This blog was created as part of the Erasmus Mundus Crossways in Cultural Narratives Masters programme, which is the only one of the EU approved and funded Erasmus Mundus Masters programmes to specialise in traditional humanities with a modern languages background. The Crossways Consortium comprises 6 top-class European universities.

For further information, please check the programme's official website and the universities' websites on the Useful Links section on the left. If you wish to have a specific question answered, please click on Email here and submit your query.

Mundus students, here you will find regular posts regarding the universities of the consortium, tips, activities, events, pictures, etc. Apart from checking it regularly to keep yourself up to date, a good way to use the blog is through the search device. We already have a significant amount of information on some universities of the consortium, so if you want to find information on a specific city, type its name in the search field (top left). You will then see all posts related to that specific city (because each post title contains the city's name in it). You can also type "General" in order to find information concerning everybody.

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

St Andrews: Tips

    by Anuradha Choudry

A general advice for those going to St-Andrews - Find out about the Befriender's programme organised by the hope church near the busstand. It is a very thoughtful gesture by the local people of St-Andrews to welcome foreign students and make them feel at home in Scotland.  Don't miss the opportunity and make the most of the societies' activities. They are great fun! Really missing them out here in Bergamo. Very beautiful city but would have been more fun to have more students' activities :)

Monday, 11 February 2008

Sheffield: Extreme Sports Anyone?

    by Becky Chen

One of the ways to benefit from y our stay in Sheffield is going for CAVING in Peak District—which is popular for hiking and walking both for old and young alike.

Peak District is about 30-40 minutes drive from Sheffield Uni. There is a Caving Club in Sheffield Uni, I just happened to find out from the Club n Society Fair and also from the notice board at the Student Union.

In order to join the caving activities, we have to pay some amount of money for membership and equipments. The more experienced members and the experts sometimes organize a few trips even within a week so we can choose whichever day we prefer. The last trip I had was a group of about 8 persons, 3 of them are very experienced and had been to caves all over the world. Transport and equipments are provided, usually prepared by the trip leaders.

The journey in the cave was not easy but the leaders were willing to escort people out of the cave if anyone could not manage or do not want to take the risk at any point of the journey. Trainings are provided before the trips, but weather determines whether the trip will be canceled or not, as it can be dangerous when water runs into the cave, and even if it’s not raining, the temperature and the water in the cave are freezing cold. Although the autumn semester is not the perfect time for caving, trips are still organized whenever it is possible. Those who want a different experience in Sheffield may find this interesting perhaps during the spring semester!