Amiens Picardy School of Management - Fransa
Uluslararası Ticaret Programı 4. Sınıf Öğrencisi
Bir üniversite öğrencisinin elde edebileceği en kolay ve bir o kadar da en büyük fırsattır, Erasmus Programı. Benim üniversiteye girdiğim ilk seneden beri aklımda olan bu programı ben, 3. sınıfın ikinci döneminde rahatlıkla gerçekleştirdim.Gitmeye hak kazandığımı öğrendikten sonra çok değişik duygular yaşadım; gidip gitmeme arasında çok kaldım ama daha sonradan böyle bir fırsatı bir daha yakalamamın zor olduğunu düşünerek en doğru kararı verdim ve dilini hiç bilmediğim bir ülkeye, Fransa'ya gittim.Orada olduğunuz süre içinde çok eğlenip mutlu olduğunuz anlar olduğu gibi zorluklarda karşılaşabiliyorsunuz ama onlardan da bir çok şey öğrenip kendinizi geliştiriyorsunuz, özgüveniniz artıyor. Ailenizden, arkadaşlarınızdan uzakta bir şeyleri başarabilmenin tadını alıyorsunuz.
Erasmus; farklılıkları görmek, onlarla yaşamayı öğrenmek, daha önceden hiç bilmediğin, göremediğin özelliklerini fark etmek, Avrupa'yı tanıma ve kendini geliştirebilmek için harika bir dönem. Farklı eğitim sistemlerini, farklı dilleri, farklı kültürleri, farklı ülkeleri, farklı iklimleri ve daha nice farklılıkları yaşayıp ileriki hayatınızda fark yaratmak istiyorsanız hiç düşünmeden Erasmus'a gitmenizi tavsiye ederim.
2011-2012 bahar dönemimi İsveç-Malardalen Üniversitesi'nde geçirdim. Tüm güz dönemi bitmeyecekmiş gibi gelen belgeleri tamamlamaya çalışmakla geçse de sonunda bitti ve kendimizi Ocak soğuğunda İsveç'in dondurucu karı altında bulduk valizlerimizle. İner inmez de ilk sorunumuzla karşılaştık ve saat çok geç olduğu için odamızın anahtarlarını alamadık. Bulduğumuz bir Türk kebapçısına sığındık otel bulmamıza yardımcı olsun diye.
Onun yardımıyla en azından sıcak bir odadaydık artık kendi odamız olmasa da. Bütün gün düşündük 5 ay böyle sorunlu olursa ne yaparız diye. Şimdi hepsini gülerek hatırlıyoruz. 5 ayın nasıl geçip gittiğini anlayamadık bile. Dolu dolu, öğretici, kimi zaman sorunlu, kimi zaman da gülmekten karnımızın ağrıdığı günler yaşadık Erasmus sürecinde. Şimdi sorunlar için bile gülebiliyorum. Öyle güzel anılar oluşmuş ki, kesinlikle 5 ay hayatımda geçirdiğim en güzel, en yoğun, en faydalı 5 aydı diyebiliyorum şimdi. O sorunları çözmeye kendi başıma çalışmanın faydalarını şimdi sadece ben değil çevremdekiler bile fark ediyor.
Çeşitli ülkelerden insanlarla tanıştık, 120 kişilik bir sınıfta Endonezya'dan Tunus'a, Japonya'dan Meksika'ya her milliyetten insanların olduğu sınıflarda ders almanın mutluluğunu yaşadık, hayatımızda tekrar edinemeyeceğimiz tecrübeler elde ettik, farklı ülkelerde gezip değişik kültürler öğrendik, farklı ülkelerin kendine özgü tatlılarını yemeklerini yedik, dilini bile bilmediğin bir ülkede belli miktar parayla nasıl yaşanır onu öğrendik, ve hepsini de kendimiz yaptık. Erasmus programının insan hayatına yaptığı katkıları bizzat yaşamış biri olarak, herkese bu tecrübeyi yaşamalarını öneriyorum.
News from Exchange Students
Junior Information Technologies Student
InHolland University, Amsterdam/ the Netherlands
Living in Amsterdam approximately for 6 months. At first it seems like a dream but if you are an Erasmus student, it is just real.
When you live abroad you do not only get to learn the culture of that specific country but also features from other countries because there are many students from all over the world. Also, to be an Erasmus student in the Netherlands is an elusive opportunity to improve your English. Before I went to the Netherlands I thought everyone would be speaking Dutch but I realized that, on the contrary, everybody knows English and they use it in their daily lives.
It has been a perfect experience because I felt real freedom in Amsterdam. Erasmus is not only about school, classes and exams. You get to visit lots of European countries and places as well.
If you decide to be an Erasmus student this is an important step of jollification. Have fun!!!
Junior Electronics Engineering Student
Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris/France
When I first heard about the Erasmus student exchange program, I was very excited because this would be an opportunity to make up for a chance I had lost three years ago.
When I arrived in Paris, I felt really strange. I was not at home and in my hometown anymore. New people and classmates, a new campus, a different language of instruction, a new life... People from many cultures: Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Senegalese, Tahitian, Greek, German, Moroccan, Algerian, Tunisian, Spanish, Finn... However I did not have lots of time for adaptation, so in order to succeed, I tried to integrate myself into the lifestyle as soon as possible.
During the 5 months I spent in Paris, I had many experiences all of which are really hard to explain. Most of them were the first for me. From several points of view, most of them are things which are impossible to experience in my country. Thanks to this journey, the way I think and react has changed. My thoughts about human life, politics and about my academic plans have changed. After having returned, I also began to see different aspects of life in Turkey that I hadn't seen before. So I strongly recommend you to go and live the Erasmus experience on your own.
While returning from Paris, I was very sad of leaving this extraordinary city; this life and my bike. As the French author Jules Renard said, Paris is really two steps far from paradise. "Ajoutez deux lettres à PARIS, ça devient PARADIS." Add two letters to PARIS; it becomes PARADISE ("paradis" in French).
Senior International Relations Student
Palacky University, Czech Republic
Ahoy! J I cannot define what Erasmus in Olomouc meant to me. If you can see some of the photos, then you can actually catch a glimpse of it. I met a lot of nice people and made friends from all over the world while experiencing different lives, cultures, languages, songs, thoughts, foods... I discovered that no matter what nationality we express in different parts of the world, we are all the same souls.
The time spent in Czech Republic was amazing with all other foreign students. It is a very pretty and fascinating country. Czech music, city tours, Czech trains and Trams, Olomouc, Prague, Brno, Pardubice, Kutna Hora, Belmondo, Crack pub, Globus, Tesco, Olympia, flower gardens, fountains, cathedrals, parks, lakes, sports, parties, shopping, birthdays, delicious desserts, ice-creams and breads, cafe inside the old plane, dance, poolroom, bowling, gulaş now all have significant meanings in my life.
I recommend the Erasmus experience and great opportunities that come with it to everyone. Studying and living abroad is an extraordinary chance to discover multiculturalism, and discover yourself.
Though a day counts 24 hours, it flies by, before you know it you're back in your home country looking back with nostalgic feelings.... Now, memories with me...
İlkay Gözde Çıldır
Senior Management Student
Paris Graduate School of Management, France
Erasmus is not just a usual exchange program; it's much more than that as an extraordinary personal experience.
First of all, you'll have a chance to learn about different cultures, different lives and different perspectives and you'll realize, actually, they are not that different anymore. As a person who lives alone in another country, you'll have so much freedom. Even more than you want to have. You'll learn the real meaning of freedom which will force you to have more responsibility. To be honest, it won't be so easy. Especially if you are not used to take care of every aspect of your life, just like I used to be. However, after a while, one day you'll get up and realize that you know how to survive. You'll turn to be an adult or, at least, get closer. Moreover, you'll improve your language abilities. You'll be a part of a different education system which will be an added value for your career.
These are some of my Erasmus experiences in Paris. I don't know what yours will be like but I'm sure you'll tell something totally different. The beautiful thing about Erasmus program is that it's completely personal. It's just about how much you'll be a part of that country, culture, tradition or people. However, if you want my recommendation to have a better time, the first thing I will tell is that you should let yourself be part of Erasmus to transform it from being an exchange program to an extraordinary life time experience!!
Visit, try, eat, drink, listen, see, walk, and meet, as much as you can!!
Will you do that all? Congratulations! Now you're a real Erasmus student!!!
Senior Information Technologies Student
Bordeaux University, France
The 5 months spent in Bordeaux-France was great and an unforgettable experience for me. At the beginning I've had difficulties such as living in a country where you do not have the possibility to speak your maternal language and also in a culture that is remarkably different than yours. Getting used to those took a very short time.
Once you get over with these difficulties, you see that your life starts to become really enjoyable. If you ask me what Erasmus student exchange program changed in my life , I would say I am able to evaluate problems and different situations from a different perspective and with a more international understanding. I trust myself more than ever in handling my life.
Univesitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Barcelona Tech)
It has been almost a month but I can still remember the excitement of my first night when I arrived to a new city, to a new life. Probably if you prefer to attend this Erasmus programme you gonna spend the most unforgettable moments of your life which I had.
I arrived to Barcelona then found my place with some help, meet with my landlady, after everthings settled up I lied down and started to think about how its gonna pass. Unfortunetely time passed enormously quickly and one day I found myself packing my stuff. I was kind of sad but also proud for having such a good experience with such a beautiful friends.
Let me tell you some advices and the problems that I faced later I'm gonna tell something about the good side of Erasmus which good side is a lot more than the problems side. In my first week I was in Orientation week then one day I received an email after I read it I was so dissapointed because university cancelled my learning agreement and they wanted me to pick new courses in Catalan and Spanish. Anyway I did it and at the end I passed ` of my courses successfully. Most of my friends had to find a room for staying so that was another problem that we faced.
On the other hand I adopted to live in a new country so quickly, thanks for my friends and the people around me, they were so kind. I went to the beach after sun goes down that my friends and I go home for getting ready the night that means parties!!! Spanish people really know how to celebrate and clubbing. I attended so many parties in the best clubs of BCN. Environment, music, people were so good and also crazy too :) but I had fun because I have the best friends that a person meet. We never seperate and we travel a lot. We rented cars, went to North, South, even we met in another country. I should say between all those entertaining times we never forget to focus on lessons :p
But come on everybody knows THIS IS ERASMUS. So we prefer to learn the culture, language and new people with new experiences. We went to luxury bars, clubs, restaurants, we watched football matches, celebrate our victories, swim in the sea, skate on the ice, went to theme park ride rollercoasters, went to museums, quariums, see some sharks, enjoy the sun on the sand or grass, sometimes we live like bob marley and sometimes like hank moody :p
Eventhough I can't find a word for describing my Erasmus life probably it should be "unforgettable" or "amazing". I never feel regret about going to a new country, I have many friends they couldn't succeed from their courses but even they think this was an important event in our lifes.
To sum up, we let this life to be together then we tried new foods, drinks, discovered new cultures, languages, people, we met with really nice people, made strong friendships even we found love. Country and time doesn't important if you decide to go. I wish you all have this unforgettable experience. I believe that it made me mature and changed my life so why dont you change yours!