My Personal Experience of being an Exchange Student
Even if a semester abroad is integrated into your degree, don’t expect that everything will be organised for you: as I mentioned in the Part 1, start thinking about it in advance.
After the meeting, I met the Coordinator of the Erasmus Programme, Mr Oliver Sachs of the International Office. I had read the material on the university website and came to the meeting with many questions so that I could figure out the best university and courses to take overseas. I followed the plan which was given to all students wishing to undertake an Erasmus semester: Planungskalender E+
Since I am enrolled in the “English and American Studies” degree programme, (Anglistik/Amerikanistik), I decided to choose a university in an English-speaking country as my first choice. The only suitable university was Ulster University in Northern Ireland. (I wish TU Chemnitz had more partner universities in the English-speaking world!) In most (though not all cases) if you are a citizen of a non-EU country, you will have to apply for a visa in order to be allowed to enter the UK.
Time was running out. I had so much to do! The long list included applying to and getting an admission letter from Ulster University, receiving a grant from the Erasmus programme, getting a UK visa and booking flights to Belfast and arranging accommodation. There were just couple of days left until my departure! I was excited, nervous, happy, worried and scared – and all at the same time.
I was greatly excited when I finally landed at Belfast International Airport. From my window seat, I saw the ocean. Living in a coastal city has always been my dream! I couldn’t wait to reach my accommodation and start exploring the surroundings.
(Bachelor British and American Studies, 5th semester)