It’s hard to generalise about what student life will be like at your host institution. Every country and partner institution is different, so we encourage you to ask your for advice on what life is like at your host institution and what student support your host institution will provide.
The Erasmus+ exchange is one of the longest-running student exchanges in the world, so you can be reassured that there will be well-organised support and advice networks for you, whatever your degree subject or institution.
While the idea of making friends might seem daunting at first, you should quickly feel at home in your host institution. Ask your Erasmus+ Coordinator if they can introduce you to students who have returned to Queen Mary from studying at your proposed institution: they can give you valuable insights in to what life is like there as an Erasmus+ student and perhaps help you make some connections before you go.
It’s also a good idea to look at your host institution’s webpages for Erasmus+ students for more information. You can also look at their social media to see whether they have any Erasmus+ student groups.
As an Erasmus+ student, you also have the international support of the ESN. The student-run Network helps its members feel at home academically and socially in their host countries through a wide range of cultural and social events that help you make friends from all over the globe. The ESN provides a Student Guidebook to Erasmus+. You can find out more about the Network at: esn.org.
The Erasmus Student Network at Queen Mary is a QMSU society and open to all students interested in or participating on any type of exchange. If you wish to join Queen Mary's ESN chapter, you can contact the team via Facebook or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will also be able to use all of your host institution’s available welfare and sporting/social facilities on the same basis as any other fully enrolled student at your host institution.
Look at your host institution’s website to see what they provide in terms of student support, advice and campus activities.
If you are a postgraduate research student completing a research mobility period abroad, you should inquire as soon as you arrive about the research community at the host institution. You may have to inquire with a few different persons at the internaional office and faculty levels. This community may include a physical or virtual centre, open network of seminars and events, or small-group workshops/events that are held regularly for degree and visiting research students at either the faculty or central university level. Breaking into this network from the beginning of your mobility period can make significant strides in helping you to integrate in meaningful ways.
Every one of our partner institutions is different: they each have a unique character and individual strengths.
We encourage you to choose a host institution that you think you will be best suited to and where you are confident you will thrive.
If you are interested in undertaking part time work whilst abroad you should consult visa and immigration advice for your host country to find out if you are eligible to work. You may also wish to contact your host institution to ask if they can provide further advice.