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Erasmus+ 30th Anniversary

Join us in celebrating a successful 30 years of Erasmus+ - a milestone for Europe!

Whats On!

Celebrate Europe Day at the UK’s European university

Europe Day (9 May) is the annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical Schuman declaration, which is now celebrated as a key moment in the creation of the EU.

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Get involved with Erasmus Society's student activities

Calling Kent's Erasmus+ Alumni to share your memories!

Staff and student testimonials

Name: Maria Perry
Language assistant in France

My only advice would be to enjoy every second that you are here because it goes by in a flash. Homesickness was something that I worried about before I arrived and apart from my first day here when I was very upset, I have felt so at home and comfortable in Poitiers and around the people I have met. 

Take every opportunity that comes your way and try to visit as many places as possible.  As an assistant, you get the school holidays which is great!  Make the most of the free time and travel.  There will always be someone around to help you if you are unsure of anything - don't be afraid to ask! Have fun!


Name: Joe Gazeley
Studying in Spain

I feel that my language skills have improved greatly and I have learned to be a lot more adaptable than I have to be in England. I have definitely gained a new perspective on what it means to be a Citizen of Europe and it has given me a new way of looking at my own country and culture from the perspective of another. I have had many interesting discussions about Gibraltar.

I have seen how Spanish young people work at university and it is very different to in the UK. Contrary to all of the stereotypes they are astonishingly engaged and have an incredible work ethic. I have been nothing but impressed by my Spanish colleagues throughout my first semester.


Name: Alexandra Leduc-Pagel
Staff exchange in Spain

My week on Erasmus exchange in Tarragona, Spain, was stimulating: I learnt about current practices in a number of other European universities and I met with enthusiastic colleagues. Above all, finding out about various ways of achieving good results was key to me. It was also beneficial to be able to put into contrast my experience of working at a UK institution in comparison to those of other countries. Luckily, I could go on an exchange in a location I have never been before and this was a bonus as it added extra interest. It was a bit like work away from work. It was my first time and I will definitely participate again when a topic relevant to my expertise will come up


Name: Jack Nicoloau
Studying in Czech Republic

I would like to take this opportunity to say that quite frankly this has been the most remarkable and interesting learning experience of my life. Words escape me as to how much I have learnt, not just academically but also about myself and also Europe in general. I have taken great pains to travel as frequently as possible in order to soak in the rich tapestry of culture offered by Europe as a whole.

I could not recommend this experience enough to all who have the opportunity.


Name: Wendy Raeside
Working visit to University of Bergen

My week working with the University of Bergen was even better than I expected it to be. It was great to mix with other communications professionals right across Europe – sharing some of our best practice and also learning new and innovative ways of doing things.

I came back feeling very fortunate to be part of the European community and would definitely recommend the experience to others.


Name: Kristina Juidisiute
Studying in Italy

I think it is a highly rewarding experience that every single student should try. I became more culturally aware, [it] will look amazing on my CV and will be beneficial for my future career. Also I deepened and enriched my knowledge outside the filmic field…which really broadens the understanding of my main study subject.

To sum up, the whole study abroad experience is life-changing that endures academic, personal, career and social benefits and it is definitely worth doing it.

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Last Updated: 18/04/2017