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Erasmus students talk about their experience in Liège: Meet Filareti & Alice

This is the first article from a series of interviews from students who did their Erasmus program in Liège. The objective is to share the experiences of people who lived in Liège with people who will. We hope that those articles will convince some of you to do their exchange here and reassure others that they made the right choice to select Liège as their Erasmus destination! 

1 – Filareti from Greece (2015-2016)

 

Why did you choose Liège in the first place?

I was looking for a well-known University in a French- speaking country in order to practice the language. Furthermore, my Greek University had a new partnership with University of Liège and they were looking for somebody responsible and trustworthy to come and study in Liège in order to verify this new collaboration. That’s how my Erasmus journey started.

 

Tell us an anecdote about your exchange.

It’s true that my everyday life in Liège was full of anecdotes and funny stories. From learning French tongue twisters to the unpredictable experiences from the night-outs in Liège, the funny moments that I have shared with the most amazing Erasmus team that I could ever imagine… A night that I will not forget is at the last ESN’s party that we had to wear a white T-shirt for other people to write their wishes on, in order to have something to remember after the end of the Erasmus. Then a guy came and he wrote his phone number on me. Belgians…

 

What is your best memory?

My whole Erasmus experience in Liège can be easily described as the best memory of my life, at least until today. From the people that I have met, the experiences that we shared, the moments that we have passed together, the ESN’s parties, BBQs and trips, the nights at “Le Carre”, the flirts, the fear of exams, the goodbye flags and hugs…

 

Why should future students choose Liège?

As you can easily understand, I am not the most impartial person to speak about Liège and Belgium generally. Although Liège is not the most beautiful city of Belgium, the moments that somebody can live there are unique. The people, the spirit, the facilities and the well organised ESNs can offer a very welcoming environment to live and study. Now that I am living in Paris and that I can compare the Erasmus of my friends here with mine in Belgium, I can say that a smaller city provides more happiness and closer relationships.

 

Finally, do you have any advice for exchange students coming to Liège?

I would advice them to live every moment. Don’t lose the parties and the events that are often organised (but also be aware of the thieves in the bars!). Housing might also be an issue but it can be easily solved. Live the unique experience! Be a proud Liégeois!

 

                      Filateri 2

 

2 – Alice from Italy (2017-2018)

 

Why did you choose Liège in the first place?

I’ve always wanted to learn French and Liège was the only French speaking city available from my University. Also, I had already visited Liège two years ago and I knew I would have loved to live here for a while.

 

Tell us an anecdote about your exchange.

I was doing my internship and talking to a patient who was reading a book, I asked her for an advice because I like reading, but I don’t know many French writers. She told me a few names and a week later she took me aside before the treatement and she told me : “ I have a gift for you!”. It was a book by Guillaume Musso! That literaly made my day.

 

What is your best memory?

One of my best memories is probably the trips I did with my friends form the exchange. It was the week of carnival, we had a few days off and I went to the station to get a Go Pass ticket. The man at the desk informed me that there was a special promotion that week and that we could travel anywhere in Belgium for a week for only 15€. So we all got that promotion and we just travelled non-stop the whole week, every day a different city. We got the chance to celebrate carnival in Binche, which is in the list of the UNESCO, and it was super fun.

 

Why should future students choose Liège?

Because you can never get annoyed in Liège ! There is so many activities and fun things to do here. Also there are plenty of exchange students, which is good because you will never find yourself alone and you will get to know many different cultures.

 

Finally, do you have any advice for exchange students coming to Liège?

Enjoy every moment of it, because it goes by really quickly. Do as many things as you can, travel as much as you can! Also, I would personally advice to try to go out the comfort zone and to interact more with the locals. Sometimes it’s just easier to hang out with the exchange students but it’s good to push ourselves a little, not only for the language but also because it could be nice to have “connections” to our host country even when we come back home. So don’t be shy, nobody will judge you if you are a bit quiet or if you struggle finding the words. It might be frustrating at the beginning, but it will get easier every time you try and in the end it’s really satisfying!

 

Alice

 

Big thanks to Filareti and Alice who accepted to answer our questions and share their experience 🙂 !

 

– The Eras’must team 

                                                                                                                                                                                     

If you are/were an international student in Liège and want to share your experience on our blog, we would be more than happy to publish your story!

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