Erasmus – English, History & Creative Writing

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The ERASMUS+ programme offers students the opportunity to study at a European University as part of their degree programme. Participating in the ERASMUS+ programme is an invaluable opportunity as students are given a chance to experience a different educational system, travel, meet new people and immerse themselves in a different culture. All this will help individuals develop skills that will be invaluable for their future professional careers (e.g. independence, maturity, confidence, resourcefulness, problem-solving skills, etc). Furthermore, while successful applicants are not expected to be fluent in the language of their destination country, this will give them a chance to learn a foreign language on site, which is arguably the best way to acquire another language. This and evidence of international experience are valuable skills sought by employers.

If you have any questions about the Erasmus+ scheme then please contact:

BA (Hons) History students Amy and Thomas give an insight into the opportunities to study abroad through the Erasmus programme and their experiences in Oldenberg, Germany:

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Visit the Edge Hill University’s main Erasmus+ pages to learn more about the scheme and begin your application:

 

Partner Institutions

The Department of English, History and Creative writing currently holds ERASMUS bilateral agreements with the following European Universities:

University of Duisburg-Essen – Germany

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The University of Duisburg-Essen is a highly-ranked new university (67th in the world’s top 100 under-50 year-old universities). Located in Duisburg and Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, it was founded in 2003 as the merger of the Universities of Duisburg and Essen. Its origins, however, date back to the mid-17th century. With a student population of over 36,000 students, it is among the ten largest universities in Germany. The Department of Anglophone Studies is located in Essen, which is the sixth largest city in Germany and was recently awarded the European Green Capital Award for 2017. This city is just under 3:45 by train from Berlin and just over 2:15 by train from Amsterdam (the Netherlands). In terms of weather, the region has an oceanic climate, with mild winters (average temperature of 2° C) and cool summers (average temperature of 18° C).

University of Oldenburg – Germany

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Oldenburg is the hidden gem of North-Western Germany – the country’s most Anglophile region, easily explored via an impressive public transport system. Vibrant and cosmopolitan, yet small enough to have a quality of life that is the envy of larger cities, Oldenburg is an extremely agreeable and safe environment for students looking to live away from home for the first time. The historic city centre has much neo-classical architecture, a castle and a church modelled on the Pantheon in Rome, while facilities at the modern university campus are well tailored to the needs of students. Founded in 1973 and with a student population of over 13,000, the University is named after a journalist awarded the 1936 Nobel Peace Prize for his exposure of Germany’s breaches of the Treaty of Versailles.

University of Rouen – France

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The capital of Normandy, just over an hour by train from Paris, Rouen is a remarkably attractive and civilised environment in which to study – with all the facilities that would be expected of a major French city, yet on a manageable scale. The historic city centre, with its striking restored-timber streets, is centred around Rouen’s magnificent cathedral, and features the site where Joan of Arc was burnt as well as a famous art museum. With 26,000 students, the purpose-built university campus, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, is located on a hill high above Rouen, with striking views over the city and the surrounding valley of the River Seine.

University of Zaragoza – Spain

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The University of Zaragoza is a prestigious Spanish university (ranked 12th in Spain out of a total of 74 by QS Worldwide University Rankings (2016)). Its main two campuses are located in Zaragoza, in the North East of Spain, but it has campuses and research centres elsewhere in the Aragon region (Teruel, Huesca, Jaca and La Almunia de Doña Godina). Although officially founded in 1542 by Emperor Charles V, the University of Zaragoza has its origins back in the 11th century, making it one of the oldest in the country. The university has a community of over 31,000 students in 22 faculties. Zaragoza is a lively city full of history, located half-way between Madrid and Barcelona (about 1:45 by train to each city) and under two hours by car from the Pyrenees. In terms of weather, Zaragoza is a city of extremes: cold and generally dry in the winter (with a “wind chill factor” that can be as low as -15° C when the “Cierzo”, a northerly cold and dry wind, blows from the North-west) but very hot in the summer with temperatures easily reaching 40° C.

University of Warsaw – Poland

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The University of Warsaw is the largest university in Poland and one of the most prestigious in the country. Founded in 1816, this internationally renowned research centre has a student population of approximately 45,000. Warsaw, the capital of Poland, is a dynamic city, full of history and culture, and, although most of the city was destroyed during World War II, after the war most of its historic buildings were carefully reconstructed. The mixture of architectural styles – gothic, renaissance, baroque and neoclassic – reflect the history of not only of Warsaw, but more generally of the whole country. In terms of weather, Warsaw has an oceanic climate, with cold, snowy and cloudy winters and cold, sunny and stormy summers.

Incoming Students

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The Department of English, History & Creative Writing welcomes ERASMUS+ students who are studying English or History programmes in any of the European institutions with whom we hold bilateral agreements.

  • The University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
    • English (language and/or literature)
  • The University of Oldenburg (Germany)
    • English (language and/or literature)
    • History
  • The University of Rouen (France)
    • English (language and/or literature)
    • History
  • The University of Warsaw (Poland)
    • English (language and/or literature)
  • The University of Zaragoza (Spain)
    • English (language and/or literature)

The department has been receiving ERASMUS students since 2011.
Incoming ERASMUS students will be able to take modules from our English Language, English Literature, Creative Writing and/or History depending on the subjects they are studying in their home institutions. See the table below for information on the modules that are available to students visiting Edge Hill in 2016-2017.

See below for the module catalogue and timetables:

Outgoing Students

Students from the Department of English, History & Creative Writing at Edge Hill willing to study abroad under the ERASMUS+ scheme would preferably apply to spend their ‘sandwich’ year at one of our partner institutions. However, there is also the possibility for first-year students to apply to take part in Erasmus+ for one semester in the second year of their three-year programme. One-semester options are currently our second line of recruitment and decisions to send students for one semester in a three-year programme is left at the discretion of the department.

Currently, the Department of English, History & Creative Writing holds agreements with the following European universities:

  • The University of Duisberg-Essen (Germany)
    • English (language and/or literature)
  • The University of Oldenburg (Germany)
    • English (language and/or literature)
    • History
  • The University of Rouen (France)
    • English (language and/or literature)
    • History
  • The University of Warsaw (Poland)
    • English (language and/or literature)
  • The University of Zaragoza (Spain)
    • English (language and/or literature)

Department students enrolled in any of the following programmes may be eligible for the ERASMUS+:

  • BA English
  • BA English Language
  • BA English Literature
  • BA History

Unfortunately, there is no tradition of Creative Writing degrees in European universities, so BA (Sing Hons) Creative Writing students will not be able to apply for an ERASMUS exchange. We may, however, be able to consider English students who are taking Creative Writing as their minor subject.

In order to be considered to participate in the ERASMUS+ programme, applicants must be enrolled in any of the department programmes listed above; and they should have demonstrated commitment to their studies through regular class attendance, participation and academic performance.

Successful applicants will receive an ERASMUS grant from the European commission which will contribute towards paying any extra costs incurred during their time abroad. They will be given detailed information about this opportunity when they start their studies with us. However, they can also find information about the application process at: /international/erasmus/erasmus-for-ehu-students/

Student Stories

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Erasmus+ English Student from Oldenburg

“There is an excellent choice of English modules and I’ve found the tutors have a lot of passion for their subjects.”

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Erasmus+ English and Creative Writing Student from Oldenburg.

“Edge Hill University allowed me to have a great first experience staying abroad. I felt comfortable in my new surrounding within no time and it was easy to feel at home due to people’s kindness, friendliness and willingness to help.”

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ERASMUS+ History Student from the University of Rouen

“Spending a year abroad is a very good opportunity to broaden your horizons. It is a very rich personal experience, you get to meet new people from all over the world and exchange about your different cultures and ways of life”

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ERASMUS+ History Student from the University of Rouen

“There are a lot of events on campus you can take part in and there is always something going on in the Hub. You won’t have time to miss your family and friends back home.”

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