Boris Kuzmanov – 26 – Bulgaria
Higher Education - Erasmus+ Master Loan – Spain, 2016-17
‘The Erasmus+ Master loan had a huge positive impact on my life’ says Boris Kuzmanov from Bulgaria. ‘Without this loan, I would have simply been unable to start my Master studies in nuclear energy’, he explains.
Boris developed an interest in nuclear energy from a young age, growing up in Kozloduy, home to Bulgaria’s only nuclear power plant. After studying nuclear engineering in Sofia at undergraduate level, Boris identified the 2-year European Master in Nuclear Energy as an ideal next step.
The programme entails studying in Spain and France, combined with a 6-month internship in an energy company - a perfect fit. While Boris managed to secure a scholarship to cover his tuition fees, accommodation and living expenses were proving particularly costly. Boris was able to secure a loan from Microbank to pursue his studies, backed by an EU guarantee under the Erasmus+ programme.
So far, Boris' experience has been particularly rewarding: ‘The programme is very intense and I really feel I’m learning a lot. But I’ve also had the chance to meet lots of international students and share experiences. This has definitely broadened my vision of the world and enriched my personality.’