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					UU Report form ~ Erasmus 2010-2011

faculty/college                    Geesteswetenschappen
level                                  bachelor              master                 PhD                  other
name degree programme              Communicatie- en informatiewetenschappen

destination city & country          Thessaloniki, Greece
name host institution and/or        Aristotle University Thessaloniki
company/organization
purpose Erasmus grant                  study/courses         work placement
departure date (dd/mm/yyyy)         28 / 01 / 2011
return date (dd/mm/yyyy)            01 / 07 / 2011


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preparation

exchange/placement application process

The application process is not so difficult. Just try to fill in all the forms and hand them in in time. Check every once
in a while if everything is still okay for your application, else you might miss out on things.

counselling/support at home university

Utrecht University has been really nice and helpful to me. They always answered all my questions. When I had a
problem in Thessaloniki (there was a break-in in my dormitory) they sent me a really nice e-mail and also sent an
e-mail to the Erasmus office in Thessaloniki.

academic preparation

You don't need any kind of academic prepartion to study Journalism at AUTH.

language preparation

You don't need to learn any Greek before you come to Thessaloniki. Most of the Greek people speak English. Of
course it is useful if you speak some Greek so I advice you to take a language course first. There you will also
already meet a lot of people even before the semester has started.

finances

Try to save as much money as you can before you go abroad, because there will be a lot of things to do. There
are a lot of trips to take and a lot of parties, so it will be nice to have some savings.

study/placement abroad period

study programme/work plan (concerning content and organisational issues)

At AUTH there is a special Erasmusprogramme for the Journalism faculty. The study programme for the
Journalism faculty for Erasmusstudents is completely in English. There are courses about journalism, but also
about media and technology.

academic quality of education/placement activities


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The academic quality of the courses is very poor. I would say that I haven''t really been learning anything new at
this university.

counselling/support at host institution/organisation

Don't expect a lot of support from the Greek host institution. You will have to figure out a lot by yourself, but you
are not the only Erasmusstudent so you will manage your way in Greece. Just see it as a challenge! Of course
you can always ask questions, but you might not get the answers you want. Also it might take a lot time arranging
things in Greece.

transfer of credits

The university in Thessaloniki also works with ECTS and a grading system from 1-10, so it should be really easy
to transfer your credits. If you want to be really sure that you will get credits for every course you take, try to talk
about the courses with your exam committee, because the courses in Greece are not very good.

student life

welcome/orientation programme

There is not a real welcome or orientation programme arranged for the Erasmusstudents, but ESN organizes
some other activities where you can meet other students.

accommodation

There are three university dormitories in Thessaloniki. The first one is Efxinos Leschi, this is the cheapest option.
It's pretty far from the university and the center. Also there is only internet in one room where there is a limited
amount of connections. The second one is Matsi, this is really close to university campus. It's pretty big so you can
meet a lot of other student and have nice parties (although it is actually not allowed by the landlord). But Matsi is
not very clean, the rooms are really small and there were a couple of break-ins during my semester. Now there
are cameras and barbed wire, so it should be more safe now. The third option is the most expensive one,
Kassandrou. There are just a few single rooms, so if you want a singleroom try to apply for that early. Its closer to
the center than Matsi but still close to campus. The best option though is to find your own apartment with some
other students. This is very cheap compared to Kassandrou and there are rental offices everywhere and they can
show you some apartment.

leisure/culture

There are trips organized by the Greek school which are really nice and show you a lot of Greek culture. Next to
that ESN organizes a lot of activities and a party every week. Thessaloniki is a big city so there is a lot to do. Also
it is pretty close to the beach so you can also go to the beach for a day or something.

suggestions/tips

Make weekend trips to Chalkidiki and visit the island Thassos, it is really beautiful. Maybe start your first month in
a dormitory to meet people and find people to share a flat with. As long as you don't pay your rent yet, you can
always leave whenever you want.

conclusions

would you recommend this host organisation/destination to others? please explain

Yes, if you really want to have nice long holiday and don't wanna study a lot. If you want to enjoy the nice weather,



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have a lot of parties and meet a lot of nice people from allover Europe.

No, if you really want to have an academic challenge, because the quality of the university is really disappointing.

do you have any additional advice or comments?

It's Greece, just try to go with the flow. Enjoy every single day, because it will be over before you even notice!



Reminder: for the purpose of future correspondence on the final awarding of your Erasmus grant, please make
sure you update your telephone number(s), postal and e-mail addresses in Steun in case of any changes after
your return!

                                           https://www.ssc-steun.uu.nl/




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UU Report form ~ Erasmus 2010-2011

 faculty/college
 level                                bachelor
 name degree programme               Artificial Intelligence


 destination city & country           Thessaloniki, Greece
 name host institution and/or         Aristotle University
 company/organization
 purpose Erasmus grant                study/courses
 departure date (dd/mm/yyyy)          01 /10 / 2010
 return date (dd/mm/yyyy)             30/06/2011



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 preparation

 exchange/placement application process

 there was no trouble except for the fact that the host university mentioned I would only be receiving “tutorial
 lessons”

 counselling/support at home university

 They prepared me well before, giving a lot of information on all the things I should or wanted to know.
 Information about grants and insurances and such.

 academic preparation

 Nothing in particular

 language preparation

 There was a greek EILC course but at my arrival it had been booked full already..

 finances

 I had saved up a little bit of money from participation. as a subject in experiments

 study/placement abroad period

 study programme/work plan (concerning content and organisational issues)

 It was sometimes very hard to get information on what I was supposed to do in a course because the lessons
 were greek and sometimes it was hard to make an appointment. Also some course were previously not
 available or at least they told me this but it turned out they were in fact available..

 academic quality of education/placement activities

 Better in some courses than in others.




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 counselling/support at host institution/organisation

 The people of the international office were busy, quick but very helpful and friendly

 transfer of credits

 I received less credits per course than would be normal in Utrecht

 student life

 welcome/orientation programme

 No such thing

 accommodation

 on arrival it turned out the university dorms for which I had applied were full but it is rather easy to find
 accommodation in Thessaloniki so this was no problemm

 leisure/culture

 The city has great and varied student life, for every kind of person there is something there.

 suggestions/tips

 The student parties in and around the campus. A walk by the seaside boulevard

 conclusions

 would you recommend this host organisation/destination to others? please explain

 if a person is going for a purely academic interest and does not speak greek I would not suggest this place as it
 can be hard to follow a course or even making your way through the university. On the other hand, for a cultural
 experience it is interesting because it is an ancient city were lots has happened and as it happens to be now, a
 lot more is happening. A lot of activism and other things that you would never see in holland are common
 occurrences there. This combined with the experience of Greek life and the fantastic atmosphere in the city
 make me want to recommend this for sure!

 do you have any additional advice or comments?




Reminder: for the purpose of future correspondence on the final awarding of your Erasmus grant, please make
sure you update your telephone number(s), postal and e-mail addresses in Steun in case of any changes after
your return!

                                           https://www.ssc-steun.uu.nl/




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Universiteit Utrecht - International Office, Heidelberglaan 8, 3584 CS Utrecht, verslagen.internationaloffice@uu.nl

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UU Report form ~ Erasmus 2010-2011

faculty/college                    Humanities
level                                  bachelor             master                PhD                    other
name degree programme              Literary Studies/Comparative Literature

destination city & country         Thessaloniki, Greece
name host institution and/or       Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
company/organization
purpose Erasmus grant                  study/courses        work placement
departure date (dd/mm/yyyy)        26 / 9 / 2010
return date (dd/mm/yyyy)           28 / 1 / 2011


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preparation

exchange/placement application process

I initially wanted to go to the University of California, Irvine. When that did not work out due to a lack of exchange
agreements, I decided to pick a European university from the UU exchange 'late application' list. I decided on
Greece, because I had never been there before. The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki offered courses that suited
my focus within the RMA programme, and the city seemed interesting in terms of location and socio-historical
background. The application process went simple and smooth thanks to the UU International Office.

counselling/support at home university

The UU International Office gave me great advice and helped me a lot. Even though there was no Humanities
exchange programme with Thessaloniki, they made it possible for me to go there with their help.

academic preparation

No specific academic preparation was necessary, but I found that my first RMA year formed a good basis for the
courses I took in Thessaloniki. I felt well prepared and at ease in class.

language preparation

I took some private Greek lessons

finances

I partially financed my stay in Thessaloniki through the Erasmus Grant, but it is worth mentioning that it did not
even cover half of my rent (university accomodation). I rented out my room in Utrecht and received some financial
support from my parents. I financed the largest part of my stay abroad through my savings.

study/placement abroad period

study programme/work plan (concerning content and organisational issues)

It was quite hard to compose a study plan in advance, because the AUTh website made it far from clear which
courses were to be taught when. When I arrived, I ended up taking completely different courses. Moreover, I
discovered that half of the courses did as of this year count for 10 ECTS instead of 15, which caused some

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problems for my work plan.

academic quality of education/placement activities

I think the quality of the courses offered was high. In the UU RMA programme, students are required to work very
hard. In Thessaloniki, students who have been allowed into the two year master programmes in which I took
courses are also challenged.

counselling/support at host institution/organisation

I found that things were not that well arranged at my host institution. Apparently, no one knew I was coming and I
was the first master student to ever go on Erasmus and take classes in the departments of English and American
Literature. This caused some confusion and insecurity at first. Moreover, I did not know AUTh had appointed me
an academic coordinator - let alone who she was. I also have waited more than a month to get my student card,
which gives students access to the gym and the cantine and a discount in public transport and museums.
However, several people in the department helped me a lot and I was very impressed by the AUTh Erasmus
Office.

transfer of credits



student life

welcome/orientation programme

There was only a brief welcome session which turned out to be directed only at bachelor's students. However, it
helped me get in touch with a professor who helped me along.

accommodation

I was quite content with the accomodation the university offered me. It was quite expensive and the room was very
small (in Thessaloniki you can live way better for way less money), but it was really nice to live together with other
international students. Moreover, the residence I lived in was only a five-minute walk from the University and a
ten-minute walk from the city centre.

leisure/culture

There is an excellent university gym at walking distance form the university campus, in which all students can
practice sports for free: great! Moreover, the ESN organized many parties, dinners and trips, as well as dance
lessons and movie nights.

suggestions/tips

A specific tip for the OGC's 'Across the Border' programme, in which all RMA students are required to go abroad
for one semester: please inform the students of the possibilities in a proper way. Give them a list of institutions to
choose from, instead of just stating that 'anything is possible'. I have found that this is not at all true, and many of
my fellow students ended up not being able to go abroad because of all the vagueness around requirements and
possibilities. This should really change. However, I am very happy that I ended up doing an Erasmus in Greece
during my 'Across the Border'.

conclusions

would you recommend this host organisation/destination to others? please explain


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Yes, as long as they are prepared to adjust to the Greek pace when it comes to getting things done. AUTh can
been really frustrating for students who want to arrange their things quickly: filling out the right forms, getting
signatures and making appointments can be quite hard here. Moreover, the city is not that spectacular: it is just
your regular, ugly and peaceful Mediterranean city, with a nice boulevard.

do you have any additional advice or comments?




Reminder: for the purpose of future correspondence on the final awarding of your Erasmus grant, please make
sure you update your telephone number(s), postal and e-mail addresses in Steun in case of any changes after
your return!

                                            https://www.ssc-steun.uu.nl/




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Universiteit Utrecht - International Office, Heidelberglaan 8, 3584 CS Utrecht, verslagen.internationaloffice@uu.nl

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Faculty of Law
Bachelor

Thessaloniki, Greece
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Study

27/02/08 - 26/06/08

Preparation
Before I went to Thessaloniki I choose my courses via the website on the internet. When I
came there, I had to review my courses, because one of them was cancelled. Furthermore,
some courses seemed more interesting. Changing is easy: everything is being done
handwritten, without computer programmes, so you can just go to the office, say you would
like to change some things and then it can be done. Ms Koutousi arranges everything in the
Administration Building, Monday - Friday 11.00 - 13.00 h. In the beginning and end of the
semester there were a lot of people waiting so you had to wait for a long time, but usually - if
you have all your paperwork done properly - she helps you very fast. The Greek language has
not been a problem for me: I spent most of my time with foreign students so I could talk
English. I did the intensive Greek course for 2 weeks, which was helpful; I could read the
restaurant menu, ask for the things in the shop etc. My Erasmus grant was enough; I spent 120
E for my room, which was the cheapest room in the dormitory. It was a triple room, 4 E per
night. If you decide to stay in a double room it's 5 E per night, single is 6, 5 E.

Study abroad
The courses I had were: Greek Penal Law, International and European Social Law,
Ecclesiastical Law and History of Greek and Roman Law. All the courses were held once a
week, for 2 hours. Usually it was a lecture, where we had to take notes of for the exam. Most
of the exams were written, but for the History subject I had to write 2 papers and had to do an
oral exam. The courses were all in English. If you take courses which are not in English you
have to read a book and the teacher will ask you questions about it, or you have to write an
essay about a topic that the teacher tells you. So if you would like to do that subject, but it is
in Greek, don't hesitate to contact the teachers. The contacts between teachers and students is
very informal. Don't be surprised if you see people smoking in the class room, it's completely
accepted as normal in Greece. They smoke everywhere.
The classes I had were good, I enjoyed learning about the Greek system, and especially the
I&E soc. Law was very interesting. The teacher herself had been on Erasmus in Strasbourg,
so she knew about our situation.
At this moment I don't know if the credits are approved or not; there was an electricity
breakdown at university so the computers don't work.

Student life
There was no welcoming event organized from the university. Everything you would like to
know you have to ask to other people. But it's not really a big problem, there were in my dorm
always people going to uni so it was easy to travel with them.
There are 3 university dorms: Kassandrou in the city centre, 300 E per month for a single
room (also some double rooms but not so much), Matsi, 5 minutes from university and gym,
most of them are single rooms but also a few double rooms, 250 E, and Vasilis Olgas (Efxinos
Leshi) with the above mentioned prices. I stayed in the last dorm, and it was a really good
experience. The floors are divided in men's and women's floors. Every floor has 4 showers
and 4 toilets, and 4 sinks. On the 7th floor is the common kitchen annex living room,
including a balcony with a view on the Olympos (with bright wheather). The secretary is at
the 2nd floor, if you arrive you have to go there first, she will give you keys etc. The bus stop
to uni is 1 minute walking. Bus 8 goes directly to uni, 3, 5 and 6 stop nearby, then it's a 10
minute walk. Going to uni will take you about 20 minutes, depends very much on the traffic.
You can buy tickets at the periptero (small kiosk which you can find everywhere and is open
till late) 25 cents for students, you can also pay 12, 50 for a month card. The boulevard is 5
minutes walking. Supermarkets are nearby, as well as the market on Tuesday and Friday.
Thessaloniki has 2 big museums, the Byzantine and the Archeological, which you actually
have to see if you go there. The White Tower was being restored at the moment I was there,
so I couldn't visit it. A walk up the castle will provide you a nice view over the entire city. If
you don't want to walk take bus 24. The taverna's halfway up are of good quality. The Jewish
museum in the city is very interesting, for example I didn't know that the university is built on
the place of a former Jewish cemetery.
About food: don't worry, it's for free! The student restaurant provides lunch and dinner.
Usually there are 2 choices. Tuesday is chicken day, Wednesday pork and Thursday pizza (for
the pizza you should be in time). Try the spaghetti once and you'll never want it again... For
the rest the quality was good. If you would like to go to a cheap taverna, go to Aristotelous
Square with a big group and ask for the special offer (10 E: food and wine). Ask for wine
without water. Another good place to eat, but a bit expensive is the Kitchen Bar in the port.
For coffee, try the 'Frappé' , in greek: frappee metrio me gala. It's cold instant coffe with sugar
and milk. Delicious on hot days. You can also make it yourself in a 1/2 l water bottle, just
shake everything.
Tips: don't expect the Greeks to dance, they prefer to sit down with their drinks. If you want
to dance go to Mo Club in Ladadika (nearby the port). If you want to go cheap by bus, don't
stamp your ticket but stay next to a stamp machine in the bus and only stamp if the controleur
is coming. If you go by ferry, buy a ticket for the nearest island, they don't check you once
you're on the ferry. You can sleep on the beach in a lot of places, so going to a hostel or hotel
is not really necessary. Until end of June there are not a lot of tourist. Go to the beaches in
Halkidiki! They are beautiful, especially Vourvourou and Sarti. You can hire a car in the
street from White Tower to Kamara, only problem is that you have to be 23 and have to have
your licence for about 1 year. If you go to the airport they are less strict. A car costs about 30-
40 E per day, including all the insurances. Town beaches are very nearby and cheap to reach,
you can go by bus so it will cost you 25 cents. Take bus 8 to IKEA and change to 69 or 72 to
Paralia Perea (paralia = beach) or Agia Triada. Speak as much English as possible, even with
people that don't speak it so well. They really want to but usually are a bit shy. And enjoy the
Greek way of living, siga siga.

Conclusions
I can definitely recommend Thessaloniki. The city is not too big, not too small, a perfect mix
of everything you want in Erasmus life. Because of living in the dorm and my English classes
I met a lot of people, which was good for my social life. In the weekends we went to the
beach, went out to a club or sth. I think because of the totally different culture it was
especially a good experience for me: it showed me that even without a 100 % organisation
things will work out.
If you go to Thessaloniki, make sure you have enough photos for all the papers that they want
you to fill in. And an extra harddisk is a good thing to take; after a while you will have lots of
pictures of you but also from your friends and it would be a pity not to store them only
because of no space on your computer.

				
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