The ERASMUS exchange can be one of the most exciting experiences in a student’s academic life and readjusting to normal life at home can be a challenge. It is not unusual for students to feel sad and confused after their stay abroad - after being away for 6 or 12 months, it is as if nothing has changed yet everything is different.
The following suggestions can help overcome the ‘ERASMUS blues’:
- Share your experience and contribute to making other ERASMUS students’ exchange a success - contact the International Office to volunteer as an ERASMUS ‘ambassador’ and speak to future students at the International Fair and/or ERASMUS Information sessions.
- Volunteer for the Buddy programme at UL. Further information available here: http://www.ul.ie/international/campus-life/ul-international-buddy-programme
- Become a member of the UL International Society and meet new ERASMUS students (https://ulsu.ie/clubssocs)
- Take part in the Language Exchange programme (contact LRA administrator in LC1-008, Languages building)
- Plan your next experience abroad: internship, overseas programme or plan a get-together with your ERASMUS friends.
- Transform what you learnt during ERASMUS into new opportunities for experience and networking (e.g. register with Europass https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/).
The ERASMUS programme has changed the lives of over 3 million students. As students move on in their personal and professional life, it will continue to inspire and influence them in their choices.
Watch the video Once Erasmus, Always Erasmus.