Words of exchanges: Roxana

Roxana from Pitesti (Romania) - Erasmus in Autumn 2014

Why did you choose Tallinn?

I chose Tallinn mostly because of the TUT’s website. It seemed the most complete and Erasmus friendly from all, so this little country became my first option. Yes, just because of the website! Later on, I saw different pictures of the place and I became even happier about my choice. Luckily, I got accepted!

What was your favourite event/trip?

My favourite events were the ones in which I was able to visit new places: the bog trip, the Riga and Vilnius Trips and the Saint Petersburg cruise. One of the most amazing things about Tallinn is that it is situated near lots of different countries, making it easier for you to travel around. I also got the chance to visit Stockholm and Oslo with my friends in short trips organized by us.

What was your most memorable souvenir during this semester?

The most memorable souvenir is the whole Erasmus experience itself. It opened my eyes in many ways: it gave me more appetite for travelling and meeting other cultures, it showed me that you can actually accomplish your dreams if you have faith and you work for them.

Where are you today?

From a professional perspective, I have graduated university. Now I am taking a master degree programme in Business Administration back in Bucharest and I am also having a job.

From a personal perspective, I am working towards developing myself in every way, in meeting and understanding the people around me and reaching for my goals. Regarding the friends I made during my time in Tallinn, I still keep in touch with most of them, hoping that I will get to see them soon.

What Erasmus brought you?

Erasmus brought me lots of friends, laughs, fun times, trips, cosy tea evenings and life lessons: it was a complete and unforgettable experience. And now, due to my times in the Academic Hostel and due to all the dinners organized there, my cooking skills are definitely better :)

Would you do it again?

Of course, yes! I think Tallinn is a perfect city for an Erasmus experience! If anybody is having second thoughts about coming here or is waiting for a sign, this is it! :) Having the Erasmus in Tallinn is like winning at the scholarships’ lottery!

Something else to say?

For all my Erasmus friends reading this: I miss you and I am waiting for our big reunion! :)

For all the future Erasmus: you have no idea how lucky you are ^^! Enjoy!

Words of exchanges: David

David, Madrid (Spain) - Erasmus in Spring 2013

What is your field of study?

Industrial Engineering.

Why did you choose Tallinn?

It was my first option. I did not think about Estonia before the moment when I was picking my possible exchange universities. Honestly I hadn't too many english option to do my Erasmus, so I chose Tallin as it is one of the most different citiy and farthest one if I compare it to Madrid. I asked about how was Tallinn, and I just got great answers and everyone who was there advice me to take it. After chosen it I asked to one guy who was there the previous semester. Also, before going there I had the support of my crazy ESN buddy who answered my questions via email. 

After it, I just can say... they were right! 

What was your favourite event or trip?

Every trip that they organise is pretty good, but events as International Dinner can be my favorite. You can taste food from different places around the world, meet more people and have fun with food and drinks! What more can you ask!? I went to three International Dinners. The first one as a participant to represent Spain, it was awesome and funny... Dont know exactly how many kilos of Tortilla de patatas we made and how many litters of Sangria we prepared... Next international dinner I just went to enjoy the food of the other countries, was fun but not as the first one... And in the second semester I helped with the organization of the event. It was so cool to be involved in it, and be part of the team in the pre-event and durging the event being the clowns of the event! 

What was your most memorable souvenir during that semester?

The best souvenir is the estonian flag that my Erasmus friends signed and gave me for my birthday. It is a awesome!

Where are you today? What do you do?

Today... Now... I am in Madrid, again at home, but I really would like to keep my abroad experiences on. During this year I was making an intership (im still with it), I was studying the last subject of my career and final thesis, and i joined the ESN section from my university, ESN UC3M. After this year, I have no doubts to continue one more year in ESN UC3M as active member!

What Erasmus brought you?

It brought me one of my best experiences. It showed me how small is the world, and how able is everyone of us to do what we want. Or at least, almost that you want. It brought me really good moments, memories and international friends for whole life. Also I improved with my language skills, and I like them more!

Would you do it again?

With any doubt! Something else to say? Erasmus brought me ESN lifestyle. Still engached!

Words of exchanges: Branislav

Branislav, Martin (Slovakia) - Erasmus in Spring 2014

What is your field of study?

I am at Master in Regional Development now, also during and before my Erasmus :)

Why did you choose Tallinn?

Well, after the first round of the Erasmus selection process at my home university I was supposed to go to Istanbul. But actually the choice of subjects at that university was not good for me and anyway I personally prefer smaller cities to live in

Then the second round of Erasmus nomination came and TUT appeared there as a new university. So I was supposed to be the very first student from my home university to check it out up there in Estonia. The choice of subjects was way better than the first offer and to go to Tallinn? Eh? Where? But I said to myslef "why not?!" .... I gave it a try and it worked out well :)

I knew that Tallinn existed and also I knew that there is Estonia, since I had visited Vilnius couple of years before my Erasmus. But actually I was surprised with many many facts about Estonia then when I started to "collect" some information on Wikipedia ... I was particularly surprised with the number of inhabitants and then with number of Estonian islands (I still don't get it where all of them actually are, haha). 

What was your favourite event or trip?

Probably the trip to Lapland was my favourite one along with International Dinner. However it's hard to say since ESN was taking care of us not to get bored for whole semester and the amount of events and trips was endless :) Thanks ESN :)

What was your most memorable souvenir during that semester?

Our hitchhiking trip to Pärnu on Jaanipäev! It was really an adventure... we decided to go to Pärnu for Jaanipäev, yes to the Estonian capital of summer! :) We made a little competition in between teams, who would come to Pärnu as the first one. However on that day it was raining cats and dogs and since we made a huge hitchhiking beginner mistake and we were two boys in the team, nobody really wanted to take us. Finally after couple of hours of nearly "begging and praying" to drivers one very nice Estonian couple stopped us and took us all the way down to our dream Pärnu. They were really nice and friendly and also gave us some advice where to go there :) After that we enjoyed cold and rainy Estonian capital of summer all night long until we catched the first morning bus back to Tallinn :) Unforgettable!

Where are you today? What do you do?

After my Erasmus in Estonia I returned to Czech Republic to finish my studies where I am still at the moment. 

Beside my studies I have a part-time job so there is not that much time left to do other stuff at the moment. Once I finish my studies I would like to find a job abroad, I am also thinking about doing Erasmus work placement.  

What Erasmus brought you?

That semester in Tallinn gave me a lot ... new friends, new experiences, new places visited, new cultures discovered ... It might sound like a cliché, but It simply gave me many great moments and memories I will remember forever!

Would you do it again?

Definitely! The Erasmus stay has changed myself quite much. It has taught me to work in team with people of different cultural backgrounds from all over the world, to understand different attitude to education and to way of studying. It has also made me way more capable to understand different people of different cultures. 

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