Honestly no words can accurately describe the Erasmus experience I had at URJC Madrid Spain. You have to experience it! I can only tell you to prepare yourself for losing yourself in the time, for spending days and nights in endless conversations, for finding out that you actually like food you never thought you would eat, for getting to know so many unthinkable places it makes you feel like you’re dreaming, for celebrating the nights you won’t remember with the people you will never forget! 

I was getting really involved in the atmosphere created by the Erasmus students and society. The orientation program (organized by the Erasmus Student Network of the University of Rey Juan Carlos) gave me the possibility to learn more about Spanish culture, the beautiful city of Madrid and also helped me meet and interact with people who would shortly become friends and part of my Erasmus family during the next few months.

Teaching took place in small groups to encourage interaction between professors and students and amongst students themselves. We were free to express our opinion, worked on many projects in teams and held presentations. This was a chance for me to experience studying in a system that was completely untraditional.

Lastly, not everything is perfect. When entering a new, unknown space some things also have to go wrong. For example, some suitcases get lost or you get lost in a foreign city, etc. But most importantly, it is all part of one great experience that makes you grow as a person and is all absolutely worth it.

Five months of the exchange program felt like I have travelled around the whole world (although I have just visited some parts of Europe). This is due to International students that came from many different countries worldwide and gathered in one school, in one city.

Recommendations

  • You’ll see that Erasmus has opened many doors for you, as it gives you world knowledge and brings you connections to people from all over the world.
  • Don’t waste the time while you’re there. Go for trips on the weekends and try gain as many experiences as you can. Also, don’t be afraid to be social and meet new people, everyone on exchange is excited to meet you.

I guess I have to finally face it: it’s the end. I have to thank my Coordinators “KARIMA BOUZIANE and ANA LUISA” for making all this possible, without their support I would have never been able to get through such an amazing experience!

Erasmus family: You will forever be in my heart.