGUAGE OF YOUR HOST COUNTRY
Films, series, magazines, books, videos on Youtube… everything is good for immersing yourself in the other language. You can also look for someone who speaks this language in your city and do a language exchange to get used to it. Once there, you will be happy with the efforts you have made to improve your language skills before leaving.
3. SAY GOODBYE
Don’t wait until the last week to say goodbye because, due to summer holidays and departures, you probably won’t be able to say goodbye to everyone. That’s why you should start now to say goodbye to your friends and family. Better to say goodbye three times than not at all.
4. FIND OUT ABOUT YOUR HOST UNIVERSITY
We are all curious to know how our host university will be, what subjects we will teach there, how the teachers will be and above all, the exams. This is why we advise you to speak with students who have done an Erasmus in your future university, so that they can tell you all about them. tips and tricks. You can also do research yourself by consulting the web page of your host university, photos, maps…
5. GET TO KNOW YOUR FUTURE CITY AND HOST COUNTRY
In order to familiarize yourself with your future place of residence, we advise you to consult the country newspapers, to read the information available in your host city, to watch a TV channel local… This will allow you not only to situate yourself in the country, but also to improve your language skills.
6. TAKE A LOOK AT GOOGLE EARTH
If you are one of those people who are easily rejoiced and love new things, you can make a first virtual walk in your city, calculate the possibilities of journeys between your home and the university according to the different means of transport and even start doing virtual tourism.
7. START MAKING A LIST OF WHAT YOU WANT TO TAKE
If you wait until the last moment to pack, you are likely to forget things. That’s why you should make a listing very precise about what you want to take so you don’t forget anything (umbrella, electrical adapters, hair dryer, etc.). Also mentally begin to choose the clothes you are going to take (depending on the climate, the time you will stay there…) and the suitcases or bags with which you will travel. Take into account the maximum weight allowed by the airline because you may have to lower your expectations.
8. DON’T FORGET YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
As you are going to spend a year away from those you love, if there is an important celebration or an anniversary that you will not be able to attend, you can prepare a present and offer it before you leave.
9. MAKE FRIENDS
Talk with people who will be going to the same city or university, with students from your host university, friends from other places… You can also enter some facebook groups Erasmus from your host city.
10. ENJOY THE SUMMER WITH YOUR LOVED ONES
And, finally, don’t forget to make the most of summer with your parents, your brothers and sisters, your grandparents, your cousins, your friends, your neighbours… you will miss them very much!