Support Study Abroad | Travel Tips

Support Study Abroad | Travel Tips

Brexit – a reason to support study abroad. I can’t lie, in previous years I had no clue about politics. For me and still to this day I believe there is good and bad to every political party. That’s why I have no party that I fully commit to. Lets talk about Brexit, I mean it is everywhere and it isn’t going away.

I can’t tell you all the in’s and out’s because it is way beyond my understanding. However before I quit blogging I saw a lot of concerns across social media about how Brexit will affect loans for Erasmus. Erasmus is the programme for students to study/work across Europe.

What is Erasmus and Why Support Study Abroad?

Erasmus is an EU founded programme supporting study/work abroad placements for students across Europe. This could be spending a semester studying in a university or complete a work placement relative to your degree. 

In order to be eligible for Erasmus, you have to be registered at a higher education provider that is enrolled in Erasmus.. There are many universities that provide this including mine at Bournemouth University where I studied Events Management. Erasmus provides you loans depending on how long you are in the country for and the country you are staying in. I stayed in Barcelona for 12 months, I got 75% of my loan at the start of my placement and the remaining 25% upon completion. 

These loans are vital especially as some student loans do decrease as university goes on.. I had a low salary internship which barely covered my rent. Not only did Erasmus provide me the opportunity to work abroad but to fund my experience. A good percentage of why i support study abroad – is finances.

Will Brexit Affect Erasmus?

It is a worry whether Britain leaving the EU will affect whether future students will be able to participate in Erasmus, or if we can the worry is if we will have the Erasmus loan. At the moment in this UCAS Link, the UK government has said there is full participation in the Erasmus programme until the end of the EU Budget in 2020. 

That is the only update I have seen across news sites, which worries me because we are already half way through 2019. According to the government website, if Britain leave the EU with no deal, there is a good chance there will be no Erasmus Funding and with a deal – exactly same as the statement above there will be funding until end of 2020. 

So anything past 2020? There is still uncertainty. I was lucky enough to have an Erasmus loan and want future students to have the same opportunity. I have never properly saved enough money to support myself abroad which is something that has changed the past few years. It is very important to support study abroad now more than ever.

My Erasmus Story

I have talked about my experience so much already, that I will not be surprised if people are saying “oh bore off Molly”. Before my year in Barcelona, I was a quiet and shy girl going through a really tough time in life. In April, I applied for over 100 placements with only 10 responding and 3 interviews ”. I was ready to quit university, until I very quickly got an interview for Waytostay. A tourist apartment rental agency in Barcelona.  The day I did the interview, a few hours later I got an email saying I got the job. 3 weeks later I was there. 

Already only a few weeks in, life in Barcelona seemed to be what I always wanted out of life. The atmosphere, people and adventures I went on turned life around for me. I came back full of life, confidence and ambition. My job allowed me to find love in content creation, the people I met gave me memories. Including reasons to practice languages and the adventures gave me a love for travel. 

That is all down to Erasmus, if I didn’t have the opportunity or the loans I wouldn’t have had the same life as I did now. I don’t know what life would have been like. it may have been better or worse but I am glad that I took this route. Erasmus changed it all for me and it saved me from being a miserable person. Also thank you to Michael from Waytostay (he has now left) who said yes to taking me on in the company). I owe Waytostay for how I am now and why I continue to support study abroad.

Reasons To Study Abroad

I have decided to list some reasons why I support study abroad, because although Brexit can seem quite daunting. Erasmus and travelling is such a positive experience. 

Meet New People – I still speak to everyone that I have met since Erasmus. I had the best experiences and have the best friendships from my year in Barcelona. I actually went back to Barcelona in September 2018 (nearly 2 years after I moved). We were in a busy metro station in Drassanes – a station I never used to get on/off at. I saw this guy with a beard who looked weirdly familiar. It turned out to be a guy form Albania who I met at my first international meet up in June 2016. He was part of a group of 10 of us who would meet up every Friday. Was so nice to catch up and a shock after a long time.  

Meet New People – I still speak to everyone that I have met since Erasmus. I had the best experiences and have the best friendships from my year in Barcelona. I actually went back to Barcelona in September 2018 (nearly 2 years after I moved). We were in a busy metro station in Drassanes – a station I never used to get on/off at. I saw this guy with a beard who looked weirdly familiar. It turned out to be a guy form Albania who I met at my first international meet up in June 2016. He was part of a group of 10 of us who would meet up every Friday. Was so nice to catch up and a shock after a long time.  

International Experienceworking/living in a different country somehow automatically gets into your system. You learn about how different people work and learn more about how they will do things, I worked with people from over 10 countries in my office and there were students from all over the world. 

Chance to Travel During my time in Barcelona, I got to visit incredible landmarks including Mountain Tibidabo and Sagrada Familia. There are also chances to visit nearby places like Ibiza or France and it is similar to other Erasmus countries. 

Speak a new LanguageI have spoken Spanish since Year 3 (age 7). Nothing prepares you for moving abroad and you learn a heck of a lot especially with languages. I was my most fluent in Barcelona. By learning languages, it’s a form of self-care but also you will find that if you speak even one word the locals will love you for it. Even now, in Cyprus whenever I say “How are you” in Greek even to the same chef in a hotel they get so excited and happy. 

Grow as a Person You will change personally and professionally. You may even find a new love for the degree you have or the job. Everyone says who does Erasmus or works for my company TUI, your first season will change you as a person in a good way – its growth. In my placement, I realized that my degree wasn’t what I wanted to do. I found love for my placement as a Digital Marketing Assistant but would use it to make my degree interesting to me. 

I love reading other blogger’s experiences with studying abroad, it makes everyone feel so connected and relatable. Another reason why I have missed the travelling community. Here are some other content creator’s experiences on studying abroad.

The Blonde Abroad

The Abroad Guide

Go Overseas

If you are thinking of studying abroad, feel free to give me a message and I can give you as much advice as you need. Here is also a list of things you may need. If not, I hope you are enjoying the content so far and the new website. It is an exciting change! 

Mol xo  

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