The Erasmus programme is the Higher Education section of the European Community action programme called Lifelong Learning Programme in the field of education. The programme is the EU's flagship education and training programme, emphasising student and staff mobility and co-operation of higher education institutions and other key players across Europe. It supports the creation of a European Higher Education Area through increased mobility - over 2 million students have participated since the programme started in 1987.
We maintain a number of Erasmus partnerships with Chemistry departments around Europe. Our current partners are:
- Universität Würzburg, Germany
- Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
- Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
- Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
- Technical University Eindhoven, Netherlands
- Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France
- CPE Lyon, France
- University of Rennes 1, France
- University of Namur, Belgium
- University of Turku, Finland (Teaching exchange only, needs to be amended)
- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
- Univerity of Parma, Italy
Let us introduce some of our recent outgoing and incoming Erasmus students.
Alice Johnson (Outgoing student to Zaragoza)
I think choosing to carry out my final year research project abroad was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I now have friends all over the world and learnt a lot about myself and others. Being able to live and study abroad was both personally and academically enriching and has increased my thirst for knowledge and travel.
The experience had a huge impact on my life and I know it will continue to do so for years to come. In fact, I am returning to Spain to carry out a PhD which is something I would never have even considered doing had I not gone abroad for my final year. I think having knowledge of a second language is also something that will be of interest to potential future employers. I am eternally grateful that I had the opportunity to spend seven amazing months in Zaragoza during the final year of my degree and I would definitely advise anyone considering enrolling on the F102 programme that if they do, they will not regret it. The experience is one I will never forget.
You can read the full interview with Alice here.
Benjamin Laroche (Incoming student from CPE Lyon)
Durham is a very charming city, small and safe with a genuine driving force headed by the University. I was also pleasantly surprised by the close relationship of professors with students, and their availability.
The fourth year in Durham is a unique opportunity to develop research skills in chemistry. I really recommend to Erasmus students (especially for the fourth-year) to take the time to think about what they are interested in for their research project. I had the chance to perform very interesting chemistry in an awesome research group, and this is the most important because it is like a full-time job!
You can read the full interview with Benjamin here.