Moodle importation files - Pre-departure: Module 5 - Practical Advise

Module 5 Practical Advise

This capsule will provide you with general advice on how to prepare for the health and wellbeing-related challenges you may encounter while abroad. Integrating into your new environment will be much easier if you have an idea of what to expect, and how to deal with it before you leave the comfort and support of your home. It is important to remember that you are not alone in your study abroad journey. Many students have experienced the same worries and problems on their mobility, so we have put together some helpful tools and information to help you gather key information relating to your mobility and support your academic, social and cultural integration process.

  • Step 1: You will learn how to draft a budget to prepare your finances for the mobility.

  • Step 2: You will get some advice on how to find accomodation and different options for accomodation.

  • Step 3: You will learn about topics that are important to know before you go, and get to know your host institution.

  • Step 4: You will be familiarised with the terms and documents related to academic issues.


  • Housing: Accommdation.

  • Dorm: A dorm is where students live, often with roomates. Dorms have luandry rooms and recreation rooms, and it's a place where many friendships are made.

  • Eduroam: Education Roaming is an international internet connection service for users in higher and further education.

  • European Health Insurance Card: A free card that gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 27 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland under the same conditions and the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country.

  • Special educational needs: Refers to students with learning issues or disabilities that make it more challenging for them to learn than most students of the same age group.

  • ECTS: European Credit Transfer System

  • Course catalogue: A list of the courses offered by the university. Every course usually should indicate the field of study, department, number of ECTS, objectives, description of the learning outcomes, index of contents, language of instruction, when in the year it is taught, timetable, in which academic year it can be taken, and the teachers.

  • Grade conversion: Grades are not the same in evey country. Academic coordinators should make the equivalences for your academic recognition.

  • Resilience: The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties


Module 5 Practical Advise

  • SECTION 1 - How to drive a budget
  • The objective of this section is to help you reflect on the cost of going abroad and give you some advice on how to save money for meeting these expenses.

  • SECTION 2 - Accommodation Advice
  • This section will help you to think about the pros and cons of various accommodation types while you are abroad: dorms versus apartment, living with friends versus living with locals etc…
  • SECTION 3 - Getting to know your host institution
  • This section will help you to understand some of the most important administrative and procedural aspects of your mobility before you depart.
  • SECTION 4 - Academic issues
  • This section will help to familiarise you with the most common academic terms related to mobility.

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