Course studied: BA (Hons) English Literature
Country travelled to: Sweden
Emma is a BA (Hons) English Literature student. She completed a Erasmus+ at the University of Stockholm, Sweden.
Emma's international story
I'm quite introverted, so making friends was difficult for me because I'm not very good at putting myself 'out there.' Since I had a roommate I never felt lonely. She had a lot of friends, so I was always able to go out with them, if I wanted. I'd advise going with a roommate if possible, just so you can make an immediate friend (it's also cheaper).
Stockholm is a lovely city to explore on your own - there are quite a lot of museums and galleries that are free or discounted for under 25's, and the whole city is so beautiful that you can just go walking and be enchanted. I can't wait to go back at some point.
It didn't really feel that foreign to me - the university environment was really the same as at home, with people perhaps a little more academically driven, and everyone spoke excellent English, including all the other foreign students, who used it as their primary communications language. There were Swedish lessons, but the classes were so huge that if you couldn't keep up, you were left behind. But it wasn't a problem, since I never needed much Swedish to get by easily in the city. Knowing how to say 'please' and 'thank you' are the most important things.
If you're going on Erasmus, join the Facebook pages of the building or the Erasmus community there ahead of time so you can find out whether you can get stuff like that cheaper, if you're going to need it.
"It was fantastic! I'm so, so glad I did it, and I'm dying to go back to Stockholm for a holiday and revisit all of my favourite places."
Which institution did you attend?
University of Stockholm, Sweden.
What did you learn?
Erasmus has definitely made me more open to the idea of working in a different country, though I think that would be a lot harder than just studying. The placement was wonderful regardless of any academic or career-based rewards I might have reaped.
I would recommend an international experience because ...
It was fantastic! I'm so, so glad I did it, and I'm dying to go back to Stockholm for a holiday and revisit all of my favourite places.