Dr Filippo Menozzi, our (Italian) English lecturer, has been working to establish a new Erasmus opportunity for future students on the programme (like you, if you’re a Fresher in 2016!). This will allow future level 5 students (who enter their second year from 2017/2018 onwards) the chance to spend a term studying in Naples at the University of Naples L’Orientale! I’m so jealous I almost don’t want to write this post…
The programme (in Naples! Did I mention that?) will be taught in English and you will choose modules from their existing English literature programme. You will be assessed by them, which will obviously go toward your degree in England (unfortunately you will have to return). The assessment styles may differ slightly from those at home, but this will be clarified before you go. As students you will receive help with regard to your accommodation and travel plans, and you’ll receive plenty of other information to help you whilst you’re there.
This opportunity will enable students to broaden their horizons, not just physically but intellectually and emotionally. There will be ample opportunity to gain valuable academic experience, with the possibility to study modules from a different English programme. There will also be the experience of another culture which will inevitably allow you to explore other avenues, such as history and politics (if you like that sort of thing). Ultimately, you will have the chance to make new and European connections and friends (which I’m sure will be useful considering Britain’s recent referendum choice).
Students will have to apply to win a place on the scholarship, which in itself will look amazing on a C.V. You will also be able to demonstrate your adaptability, independence and initiative in exploring further afield. Who knows you may even learn some Italian whilst you’re there (in Naples, did I mention that already?).
Let us not forget that Liverpool was Capital of Culture in 2008, this may be a wonderful chance to strengthen our European common identity, despite Brexit!
Oh and don’t forget the food! I bet the food is amazeballs over there…
Lynne & T.E.A