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The Erasmus year – What’s it like?

Undertaking a law degree and spending one year of it abroad studying at a foreign university is a challenge. But, the rewards are certainly worth the extra effort.

Writing from my own experience and those of several friends who have also studied abroad as part of their degree, I can say that spending a year studying in a foreign country was one of the most worthwhile choices I ever have made.

Most law degrees combined with an Erasmus year require some academic preparation in advance of studying abroad. This doesn’t necessarily mean extensive language tuition as some foreign universities study in English or provide Erasmus year programmes taught in English. However, for anyone undertaking an Erasmus year, study in the UK before departure provides ample preparation.

This preparation might be specialist law modules or just language and current affairs modules focused on the country of choice. Many of my friends undertook a combination of the two and no one seems to have fared any better or worse based on the format of the pre-Erasmus study.

The first few weeks abroad…

Academic preparation does not, however, make the initial move abroad any less daunting. The first few weeks (often alone) in a foreign country can be quite depressing and stressful. Foreign students often have a different attitude towards university and they aren’t quite as sociable in the first few weeks as students in the UK are during freshers’ week.

Administration is often much less well organised in foreign institutions and language barriers only add to the general confusion. Although, after the first few weeks things settle down, you meet people, you get to all of the right classes (well most at least) and you get used to the culture and lifestyle of the country you are studying in.