Published on November 1st, 2012 | by Ivan Martin0
The Students’ Say: Erasmus Funding
Alexander Cachia Zammit, a 6th year law student, is currently on Erasmus exchange in Rome. “Cutting Erasmus funding is terrible… all students should have the opportunity to study abroad, broaden their horizons and experience new cultures. Being island dwellers, we don’t get the opportunity to travel so easily and as students we don’t experience student life on campus and away from home. Erasmus is a golden opportunity and I’m learning so much from my experience,” he said. He added that he agreed to go on exchange on the condition that he would receive funding, and was assured this would not be an issue.
2nd year architecture student Samuel Cremona, who is planning an Erasmus exchange to Bremen in the second semester, encouraged everyone to apply for Erasmus whether the funds were there or not. “The International Office here at university has assured me that I’m going. Obviously there’s a sense of uncertainty but they’ve been very helpful so far. As for the cutting of funds, I can’t really say, hopefully they’re going to be made a more urgent priority.”
“Erasmus requires substantial funding, both from the students themselves as well as the EU and so I can understand why cuts were made. However, the funding barely covers the lodging costs, let alone living expenses and any extra curricular activities. The fact that I won’t receive these funds until after I get back to Malta means I had to take out a loan. These cuts might mean that Maltese students will have to pay these loans back with less or possibly no help from the EU,” a UoM student currently on Erasmus who asked to remain unnamed told insiteronline.com. He added that Erasmus could become an option only for those who could afford it.
“Dealing with UoM entails a lot of paper work and they’re hardly efficient, you could even say they’re disorganized. Living in a different country is tough and you obviously need money to survive so if I didn’t know I had these funds I’d be going crazy. They’re a must!” said Gaby Curmi, a 2nd year toruism student currently on exchange in Canterbury.
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