5 Reasons Why You Should Apply for an Erasmus Mundus Program
(AS AN AMERICAN)
“Wait – you’re studying there? I thought you guys just moved.” “How are you living in Europe?” “You live in Spain?!” We get these questions a lot. We’ve been living in Europe since August 2018 because I got accepted into a European program for my Master’s degree – an Erasmus Mundus program. Here’s 5 reasons why you should look into this program as well.
1 – You’ve probably never heard of it before, but it’s real.
A very popular exchange program in Europe, comparable to when youth in America go away for college – except with Erasmus, students get placed at universities in other countries! The Erasmus program has been around for over 20 years – there are three “branches” or types at present: Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus and Erasmus+.
|Erasmus The Erasmus Program is a student exchange program for college students, mainly within the European Union (EU), which lasts anywhere between two months and a whole academic year. Culturally speaking, this period is similar to when Americans move away for college, except it’s only temporary, and these students get to live in a whole other country. It’s usually their first time away from home, and an opportunity to become more culturally rounded and to network.|
|Erasmus Mundus The Erasmus Mundus program is another student exchange program, but on a graduate school level (masters, doctorate, post-doctorate), and usually involves student placement at two or more EU universities. Students hail from the EU and all across the globe, and the program lasts from one to two years. Applicants compete for a limited number of scholarships, which cover relocation expenses, housing, food and extra spending (weekend trips around Europe?).|
|Erasmus+ Erasmus+ is a European funding program approved to run from 2014 to 2020. It provides opportunities for students, individuals and organizations to train abroad, focusing in the areas of education, training, youth and sport.|
You’ll probably find a course within your field of interest. Master’s Degrees in Women’s and Gender Studies, Wine Tourism Innovation, Chemical Nano-Engineering, Emergency and Critical Care Nursing (which is the course I’m currently taking) – make sure to look through the list of courses in the EMJMD Catalogue to see which one best suits your background.
2 – Because you’ve probably never heard of it, you have a better chance to get in – maybe even with a scholarship, too!
Trust me. I was very skeptical at first, as well. I contacted the coordinator of the program, and asked if they had experiences with American graduates in past cohorts, and they had the previous graduates contact me. That’s how I knew the program was legit. They verified everything – the scholarship and all. After that phone call, I submitted my application.
Usually programmes grant scholarships to no more than 2 or 3 people per country, but not a lot of Americans are aware that the Erasmus Mundus program even exists, which will definitely give you an advantage. There is also a self-funding option, though that would require taking out more student loans. But why pay for your education when you could potentially get paid for it? Apply for that scholarship!
3 – FOR THE GRAM.
C’mon. Travel is SO MUCH cheaper within Europe, which means it’s an opportunity to visit new places and learn new things. Since starting the program, we’ve been to over 20 different countries, and most of those were weekend trips! In the end, you become a more culturally rounded individual (or so I’d like to think HAH). AND have a ton of cool photos to post on the ‘grammmmm ya know?
Jokes aside, that is after all one of the goals of the Erasmus program – to create more culturally competent individuals within Europe, the Erasmus Generation.
Would you rather be paying triple digits to go between states…
Or cheaper for those weekend trips (double digits – SOMETIMES SINGLE if you get your timing right)? With budget airlines like RyanAir and EasyJet, traveling to another country for the weekend is NBD. I’ve spent as little as 20 Euros for a roundtrip flight from Portugal to France. Also – public transportation is way better, and you can probably catch a bus from Point A to Point B for even cheaper!
4 – Open doors for your friends and family to enjoy Europe as well!
I’ve only been here in Europe for a little over six months, but in that time my sister has flown to see me twice, my parents once, I’ve met up with groups of friends on several occasions. Foreign countries become less foreign when someone “local” is around to show you the ropes. You’d be doing everyone a favor!
5 – YOLO.
I got accepted into a Nurse Practitioner (NP) program, and had to decide between that and this Erasmus Mundus Masters. Darrel told me, “It’s a no-brainer. You can always apply for NP school again when you come back to America. When are you ever going to get the chance to get paid to live in Europe for two years?” Makes sense. It’s been more than a year since we moved out here for this program, and I have zero regrets. Heck – I’m trying to see if there’s a way I can do my PhD out here, too!
What are you waiting for? Get on that website and see if there’s a program for you and submit that application! Deadlines are usually the 31st of December each year, so hurry on up! And best of luck, my fingers are crossed for y’all.
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