Homesickness on erasmus exchange?
You think that it is even possible? This might be funny to read for most students, but for some it is a real problem. They will probably not admit it but they feel lonely. It is an adjustment problem – related to culture shock and loneliness you will experience in first few days on erasmus exchange. You come to a new country with different culture. Students on erasmus from all countries experiences it. It happens when you change the environment and you are not quite ready.But there are many things you can do to forget about loneliness. The feelings of loneliness may occur when you or a family member/friend has a birthday and you wish you were there, but you can’t. Also winter time can be sometimes depressing and might make you feel lonely. Specialy if you go North – Sweden or Norway where winters can be really long.
How can you fight homesickness?
There are many ways to forget about such feelings. The easiest way is to talk to your room mate for example – he will probably understand you. You must be outgoing – go out frequently, make new friends and spend time with them. Travel a lot, explore the country you are in. Make sure to go to one trip or excursion at least once a week. Also do sports. You will be fit and healthy and you will also forget about loneliness – while doing sports you will meet new people and also make new friends. Do part time jobs – earn some money on the way. There is really no need to feel lonely even if you are separated from your family. They will still be there for you when you come back. If the feelings of loneliness are just too strong and you feel that you will not “make it” why not take a ride home and visit your relatives? This will help you. Then, when you feel better, you can return to your erasmus adventure. You can go on erasmus exchange for 4 months and then extend your stay to 6 months or even 12 months if you feel comfortable.