Millions of students have gone through the Erasmus programme and all agree it’s been one of the best experiences of their lives, but how do you make that all-important decision of where to go? Here’s some things to keep in mind…
How good the uni is: Ask in the Erasmus office of your university which destinations are available to you for the course you’re doing. Some universities are better than others when it comes to the quality of teaching in certain subjects.
Cost of living: The Erasmus programme is only partially covered by your university and the amount may not cover the cost of renting an apartment, or student life in general, so it’s worth considering a smaller city that’s slightly cheaper. However, these might be more out the way of major airports and not have very good public transport links, which makes getting there and flying home more hassle, as well as trickier to go exploring the rest of the country.
Work, rest and play
Learning a language: Erasmus is a great way to get to know other countries and cultures, but many people stick to hanging out with a group of other Erasmus students. That makes sense since you’re all in the same boat there together, but it’s not necessarily the best way to learn the local language. In cities with fewer Erasmus students, making friends with natives and practising your Portuguese will be easier.
Leisure time and nightlife: Many European cities have a wealth of art and architecture to offer. For History of Art and Architecture students, Lisbon is a must-see. You might also want to check out which cities offer free entry to museums. On the other side, different destinations have different things to offer in terms of bars and clubs, with the larger cities having things to do every night of the week.