Top-Tips for Future Grant Holders
- Prepare your research proposal as well as possible.
- Talk to your classmates! Don't be shy!
- Arrange your study plan really well before selecting the classes.
- Please make use of research facilities in order to develop your career.
- “I would just like to say that this scholarship provides a golden opportunity to do research in a European university in order to enhance and increase the scientific collaboration with rest of the world” EXPERTS I Grantee from India, 2014.
- Enjoy both academic and cultural events!
- Future EXPERTS students should balance their studies with their capabilities and should align their exams with their departure dates.
- Communicate in advance with the host university and your supervisor, and understand their advice: follow these pieces of advice and your stay will be most beneficial.
- Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you have to the home and host institutions in order to make everything clear and so that you won’t be confused: it is very helpful to get in touch with the local program coordinator at the host university before your departure.
- “Make full use of the opportunity as an EXPERTS student and gain as much knowledge as possible” EXPERTS II Grantee from India, 2015.
- Just do your best in your studies and enjoy Europe to the fullest!
- For academic staff, the time is so short so be ready with your idea: you will not have enough time to recover your mistakes.
- Students should do proper homework before taking up any new assignments in the host university.
- Make sure that you have a good relationship with your supervisor before coming to the host university.
- “Study hard and utilise the opportunity being in the land of opportunity” EXPERTS II Grantee from Nepal, 2015.
- Keep in mind that you are heading to Europe or Asia to gain knowledge, not just for enjoyment.
- Make sure you research your host university well and get any useful information from the local coordinator.
- “Choose what you like to learn and follow your heart, don't waste this great chance ” EXPERTS III Grantee from China, 2016.
- Since the main purpose of the mobility will be academic, do as much good as you can in course work or research. It is the best opportunity to learn for those who don't have experience of studying abroad in advanced and well managed educational systems.
- Familiarise yourself with the choice of subjects and research areas being carried out by your host university well in advance.
- If some kind of outcome like published papers or projects arise from your mobility, it will be a great honour and a valuable achievement in your life and studies.
- “Be disciplined in performing academic duties” EXPERTS III Grantee from Pakistan, 2016.
- Try to establish a relationship with academics in the host country and home country.
- If you can secure a position in an academic department or government institution in your home country afterwards, it will be immensely helpful in transferring knowledge to your home country.
- Learn the language of the host country: it will make things easier.
- Enrol for language courses both before departing and during your stay.
- Please learn a bit of the local language before coming: it will help you greatly!
- To the students who will be studying in countries where they are not familiar with the language, it is better to study and familiarise yourself first with the language (the basics if possible) before departure in order to adapt easily and communicate freely with the locals.
- Don’t be afraid of speaking in a foreign language; just try your best and people will still understand you even if you make mistakes!
- Learning some of the local language, or at least honing your English skills, will help you to better adjust to your new environment.
- “Learn the foreign language in your host country, then you will enjoy your life more than expected there” EXPERTS III Grantee from China, 2016.
- It will be of great advantage if you can learn some basics of the language of the country where you will be living since it will make things much easier in terms of travelling around and finding things in the supermarket (especially during the initial days of your stay).
- Learning the local language will enable you to better interact with the local community.
- “It is better to gain good knowledge of the European languages to get full insights of European culture” EXPERTS III Grantee from Sri Lanka, 2016.
Settling in and adapting to a new culture:
- Inform yourself more about life in your host country before you arrive so that it will be easier to get settled.
- It’s good for all the nominated students to know all the information about the place of visit so it becomes an easier and more comfortable stay.
- Find a place to stay for your first few days before your trip and pay attention to the host university's notice board to see if there's any apartment for rent.
- Don’t underestimate how hard it will be to find your own accommodation! If possible, take what accommodation is on offer, but at the same time do not be afraid to explore housing opportunities on your own.
- Start hunting for accommodation as soon as possible.
- Quickly get into the local culture, get to know the people.
- Try to act and enjoy as a local does.
- Learn as much as you can and communicate with the local people as much as you can.
- Establish contact with local people to get a flair of the town.
- When in a new country, just live like the locals do. Join in their life and activities; enjoy the experience of throwing yourself into a different culture.
- Be prepared to explore the unknown. If you want things to be like they are in your home country there is no point in applying for the scholarship. The fact that you want to apply for this program means that you are willing to experience a new culture in terms of academic standards as well as general Western culture.
- “Please be aware that it’s not going to be the way it was in home. It can be very good time if you try to make the most of it , try to socialize and try to integrate instead of resisting the new culture” EXPERTS II Grantee from India, 2015.
- Maximise and enrich your experience by participating in different programmes and festivals organised by the host institution and city where you live. If possible, make some short trips to different neighbouring cities, especially historical places to learn more about the culture and traditions. This would be a most rewarding experience for you in your life.
- Mingle with other international students so you can get wider network, which could turn out be your future colleagues.
- Be patient and try to participate in social and cultural activities.
- Future EXPERTS grantees should take sufficient money (Euros) to meet the living expenses for first two months: opening a bank account might prove difficult or might take some time, and the living costs might be higher than you expect.
- Be prepared for any eventuality.
- Be ready for great changes and adapting to different culture, weather, and social aspects.
- “Meet with students/people from around the globe and share stories and make harmonious relation so you can feel peace in your heart” EXPERTS III Grantee from Nepal, 2016.
- It’s better to learn about the place where you will be living (through internet knowledge and your supervisor/coordinator).
- Read up on your host country to make yourself more aware about the weather etc. in your host country before departing from your home country.
- “After your arrival, talk to your program coordinator, colleagues, classmates and supervisors. Use every opportunity to know the culture and traditions” EXPERTS III Grantee from India, 2016.
- Please be prepared for the cultural shock and accept it with ease thinking of it as part of our lives which will make us stronger in the future and able to adjust to new environments.
- “If you are in a trouble or state of confusion, do not hesitate to discuss with your supervisor and colleagues. Generally, they are very cooperative and offer nice solutions to the problems” EXPERTS III Grantee from India, 2016.
- Enjoy it!
- “It's a great opportunity. One must try to avail it” EXPERTS II Grantee from Pakistan, 2015.
- Carpe Diem.
- Go ahead and apply. It is once in a lifetime opportunity!
- This is an experience you will never forget!
- Be active!
- Cherish the time!
- Come and try it! It is wonderful!
- “It's a great project! Be prepared for an enriching and enlightening journey” EXPERTS II Grantee from China, 2015.
- Make the most of every opportunity and don't be afraid to ask for help and more support when you need it.
- Enjoy Europe every minute of the day.
- You will need some time to adjust but then you will begin to appreciate it.
- Take the opportunity to travel a lot.
- Some students assume that EXPERTS is primarily designed for students who are in dire need of financial assistance. But even if you aren't relying on financial aid to get through school it does not mean that you cannot benefit from this programme. I would suggest that everyone applies for it. You will have a very good time and will explore the world with a new vision and goals.
- “Use your time effectively during the program because this is a great opportunity to brighten your knowledge and have unforgettable experiences” EXPERTS I Grantee from Indonesia, 2014.
- Dream of education/training abroad, work for it, and reap the life-long success!!!
- Students should keep on trying to get the opportunity [to go abroad]. It is a great help to upgrade your lifestyle, knowledge etc.
- Be absolutely well informed, absolutely well prepared and stay ahead of each process and achievement.
- Good luck and be consistent in your scholarship hunt. You can get it. Try to prepare good documentations before applying.
- Since the mobility period is so short, prepare your plan of visit well in advance.
- Try to make your stay in host country as fruitful as possible.
- “I am proud to be a grantee of EXPERTS. I am thankful to all the helping hands of this project to make my dream true. I would strongly recommend to all the interested students to apply for this prestigious scholarship” EXPERTS I Grantee from Nepal, 2014.
- You need to follow up on every issue that you have raised to the coordinators in order to solve the problems on time.
- “I recommend all students to apply for this program and grab this opportunity for building their academic and professional career” EXPERTS III Grantee from India, 2016.
- This is an excellent programme! Join it!
- Make good use of the opportunities offered by the host university and Erasmus programme.
- “EXPERTS is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who is looking forward to a valuable educational, cultural and social experience. You get to broaden your cultural and educational horizon while deepening your knowledge in your particular area of interest. You can expect to experience all kinds of improvements with yourself and your community” EXPERTS III Grantee from Pakistan, 2016.
- It is a really good project. You are lucky to be selected and do not forget to enjoy your life during your mobility!
- Optimise your stay through this programme to garner a wealth of experiences and ideas!
- Take a detailed look on the host university web-page because most of the information is generally mentioned there.
- “EXPERTS scholarship are very good opportunity to gain knowledge personally and professionally. Try to utilise the unique experience to your fullest” EXPERTS III Grantee from India, 2016.
- Just live and enjoy every moment of it.
- Take every opportunity Europe has to offer and bring the values you will learn and, if it is applicable, share and apply them in your own institution.
- “This is a once in a life time opportunity - just use your time and learn as much as you can, enjoy as much as you can, and travel as much as you can” EXPERTS III Grantee from Pakistan, 2016.
- Do join and apply for this opportunity and prove yourself to be a good student and good human being toward this world especially your home country.
- Grab the opportunity and make use of this scholarship to the fullest. Don't waste your time as time wasted will never come back.
- “This is a great opportunity to become a global citizen. Don't miss this unique experience of life. The experience will definitely contribute for whatever we do in our home country” EXPERTS III Grantee from Nepal, 2016.