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Guide to making the most of your study abroad experience as an Erasmus student

Studying abroad can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, especially when you're studying as an Erasmus student at TalTech in Estonia. After being in Estonia for more than a month, you may have already experienced the beauty of the country, its rich culture, and the welcoming atmosphere of the university. But what's next? Let’s learn how to maximise the memories and learn from this Erasmus experience.

Spring in Estonia:

Spring is a magical time in Estonia. After a long, dark winter, the country comes alive with trees and flowers blossoming. The weather starts warming up, and people spend more time outdoors. Several outdoor festivals and events occur during spring, including Tallinn Music Week and the Estonian Music Days. So, make sure you explore the city during the springtime to enjoy its beauty and vibrancy. But is spring already here? Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

Learn Estonian:

If you're studying abroad in Estonia, learning the language and meeting the locals is a good idea. While most people in Estonia speak English, learning Estonian can be an excellent way to immerse yourself in the culture and connect with the locals. Moreover, it will make your daily life easier, whether ordering food at a restaurant or shopping at a local store. TalTech offers Estonian language courses for international students, so take advantage of this opportunity to learn a new language and enhance your cultural experience.

Making Friends for Life:

One of the most exciting aspects of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and build friendships that can last a lifetime. As an Erasmus student at TalTech, you can connect with other international students and local Estonian students. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and start a conversation with someone new. Everyone is in the same boat, and most people want to make friends too. Joining clubs and societies and attending events is an excellent

way to meet new people and build connections. Don’t forget to branch out of your comfort zone.

International dinner hosted by ESN TalTech IC

Put Yourself Out There:

Studying abroad is a great opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. Don't be afraid to try new foods, explore new places, and experience new cultures. TalTech offers many opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities, including sports teams, cultural events, and student clubs. This is a great way to get to know people with similar interests. Additionally, Estonia is known for its natural beauty, and there are plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors through hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities.

Studying abroad is a unique opportunity to expand your horizons, learn new things, and make lifelong

connections. While it can be challenging to adjust to a new environment, especially if you're far away from home, there are plenty of resources and opportunities available to help you make the most of your experience. So, put yourself out there, join clubs and attend events. Embrace the new culture, and you will undoubtedly come out of this experience with a new perspective on the world and some friends for life.

Author: Rimsha Noor


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