L’expérience Erasmus de Pauline – élève Ingénieur de 5ème année
Les étudiants gardent tous un souvenir impérissable de leur séjour en Erasmus.
Pauline s’est enrichie humainement. Partir en Erasmus, lui a montré les opportunités possibles hors de France.
Une semaine en Irlande pour les élèves de Bachelor
Les élèves Bachelor ont été cette année à Dublin pour le traditionnel voyage de fin d’études : cours d’anglais, visites, conférences, découverte de la ville…
Bachelor immersion week in Jersey…
Our journey in Jersey was an amazing experience ! Luckily, the sun was shining were we arrived. We jumped into the bus to go to visit a water treatment plant which was very interesting for us because we learnt some very useful vocabulary. Also, this center was the first one to use UV rays to remove bacteria from wastewater. After this visit, we joined our families who gave us some information about the program of the week and we had dinner with them.
Tuesday was our first school day at St Brelade’s college. We were divided into classes according to our levels so that it would be homogenous. All along the week, in the mornings we practiced grammar and tenses and in the afternoons the lessons were about environment. Because it was an intensive week, we had to express ourselves both orally and in writing. It was so immersive that we ended up chatting in English with one another. These classes were a great opportunity for us to improve our English.
On Thursday we had a conference about a company that handles the problems of rubbish management on the whole island.
The greatest experience during these few days was the excursion which occurred on the Friday to a Jersey beach. We had to remove some invasive plants coming from South Africa in order to protect the biodiversity in the area. After that, we came back by bus and drove to an extraordinary landscape near a pretty lighthouse.
On the last evening, we enjoyed the remaining moments with our families. Then we went out to make the most of it in the city, one last time all together. We spent a wonderful week, full of nice memories and newborn friendships.
For the few of us who stayed on Saturday and took the last ferry, we went to the beach where the weather was utterly beautiful and sunny. These moments were more than wonderful and we will keep them in our memory for a very long time.
Pauline BILLAUD, Flore MARICHAL & Hugo CACCIA
Bachelor immersion week in Portsmouth, the city of boats…
The students currently in the 3rd year of the Bachelor Degree at EME spent a week in Portsmouth as part of their training program. During their linguistic stay, Erwan, Thomas, Florent, Brice and Alexandre had a guided tour of Portsmouth International Harbor with a talk about the treatment of waste and the way energy is managed at the port. On another occasion, Mr. David Giles, a PL- Environmental Hydrogeochemist and Principal Lecturer at the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences of Portsmouth, presented his department, the different subjects taught with a presentation of their Applied Geoscience courses. On the same day, they visited the numerous maritime museums of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and went on board old-time war vessels. Eventually they ended the week with a trip on the Isle of Wight with a visit of Ventnor Botanic Garden where a lecture about Climate Change was delivered by both the Director, Mr. John Curtis and the Curator, Mr. Chris Kidd.
News from… Arnaud
Depuis début janvier 2015, Arnaud Tatartchouc, étudiant en B2, a l’occasion de réaliser son 2e semestre en Finlande, en séjour ERASMUS. Il nous fait profiter de son expérience en nous décrivant son début de périple scandinave.
“Etant en 2e année de bachelor coordinateur en environnement, j’avais l’opportunité de pouvoir partir un semestre à l’étranger dans le cadre du programme européen de mobilité ERASMUS. Je suis depuis le 05 janvier à l’université “Satakunta University of Applied Sciences” en Finlande, en compagnie d’une étudiante ingénieur de l’EME, Nadège Oury (I3).
Dès notre arrivée, la température extérieure était de -15 °C. Nous avons pris la direction de Pori, ville où nous passons notre semestre, se situant à l’Ouest du pays. Une fois arrivés nous avons été accueillis par nos tuteurs finlandais qui nous ont emmené dans nos appartements. Ces derniers sont très grands, confortables et nous cohabitons avec une autre personne étrangère.
L’Université est située sur le campus “energy and construction” où nous étudions plusieurs matières : technologies de nettoyage des sols, technologies de l’énergie solaire, management des risques des entreprises, communication, pompes à chaleurs … Cours, évidemment enseignés, en anglais !
Du point de vue de la vie étudiante, nous ne sommes pas laissés à l’abandon, il existe de nombreux événements pour les étudiants d’échanges de l’université, comme une “sauna party” ou la soirée de bienvenue “welcome to Pori”. Il y a également une très bonne cohésion avec l’ensemble des étudiants étrangers.
Nos prochaines aventures vont nous mener en Laponie au mois de Février. Nous allons faire en sorte de découvrir au mieux ce pays qui cache de nombreux paysages à couper le souffle !”
News from… Flavio
Flavio Roussel, étudiant en I4, est actuellement en séjour ERASMUS en Allemagne. Il en profite pour nous donner quelques nouvelles et partager son expérience… en anglais !
News from… Merwan
« First weeks into my new life in Trondheim (Norway). It’s August and still I understand why this country is said to be the country of the rain. It has been raining every day ever since I arrived (3 weeks already but in fact they use this water to produce energy). This hasn’t prevented me from wandering around the city and the place I currently live at. Once you get passed the awful weather, this country appears to be one of the most beautiful I’ve seen so far in my life, although Trondheim is far from being the nicest place I visited here.
The other two things that hit me : the fact that everyone I spoke to or asked an information, managed to answer me in English and the fact that the country is the opposite of the Netherlands (the flat country), cities are built amongst mountains and hills which can make it hard for you to reach a point when the path is very steep but on the other hand, it gives us the possibility to enjoy spectacular views and landscapes I’ve never seen before except on a computer screen. Nature is a part of the city, it’s everywhere, surrounding us. You can see people running outside, people doing kayak on the canal, people hiking or riding their bike, it’s actually very pleasant. However there is a paradox, on one hand everyone is fluent in English and on the other hand, all the road signs and information in shops are entirely in Norwegian.
Due to their high salary, the cost of living is very high as well. The country has the particularity of having low inequities.
Concerning to education, northern countries are said to be the best in Europe (their results are the best). The system is different from the french one. Indeed you spend less hours in class but you have way more personal work to do (procrastination isn’t an option here). Indeed exercises need to be handed in every week in order to do the final exam. The exams are 4h long generally. Another particularity is that for every hour spend in class you have a 15min break (which is more than welcome especially if you have a 6h class). »
News from … Arthur in Germany
It’s been now 10 weeks since my arrival in Munich, and for the moment “Alles gut” (everything is alright). I had the opportunity to arrive during Oktoberfest and I can easily understand why this event is famous worldwide. You cannot describe it, everything is unique, the people are all wearing the traditional clothes (calling that a disguise is a mistake that could anger lots of Bavarians!). During the 2017 Oktoberfest, almost 7 million liters of beer have been drunk in two weeks, all those numbers may seem crazy but when you face it, you can really understand how so much beer can be drunk. In fact, beer is a tradition in Germany, it’s not unusual to see people drinking one liter in the street or even in the university!
The weather was something that scared me because I was told that 4 years ago that the temperatures hit -20°C but for the moment the lowest was -8°C. Those temperatures let snow settle and it really enlightens the city. Munich is an interesting city concerning history and architecture, religions and artistic movements created some of the most famous buildings here. But the nicest city I visited here was Landshut because it was one the few cities that was not bombed during WW2, that means that every piece of history has been preserved such as the church, famous for being the tallest one in Germany.
As I expected, everybody can speak a little English, but they don’t do much effort if you can’t speak German. Munich has the reputation as the economic center of Germany, due to all the factories and companies located here, that means that this city is probably the most expensive in the country, a shared flat cannot be negotiated below 600 euros.
The TUM is famous for being one of the highest ranked universities in Germany, one newspaper has stated that this university was ranked 8th worldwide, right behind Princeton in the USA. In fact, this university has won 16 Nobel prizes since 1927 and has almost right now 40,000 students, that’s why they tell you right when you arrive here that you have to work hard to maintain the reputation of the university. Compared to the French system, you spend less time in classes in Germany, but they expect you to work on your own. Exams here mostly consist on reciting your course by heart in a limited time. You have to learn to write exams quickly because five minutes lost on a question can really turn into a burden in the end. Concerning the grades, they go from 5 to 1, 1 being the highest possible and 5 being the lowest.
News from… Pauline in Estonia
26 October 2017 – 4.30 AM
Waking up by a nightmare is not the most agreeable feeling you can have during the night. The room was illuminated by an orange light, announcing that sunrise will arrive. Then I remembered forecasts of yesterday. There should be snow today. While my roommate was still sleeping, I jumped out of bed, lifted the curtains and discovered Tartu under the snow. I was so enthusiastic that I shouted “It’s snowing!” My roommate forgave me for waking her up.
26 October 2017 – 9.00 AM
Usually I have class at 10 on Thursdays. Maybe it was a sign, but we didn’t have class this day so I decided to work on a project for next week. My desk is beside the window and I think I’ve performed the least productive day since I arrived in Estonia! For 3 long hours, I was struggling with my childish soul and my will to finish my work. Imagine trying to focus yourself on sentences to write about weed management, and every 10 minutes looking, through the window, at snow slowly falling outside. Every excuse is accepted to skip your work: Erasmus students having a snowball fight, cars trying to drive normally on snow without snow wheels…
At 12, with some friends we decided to go to the cafeteria for lunch. Usually we don’t meet there but it was a day you want to spend outside. In front of the dormitory, our Erasmus community had made a giant snowwoman that lasted for the whole day. The path to the cafeteria was slippery but anyway, we couldn’t stop ourselves from making snowball fights. When we arrived, we sat near the windows overlooking the green campus. Well, at this moment it was a white campus and it was just magic. Everything looked pure and innocent. We could only see animal or ski tracks.
After our lunch, we met Felipe our Brazilian friend. He was amazed by all this snow. It was the first time for him. Erasmus makes us discover new cultures, new habits and also makes us realize that if something is usual for you it’s not the case for other people around the world. An Erasmus experience brings you humility and you are more likely to appreciate everyday-things.
News from… Yannick and Charles in Germany
Yannick first !
During our stay abroad… We left France in September 2017 for a six-month adventure in Germany! Stuttgart, here we come! First impression: “I’ve taken German for ten years, but I don’t understand anything, what is wrong with me?”. I found out that nothing was wrong with me, but that the people here in the southwestern part of the country, speak a German dialect called Swabian, or as they name it “Schwäbisch”. In Swabian it’s not just pronunciation which differs from the “normal” German we know and learn in school, but to add insult to injury, they use different words! For example, “goodbye” in German is “Auf Wiedersehen” and in Swabian its translation is “Adee”. So, all at once, we had to get used to the sounds of the language itself and learn new vocabulary! But, no worries, if you’re coming to Stuttgart, you’ll quickly get the hang of it! At the heart of Europe, Stuttgart is a multicultural city. We met people from all over the world, who each explained their ways of life, their culture and traditions. Regularly, we would go out together and drink German beer, which is excellent and cheap by the way, or we would go out to eat dinner and we would even go to visit the area together. All having diverse practices, there were some funny and perhaps awkward moments that all made us laugh. Like saying hello to someone. Depending on the country a person came from, you never know to greet the person. Should I kiss the person on the cheeks, should I shake hands, should I give the person a hug or should I simply say hello? Rubbing shoulders with cultures of all over the world taught us a lot about the world and about ourselves also, it opened our horizons.
And Charles now !
My Erasmus Experience in Stuttgart.
My first time in Germany was during the winter semester 17/18! At first, I visited my cousins in Munich during the Oktoberfest festival (large traditional German festival). Obviously, it’s a nice place for students! All my friends back in France were already in school. Really weird to start later.
Then I moved to Stuttgart. I joined Yannick, my French classmate. Before starting the semester, I didn’t book or rent any flat… It is absolutely a German nightmare, particularly in Stuttgart and Munich. I stayed few weeks in different Airbnb flats. It’s not really easy to move when you’re travelling with all of your luggage. By the way, I was in stressed to find nothing… At least, on a Facebook group I found something interesting, where a house was shared between Moroccan and German guys.
My main problem in Germany was the language. I don’t speak German at all. And, contrary to what we say, Germans don’t really speak English. Actually, young adults speak well (much better than us), it was difficult for me to ask for bread in a bakery for instance.
Furthermore, it was really difficult for me to speak with my landlord. We could share few words in common in the both languages but sign language was still the oldest and the easiest way to communicate.
I was living far from the Stuttgart University (vaihingen) however, they have a really nice train way network. Each day I had to take it to reach university, it took 1 hour.
I felt a bit alone, because I’m not in the center and the life in Stuttgart region is calm.
However, I made some friends with Yannick. First of all, we met some new people during the 1st Erasmus meeting before classes started. We kept in touch all semester and had parties or visited some places around Stuttgart.
Then we have our own classmates from many different countries. It was really interesting, only they started their master in Germany for two years and we stayed there only few months. We’ve made good friendships with some of them. Particularly a Syrian with an extraordinary story to tell.
Life in Germany is not the same as in France. Their rough mentality is really active! They are responsible about many things. For example, in my rent house contract, I had to sweep away the snow on my landlord’s sidewalk, they do the same during Autumn with leaves. If an accident occurred on their own sidewalk, it would be their responsibility.
Stuttgart is a rich city. It’s the head office of three mains international companies: Bosch, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. It’s a city for workers with families. The mood is not really young compared to Berlin or Hamburg. Life is not really expensive compared to France but I missed French food a lot. In Germany, food is greasy and quality is not the same as in France.
News from… Audrey in Czech Republic
According to me, participating in ERASMUS program is one of the most opportunity in student life. When I got to Prague, I was met my buddy who accompanied me in my apartment. I was living in the dormitories with the majority of Erasmus student. I was sharing my room with a French girl and my flat with Finnish and Turkish girls. Living in the dorms facilitates the integration.
First week, it was the orientation week. Get to know who are living in the dorms, who are in your class and of course discover together some beautiful places and things in Prague.
The university is away from the dormitories, and classes are often with Erasmus student, but we can have some Czechs with us. And the courses are given in English with teachers listening to students.
About student life, each Tuesday, ESN organized a culture evening. Here, I discovered traditions, foods etc… of each country and after that with some people, we would go to a club or pub to continue the evening. Moreover, I made several trips organized by ESN, visited a lot of cities in Czech Republic and around (Dresden, Vienna, Budapest…) without wasting a lot of money! That is a good point!!
To conclude, I enjoyed my ERASMUS! It was a beautiful experience