Ilia Khaliavin is a final year student of the Joint Undergraduate Program at Higher School of Economics and New Economic School in Moscow. He spent the spring semester in 2017 at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid where he took courses in Economic and Business Administration.

Ilia says: “Taking part in Erasmus+ICM definitely helped me both professionally and personally. First, I improved my English skills and got a basic knowledge of Spanish, I learnt how to work in multinational teams and improved my resume. Second, taking part in exchange programs helps you feel what it is like to live in a foreign country (now I think of Spain as my second home), learn about new cultures and simply energize from communicating with many cool people.”

He adds: I am 100% sure that my time in Madrid was one of the best experiences in my life. This exchange program with its scholarship gave me an opportunity to travel a lot, to visit interesting places and enjoy my life. The courses taught in Carlos III University were all very exciting. The university also provided good facilities for doing sports, like gym, football, and tennis. In addition to that, the Erasmus student community organized many fantastic events, so it was a pleasure to study and live in Madrid. I am very thankful to Erasmus+ICM for this opportunity.”