As well as sending out students to our European Union partner universities, Modern Languages & Cultures welcomes Erasmus+ students to Liverpool to study alongside our ‘home’ students. This week, we meet Léa Meignien, who has spent this past academic year here, coming from the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France.
Before starting her placement in Liverpool, Léa had intended to leave France for just one semester, but she was convinced by her Erasmus+ co-ordinator at Dijon and by her parents to spend the year on Merseyside. Looking back, she’s delighted she opted for a year-long placement. She jokes that she spent the first semester adapting to the new enviornment and academic system, as well as learning to live in a new country and culture.
I could not find a greater place than Liverpool to spend my year abroad
Once she felt truly settled, she feels that she was able to enjoy her year abroad experience much more fully, including not only the classes she attends but also a varied social life with new friends. She has been particularly struck by the structure of student life here, where there are fewer contact hours than in France, and a better relationship here between tutors and students. Léa is struck by the fact that, in Liverpool, she has a lot of fun in class, and will miss this aspect of the student experience when she resumes her studies in Lyon in September.