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, 4 October 2008

Lisbon Guide (6 of 9): Groceries & Health


An informal guide by & for Erasmus Mundus students 

Collaborators: Alessandra Gallerano

Becky Chen 

Izabela Araújo

Lorenza Tiberi




In Lisbon you can find almost all the international groceries you may need. If you love to cook at home and you need basic ingredients the cheapest supermarket is Minipreço (ask for a club card in order to get offers and discount every time you shop) and Lidl. You can find both of them close to the University. Minipreço is virtually everywhere in the city.  If you want more variety of products, Pingo Doce is a good option; it’s a chain of small supermarkets that are located in every neighbourhood. However, if you want to go a big supermarket where you can really find everything you need, you’ll need to take the metro or the bus and go. One option is Continente, at Parque das Nações (M: red line, Oriente

If you are looking for something more sophisticated El Corte Inglés can help you. There you find all kinds of food from many countries. It’s definitely top-quality, so you can imagine that the prices will also be among the highest in Lisbon. You can go to El Corte Inglés by metro (blue line: São Sebastião) or by walking for 15 minutes from our university.  Finally, if you need Oriental ingredients you should go to the Martim Moniz area (M: green line, Martim Moniz), where you can find Asian products in general. 




Hopefully you won’t need a doctor in Lisbon, but just in case, there is a medical service available at Campolide campus, which is not very far from the university. You must book in advance, and the service offers prescriptions, general medical service, and psychological support. Personal advice: if you manage to have an appointment with the doctor allow at least 2 hours in your personal day-schedule, because s/he might be late. 

More information at:  Gabinete de Apoio ao Estudante - Carla Leite.  

From Monday to Friday 10:00–12:00 and 14:00-17:00  

Telephone: 21 371 56 53 // Fax: 21 371 56 72 

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Friday, 3 October 2008

Sheffield: Careers Service

The University of Sheffield counts with a great Careers Service. They organise workshops on skills' development, provide help in finding part-time jobs, check CVs, among many other services. Profit from it!

For their calendar of events, please click here or enter their website by clicking here.

General: Dissertation and dissertation report submission

As Dr Evans is on sabbatical, Dr Henriette Partzsch is the Mundus Dissertations Co-ordinator now. Her postal address for the submission of dissertations and dissertation reports is:

Dr Henriette Partzsch
Mundus Dissertations Co-ordinator
University of St Andrews
School of Modern Languages
Buchanan Building
Union Street
St Andrews
UK - KY16 9PH

Her email address is hamp2@st-andrews.ac.uk. As Ms Stanton pointed out, she's extremely efficient and will be more than happy to answer any questions that we may have regarding dissertations.

General: Scholarship instalments

Dear all,

Ms Stanton has just emailed me this very important notice regarding our scholarship instalments:

You currently have two months' worth of scholarship money in your account (around 2500€) for the months of September and October.
From November, the scholarship will be paid monthly (1 252.60€ / month) around the middle of every calendar month (i.e. mid-November, mid-December etc.) until the last payment of this 2008-2009 academic year in mid-June.
Should you do have any questions regarding bank issues, please do not hesitate to contact Natacha BEAUGRAND: natacha.beaugrand@bnpparibas.com as she will be more than happy to help, but please write in French if you do contact her.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Lisbon Guide (5 of 9): Academic Matters


An informal guide by & for Erasmus Mundus students 

Collaborators: Alessandra Gallerano

Becky Chen 

Izabela Araújo

Lorenza Tiberi



You do not have to deal a lot with the secretariat, but mostly with the Erasmus Office (7th floor, right hand side, Torre A). Bear in mind that the office is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00 and in the afternoon from 14:30 to 16:30. Sometimes the ladies are still in the office after the opening hours, but try to avoid talking to them unless you are in a big trouble. Please remember that once you come to Lisbon you will need a huge amount of passport photos: 

1 for the student card

2 for the library card 

1 for the university residence 

1 for the monthly metro pass 

1 for the Cartão Jovem (a card for those under 26 which gives a lot of discounts in bookshops, shops, train tickets etc. it’s sold at the post office). 

@ All the associations (culture, sports, etc) require a photo of you. 


If you haven’t heard about EMA yet, this is the right time for you to get to know them! EMA is the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association, that is, an association composed by EMA students and alumni from all EM masters courses, not only from Crossways. It’s more than 80 masters courses! EMA acts on behalf of our interests so if you don’t know anything about it yet, go to www.em-a.eu and find out more! There you will see information about EMA as well as a big community of students and alumni where you will find job ads, house hunting tips, blogs, and much more. 

EMA also has regional chapters that are intended to assist specific problems of students and alumni who come from certain regions. So far there are three active chapters: Latin American Chapter, Chinese Chapter, and Indian Chapter. If you are a national from one of these regions, write an email to ask for more information and join the fantastic work they have been doing! If you are not from one of these regions, don’t worry, thereare many more chapters to come! Keep an eye on the newsletters you receive from EMA for more information! 

Latin American Chapter: info@ema-la.eu. Website coming soon!  

Chinese Chapter: www.em-a.eu  

Indian Chapter: Vijita Aggarwal vijitaaggarwal@yahoo.com 

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