Erasmus, is a wonderful opportunity available to all European Students, that includes everyone at CCCU. Erasmus offers university students a possibility of studying abroad in another European country for a period of at least 3 months and maximum 12 months.You can either choose to spend a semester or a year studying in another european country, and also test your language skills (or not if you prefer).
I study Music and French at CCCU, so I chose to do my year abroad at a French University, at the ‘Université Catholique de Lille’ which is in the 5th biggest city in France. At first, like going to university it can be quite terrifying, living in another country where English is not the first language, but you soon learn the lingo, and if it all goes wrong, most can speak a little english. My accommodation is an old monastery (chapel included, yes really, you get woken up by the organ when there is mass on Sundays) but we have a ping pong room, a fridge freezer in each room but almost no wifi. The place is full of other international students so I hardly speak any french in the residence but I speak it when I’m out and about or in class.
One of the best bits of being on a year abroad is the people you meet. Just in my residence, there are Spanish, American, Canadian, Venezuelan, Mexican, Italian, Austrian, German and even some Taiwanese and Japanese to add to the mix. Everybody hangs out together and there is no shortage of things to do in Lille, with the Nightlife in Europe being very vibrant, as well as the beautiful surroundings. It’s never a dull moment.
On the weekends, I travel with friends thanks to Ryanair’s bargain €40 (£32) return prices to capital cities across Europe. Also, from Lille, you can get the high speed train and be in Paris in an hour, be in Brussels in 30m, or even back to Canterbury on the Eurostar in 1h30. On a limited budget, I’ve been to see Rome, Paris, Brussels, Bucharest, watched FC Barcelona play, seen Roger Federer play, but the best thing of all? Getting a freshly baked baguette from the local boulangerie round the corner.
At the moment, all my lectures are in French. I around have around 20 hours of lectures a week. Sometimes it is extremely tiring and the work is difficult, but it is worthwhile. It has truly opened my eyes into what Europe has to offer all of us, especially students. You are eligible to get your student loan, and your maintenance grant from the UK as well as an extra Erasmus grant. For more information contact your head of department.
– Walker Darke, BA Music and French, Year 2
Sarah Crewe & Chris McCabe
This Thursday (22nd January) Free Range in association with the Zone poetry collective present two distinctive modern poets
Chris McCabe’scollections are The Hutton Inquiry, Zeppelins, THE RESTRUCTUREand Speculatrix, published in December 2014 by Penned in the Margins. He has recorded a CD with the Poetry Archive and was shortlisted for The Ted Hughes Award in 2014.
I will be playing piano too.
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& Dominic Lash
This Thursday (15th January) Free Range is proud to present one of the world’s great saxophonists.
We had originally planned to present a trio with the guitarist John Russell but unfortunately he is unwell.
Free Range events happen at the lovely Mrs Jones’ Kitchen, 60-61 Palace St, Canterbury, Kent, UK. All events start at 8.30pm and entry is FREE! Doors open at 7.00pm and a full menu is available until 8.00pm. Light meals and drinks are available until 11.00pm. Friends of Free Range get a free glass of wine per event!
Also this Wednesday (14th January) the Canterbury Scratch Orchestra are playing a free lunchtime concert featuring music by Soft Machine, Cornelius Cardew, John Stevens and the Aphex Twin.
Canterbury Scratch Orchestra Perform music from Soft machine, John Stevens, Cornelius Cardew and Aphex Twin
Facelift by Hugh Hopper from the album Third by Soft Machine (1970)
One-Two by John Stevens (1985)
Unintended Piano Music by Cornelius Cardew (1970 or 1971)
Flim by Aphex Twin from the album Come to Daddy (1997)
St Gregory’s Centre for Music
Canterbury Christ Church University
North Holmes Road
This event is open to the public.
& Dan Sayers
This Thursday (8th January) Free Range celebrates being alive in 2015 with an evening of improvised music and dance
Free Range is pleased to bring together the two fine improvising flautists Dan Sayers and Paul Cheneour for a set including bansuri (Indian bamboo flute), ukulele, and various concert flutes (piccolo, alto, bass).
Also this Tuesday evening I will be talking about and playing music from Free Range on the ‘esoteric and experimental music’ show Epizootics on Canterbury Student Radio. You can listen live from 10-11pm on 97.4fm or at csrfm.com. Or you can listen later at http://www.mixcloud.com/epizootics/