ERASMUS MUNDUS the dreams come true: Elena Homenco (Spain)

Elena Homenco (23) is a fourth year student at ULIM, Faculty of Law. It is one of the few students who have benefited from Erasmus grants for a period of five months, and had the opportunity to attend classes at the University of Alicante in Spain. "I heard about ERASMUS-MUNDUS since high school, but it was a wish that could not be realized earlier than this year" said Elena Homenco.

-How you succeeded to receive this scholarship?

- I obtained the scholarship by strong desire and hard work. Many people can apply to this program, but to think real, not all pass the contest. To participate in such a project, one must have some skills and experience, plus, you need a good CV. In those 3 years of university studies, I contributed to my CV, by attending various conferences within the university and between the university and attended lectures given by professors from abroad. I think that most of these activities helped me to get what I wanted. If you want to manage something you must really want it  and work on it.

- How did you find the experience in Spain?

Surely this was a unique and beautiful experience for me; it was a little hard at first, but still interesting.

Alicante is one of the most beautiful cities on the coast of Spain, located near the Mediterranean Sea, so there were a lot to be discovered.

-          At what university did you studied?

-          The city where I was, was Alicante and the university called "Universidad de Alicante".

The university is enormous! I was told that the building was built on a former airport. I had to walk a long distance every day only from the entrance to the right block of the building (smiles). Instead, it has beautiful gardens with all kinds of exotic trees.

-          What were your first impressions about the culture and the Spanish university system?

-          Impressions were beautiful. I tried to live their way and I can say that I adapted pretty quickly. I was impressed by the people, always ready to help you even if they don’t know you. At the university, in stores, on the street, everywhere you see people smiling and good-hearted.

As concerns the university system, there are similarities to the Moldavian one, although in many respects it is still different. Both students and teachers from Spain are spending much time in the virtual world. All the information on hours, topics, discussions, homework could be seen and sent directly to the Internet.

Torrents and seminars were just like ours. Some teachers opted for Power Point, others were speaking to us from the rostrum. If you put a lot of effort and try not to be late with homework, you can be easily released from the exam.

- How foreign students are treated there?

- They are generally treated well. Teachers and students were very courteous and responsive.

- What advice would you give for students who dream to make their study abroad?

- To be morally prepared. All who wish to apply to such a large project such as ERASMUS-MUNDUS must use all "weapons" because the competition is very big.

It's an interesting experience. Sure, the first few weeks are the hardest. Adjustment problems, residence permits, interaction with colleagues might give you trouble. However, I can say not only on my behalf, but on behalf of all participants in the project "ERASMUS", it's hard at first, but it deserves to have such an experience.