Free mover or exchange student? How to study abroad

Free mover or exchange student? How to study abroad

Hello, everyone!
In today’s post, I will explain some of the main differences between being an exchange student and being a free mover.

The free mover definition

Mobile students are usually divided into two groups: Free movers are students who travel entirely on their own initiative, while exchange students use exchange programmes at a department, faculty, institution, or national level (such as Erasmus, Nordplus or Fulbright). Source wikipedia

Now that you know the fundamental difference, here are the main practical ones.

N°1: Accommodation

The international office welcomes the exchange students and helps them to find accommodation, and follow them during their stay..

As a free mover, you will receive the same help that the usual local student. Don’t count too much on it ;p

As a free mover, you have to be a bit more prepared than an exchange student. For example,  it will be essential to know the basics of the country’s’ national language in order to be more independent for day to day life.

fre mover, street, alone, man

N°2 Money, money, money

Exchange students usually benefit from an existing partnership between the Universities and  they can keep their student status from their home during their trip abroad.  They also receive grants or scholarships more easily.

Free movers will have the same status as local students. They will have to look for specific scholarships in their home country and their host country to fund their experience abroad.

N°3 Social Life

joung, smile, asian, girl, SVM

Welcoming International students is always an event for a University and its students. And with networks like Erasmus, exchange students are often invited to a lot of activities and parties. Not to mention that exchange students often move in groups and stay together in similar places. So their time abroad will be a completely different experience from the one of free movers, in regard of this aspect.

Free mover: Degree or non-Degree student

As a Free mover you have two options (same as an exchange student in that case):

  1. Join a programme and seek a full degree abroad
  2. Follow some particular classes with the possibility to transfer credits when you come back

More and more university are opened to non-degree students or visiting students or auditors, the name change from a university to another.

Going abroad as a Non-Degree student

Why going through all the trouble to go abroad if it’s not to get a degree at the end? Well, it depends on what you are looking for.
You may already have a degree in your field but wishes to learn more in a specific area. You don’t need to take all the classes, just a few ones. So if the university allows you, it may be cheaper and you will have time for a part-time job or/and enjoy more the new country you are in. It’s less engaging too, it can be only for a semester or even a trimester, depending on what you are looking for and also it will be a nice addition to your CV, of course.
Just as always, check that you can transfer the credits back home if you want to pursue later in the same field.

Are you ready to be a free mover?

The interesting part in studying abroad as a free mover is to live a much more immersive experience. You won’t be in the special cocoon in which exchange students are. So you will have to push yourself to adapt and truly understand a different culture and environment. And that is quite a challenge, don’t you think?

Become an international student

Studying abroad brings many benefits, but finding the perfect match for your project can be complicated and really time-consuming.
 
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Discover study abroad places: IULM University, Milan, Italy

Discover study abroad places: IULM University, Milan, Italy

Istituto Universitario di Lingue Moderne

MILAN ITALY

IULM University is the Italian centre of excellence for studies in Communications, Linguistics, Tourism and Cultural Heritage, each and all of strategic importance and ever-developing.

IULM complements a solid academic education with practical experience thanks to conferences, workshops, partnerships with companies, and “hands-on” learning in the field.

IULM is located in Milan: the Italian capital of Fashion, Design, and Innovation, where you could easily get closer to Italian lifestyle and to the world of work.

PARTNER UNIVERSITIES IN THE WORLD

CAMPUS BUILDINGS

CLASSROOMS

YEARS OF HISTORY

INTERNATIONAL

English-taught programs

Two-year master’s degrees in

  • Strategic Communication
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management

One-year master’s degrees in

  • International Communication
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Game Design
  • Food Design and Innovation (in collaboration with SPD)
  • Communication for International Relations [IT/EN]

 

“Know,
know how to be,
know how to do”

DISCOVER

Why choose IULM

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Innovation

IULM offers complete and innovative training courses that respond effectively to the needs of the labor market.

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Made in Italy

More than a brand, “Made in Italy” is a lifestyle and way of doing business, grounded in time-honored culture and artisanal know-how. Studying at IULM gives you an insider’s view to this model and leads you to make it your own. “Made in Italy” is closely associated with quality, specialization and style, based on the craftsmanship, tradition and innovation of enduring Italian business models.

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Modern, Functional Campus

IULM Campus offers unsurpassed facilities for both learning and university life. Besides 6 buildings dedicated to classroom teaching and socializing, 2 auditoriums and an exhibition area provide impressive venues for concerts, exhibitions, conferences, cultural and artistic events thereby making the University a multipurpose cultural center just 15 minutes from downtown Milan.

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Professional training

IULM guides you successfully into the world of work, combining a solid academic background, hands-on classroom activities and, above all, practical field experience that allows the acquisition of those soft skills that employers increasingly seek in new hires (teamwork, decision-making, communication).

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Ideas and Creativity

IULM nurtures talent and provides a steppingstone to the world of work, but also a training ground to turn your passion into a profession. Students’ ideas come to life as working projects carried out in the field beyond the university, thanks to a highly qualified teaching staff and a pool of experienced professionals who support students’ educational and professional success.

Study in Milan at IULM

Since its inception 50 years ago, IULM University has striven to combine cultural education and professional skills, and indeed it is a place where academia and the labor market converge. That is precisely what makes IULM stand out because it complements a solid academic education with practical experience thanks to conferences, workshops, partnerships with companies, and real “hands-on” learning in the field.

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International Summer School in Spain at UDC

International Summer School in Spain at UDC

International Summer School at UDC

Last days to registered in a Summer School in Spain!

From 30th July to 17th August 2018

The International Summer School´s Universidade da Coruña was set in 2014 and is offering a wide selection of three-week intensive courses taught by international faculty from law and business sciences up to science and technology. Dozens of professors and hundreds of students from more than 40 countries participated in this experience. The courses had an academic load of 6 ECTS credits and were recognized by the University of A Coruña and by dozens of universities around the world as credits for their own degrees.

The degree, master or doctorate students, as well as senior and professional students, can participate in the ISS.
Compact Data Structures, English for Academic Research, Host-parasite Immune Interactions, Power of Persuasion and Negotiation Skills…

The full Program list on the UCD website and the FAQ page

A Coruña

The summer school will take place in the campus located in La Corogne. I invite you to take a look at this video 😉

Optional: Spanish language courses

The International Summer School will provide supplementary courses in Spanish language to interested foreign students. Students will be allocated to different groups according to their levels. These courses will have a duration of 28 hours and will only be available to students taking some of the main courses offered by the ISS. Scholarships available to students from selected countries do not cover these supplementary Spanish language courses.

Students will receive, on their acceptance email, instructions to register on the Spanish language course.

Spanish courses will be held from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 11:00.

The deadline will be on 30th June 2018.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. In addition to being able to secure a place in your preferred course, there is an early-bird price that also encourages you to apply early. If you require a visa, we advise you to apply at least one month before the ISS application deadline.

Presentation of the university

The University of A Coruña was founded under the Galician Universities Law 11/1989 on July 20th, 1989. The Constituent Assembly passed the University Statutes on the February 4th, 1992and these were published in the Official Bulletin (DOG) on September 17th, 1992.

The University of A Coruña is a public institution whose primary objective is the generation, management, and dissemination of culture and scientific, technological and professional knowledge through the development of research and teaching.

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Study medicine abroad: Medical University of Gdańsk

Study medicine abroad: Medical University of Gdańsk

Are you on HigherEdMe to study medicine abroad?

If yes, you might be contacted by the Medical University of Gdańsk

Today’s post presents this institution registered for more than a month, they have for the moment contacted a few students based on their wishes to study nursing, pharmacy or nutrition.
If you like this university and wishes to study medicine abroad don’t hesitate to contact us. Update your profile to mention it in your motivations or create a new wish and select Poland as the main destination of your study abroad project 😉

 

The Medical University of Gdańsk in numbers

  • they are the 2nd medical school in Poland*
  • they are the 8th Polish university in general category*
  • they are rated the 2nd in Poland in terms of research effectiveness (2017 academic ranking by the ”Perspektywy magazine”)*

 

Medical University of Gdańsk (MUG) is the largest medical university in northern Poland, located in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with an old town and beautiful sandy beaches. MUG educates nearly 6000 undergraduate and postgraduate students at four Faculties: Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy and The Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology. MUG offers various courses (Premedical Course, English Language Course, Polish Language Course), Medicine Doctor Programme, Nursing Programme, Nutrition and Dietetics Programme and the Ph.D. Programmes, which are taught fully in English.

 

The Spanish Day/Día Español

The University life is paced with a lot of cultural activities, the example is the Spanish Day/Día Español/ of the Department of Foreign Languages.
Students have enjoyed a flamenco dance show 💃🕺performed by the Los Mariscos dance group operating at the Flamenco school ANDA LU, presentations of the MUG’s students who participated in the Erasmus+ programme in # Spain and tasting of the Spanish cuisine specialties.

About Poland and Gdańsk

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With a population of approximately 38.5 million people, Poland is the sixth most populous member state of the European Union.  Poland’s capital and largest metropolis are Warsaw. Other major cities include Kraków, Łódź, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk, and Szczecin.

Poland is a developed market and regional power as well as a possible emerging world power. It has the eighth largest and one of the most dynamic economies in the European Union, simultaneously achieving a very high rank on the Human Development Index.

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Malbork Castle is the world’s largest medieval brick gothic complex and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. By Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Gdańsk, Nec temere, nec timide”, i.e. fearlessly but reasonably

Located on the Baltic coast, it’s Poland’s principal seaport with a population approaching 1.4 million. It is a large center of economic life, science, culture, and a popular tourist destination. Lying on the Bay of Gdańsk and the southern coast of the Baltic Sea the city is a thousand years old.

With its Hanseatic tradition, it has for ages played a major role in the commercial relationships between Northern and Western Europe on the one hand, and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe on the other hand.
Gdansk cultivates a centuries-long tradition of amber processing and trade. Its nickname of the world capital of amber is well earned.
The city has a history long of a thousand year, so if you like old architecture, old traditions you will not be disappointed.

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Study in Mexico! The Autonomous University of Guerrero

Study in Mexico! The Autonomous University of Guerrero

Welcome to the Autonomous University of Guerrero (UAGro).

Study in Spanish in one of the top university in Mexico

UAGro, the place where to study in Mexico. Live an international experience in the golden state of Mexico. Students often comment on the collegiality and sense of community that exists on the 12 different campuses across the state. They also like as well as the many educational, cultural, and social activities within easy reach. They are a diverse institution with over 89,000 students and 40% of ethnic minorities. UAGro is one of the ten most popular universities in the country. This University is extremely proud of its high-quality academic programs and high graduation rates. Once students arrive on their campus, the UAgro team is dedicated to supporting them so they can have the best academic and multicultural experience in Mexico.

What to know about UAGro

The Autonomous University of Guerrero (Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero or UAGro) is a public and autonomous institution of secondary education and higher education in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Its main campus is in Chilpancingo, with facilities in Acapulco, Taxco, Iguala, Tixtla, Ometepec, Tecpan de Galeana, Altamirano and other cities in the state.

UAGro offers 34 Bachelor Degrees in addition of 29 postgraduate levels: in social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, health, agriculture, education, engineering, and administration. This institution has agreements at the National level with the National Autonomous University of Mexico and with the Autonomous Metropolitan University Xochimilco Unit. Not to mention, in an international way with the universities of the United States, France, Spain, Cuba, and Canada for collaboration and exchange.

In 2018, the Autonomous University of Guerrero teaches 21 university degrees. Additionally, the Autonomous University of Guerrero is also an online university. 

The dream to study in Mexico

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By Ibiza1808 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Chilpancingo de los Bravo

Chilpancingo is the capital and second-largest city of the state of Guerrero, Mexico. The city is on Mexican Federal Highway 95 which connects Acapulco to Mexico City. It is served by Chilpancingo National Airport, which is one of the five airports in the state.
Truly a city for archeology’s lovers, because you will find here “Pezuapan”. An archaeological sits on the eastern slope of the Chilpancingo valley. With more than 4000m2 of archaeological vestiges, dated from 650 AD to 1150 AD.

Acapulco Bay 2010.jpg
By Sally from Willamette Valley - Oregon, USA - Acapulco, CC BY 2.0, Link

Acapulco de Juárez

We continue our little tour of the city of Acapulco. Known as the major seaport in the state of Guerrero on the Pacific coast of Mexico.  You surely have already heard of Acapulco before. But did you know that this city is the largest in the state and also Mexico’s largest beach and seaside resort city. As a matter of fact, the city is one of Mexico’s oldest beach resorts (a getaway for Hollywood stars and millionaires in the 1940s through to the 1960s).

It’s time to study in Mexico!

If studying in Spanish isn’t an issue for you, it’s time to launch your international student profile on HigherEdMe. You may receive a nice message from their recruiter soon. In case you wish more information, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to answer you with more details.

Don’t forget our previous blog posts to use HigherEdMe at its best and to manage your relationship with universities 😉 .

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