European Student

  • Homo Erasmus: or, Pointless Exchanges

    By on Nov. 20, 2013

    The Eras­mus pro­gramme has raised many ques­tions over the last three decades. However, for the first time, its legitimacy is being questioned. In his satir­i­cal novel, the 23-year-old French stu­dent Leos Van Mel­cke­beke paints a grotesque and ap­palling pic­ture of "Homo er­asmus." We in­ter­viewed the con­tro­ver­sial au­thor, who is not afraid to speak his mind.

  • Greek-German erasmus student on Istanbul’s Gezi Park protests

    By on June 3, 2013
    Whether you are a political activist in your home country or not, every erasmus student exchange programme participant who came to Istanbul this semester is a part of the 'gezipark hell', as it was first called in the social media.
  • Erasmus students in Izmir discuss Turkey-EU accession

    By on Oct. 18, 2012
    The French head of state is to honour the invitation to Istanbul made by his Turkish counterpart this summer. Among the joyous topics for discussion will be Syria, the crisis and Europe – but only a little. Once a declared candidate for membership in the EU, Turkey no longer enjoys the popularity it once had, especially in France.
  • Emigration, Erasmus and Lithuania's student population

    By on May 19, 2010

    An increasing number of students are asking Professor Žilvinas Martinaitis at the University of Vilnius to let them take their exams at the end of May. This would allow them to go abroad - most commonly to the UK, Ireland or Scandinavia - to work, and return with some extra money in October, a month after the official start of term.