The University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice

Jose Ignacio Prado Checa

24years, full year 2011/12 - Veterinary Medicine, Universidad de León, León, Spain

"It was a great experience overall. I developed myself as a person, I made lots of new friends from lots of different countries, I learnt about different cultures, I travelled to many  countries, and I saw the study methods that I did not have at my university.I also interacted with local people which helped me even more to broaden my perspective of a country so different from mine.It was the chance of a life-time and I would repeat it eyes-closed, as I consider it the best time of my life :)"

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Gerardo Couto Contreras

25years, full year 2011/12 - Veterinary Medicine, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain

"What can I say about Kosice and its ESN... I dont think my Erasmus could've been any better. Kosice is a great town to erasmus at, and its ESN team is just amazing. They are all the time doing great stuff for us and helping us with everything.

About my experience there it was just great... Kosice is right in the very center of the european continent, surrounded by so many countries at just a few hours away, so we traveled as much as we could. Also, Kosice is big enough to get the best out of your erasmus experience and small enough to know almost every erasmus there, so we were all a really big family.Also I met my wonderful girlfriend during my year living there, so what can I say... My erasmus experience at Kosice was one of the best in my life, I will never forget the city and its people and everything that it gave me, Kosice will be in my heart forever!! Dakujem KE!!"

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Diana Ortega González

24years, full year 2011/2012 - Veterinary Medicine, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

"Erasmus changes lives...my life, my mind and my heart. Instead of missing it each year less I miss it each year, each day MORE ! I loveee you erasmusssss! and loveeee YOUU: all of the people who took part in it !!!!!"

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Sérgio Daniel Bento Mesquita 

27years, full year 2011/2012 - Veterinary Medicine, UTAD, Vila Real, Portugal

With a long academic background abroad, I had the beautiful opportunity to meet all these funny ERASMUS people, considering myself one of them at times, wishing to have my chance as well, not to just hang out with them but actually to be one student living that experience.

Soon applied for that widely intended program. I chose one totally unknown country for me back then, the furthest one from my own country (Portugal). That country was Slovakia. I packed my stuff, with some sadness said goodbye to my beloved ones, but deep inside I was hungering for that adventure, I had an amazingly high level of expectation. Meet new people, get to know this brand new country, wondering how would be my adaptation to this whole new reality...

My first impressions of the brand new home were not the best. Obviously not the comfort from my former place. Adaptation took aproximately ... few seconds? Everyone there is in the same situation, everyone has a background, everyone has relatives/friends at their homes and everyone misses them. Everyone has to face the fact we are gonna live for the next months altogether, have good times but face adversities as well. So the concept of family gains a totally different dimension. We start to get to know each other, we start to like each other, we start to learn from each other, we start to strongly rely on each other... That bond is unbreakable, friendships, love stories, all those memories stay forever. Parties? Trips? Countless... Beautiful moments, every day a story to tell when we go back home. The thing is... we can try to put down in words our adventures, our feelings during our ERASMUS period. But one only understands the true meaning of those if they went through the same program. ERASMUS changes lives indeed, it changed mine, I lived the dream and I keep on living it. It shall never fade. Neither all those memories of the people that made it happen. Thank you:) 

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Alicia Roldan

24 years, full year 2011/2012 - Veterinary Medicine, University of Córdoba, Córdoba, Spain

How could I sum up the best year of my life?

To be sincere, I was shocked the first moment I put my feet in Podhradova dorms... but in a few seconds, I met the best Erasmus mates I could ever imagine, and thanks to that, I spent the most beautiful year in my life so far.  

I chose Slovakia because it was an unknown country for me, and I think I chose well. Slovakia has many things to show to the world as incredible landscapes, charming people, wonderful food... I couldn't be prouder feeling a part of its once.

Academically, I was surprise the method they teach, but I have to admit that I learnt a lot and it was really nice studying in a different university, in a different language and surrounded by people from all over Europe.

Being Erasmus also means party a lot! and we did it! Living a proper Erasmus life was what we did!

We also travel all around Slovakia and another dozen of countries, we met people from different places and different cultures, we shared experiences and we enjoyed infinitely it!

I can say I lived the experience of my life. I met my boyfriend and some of my best friends there so, I will always be grateful to the  Erasmus programme, all the ESN people who made it possible and to all the Erasmus and non Erasmus people I met there.