August 21, 2006

Preparing to leave

Writing about web page http://www.uab.es

With less than three more weeks to go and virtually no knowledge of the Catalan language I begin to prepare my move to Barcelona. During my holidays, the number of forms and info packs and reading material has piled up. Moreover, being a Dutch (i.e. not-English) student means an extra complication and processes that do not necessarily coincide with the way the English do things.

I’m asked, among other things:
- Whether I have an EHIC (European Health and Insurance Card)?
- Whether I’m fully and comprehensively insured?
- Whether I have already been in touch with my home uni? (well…duh! it’d be a bit late to start doing that eh?)
- Whether I have sorted out my accommodation?
- Whether I have enrolled?
- Whether I have set up my direct debit? (but… I though Erasmus students weren’t fee paying?)

Etc.

I still have to sort out, among other things:
- Our rent deposit for last year’s house
- The gas & electricity bills in order to be able to do so
- A student loan from England, if possible
- My Dutch student grant for the year I come back to Warwick.

Now who says moving countries is a piece of cake, or life in general would be easy…?


- 2 comments by 0 or more people

  1. In-Young

    Yes, but don't Erasmus students pay their fees to their respective home universities? It means you've still got to pay GBP1175 a year, right? I'm so excited for you on going to Barcelona, I have a week left before I move to Sofia, eeeeeeeeeep!

    23 Aug 2006, 00:09

  2. Maarten

    Nope. Erasmus students pay no tuition fees to anyone! That's the joy of studying abroad!

    23 Aug 2006, 13:17


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