Moving to Switzerland was the start of it all. For that reason, I wanted this first post to share the story on how I ended up in Switzerland as a University student.
How I ended up moving from Portugal to Switzerland
A year ago I had this intense feeling of wanting ro run away. At the time, the Erasmus Lists at my Univerisity opened for the second time with some spots available. My mind imediately thought “that’s it!”. That same day I had a conversation with my boyfriend about how I was in need of change. I was feeling sad with my studies and needed to leave my country for a while. A diferent experience to get my life back on track and for things to make sense again was what I was looking for. My boyfriend said yes to coming with me. We were officially moving abroad!
Why I chose Switzerland to study abroad
Together we looked at the list of places that I could apply. The decision was between Lugano, Switzerland, and Rome, Italy. My heart wanted Italy badly. It was a country that I’d always wanted to visit, and having the opportunity to live there sounded like heaven. Still, Lugano ended up being the choice once we put things on the table. He had family living there and it would make things easier. Plus we wouldn’t have to worry about rent as we would have a place to stay.
A few days later I received my email saying I was accepted at Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. I was terrified and excited all at once. By far the craziest thing that ever happened to me! I never thought I would be able to get this opportunity.
Preparation before moving to Switzerland
From that day until the day I traveled to Switzerland it was a long process. The amount of things to take care before moving was crazy! There were a million confusing things to take care. Paper work, passport, vaccines, shopping , packing, getting a new debit card, booking the flights.
Finally everything was taken care of and I was almost ready to go. Then I received the news that we wouldn’t be able to stay with my boyfriend’s family. The news totally stressed me out and I almost wanted to quit this entire idea. Having to find a house last minute was a huge hit on the plans. Switzerland is extremely expensive and the grant I would receive from university wasn’t enough to cover the costs.
All I know is that I don’t regret my decision of taking this crazy adventure. After the experience, I would have chosen Rome for sure, but we can’t really go back in time and I have to stick to the decision I made here. Switzerland may not have been what I was expecting but it taught me. This was also the moment I woke the travel bug inside me and it was what woke up my curiosity to the world and left me wanting to see more and more.