Please do not choose the destination country of your Erasmus randomly. Here I leave you a guide of 7 steps to be able to decide where to go in Erasmus. Why? Because the destination is influenced by many factors such as the budget that one has, the quality of life and the traveling.
How to decide where to go on Erasmus in 7 steps.
1- Check the list of the destinations available at your university
This factor is the most obvious, however many people make the mistake of deciding where to go on Erasmus without having even looked at the list of destinations that the university provides. And what happens? Happens that you get a big disappointment when you discover that you cannot go to that country that you had in mind.
Now that you have looked at the list of possible destinations, you have to look at which destinations the speciality that you would like to do is available. Once you have applied this filter, you will have the first step done in order to decide where to go on Erasmus.
2- Look at the restrictions of each available Erasmus place.
Each country is different and they ask for different requirements. One of them may be the language. It is very common that in Italy they require you a level of Italian to get access to their university or in France they ask you for a minimum level of French.
Some universities may offer you a mandatory introductory language course if you do not have the required level. However, you will have to arrive in the destination country in advance of your stay.
Search if the Erasmus place in that country is for doing the TFG / TFM or if it is for taking courses. Depending on what the university offers, it will satisfy your needs or not.
Once you have done point 1 and point 2, you will have a list of countries that are really destinations you can go to. But how do I decide between these?
3- Take the climate of the destination country into consideration
Europe can be divided into two climatic zones. These climatic zones will be shown in the following image in red and blue.
Countries located in the same climate zone, such as Italy and Spain, will have a similar climate due to their location. If you want your destination country to have a climate similar to yours, the logical thing would be to apply this filter with countries from different climatic zones. Otherwise, if you want to live in a country with a totally different climate to live a totally new and radical experience, apply this filter with countries similar to yours.
Thus the choice possibilities have already been considerably reduced.
4- Take into account the quality of life in the destination country
This is important. What budget do you have for the Erasmus? Depending on the money you want to spend on it, you can afford to go to one country or another.
It is not only important to take into account expenses such as residence, food or bills. You have to take this another factor into account. Where is beer cheaper?
One of the most important expenses in your Erasmus is alcohol, so it is necessary to take into account the following coordinate axes:
The vertical axis divides Eastern Europe with Western Europe. Western Europe is much more expensive than Eastern Europe, with the exception of Finland, so I recommend going to Eastern Europe if you don’t have a big budget.
The horizontal axis divides Northern Europe with Southern Europe. Countries in the north are usually more expensive than in the south.
So Europe is divided into 4 parts. The most expensive area is Norway, followed by the France area. In third position is the area of Poland (with Finland with the exception because it has a similar price to Norway) and finally the area of Greece.
* Note: The axes are not 100% accurate.
5- The culture of the country
This is and is not a factor to consider. It is true that the culture of the countries of southern Europe are more open than the culture of the countries of the north. However, do not be fooled by stereotypes. I went to Poland and discovered that once you make friends with the Poles they are the most partying of all foreigners. What do I mean? I mean, don’t decide not to go to a country because of what they told you.
It is true that some countries have behaviours quite the same as others. This is due to the weather and different factors. So if you want to go to a country with more or less the same behavior as yours, choose a country from the same climate zone. I personally recommend that you let yourself be surprised and go to a totally different country from Spain. ADVENTURE!
6- The language of the destination country
Are you learning a new language? Simple, go on an Erasmus to a country where they speak it in order to practice it. Speaking the local language for 4 months will enable you to learn more and speak more fluently than in 2 years in an academy.
If it is not your case and you are only going to practice English, any country is worth it. However, it is important to learn the local language due to the fact that if you do not learn a little you will not be able to enjoy living the country in its entirety. I learned Polish and I am telling you, one of the best parties of my Erasmus was with Poles and my Buddy.
That’s why you need to consider if the local language is very different from yours or if it costs a lot to learn it. On one hand, learning a hyper trippy language is exciting and unique, on the other, you will have to dedicate a larger part of your time to it than other languages
7- Location matters
Yes my friends, location matters. Going to Norway is not the same as going to the Czech Republic.
Czech Republic is in the middle of Europe which makes it a perfect country to travel. In other words, it is close to all other countries. This reduces the price of the flight, the time of the trip and the dependence on the flights relability.
On the opposite way, Norway is in northern Europe. Depending on how, flights may be limited. Depending on which countries you want to visit, you will no longer be able to or will cost you a considerable investment of time, etc.
Location matters. For me it is the most important factor to take into account since you will spend all your Erasmus traveling.
What? An eighth step? Yes. I put this step the last one since this is personal. You can decide to go to one country or another depending on the destination university if it is good or not. Or if you want a local Erasmus visiting only one country but in a deeply way. If this is desired, the other steps do not count since you have already chosen the destination country without hesitation
What did you think of this article? Do you agree with me? Leave a comment below without hesitation! I will be happy to answer you!