For many people it’s known that the scholarship program Erasmus is one of the most coveted by students who want to reinforce or learn languages. Furthermore, it’s a good option for students of Translation and Interpretation. Included in that program are very diverse destinations in which you can speak languages from Spanish to German, French, Polish or any other European language.
To get started, how will an Erasmus scholarship benefit you? There can be many answers but from the gist of many past students who have already done it, it seems they all agree on the following:
– It’s a unique experience that one should live to see;
– you grow/develop as a person;
– you learn a new language from a perspective you’d never have in your country;
– you get to experience new cultures, people and incredible places.
This kind of scholarship is characterized by spending one or two university semesters in a foreign Country. Of course, you have to have passed at least half of your credits from whichever course you’re studying. You should also be able to show the university which you wish to go to an appropriate level of the spoken language form that particular country.
With regard to the most favoured destinations for students, first we have Spain, where the dominant language is Castilian. The most popular cities to go to are Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia with the southern region of Andalusia also making an appearance. Andalusian cities are favoured because of their warm and sunny climate as well as the local people’s friendly manner. Barcelona is a very multicultural city close to the beach where people speak Catalan as well as Castilian Spanish. The capital Madrid is a bit more traditional but offers a lot culturally as well. Valencia is a pretty good option, too, especially when you’re looking for beaches and festivals, “Las Fallas“ for example are very popular during mid-March. Also, it’s not as expensive as the bigger cities which is a bonus.
Secondly, Germany is a popular destination for many students these days. One of the country’s charms is its language which is perceived as difficult, but with diligence and effort one can accomplish talking and making oneself understood without any problems. Bremen, Mainz or Berlin (the country’s capital) are common destinations for students of Erasmus. However, you should bear in mind that life is a bit more expensive than in, for example: Poland, but for those who’ve saved a little bit of money it won’t do any harm. 😉 Besides, the landscapes – mostly in an exquisite green colour – and the cultural ambience are two major reasons for visiting.
Close to Germany we find France, also one of the most favoured countries by students. This country
is famous for its delicious food of which the typical kinds of cheese or crêpes are found. We can also find emblematic locations such as Pointe du Hoc, close to the place where the Normandy landings in World War II took place. Another good spot is Mont Saint Michel, an abbey which rivals the Eiffel Tower in being one of the most visited landmarks in the country, as you can expect, the standard of living is quite high in France i.e. better start saving money for the experience!
To finish this post I’ll talk about Italy, a country which doesn’t need more than its architectural patrimony to make you fall in love instantly. Cities like Florence, Rome or Milan therefore are attractive destinations for Erasmus students. In addition its food, which is very similar to Spanish cuisine, offers a great variety, particularly if you like pasta. The language has a beautiful sound to it and it’s not that difficult to learn, especially if you are committed to doing so. But that’s how you should be with any other language, committed! Likewise the standard of living is high, but as I said: With pleasure everything is accomplishable!
I’ll now give you some links to provide you some more information about Erasmus scholarships and some other options where students explain their experiences and give advice to prospective future recipients of that scholarship.
As always I hope that you found this entry useful, especially those students who want their experience with Erasmus to get going as fast as possible, just like me.
I wish you all a pleasant day! 🙂
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