This is the second week I’ve acted as promoter here for an event on campus, but it’s of my own volition: the Study Abroad & Erasmus Fair is close to my heart because I’ve benefited from it not once but twice — firstly on my Erasmus year in Turin, and then on the Summer Programme at HUFS in Seoul. That’s why I’ll be at the fair, trying hard to convince other people to do things that are undeniably beneficial to both their careers and their personal happiness.
This blog is very relevant to you if you’re a first year, because now is the time to be considering Study Abroad, and also for prospective students still looking at universities, since knowing beforehand that you want to study abroad will be extremely helpful in your search.
The fair is on the 21st November in Queens Hall of the Percy Gee Building, a.k.a. the Students’ Union, lasting from 10am to 3pm. All of us returning Erasmus and Study Abroad students will be there, bribing people with photos and popcorn to do things which — as I keep on stressing — are not in any way something you should need to be forced to do because they are amazing.
To clarify the fair’s enigmatic title, Erasmus is the programme through which students are funded to spend six months or a year studying in Europe, and Study Abroad is the umbrella term given for the students studying anywhere else. Also present will be the Summer Programmes, ideal for students on the few courses with no study abroad options or just for those who don’t want to spend so much time away from pork pies.
Despite my rhetoric I understand that making the decision to spend so much time abroad can be a hard one, which is why the fair is the perfect no-shackles way to research your options and talk to all the returning students. You can ask them the questions which worry or inspire you most about studying abroad and if you’re not convinced, maybe it isn’t for you. More likely though is that you’ll find years abroad are almost-uniformly choices that remain utterly-unregretted, and for good reason.
There’s absolutely no harm in finding out the facts and you may, like me, be so convinced by the fair that you start your own globetrotting escapades. Whoever you are, you should never write off the possibility of escapades.