A rather unpromising title for a blog, but there’s no escaping the realities of pre-year abroad preparation. It seems that everything that could have gone wrong has done. Filling in copious application forms was a nightmare. (I’m still not entirely sure what modules I’m doing next year). If you’re thinking of doing a year abroad, anticipate a lot of bureaucracy. It is an EU scheme after all! (I couldn’t help but include a bit of satire.)
After all that, my application form (which I sent special, next day delivery) was lost in the post and I have missed out on the opportunity of University allocated accommodation. But I have now successfully enrolled, and I’m off to Frankfurt in September.
Right now I’ve been doing a little house hunting and I’ve had quite a few giggles whilst searching for a place to live. The option to live with three 53 year-old men in an Evangelical Church on the outskirts of Frankfurt has to be my favourite! I’m still in the process of looking but I’ve had more success at finding sensible options. Making a snazzy profile on an accommodation website has led to a few emails from people interested in renting out a room. The key piece of advice I’d give is to get in touch with someone at your university who has done Erasmus/Year Abroad at the university you are intending to go to. I’ve been given invaluable information on good locations, public transport, suitable rent etc. and my mind has been significantly put at ease after the initial panic of not knowing exactly what I’m doing when term starts.
Despite all the stress and nervousness I am really looking forward to going to Frankfurt for a year. I’ve always been one for travelling and learning about new cultures. Therefore Erasmus was pretty much a definite from the moment I saw the ‘Law with Year Abroad’ degree at Leicester. And, in all honesty, I didn’t achieve the results I wanted in second year, so I’m keen to take a year out to gain new experiences, come back and get my head down in my final year. Even before I’ve gone, I would recommend at least thinking about it.