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Erasmus experience in Palermo, the Italy of Maitane

Why did you choose to go to Palermo, Italy?

It was the place that touched me.

How long is the scholarship? How much money do you receive to help you with living costs?

They give you €200-€300 per month for 5 months.

Erasmus experience in Palermo, the Italy of Maitane


What is the student lifestyle like in Palermo?

Amazing! People are sociable and they know how to have a good time, you can enjoy it comfortably during the day and night. There are so many closed gambling bars and some clubs, as well as bars and music and life on the streets.

Would you recommend the city and the University of Palermo to other students?

Yes, yes and yes.

What is the food like there?

Of course pasta and pizza are main dishes here, truly amazing: sandwiches, arancini, cannolis... And the fresh vegetables, fish and meat at a very good price in the outdoor markets!

Did it cost you to find your accommodation in Palermo?

Nothing, in two days I already decided, they showed me a few places!

How much does it cost to live in Palermo?

The flat worked out as €200-€250 per month with electric, water and internet, the rest of the personal bills, but food is a good price!

Is the language easy to get to grips with? Are there language courses available at the university?

Some learn faster and others find it a little harder, but to understand, you understand very fast and little by little the words come out. The Italian course helps a lot!

What's the easiest or most economical way to travel to Palmero from your city?

By plane if you find an offer, and if you don't, you can travel to Rome by plane and then get a boat to Palermo.

Where would you recommend to go on a night out in Palermo?

Bucciria, Garraffello, Ballaro to go for a drink and there are not many clubs, I'll stay with that!

What good cultural sites are there to visit?

There are monuments and really cool museums and to travel around the entire the island!

Erasmus experience in Palermo, the Italy of Maitane


Is there any other advice that you could give to future students who are going to Palermo?

A lot of people are driven off when they arrive to Palermo and think is an old and dirty city, but don't be! In two days you get used to it and you will see the Sicilian rhythm traps you. I love it, you could say that it is a city of chaos with much love!

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