Does it mean that
my erasmus processes are all done by now? No.. Big NO! After I got my visa I
have to go to erasmus office in my university and bring along with me the copy
of these documents:
By showing them
to the erasmus coordinator, he or she will give a checklist next to your name
which means that you have done a great job in dealing with all the erasmus
challenges, if I may say so. Moving on to the next step, you will be asked to
sign a bunch of agreement letters, these letters are what erasmus students
often call 'agreement with national agency or ulusal ajans, in Turkish
That also is a
huge sign that says you can breath in peace now, in case you have a hard time
taking breath while taking care of them.
A little bit of
information, national agency is an organization that is responsible for the
funding that you are about to get. I think, this agent is also a representative
of European Union who is deliberately appointed to take care of erasmus program
or education in general, in all of the countries that they (meaning EU) have
Buy a plane
ticket, or whatever means of transportation that you choose to travel with.
And, have a safe flight!
Hope you enjoy
NO! You are not
done yet… I don't want to give you a panic attack. For now, I am just gonna
shut my big mouth up. But really, up to now you may say that you have completed
your task. But NO! When you get to your destination, you will have to deal with
some bureaucratic stuff. And if you could deal it well until this step, then I
believe the rest will be so much easier for you. Or at least you grew
accustomed to dealing with bureaucracy; which is something good, because that
thing is something that you will be facing for your entire life.
When you have met
the term 'bureaucracy', it means that you truly are living. Otherwise, you are
What you will
have to do once you decide to apply for a visa is to visit the targeted
country's embassy's website in your region. Luckily for me, Romania has its
consulate in Izmir. That too, I knew after doing some research online. From
that website you will know a lot of thing, including the documents that are
required for applying the type of visa you are classified in. For study, which
is classified as "long stay" visa; thus, you will have to apply for
the "D" type visa.
Here are the
documents needed for Romanian study visa "D type" :
fill in the application form
Letter of Acceptance
that you are on exchange program. In that letter, it also states about your
expanses during your stay in that country that it will be covered with certain
amount of money.
could be written in separate paper. But it might also be written in the
statement letter no. 5
must cover up to 30.000 euro
about a place where you will stay for the whole program
you happen to be living abroad, you may have to do a little work. In Turkey,
you have to go to "Adalet Sarayi" or court house to get that letter.
In Romanian case, you may also have to apostille it. I don't know what
apostille was until that day. So, it is a kind of sign language, that's what
it looks to me. Actually, not sign language but translation of every words or
words that are significant in that letter to languages that are required, such
as Romanian, English, and Deutch.
case you are living abroad:
The copy of
your resident permit
The copy of your ID card
(national ID card)
Okay, those are
the documents you have to prepare for Romanian visa. But it's not quite finish
yet, you have to apply online at http://evisa.mae.ro/ro_home.
But first of all, you may want to do the scanning of all the documents above,
because you will be asked to upload them on that website.
processes are pretty much like; your documents are going to be checked by
them. If it is okay, then they will arrange an appointment for you. You will
learn the appointment date from this website too.
I submitted my
documents on 6th August, and we will see when it’s going to be ready.
And uh, for
Erasmus student, the visa is free. But normally for D visa it costs 120 euro.
Yeeee…. I just
got a call telling that my visa is ready to be collected. So, I went to the
consulate office and took my passport plus the visa that has been attached in
it. Finally my passport's pages can have a little decoration by sticking one
of other sticker (aka the visa :D). Hopefully I can get one more sticker when
I got in Romania, as I am planning to apply for schengen. Too bad, Romania is
not part of them.
And I feel like
I should tell you one more thing. I did not actually apply them online. Not
because I didn't want it too. I was so ignorant about this and that back then.
I decided to go to the consulate office and showed them my documents. Turned
out that my documents were all good and they directly accepted it, even though
I didn't make an appointment online. I can say my visa process went very
smooth - comparing to my other friends who had to pay for some huge amount of
money. They had to send the documents to their targeted country, which is sent
by cargo and it costs something. I didn't have to do anything. I just have to
do it here and now. And I did it and I got it. :p
jalan menuju Roma telah kujalani dengan sebaik mungkin
aku pun mulai menghirup wangi segar keberhasilan. Karenanya aku pun
yang kontroversial, bahkan bagi nalar ku sendiri. Aku memutuskan untuk menjadi
homeless. Homeless yang sesungguhnya!
Selama ini aku
tinggal di asrama pemerintah dan berbayar, dikarenakan
statusku sebagai mahasiswa asing tanpa beasiswa. Seandainya aku menerima
pemerintah, akan dipastikan aku bisa tinggal disana gratis.
Namun itu adalah suatu keadaan yang berbeda. Sekarang, kalau aku memutuskan
untuk tidak mengahapus namaku dari daftar penghuni asrama, aku wajib membayar.
Bahkan ketika kaki ku tak pernah menginjak ubin asrama itu. Bayaran asramanya
sebesar 227TL, sekitar Rp, 1.150.000. jumalah yang lebih dari lumayan bagi
mahasiswa penerima non-beasiswa.
Semua uang yang
kudapat berasal dari Indonesia. Kurs Indonesia - Turkish Lira sangat membuat
segalanya bertambah sulit. Apalagi fakta bahwa uang kiriman yang ku dapat dari
orangtua tidak lah sebesar yang dibayangkan. Kalau tetap memberiarkan namaku
ada dalam list penghuni asrama, bisa-bisa rencana ku untuk mengelilingi benua
hijau karam bagai kapal Titanic.
akhirnya ku pilih adalah menjadi homeless secara official, memohon-mohon kepada
setiap orang yang aku kenal untuk sudi menampungku untuk beberapa bulan. Karena
program yang akan kuikuti itu mulai bulan september.
yang bersedia menampungku. Permasalahan lain timbul. Dia juga akan mengikuti
program yang sama. Dan tanggal keberangkatannya sebulan setengah lebih awal
dari punyaku. Buntu tanpa pilihan, akupun memutuskan untuk mengambil kesempatan
yang ada dan memutuskan untuk memikirkan hal yang terjadi, nanti saja ketika
hal itu terjadi.
Itu dua bulan
yang lalu, sekali hal itu telah terjadi. Apa yang harus aku lakukan? Tanggal
keberangkatanku masih 35 hari lagi. Kemana aku akan tinggal? Berharap ada
keajaiban yang muncul. Semoga tendency ku untuk panik bisa hilang. Atau
setidaknya lebih terbiasa, dengan seringnya hal-hal yang membuat panik terjadi,
seperti disuruh keluar secara tiba-tiba.
35 hari menuju
pelabuhan. Akankah kapal ini bisa tetap berlaju? Semoga tidak karam