The Swede smell of success
Ruth Manley is a student of international relations at Dublin City University. She spent the third year of her degree at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden on an Erasmus programme.
Like other Erasmus students, she received a grant of €2,000. These grants vary according to the cost of living in a country. Because it is considered an expensive country, Sweden is at the upper end of the scale.
"I think you learn a lot by mixing with students from a lot of other countries and you see your own country in a different light.
"I was interested in studying in Sweden, because it is often seen as a model of equality, with its policies on childcare and other issues.
"I realised that it is no Utopia. At the moment they are facing a lot of problems integrating immigrants. There were riots in Stockholm when I was there.
"I would definitely recommend travelling abroad for a year as a good experience and I made a lot of friends," says Ruth, who is now in her final year at DCU.