The Erasmus+ program gives a great opportunity for European students to visit other countries and study in the best European universities. But Erasmus is something more than just study, it’s life, experience and memories. Something that never happens again. As an Erasmus student, I asked myself: what will I feel after Erasmus? Now I live in a new country, met a lot of new friends and travel with them around Belgium for new experiences. But I understand that this not going to be forever and once, actually in February 2019, my Erasmus will be over!

And that’s why I prepared an interview with two friends of mine about their experience in Erasmus and of course I asked them advice about life after Erasmus.

 

Endrit Nuhiu, Kosovo

  1. Tell about yourself. Where are you from and where do you study?

    I’m Endrit Nuhiu,21 years old. An Albanian guy who lives in Serbia and studies in Kosovo. Full-time student in University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina”, faculty of Economy department of Economy. Really focused on economy and highly interested in the environment worldwide. Traveling and trying something new are things that I really enjoy.

 

  1. How did you know about Erasmus? (and how fast did you decide to get in the Erasmus program? )

    Mainly about Erasmus+ program I got informed in social media, after that I started to check and go through into this program and opportunities which Erasmus offers. Really surprised about benefits you have from this program, I was so delighted to apply. At that time I really wanted to try an experience somewhere abroad completely different and out from my country. My decision was quickly and I was highly decided for what I wanted.

  1. Describe your feeling when you had just arrived? How did you spend the next few days?

    My first day in Riga, Latvia was not that good, arrived in a country without even one friend or someone who you know it was little bit tough. Furthermore, first day the weather was so gloomy and for a moment I was wondering why I had made this decision. Days start passing and I met new people, made some friends and everything was changing. Afterwards I was surrounded with great foreign students with different cultures, we started hanging out for party in the weekend, traveling around and enjoying every experience. I’m speechless how wonderful was that time.

 

  1. What really surprised you there or maybe shocked?

    What surprised me was how easy we adapted with different people from around the world without knowing each other before. With most of them I’m still in contact and we are planning to meet somewhere. Shocked was how cold people are Latvians in first meeting with foreign people, but afterwards when you spend more time with them you will notice how friendly and great they are.

 

  1. Was it hard to study?

    In the beginning it was little bit hard to adapt with lectures in foreign languages, but it doesn’t take long to get used to.

 

  1. Best memories or any funny moments while living there.

    The first mark which I got there and highest one was 10, it was funny because I prepared a presentation about Viagra. Everyone was presenting something very serious kind of academic stuff and my presentation was completely out of league.

 

  1. Describe your feeling when you left this country.

    It was mixed feeling because in one way I was kinda happy to go back and meet my family my friends but in another way I was disappointed to get back after all the great experiences. It was time to move on, back in reality to live without scholarship.

 

  1. Do you plan to visit this country again or you visited?

    I’m already here because after my semester ended I applied for extension for another semester. They accepted my application, now I’m attending another semester in Riga.

 

  1. Can you give some advice for students who are going on Erasmus and what to do when you come back to your country?

    One of the wise things that every student should do during studies is to apply for an exchange program such as Erasmus+. The experiences and knowledge this program gives you are hard to get in books or in your studies.  Back to your country try to spread your experience and raise awareness about the importance of an exchange program.

 

 

Malika RIksibaeva, Uzbekistan

  1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from and where do you study?

My name is Malika RIksibaeva. I am originally from Uzbekistan, Tashkent. Almost 6 years ago I lived in Riga, Latvia. I have graduated my Bachelors in Riga Technical University. Now, I am finishing my Masters at RISEBA University.

 

  1. How did you know about Erasmus? (and how fast you did your decision to get in Erasmus program? )

When I was studying in Riga Technical University they offered this exchange program to study in another university. I always wanted to try to study in Scandinavian Universities, so my decision was made really fast and I went to study to Sweden at Dalarna University.

 

  1. Describe your feeling when you had just arrived? How did you spend next few days?

My first impression was the same as I expected. Amazing facilities for studying, great library and wonderful Erasmus students with whom we became as a one family at the end of studies. First few days, I was exploring the city.

 

  1. What really surprised you there or maybe shocked?

The way of education. If someone was ill or couldn’t attend the lecture he/she could study online and see what is happening in class in the real time session.

 

  1. Was it hard to study?

It wasn’t hard, it was really interesting.

 

  1. Best memories or any funny moments while living there.

A lot of backpacking and kayaking in  free time. Also barbeques and bonfire meetings. At the same time I was working in the student bar where I met many interesting people. Also I was making my #ErasmusDiary videos about my time that I was spending there.

 

  1. Describe your feeling when you left this country.

I was feeling empty without that lifestyle and people. Of course I still really miss all of them. But I am trying to visit them often.

 

  1. Have you plan to visit this country again or you visited?

I have done it already several times.

 

  1. Can you give some advice for students who a regoing on Erasmus and what to do when you come back to your country?

The complicated part was to be involved to my studying back in Riga. I suggest to stay positive and study more, explore amazing places in the world, stay friends with those whom you met and also to develop skills that you get during your Erasmus time.