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My Erasmus Experience In England

The Erasmus Program has now become an opportunity for many people to know about it. But I think it would be better if we start with a general information. Erasmus Program is a European Union program that offers education and internship opportunities in Europe, which was developed to provide incentives for higher education institutions. The Erasmus program, where academics and university students benefit from education and internship opportunities in Europe, is named after the Dutch scientist Erasmus, one of the important representatives of Renaissance Humanism. Since 2014, the Erasmus + as the name has changed but still can reach the detailed information about these programs that serve the same purpose of National Agency web page.

So how can you become an Erasmus Program student? The most important thing for this is to be a university student and to get enough points from the Erasmus exam. Each university receives grants according to the number of students who will participate in this program, and these grants are awarded to students who are successful in the Erasmus exam. Since the number of students sent by each university varies, it would not be correct to say a certain number. Your Erasmus level is measured in the Erasmus exam and it is time to choose a country and university for successful students. You can go to the countries that are members of the European Union, but the important thing here is whether the university you are a student has an agreement with which countries and universities. Even if the department you are reading is not 100% English, the language you will receive in the country you will be visiting will be English. You can also choose Erasmus Internship Mobility, which adds a different experience to students in recent years, especially the idea of ​​internship on your department in a European country in the summer will sound very welcome. The hardest thing in this mobility is that you have to arrange the institution you will be doing internship. For the most part, the International Relations Office of universities will not be able to guide on this matter. I would like to say that this period is very troublesome, but it will be better later. As a student benefiting from the Erasmus Internship Mobility program, I will basically talk about this.

The country I was studying was English, and the country I wanted to go to as an International relations student was England. As I decided on the country, I was not lucky to find an internship. Fortunately, with the support of my professors at the university and the International Relations Office, I was accepted to the internship as a Research Assistant at a university in Leeds by an academic from England, whom I met at our university a few months later. Your visa process begins after your letter of acceptance is received. You need to apply for Tier-5, a work visa for those who will do internships. It may be an exception to not be given a visa to Erasmus students, as your aim is to have an Erasmus Internship and a grant from the EU Ministry. Of course, you need to take all the documents completely. With this visa, you will be entitled to another part-time request, 20 hours a week. In the last days of my internship, which I have determined as 3 months, although it makes me happy that everything is OK, the same situation will not be the case for a student at the beginning of these stages.

Living conditions in England are very, very good. It is a country where everyone is aware of the importance of democracy and human rights. It is an experience that your first week is trying to understand the British accent but will add much to you later. There are museums and galleries in every city. They both preserve their history and try to convey it to the next generations very nicely. What I can say about accommodation is student accommodation, of course, but besides this, family accommodation is another option. You arrange accommodation yourself, but it is a subject that can be solved with good research. As an Erasmus grant, you receive 602 Euros per month for the UK, 80% of it before arrival, and the remaining 20% ​​will be given after return. With Erasmus +, the Education Grant for the UK is set at 500 Euros, while the Internship Grant is set at 600 Euros. Apart from this, you will have to pay the flight tickets and visa costs yourself. If I say that the grant I will receive will be enough for me in England, it will not be enough. Because in our opinion, your cost will be higher than the grant you receive in England, where sterling is so valuable, but I do not think this figure will increase too much. Of course, except for private expenses.

It will be your biggest plus to keep in touch with students from all over the world. Because here there are thousands of students from Italy, Spain, Korea, China, Germany, France, India, Pakistan, Asia and Africa, and the common language is English. I think it is the best thing to gain experience in issues such as the culture and values of a European country. I wish you not to be missing out of this experience, to see this historical heritage of England and to spend yourself as a working experience outside of education.


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