Since the early childhood I have been learning English and was always participating in the events that were connected with this language. When the time came to choose the university, I was 100% sure that I want to study in English and gain some experience abroad. I have chosen South of France for my ERASMUS+ studies and fell in love with this place, so I thought – why not to stay there a little bit more and do ERASMUS+ internship? I started searching for the internship, checked out the local websites, went to the university career centre and finally I found the one which seemed very interesting for me. My choice was HR department in ETSI, which is a non-profit organization and is connected with telecommunications. When I first came to the interview, I already knew that is the place I want to spend my internship in. In this company every employee is treated with respect. The main language of the company is English and here you can find the people from different parts of Europe and also some non-European countries. Every year company takes interns and a lot of them have done their internship in ETSI for several times. I would describe my experience with ETSI as an absolutely positive and I would definitely recommend the other students to make the right choice and choose ETSI as their internship place. Regarding my sending institution, I also have only positive experience as the international office has helped me a lot while being abroad and preparing the documents. The ladies have been very helpful, answered all my questions, and explained the whole process of selection and documentation.
While living in France, I have obtained a lot of knowledge and the most important one is the French language. I came to France with the basic level of French, faced difficulties while making conversations and was a little bit scared to speak in this language. As for now, I easily make a conversation on the intermediate level, understand the people and read books in French. Also, I improved my English language skills as I met a lot of people from the UK and I spent a lot of time with them. ERASMUS+ project helped me to become more independent, to solve problems by myself and to be more confident. I found a lot of friends from different European countries and I gained a lot of cultural experience.
Also, in my free time me and my new friends were exploring France and every weekend we went to a new place in France, explored the little villages and the big cities, went to the restaurants to try different types of food, went hiking or just spent a great time together at the beach.
The thing I loved most about living in South of France is the climate. I lived in Nice and the weather here is mostly hot and sunny and it seems that you are on holiday despite the fact that you work or study.
I would definitely recommend to try ERASMUS+ internship or studies for every student. It is a very nice opportunity for your personal and professional experience. It will bring you a lot of positive emotions, cultural experience, friends and knowledge. If you are thinking about participating in ERASMUS+ programme, just do it and I promise, you would never regret it!