It’s hard to generalise about what student life will be like at your host university. Every country and partner institution is different, so we encourage you to discuss with a wide variety of persons for advice on what life is like at your host university (the Erasmus+ Manager, your academic School/Department Erasmus Coordinator, returned Queen Mary students, and current incoming associate students from your host university) and what student support your host university 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 university. 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 university’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 university’s available welfare and sporting/social facilities on the same basis as any other fully enrolled student at your host university.
Look at your host university’s website to see what they provide in terms of student support, advice and campus activities.
Every one of our partner institutions is different: they each have a unique character and individual strengths.
We encourage you to choose a host university 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 university to ask if they can provide further advice.