Erasmus+ study mobility – make it an even better experience
Before you leave
Under the Erasmus+ study mobility programme, you can spend between 3 and 12 months at an institution of higher education in any participating country. If you're short on ideas, look at iAgora for reviews of universities in Europe (and the rest of the world) and students' feedback.
If you've been selected for an Erasmus+ exchange, start preparing by talking to students from your university who've already studied at the same institution. You could also check out other students' blogs on Blog-Erasmus.eu and Erasmusu.
It may seem obvious, but don't forget to make sure you have somewhere to stay! For tips on short-term accommodation (hostels, sublets, etc), click here.
When you arrive
Make as many new friends as you can! There'll probably be an Erasmus club or café near the institution where you're studying. These often organise welcome events and other activities – a good way to get to know your fellow-students before you get down to study. The local Erasmus Student Network (ESN) can help you integrate into academic and social life, as well as providing practical tips on living in your new country.
Do your best to learn the local language or improve your existing knowledge. Talk to local people and get to know other students in your class. Some universities organise 'tandems' (language exchanges) between student with different native languages. Other options include the Polyglotclub platform and language courses through Erasmus+'s online linguistic support.
Erasmus+ isn't just about partying and making friends, though. You'll also need to work as hard as you would back home. .
Read other tips and ask questions about the Erasmus+ study experience on Third Year Abroad.