How far will YOU go?
Congratulations to shortlisted Erasmus students!
Szymon Parzniewski and David Lewis who spent a year in Bavaria and Mannheim respectively were shortlisted in the top 10 in the British Council Erasmus Essay Awards.
The British Council and Ecorys ran an exciting competition for participants of the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) and Youth in Action from across the UK. Taking part in one of these programmes helps to broaden your horizons - to discover new cultures, learn new skills and make new friends. We asked participants of the Erasmus programme to tell us their story through the media of word, photography or film. We received hundreds of entries and below we have listed the winners and those who were pipped to the post.
To read the other entry's and learn more about Erasmus click here.
Erasmus year abroad
Student Name: Hannah
Degree Course: BA Spanish and French
Worked as Language Assistant in a Spanish Secondary school in Madrid
Living in a foreign country is daunting. However, I can also say from experience that anyone with the opportunity should grab it, go with it, and learn from it. I spent my year abroad working as an English language assistant in a high school in Madrid. I’ll be frank; I had some of the best and hardest times of my life!
Intercalary year in the USA
Student Name: Jennifer
Degree Course: BA American Studies
Was a student at California State University, San Francisco
Without a doubt it truly was the best experience of my life and was so valuable in terms of personal growth, building of confidence and life skills, as well as an unbelievably fun year!
Summer Programme in Bangalore, India
Student Name: Owen
Degree Course: MSc Environmental Biology
Attended a four-week programme consists of a series of themed lectures and activities including working with NGOs and visiting industry
I remember when we were playing with some of the children at one of the youth centres, and some of them were quite a handful! One of them came up to me and asked me to kneel down so that he could reach my face, I was really puzzled why and assumed it would be to play some sort of prank on me, but when I did he gave me a big kiss on my cheek and thanked me for coming. I was very taken aback and was really touched.
Summer Programme in China
Student Name: Graham
Degree Course: BSc Psychology
Four week language and cultural programme in Weihai, China
I learnt a lot more about China and how the Chinese think. Talking to Chinese nationals brought sense to some of the things that happen in China that get picked up by the western media. I learnt that China is run very differently as a country and it's not a case of right and wrong as we often like to classify it. It's just how it is.
I met so many wonderful people who allowed us into their lives.
Bobby Tsang, PhD Materials Engineering