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1- European Health Insurance Card
Apply for or renew your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
An EHIC lets you get state healthcare in other countries from European Union at a reduced cost or sometimes for free.
EHIC is free. Some services charge to help you apply - these are unnecessary and you don’t need to use them.
You’ll need to provide your:
You’ll have to apply by post and show proof of residency. On each country some of these requirements are diferent, so you should inform yourself how you can take it back at your home country.
2- Online Bank registration and Authorization Letter.
Remember to check if you have all the necessairy on line codes to access your bank account. Remember that when you are abroad, usually you cannot check how much money you have at your bank account at the ATMs.
A very important action to take is to go to your bank and to request an authorization Letter sample, for you to fill and to give to your parents ( or to the most trusted person who has been taking care of you ) for them to be able to withdraw, or to deposit money in case of emergencies. ( Believe us....you will need it )
( This picture is just a random sample from the internet, which doesnt serve any purpose out of being a random ilustration for this post. )
3- International Relations Departement relationship
Make sure you get all the possible contacts from your International Relations Departement, to make all the communication easier and faster, on a way that when your Learning Agreement will need readjustements, you will be able to deal it on time.
Your Learning Agreement, will probably be an headache. Changes will be needed. You will have 24 hours to solve it sometimes.
We will teach you a secret: Keep your relationship with the IRD from your faculty on a very close and friendly way, to make everything on a way that they will even help you better and do not panic when they ask you changes that you need to do. Just listen to them very carefully, do what they request from you, and at the end you will see, that everyone did the possible and impossible to make your Erasmus a happy semester.
4- Visit your family, eat all your favourite food, and your favourite Hobbies
Before going on Erasmus, take the advantage that everyone wants to say goodbye to you. Make lunch and dinner meetings with your friends, and eat all those things that you like to eat at your home country. Unless you are a wonderful cook, you wont eat that again for 5 to 10 months. Most likely its something that doesnt exist in Porto, or that we dont have the habit to eat it.
If you like snow sports, or climbing very big mountains do it before you come because in Porto there is no snow, out of some ice that falls with the rain which, in nowadays, happens with more frequency, and mountains are not really high compared to other european countries.
Friends will meet you and all of them will tell you that they will visit you, but you should be prepaired that most likely only one or two will really visit you. Ask them to bring all those favourite chocolates, or crackers, or special Vodka, beer or wine, that you like so much.
5- Do not rent rooms without being absolutely sure, that the room is legal, with legal contract and legal receipts of your payments
Be very careful with renting your room through the internet.
First of all you should take in consideration some details:
1- Choose a legal platform to rent a room in Porto. We can suggest to you at least 2 of them:
M2Students: where you can rent a room in big Erasmus Houses. M2Students its an Erasmus community, therefore it selects happy, social students to live on it, which you can of course apply to it, that represents 2 per cent of the international students in Porto every year. Good luck :) All the Rooms from M2Students are 100 per cent legal respecting all the legal, financial and safety proceedements that are required by the portuguese law
Uniplaces: a big students platform which rents rooms in flats or houses that pays that service which garantees to you that it is a legal landlord.
Do not rent rooms that are set on lists of institutions that do not garantee you that each one of those announcements are legal. Do not allow them to trick you saying that it is normal to live in Porto without a legal contract or legal receipts of your payments. If they try to tell you that, just go to your University and ask for help. You can always go to the M2Students office in case you have any problem and we will help you to complain about them.
2- Do not transfer more then one rent to book your room. Sometimes they ask 3 or more rents in advance but usually its just a trick for you to arrive to the worst room in the planet and to feel forced to live there.
3- In case of any suspicious behaviour from your Landlord, go immediately to your International Relations Departement and explain them what is happening. In minimum they will try to warn other students from that scam.
Just in case you dont want to risk, M2Students blocked all the reservations from 1st of September to the 10th of September, to allow only Erasmus Students to book a bed at our Hostel. 12€ per night per bed, to give you the first 10 days of September to check your future room with your own eyes, in case you didnt find nothing legal untill then.
We invited the M2Students Residents to help us to make a parody video about renting rooms in Porto, using our own announcements and a ridiculous law that is not applied for International students but that in fact exposed many of the ilegal landlords that came to us insulting us exposing their scams to us.
Was a very funny video to be produced imagining how it would be if our services were ilegal. On the video we do suggest you to not live at a Hostel, but in fact our Hostel, it is the safest option you could choose :)
Thank you to all the participants on this parody:
Girlfriend/Boyfriend: to keep or not to keep
Here you will find your most difficult task before you come to your Erasmus experience.
You have been living the love of your life? Your Boyfriend/Girlfriend is the person you love more in the entire world? Hummm....well, considering that you will live in another cultural reality, and that you still dont know everyone in the world, the argument of being the love of your life goes immediately down the toilet.
Still respecting and assuming that Love in the first stage of your life can happen, and that maybe you are the luckiest person in the world and you met your soul mate during the first 20% years of the rest of your life, we do advise you to think well on all your decisions.
We know it is a difficult decision, and we do not want to have any influence on it, we just want to list some facts that you should take into consideration:
1- Erasmus experience, is a period of time for you to get to know yourself as an individual...not as a couple;
2- European Union gives you a schoolarship to help you to have this amazing cultural interaction and to help you to integrate and learn a bit more of what is to be a citizen of European Union, and not for you to waste with plane tickets to visit and to be visited by your Boyfriend/girlfriend;
3- You are still between 19 and 25 years old most likely, so the chance of wasting the opportunity to meet other people just because you think your soul mate wouldnt enjoy that you meet someone just because of how exotic or different that person can be, doesnt make any sense at all;
4- It is not a coincidence that everyone will tell you that they changed a lot during their Erasmus experience. That is a reality, because this is a unique experience that will make you to see everything from a different perspective.
Our Suggestion: Have a very mature conversation with you boyfriend/girlfriend and try to see this experience as an individual experience, where you will be open to meet people and to allow your partner to live the same experience back at home.....if it will be true love, you come back and everything will be even better, if this period changed everything and you will see that it was not true love, maybe you will have there your future best friend, instead of someone with who you were not honest.
We understand you, this is a difficult topic, but at least, just think about it for a while....good luck and see you here in Porto. :)