Feel like a foreign experience, but not quite convinced?
Read the stories and testimonials of Hasselt University students who went abroad.
"I’m very grateful for this opportunity to go on Erasmus, it’s been the best time of my life so far. It’s not always like paradise, because there is a lot of administration and responsibility involved if you go on Erasmus. But if you have the chance, you are open-minded, adventurous and ready for a challenge, then you have what it takes to go on Erasmus! "
Testimonial by Shannen Smets, Interior Architecture programme, Erasmus study abroad in Istanbul (Turkey) 2014 - 2015
"This was the first internship where I felt I was challenged to become better and during the internship I was happy to get out of bed in the morning to go to work. The five weeks of my internship really flew by. If I had the chance, I would immediately go back.
Oud Gastel challenges you, is interesting, very instructive and I would wholeheartedly recommend it for MSK students who would like to do an internship abroad."
Testimonial by Matthias Debecker, Physiotherapy programme, internship in Oud Gastel (the Netherlands) 2014 - 2015
"With the support of Hasselt University, I was able, as 'Section Representative' of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Hasselt, to attend the ESN Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Ankara. Both the meetings as well as the workshops have given me more ideas to take back to my section. But the AGM is also an educational experience in its social aspects. To spend five days in a hotel that is filled with 600 ESN representatives from all over Europe is a very special experience. Everyone around me was open and friendly. The contacts I made there were not only valuable to the section in Hasselt, but also enriched me as a person."
Testimonial by Valerie Hoogewys, Applied Economics programme, participated in the ESN - AGM meeting (Turkey) 2014 - 2015
"During my last year of the Physiotherapy programme, I had the opportunity to do an internship abroad at the Medical Park in Berlin. I grabbed this opportunity with both hands and never regretted it! To be able to do an internship abroad is an amazing opportunity, during which you can learn so much on so many levels.
I have learned a tremendous amount in Berlin, both professionally as well as personally. It is very interesting to discover a different way of working in a different professional culture. Not only do you learn a lot in the theoretical sphere, but especially the interaction with people / patients from different cultures enriches your experiences of being a therapist.
In addition, and this is even more important, an internship teaches you a lot about yourself. Living and working abroad during five weeks provides you with an experience that is not comparable to, for example, moving out of your parental home. During these internships you learn to be independent in everything you do, you get time to think about the direction you want to move in the future.
For all of this to happen with cosmopolitan Berlin as the backdrop makes this even more appealing. It takes 20 minutes on the underground metro to get from Medical Park to the bustling heart of Berlin. For students who do not know Berlin, I absolutely recommend it: you get plenty of time to discover the city (your local coaches encourage you to do so) and to experience everything Berlin has to offer. Cities like Rome, Paris are known and loved, but Berlin should absolutely be amongst them!
The only obstacle for many students is the language barrier, but I can tell you that after spending one week in Berlin, you will sound like a true German!"
Testimonial by Charly Keytsman, Physiotherapy programme, internship at Medical Park Berlin
"Erasmus gave me the opportunity to approach my law studies from a different perspective. Studying is something you first and foremost do with your head, but during a stay abroad you study just as much with your heart. You learn to cope in an unfamiliar world, develop new personal skills and venture out and face any challenges that present themselves!"
Testimonial by Stef Vliegen, Law programme, Erasmus study abroad in Silesia (Poland) 2013 - 2014