13 things to do to prepare for Erasmus6 min read

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After months of intense suspense, you finally got a response. Your Erasmus + application has been accepted and you can already see yourself leaving for the other side of Europe. But before you live what could well be an unforgettable experience, you will have to face your administrative phobia. Eurosender has categorized, for you, a list of things to do to prepare for Erasmus.

The essential things to do

You cannot go to Erasmus without doing them.

1. Check your passport/ Visa
Although you should always take your passport with you, your visa is a more complex topic. In which country can I study without a visa?

If you are a citizen of the European Union, you can travel and study, without a visa, in one of the 26 countries of the Schengen area. Please note that you can also travel freely in 6 other countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom (this situation may change after the Brexit).

For all other countries, you will need a visa if you want to stay for 1 or more months on the territory.

2. Find a place to live
Universities sometimes offer the opportunity to find accommodation on campus, depending on your budget. If you are going on an internship, think about taking a look at the dedicated websites as soon as possible. This will prevent you from staying too long in a student dormitory.

3. Create a new bank account
Make an appointment with your banker and discuss the possibility of opening an account abroad. This process is sometimes useful if you stay abroad for a year. You can also try to use a new type of banks like Revolut or Monese that work all around the world and can help you save a lot of money.

4. Get health insurance
There are two scenarios. You are going to study in the European Union or in one of the following 4 countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. In this case, you must apply for the European Health Insurance Card. This card is free and valid for two years.

If you are staying outside Europe, you must obtain new health insurance. If you are going on an Erasmus internship, your receiving organisation may give you health insurance, but you have to ask them to know for sure.

5. Book your flight ASAP
If you are going by plane rather than bus, train or private transport, we advise you to book a flexible ticket back home. This will be particularly useful if your exam dates end earlier than the official date. And the earlier you book the tickets, the cheaper they usually are.

6. Choose your courses
You will probably have to fill out a Learning Agreement, which is a document with all the subjects you will be taking during your semester abroad. The same goes for the internship. We recommend that you start early. Deadlines are sometimes tight and are based on the “First one, first serve” rule.

Be aware
Check that your passport does not expire soon. In most countries, the “6-month Validity Passport Rule” applies. This means that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of your trip. Allow between 3 and 5 weeks for a passport renewal.

Last modified: September 13, 2019

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