Erasmus Mundus

From September 2016 through September 2018, I will be studying in the Language and Communication Technology master (computational linguistics) through Erasmus Mundus. The first year I will be at the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken, Germany, and the second year I will be in the University of Trento, Italy. I hope to post somewhat regularly about my experience, and have begun blogging about it.

I’ve decided to collect my posts on this in two series, the “How it went” series and the “How it felt” series. The tables of contents for both are below. I hope you enjoy one or both of them!

How it went

Here you will find the nitty-gritty details of my trials through the move, setting up, studying, and so on. If you intend to do this in the future, perhaps this section will be useful to you.

  1. The Decision
  2. The Application
  3. Packing List
  4. Week One (Arrival)
  5. Week Two (Saarschleife)
  6. Week Three (Strasbourg)
  7. Week Four (New room)
  8. Weeks Five & Six (France)
  9. Signing up for Classes
  10. Week Seven (New kitchen)
  11. Fulfilling course requirements
  12. Weeks Eight & Nine (Foundations course)
  13. Weeks Ten & Eleven (Heidelberg)
  14. Weeks Twelve & Thirtee (New laptop)
  15. Weeks Fourteen & Fiftee (Christmas markets)
  16. Weeks Sixteen & Seventeen (Winter holiday)
  17. Weeks Eighteen & Nineteen (New year)
  18. Weeks Twenty & Twenty-One
  19. Weeks Twenty-Two & Twenty-Three (Work stress)
  20. Weeks Twenty-Four & Twenty-Five
  21. Karneval Shenanigans
  22. Weeks Twenty-Five & Twenty-Six (Travel North)
  23. Week Twenty-Seven (Switzerland)
  24. Weeks Twenty Eight & Twenty Nine (Final projects)
  25. Weeks Thirty & Thirty One (Vacation and Theft)
  26. Weeks Thirty-Two & Thirty-Three (Saarschleife bunker)
  27. Weeks Thirty-Four through Thirty-Six (New Semester)
  28. Weeks Thirty-Seven through Thirty-Nine (Malta)
  29. Weeks Forty & Forty-One (Road Trip)


A mini-series specifically dedicated to bureaucracy! (More links to come)

  1. Officialization 1: WTF comes next?
  2. Officialization 2: Accomodations
  3. Officialization 3: Health Insurance
  4. Officialization 4: Matriculation
  5. Officialization 5: Registration
  6. Officialization 6: Bank Account
  7. Officialization 7: Student Visa
  8. Officialization 8: Going to the Doctors
  9. Officialization 9: Getting a HiWi Job

How it felt

Here you will find more flowery descriptions of my personal feelings throughout this process. If you know and/or like me as a person, perhaps this section will be interesting for you.

  1. Portland 400 (prelude)
  2. Children
  3. Expanse
  4. The Shrink
  5. Order
  6. Bewilderment
  7. Satiated
  8. Foreign
  9. Bones
  10. Hate
  11. The Screen
  12. Walls and Birds