European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (ERASMUS) is an educational exchange programme for Higher Education students, teachers and institutions. It promotes trans-national co-operation projects among universities across Europe, and gives many European university students their first chance to live abroad. For more information, click here
Case study of an ERASMUS student:
Anne Harasta from Mainz University (2008)
My interest in the field of Physiology broadly started during my time as an exchange student within the scope of the ERASMUS program. In 2008, I worked together with Dr. Jo Cable on the host-parasite interaction of guppies and gyrodactylids at the Cardiff University. After returning to my home University in Mainz, Germany, I attended a seminar on physiological chemistry and got hocked after a few fascinating lectures. I took the opportunity to perform my Master thesis under the supervision of A./Prof. Matthias Klugmann in Germany at the Institute of Physiological Chemistry of the Joannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz. After having gained more experience as a research assistant in the laboratory of Prof. Beat Lutz (Mainz University Medical Centre) I was committed to extend my postgraduate training in an excellent overseas lab. Therefore I was thrilled to start my PhD with A./Prof Matthias Klugmann under the co-supervision of Prof. Gary Housley in the Translational Neuroscience Facility at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Previous ERASMUS students and their project titles:
2012 Anna Rita Vacca, University of Sassari, Italy: ‘Biology of Spironucleus vortens’
2011 Angel Zafra, Córdoba University, Spain: ‘Co-infection in cockroaches’