Christine’s Advice

5 Steps to GO SLO with Erasmus!

Important: Start at least 1 semester before your planned departure with the preparations as universities (also) work SLO.

1.Find partner universities

A list of partner universities, the number of places for exchange and a contact person are usually listed on the Website of the international office of your university. There you also find all information about the application procedure, which varies slightly from uni to uni. If you have open questions ask staff directly – they are usually thrilled you want to go abroad, especially if it’s not a common country to go, like Slovenia.

2.Application at your home university

At each partner university there are usually 2-3 places for exchange students. If you choose a country which is common to go to for students there is competition for these places. The election procedure is individual at each university, so get information via the contact person. If you chose an unknown treasure like Slovenia a talk with the contact person at your uni might be sufficient and you got the place.

3.Application at your Host University and Learning Agreement

Application means simply filling out some forms with your data and answer questions about your studies so far. The Learning Agreement contains the list of courses you plan to take at your host universities. You have to list enough courses to gather 30 ECTS per semester. If you actually gather less, it’s no problem as long as you get more than 10 ECTS – with less you have to pay back the scholarship money. If you want to get lectures accredited at your home university, ask your professors about the requirements to avoid disappointment.

4.Private Preparations

Gather information about the country and the people and try to make connections before your arrival e.g. via the IFES network or Facebook. Provide for your living. The Erasmus scholarship is helpful, but usually not enough to cover your complete costs. Your international office might have some advice how to get extra support for your time abroad.

5.Finally there

You’ll quickly get to know a lot of Erasmus students from a variety of countries at your host university. If you really want to get to know the people of your host country you have to look for contacts out of this community actively. Make friends among the uni colleagues, visit a church, get involved at the university … Learn the language as well as possible. It shows respect to the locals and even a few sentences are a door opener, even if people might laugh about your pronunciation at first.