The Erasmus Diary
The University of Limerick has over 400 students going on Erasmus every year and welcomes nearly 550 Erasmus exchange students to the UL campus. Here three UL students give an insight into their experience.
SALLY GORMAN / Manchester, UK
“I’m studying Journalism and New Media at UL. When it came to choosing my Erasmus destination there was absolutely no question about it, I wanted Salford. I had no doubt that it was the place for me. Being based at Media City UK, beside the BBC and ITV, was the main motivator for me as I am serious about pursuing a career in television. The students have a radio station called Shock FM, and they have their own news channel called Quays News. I studied three modules: TV News, Radio and Presenting. My Erasmus has been one of the best things I have ever done and I would encourage every UL student to go and make the best of it.
PLACES VISITED: OLD TRAFFORD / LAKE DISTRICT / CHINA TOWN / ‘ALBERT SQUARE’ / MEDIA CITY
RAYMOND DOLAN / Salamanca, Spain
You will never regret doing Erasmus! Honestly, you will have one of the best semesters of your college years. I studied in La Universidad de Salamanca (Spain) and really enjoyed meeting new people and experiencing the culture. For example, here in Spain it is almost obligatory for men to give two kisses to females when they are being introduced to them for the first time, while between other males, a handshake is almost always given. I often thought ‘I bet it will feel weird when I return to Ireland and realise that I can’t do this to every girl I am introduced to!’
PLACES VISITED: PORTO / LA CORUÑA / LOS PICOS DE EUROPA
EVAN MCNAMARA / University Of Mannheim, Germany
I’m studying for a BA (Joint Honours), I spent a semester in Mannheim, Germany and in the four months I was on Erasmus, I got to travel to a lot of new places, meet new people and make new friends. Going on Erasmus, of course, I was nervous, who wouldn’t be; you’re about to live out of your comfort zone for a few months. But it gives you the opportunity to study in a different university and take new modules. Being on the European continent also allows for great travel opportunities.
PLACES VISITED: BERLIN / COLOGNE / VENICE / PISA / MILAN