This time we go outside of Europe to familiarize with one of the Erasmus students that have preferred to try studying and living in Estonia in comparison to the vast country like Canada. Exchange University is a great opportunity that facilitates broadening experience and the horizon of awareness by studying a new culture and country.
To know more about this experience, we got in touch with Eric Sela, currently enrolled in EBS for his exchange semester
- Why did you choose Estonia as your Erasmus destination?
I had a list of partner schools from my university and I knew most of them on the list (ie. Madrid, Stockholm, etc.) and they seemed like places I knew about and would go to eventually, but Tallinn was a place I may not get the chance to experience, let alone live in, unless I took this opportunity.
- What is the best and worst first impression you have gotten from Tallinn?
Best: The small-big town feel. Tallinn has a lot to do and experience like a big European city but is small enough where you don’t have to wait in line-ups, you can walk (mostly) throughout the city Centre, and you see people you know everywhere.
Worst: I have no idea… 😛 nothing stands out
- How is the university life in EBS and how is it different from your home university?
A lot smaller. Classes where you recognize and know everyone and the professor knows who you are.
- Do you think that it was a right decision to move here?
- What would be your advice to others applying for exchange?
Research the size of the school and what their specialization is.
- What is the best place in Tallinn to definitely offer others to visit?
Kompressor for pancakes 😉
- What did you expect Tallinn to be like before you came here and how it was different?
I really had no expectations! I think this is a good way to go into an exchange semester. Let it happen.
- Do you recommend other students this university to exchange?
Definitely! It’s the best way to make friends all around the world. You will learn lots about so many different cultures.
What is the best food and hobby here?
Pancakes, garlic bread, and saunas!!
- What do you take with yourself from this here?
Always go out and make new friends! ☺
- Please tell a few things about Tallinn and your City?
I am from Victoria, Canada, I think it has a lot in common with Tallinn. It’s a relatively small city with a booming entrepreneurship and tech sector! We have a big university presence and beautiful harbor town.
Editor: Kärt Mättikas
Picture: Eric Sela