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.

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Bergamo: Conference on Pragmatic and Textual Linguistics

Università degli studi di Bergamo
mercoledì 10 settembre 2008 - giovedì 11 settembre 2008
via Salvecchio 19 - Aula 1

Convegno internazionale
Tra pragmatica e linguistica testuale.
Ricordando Maria-Elisabeth Conte

per ulteriori informazioni: federica.venier@unibg.it

St Andrews: Jobs

     by Alessandra Gallerano

The workload in St Andrews is not to be underestimated, and I think, especially at the beginning, it takes quite a bit to get used to the different university system and study method. However, it is not so hard to find a student job in St Andrews. There are some possibilities within the university itself (University Library, Student Association, etc.), but you might need to apply months in advance; other options could be to work at a coffee shop, restaurant, pub, shop, etc. The Job Centre in St Andrews is very helpful and you can find several offers on the web as well. Last semester (from December to the end of January) I worked at a Coffee Shop and I quite enjoyed it, even though is was not easy to "organize" my time, especially when preparing essays, exams, etc. As I don't have any financial aid, working was very useful, but for grantholders the scholarship should be enough to cover your expenses.

Anyway, the minimum wage in Scotland is 5.65£ and the allowed hours for international students are 20 per week. The only thing you need in order to work in the UK is a National Insurance Number (provided by the Job Centre, following an interview) and, in some cases, a UK bank account.

Hope this information can be useful!