Oktoberfest, Munich

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This weekend marked the end of the annual Oktoberfest in Munich, the capital city of the German free state of Bavaria. Two weeks ago I was there for the first weekend of the festival. We took advantage of a deal on the German railways, where a group of 5 people can travel together anywhere in the same state for only 8€ each. Oktoberfest was great fun and is not only about beer, there is truly something for everybody here. As well as the beer tents there is live music and a fun fair. English music is very popular in Germany it seems!

T -3 Days

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It is now only 3 days before I head off to Germany to study at the University of Würzburg and all of the paperwork is now in place. To give some idea of the kind of things that one is required to organise I’ve listed some of them here:

1. Erasmus forms
2. Flights
3. Trains
4. Travel insurance
5. University insurance and placement agreement
6. Accommodation
7. Academic programme

All in all it has taken around 8 months to get this far but now that everything has been arranged the excitement is kicking in (as well as the nerves).

The biggest tip that I could give to anyone about to start this process would be to keep in touch with the International Office, both of your home and host institutions a they will be able to help you with most problems and will make your life much easier!

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Durham and the Erasmus Programme

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Durham has been an active participant in the Erasmus Programme since its beginnings in 1987. Under the programme Durham offers students the chance to:

  • study abroad at one of the University’s Erasmus partner universities. Study periods abroad will depend on your academic programme at Durham.
  • undertake work placements abroad which need to be an integral part of your degree programme and need to have been approved by your department.

In both cases the placement period spent abroad can be between a minimum of 3 months up to a maximum of 12 months.

Erasmus is a truly European programme. Currently all EU countries as well as the EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and candidate country Turkey participate in the programme. Switzerland is currently an indirect participant in the new Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP).