Coming back home after a semester abroad is not as you expected. You missed your friends, family and of course, your motherland. But nothing is the same, especially you. Post-Erasmus depression is here. Last months you spent abroad were for sure really intense. You’ve been to places, met people, gained international friends. Is it time to go back to the reality? Or maybe time to change the meaning of reality?
The end is not always the end! Become a multiple Erasmus and deal with post-Erasmus depression!
There is a reason why saying Once Erasmus always Erasmus is so popular among students. There are plenty of possibilities to take advantage of the programme multiple times. The program allows you not only to study but also to work abroad. Facing, and even more – overcoming Post-Erasmus depression syndrome is not so hard as it seems when your Erasmus life never ends.
Take another semester abroad
Studying abroad as a foreigner means paying a lot of fees. When you think of it, your post-Erasmus depression gets even worse. You’ve already taken advantage of the Erasmus programme… Have you? Remember that you can benefit from this exchange programme a few times. Your total time abroad may not exceed 12 months within one cycle of study. Meaning that if you had already been enrolled as an exchange student for your Bachelor’s degree, you can still use 12 months of mobility capital for your Master’s and 12 months for your Ph.D.
What is more, if you decided to go abroad for only one semester, you still can go for another one within the same cycle of studies. Just make sure that the total time abroad won’t be longer than 12 months and be a multiple Erasmus! Winter semester in Iceland and the summer semester in Spain? Why not!
Become Erasmus Mundus
If you already finished your bachelor’s degree and you are thinking about studying abroad again, we have an idea for you. Few may know that within the Erasmus + programme you can get an international Master’s degree. Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) gives you the opportunity to study in at least two different countries. There are more than 100 courses offered within Erasmus Mundus. Each one of them is realized by a different group of universities. You can choose to study not only in Europe but also in other parts of the world. This may be a huge step forward into your carrier. The studies are very prestigious, so you should take into account that the competition is quite strong. Coming back from an exchange programme knowing that we have a chance to study in a few countries within one studies isn’t so depressing, right?
Become an Erasmus Trainee
The Erasmus programme gives you the opportunity not only to study abroad but also to work abroad. If you want to stay in your Erasmus destination a little longer and delay you post-Erasmus depression it may be the perfect solution. You can also choose a completely different country and experience the programme from a different perspective. Yet, this time everything is in your hands. You have to find the employer by yourself and persuade him to hire you. Your internship can last from 2 to 12 months. But remember, if you are going for a traineeship abroad as a student – it is a part of your mobility capital. Both internships and studies abroad together may not exceed 12 months within one study cycle. You can find work abroad as a recent graduate. In this case, remember that you have to apply while still being a student.
If you’ve already decided to start an internship, check out our tips on how to survive your first day aborad!
Try Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs
If you’re thinking about starting your own business, by taking part in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme you won’t have any time to feel any symptoms of your after-exchange depression. This project gives the chance to aspiring entrepreneurs to learn from the experienced ones. Your stay in the country will be partially covered by a grant. The exchange may last from 1 to 6 months. You just have to register via the online platform and reach an agreement with the host company. Becoming a multiple Erasmus doesn’t have to mean only studying!
Join the Erasmus Student Network
If you are tired of living abroad, or just simply – it’s not for you, but the post-Erasmus depression still hits you – we have a solution. The international environment is also present in your home city. Simple, isn’t it? You remember those guys who were taking care of you on your exchange? They are members of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). Surround yourself with international students and feel like an exchange student yourself. At the same time, you will be really helpful as a local! Just join the ESN section at your university. The recruiting process is open at the beginning of each semester, and ESN members are always open to having new crew members!
As you can see there are many possibilities for being multiple Erasmus. Just do little a thinking, maybe little more research on your own and you will stay within the Erasmus family as long as you wish.
Last modified: August 21, 2018