This time around we decided to get some insight from a French student who’s in EBS for his Erasmus Exchange experience. Erasmus in itself is a wise word thrown around but what the word actually stands for is the experience and the horizon of awareness that expands because of the exposure we get.
To describe one such experience, we got in touch with William Michkov, currently enrolled in EBS for his exchange semester. He’s a business student who aspires to do great things, he loves football and yes, like the rest of us, he is also currently following the UEFA Champions League!
Enjoy what he has to say and don’t forget to get in touch with him to know more.
1) Why did you choose Estonia as your Erasmus destination?
At the beginning I was thinking to go to Sweden or Finland but my sister discouraged me because the cost of living in those countries is quite high. Moreover, my parents visited the Baltic countries a few years ago and they really liked it there. So they suggested it could be a good destination, hence I chose Estonia for my Erasmus program.
2) How is the university life in EBS and how is it different from your home university?
The life is pretty much the same, I think. We also have classes in small rooms, group presentations and assignments to do at home. The student council is also here to organize events and help us if we have any questions. I think there are no big differences.
3) How do you spend your time on a normal day in Tallinn?
I go to school, try to discover Estonia and plan some trips. At the end of the week I go out or enjoy a dinner. There are a lot of good restaurants here. Tallinn is definitely stepping up its game in terms of food options and cuisines.
4) What would be your advice to others applying for exchange?
I think it’s a great chance to go abroad for studies. It’s definitely a learning experience, I’ve made a lot of new friends and also found a small French community of students here.
However, I do have a specific advice for the future Erasmus participants:
“Find a shared flat with the foreigners. Like that you can practice English everyday and it’s the best way to find new friends.”
5) What did you expect Estonia to be like before you came here and how was it different?
I did not have any expectations because at that time I did not know anything about Estonia and I feel that’s the best way to go about it. Estonia keeps surprising me!
Author Saniya Vardak
Edited by Kärt Mättikas