Tuesday, 6 March 2012

What is an Erasmus? Which are the differences between a Year Abroad?

Hey everybody! Today we are here to solve some problems that are keeping you awake at night. If you are here, maybe you already know what the word “Erasmus” means or maybe you are just gossip people you are just here to discover more about this process.
First of all, you should know that “Erasmus” implicitly means “Europe”, why? Because all of the destinations are allowed to choose belong to the EU. Here is one of the main differences between it and the Year Abroad, with the second one you are allowed to choose whatever you want among the millions, well billions offered (I’m sure there aren’t that many offered, but it sounds epic, right?) around the world.
Something else that distinguishes an Erasmus from a Year Abroad is that the Year Abroad is COMPULSORY, meaning, you can choose to apply for an Erasmus year, but you have to apply for the Year Abroad.
Most of you would be wondering... what am I supposed to do in my Erasmus/Year Abroad? Well, when your Erasmus application is accepted,  you will be accepted into a university out of the three that you previously chose. Then, that means that you are supposed to study, well, not that much ;-). While when you go on Year Abroad, you will be able to choose among three different options: teaching, assistance or study, there’s an advantage. 
Another of the differences is the time of stay. Both are supposed to be in your 3rd year of studies but just the Erasmus is allowed for less than a year, for one semester. Although, some students that are enrolled in a three-year degree are allowed to have a “Semester Abroad”.

And that's it :-) In the next post we will try to help you with any doubts and if you just want to know a little bit more on any topic just ask us and tell us you opinion.

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