Jakub, Finland, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, summer semester 2018/2019
The approach of the lecturers to the student was completely different, i.e., during the first class, they asked us to call them by their first name, which made our relationship a little different, more friendly, which resulted in much better cooperation. The form of conducted classes and credits was very good, reliable and interesting. Finland is quite an expensive country, so that it can be difficult without prior preparation.
Magdalena, Italy, Universita' degli studi di Siena, summer semester 2018/2019
I think the atmosphere at the university is very good. Students and university staff are very helpful (however, most of them did not speak English fluently). When I arrived, the communication was very good. Everything was clearly presented at the organizational meeting, including the location of all facilities. The bureau at the partner university does not reply to emails quickly, so it is better to go to the bureau in person. If the dormitory is located in the city center or near the university, this is a good choice, but if not, I recommend finding a private apartment. The cost of living in Siena is quite high because it is a tourist destination, so you need to have some extra pocket money, apart from your scholarship, especially if you are thinking about traveling. If you have an ESN card, there are discounts on Flixbus (15%), so it's a good idea to get the card.
Katarzyna Italy, Universita degli studi di Siena, summer semester 2018/2019
The classes were not divided into lectures and exercises as it is in Poland. It is up to the professor whether the day's classes will be conducted in the form of exercises or lectures. Most credits are written (test, open assignment, or essay written at home). The atmosphere is very good. Lecturers and other students are very helpful (they will explain everything, show you how the university works). We also received a lot of support from ESN Siena. They organized many meetings so that we could get to know other exchange students better and integrate with them. The biggest advantage was that Siena is a small town and it is easy to get everywhere, but at the same time, you cannot get bored there. It is a typical student town, so there are many events.
Student, Germany, Technische Universität München, summer semester 2018/2019
The university provides good communication with students, even though there are many of them. The lecturers are nice, open-minded, you can see that they are there for a student, not to do their job and go home. It is not very common to meet local students because international students are in the majority. A lot of information is sent by e-mail, reminding of upcoming events. Communication with lecturers is possible through the Moodle platform. The lecturers efficiently use the tools on the platform and respond to messages.
Student, Spain, Universidad de Granada, summer semester 2018/2019
The lecturers are very kind and helpful, they understand the situation of the student participating in the exchange program, but they do not treat the Erasmus students any more favorably. The cooperation with the mentor was very poor. Form of classes: exercises and lectures, a form of credit: depends on the subject and the teacher; I had tests, final exam or final project in the form of a presentation. The average cost of living, very similar to those in Poland, when it comes to shopping; no dormitories; renting a room from 200-400 euros depending on the location.
Denys, Greece, University of West Attica, summer semester 2018/2019
Almost all the courses I have chosen were no longer offered upon my arrival. Nobody had any problems with the lecturers. Studying wasn't very hard. Renting a room costs about 250€. Free food. A monthly student ticket (all types of public transport) costs €15.
Kamil, Greece, University of Ioannina, winter semester 2018/2019
Very nice university staff. They organized trips to nearby tourist attractions and organized time after studying. The lecturers were helpful and always offered explanations of difficult topics after class, ESN was in contact with Erasmus students; they organized a time for us so that we could integrate with local people. We had a free student canteen, lunches weren't great, but nobody complained. There was a kitchen in the dormitory. As a rule, single rooms of a fairly good standard were provided.
Student, Spain, Universidade de Vigo, winter semester 2018/2019
The atmosphere is wonderful. The incredible climate of the campus, which is located in the mountains. And the city is at the seaside, too. ESN organization, which organizes a lot of events for Erasmus, is very active. The attitude of lecturers towards visitors is very positive. The cost of living is extremely cheap compared to other regions of Spain. Comparable to life in Poland. I managed to rent an apartment with a terrace for 150€ and I had 2 brilliant roommates. There were a wardrobe and a double bed in the room. Bus tickets cost €0.65 when you apply for a bus card. I could list the advantages endlessly: amazing people from all over the world, cheap trips to Spain, Portugal and Morocco, the most beautiful beaches in Vigo, an island that looks like the Caribbean, to which you can sail from Vigo in 30 minutes by boat.
Angelika, Germany, Europe - Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), winter semester 2018/2019
The university is very friendly to the student, lecturers are helpful, but they rarely reply to e-mails. About 25% of students are foreigners, most of them are regular students. All classes are held with regular students, so integration is very high.
Bożena, Spain, CEU San Pablo en Madrid, summer semester 2018/2019
Very good relations with professors and university employees. Everybody calls the professors by their first name and they are always willing to help. Theoretically, there is one mentor per faculty for Erasmus students, but practically there is not. There are no buddies-mentors either.
Zofia, Spain, Oviedo University, summer semester 2018/2019
The biggest advantage of staying at a partner university and participating in the Erasmus program is the people I have met here. The people we meet during the exchange immediately become our Erasmus family, with whom we spend every free moment and experience one of the best adventures. Participation in the exchange greatly increases our self-confidence, allows us to deal with problems better, we become more spontaneous, open and tolerant. The language is also improving. I took classes in Spanish and English, and although it was very difficult to overcome the difficulties at first and start speaking Spanish, now I miss everyday contact with Spanish after coming back home. We should enjoy every moment spent on the Erasmus student exchange, because it ends quickly, and as soon as we return home, we miss it.
Marta, Italy, LIUC Universita Carlo Cattaneo, winter semester 2018/2019
When we arrived, we were getting used to the new place for two weeks – we were greeted by very nice employees of the international exchange bureau and students from the ESN organization. They organized various events for us, which allowed us to integrate with other Erasmus students. In the dormitory, all the exchange students also lived on one floor, so we were very integrated. Unfortunately, this limited the integration with local students to a minimum – there were no events that would allow us to get to know each other better. Usually, all events and parties were organized separately for foreign and local students.
Student, Belgium, HELMo Liège Belgium, winter semester 2018/2019
They provide educational materials free of charge (which was a great plus), the Belgian Culture course offered trips around Belgium and a chance to get to know the culture and other Erasmus students. Coordinators were always available; there was no problem to arrange something. You have to look for a flat on your own; the university does not have dormitories.
Student, Greece, University of Patras, summer semester 2018/2019
There was an opportunity to learn the Greek language. I had credits as projects, open questions.
If the university decides to grant student dormitories, the accommodation is cheap (90-120€). I've traveled a lot. Greece is not an expensive country. I liked everything. Teachers were always helpful. I'd love to go there again.
Iryna, Spain, Universitat de Valencia, summer semester 2018/2019
There were no problems and the lecturers were able to arrange everything and they were very helpful. This whole university is one big advantage.
Karolina, Italy, University degli Studi di Pavia, summer semester 2018/2019
The atmosphere was very good; I did not have any problems with contact with the Erasmus office or the coordinator. My buddy-mentor fulfilled his task diligently, so I highly recommend him. Getting to know people from all over Europe, a high level of education, the ability to travel all over Italy, a sense of Italian culture and language.
Aleksandra, Austria, FH des BFI Wien, summer semester 2018/2019
The lecturers were respectful and understanding towards the students; they always listened and were willing to discuss. Integration with local students: you could meet them during classes, they were very nice and helpful, but usually they were working people, studying in the evenings, so they did not have much time. Overall the whole ESN was very helpful and we had a group on WhatsApp, where all Erasmus students and their mentors were present, so the communication was good. Ms. Anne Schitter was very helpful; she always tried to do her best to solve issues between the university and Erasmus students. Besides, she quickly replied to emails and was always very nice.
Patrycja, Belgium, HOWEST, summer semester 2018/2019
The atmosphere was very good, the lecturers were very friendly and the local students were helpful. A practical approach to teaching. Everything was very expensive. Unfortunately, there are no dormitories there and I had to look for accommodation on my own.
Kinga, Slovenia, Univerza v Mariboru, winter semester 2018/2019
Unfortunately, there were no classes with local students. The lecturers were fine, only one of the lecturers upset the Erasmus students. The contact was easy, but sometimes it took a long time to resolve a problematic situation. The Erasmus+ scholarship is enough to cover the cost of living and accommodation in Slovenia.
Klaudia, Belgium, Karel de Grote Hogeschool Antwerpen, winter semester 2018/2019
The coordinators, the lecturers, and the local students are friendly to the exchange students. There are many meetings organized by the coordinators, so there is no problem with integration between the exchange students, but it is hard to get to know the local students, because they do not participate in such meetings, and most of the activities are only for exchange students, only some activities involve mixed groups. Renting a room costs 350-450 Euros per month. The food costs 100-150 Euros per month.