This post took me long enough to write. I know I disappeard from my blog for a good while, and the reason? Well, I have been busy ever since I came home from Bath and I have felt that I haven't had the time or energy to write good blog posts. So therefore, I chose not to write anything at all. But here it is. I am gonna divide the posts about my erasmus experience in to 3 different parts to make it easier for me to write and for you to follow. This post is gonna be about my thoughts about everything that was before take off. I might throw in some advice as well for everyone in the same position.
So, my university in Sweden gave me a nomination to Bath Spa University in February 2016. What does that mean then? Well, my university basically let Bath Spa know that I will be able to study there - that I have enough credits and that my English is good enough to study on English. I couldn't do a lot after that until October 2016 when it was time for me to apply to the university. This is more a formality, since you are most likely to get accepted to the university. My coordinator in Sweden told me that during the years she have been working with exchanges to another country, she has never heard about someone that didn't get accepted once they were nominated. Besides this, I also had some problems with everything. I had been nominated in the wrong faculty. Instead of being nominated to study media and communications - which is my major - I got nominated for English literature. So, my coordinator told me to be prepared not to go. There was about 1% chance that they could fix it. So, I was extremely nervous for a few weeks. But obviously, they could fix it. Then it was another problem - Bath Spa didn't have enough modules in my major at the level I am at. So, my coordinator and a teacher of mine had to sit down and look at alternatives. They found two modules in media and communications that I could do and one in sociology.
This was basically the first half of my fall. After that I got to apply for the univeristy, got accepted and then I had to fix with everything else such as insurance and find someone that could rent my apartment in Kalmar when I was away. It was a stressful fall, but so worth it.
My top 3 advice before your exchange:
1. Try to not stress to much. I know it's easier said than done, believe me. But everything is going to be fine once your nominated for your exchange. If I managed to get away despite all the problems, then you will as well.
2. Look closely at the modules you will be able to take at your host university. Is there enough to choose from? If you look at this before you apply for nominations, then it will be so much easier once you're going to choose when you're gonna apply to the university later on.
3. Start preparing for everything early. I couldn't start looking at insurances and stuff like that early on since I didn't know if I would be able to go after all. So, if I would do something like this again, I would definitely start preparing early.