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Meet students from Spain, Netherlands, Germany and Turkey who study at VERN’

In the last group of foreign Erasmus students, a total of 33 students from nine different countries, who came to study summer semester at VERN’, have become part of our academic community within the framework of the Erasmus+ international mobility programme.

What do they think about Croatia and Zagreb? What courses they attend and what do they think about studying at VERN’? We bring you impressions of four students from Spain, Netherlands, Germany and Turkey.

Rocío Santos
I decided to come to Zagreb because I've never been in Croatia before and I wanted my Erasmus destination to be quite different from what I'm used to see. The thing that I like the most about VERN’ is that it’s different from my home university in the field of individual approach to every student. My home university is much bigger than VERN’ so it's impossible to have the feeling of closeness with lecturers and other staff. I also like the fact that VERN’ gave us the opportunity to take part in a lot of activities to explore Croatia. This is probably one of the best experiences in my life.

Hendrik Maria Leijten
I really like studying here in Zagreb, at VERN’ University, which surprised me in a very positive way and so has the city. VERN’ is filled with very kind people, not only the students, but especially the lecturers. Zagreb has a lot of activities and opportunities which you can participate in as a student and it seems to me like a really student city, because I also made friends with people from other universities. The reason I chose Zagreb is because I've already lived for a couple of months in Rome, so I wanted to go to some destination which was more unknown. I like to discover new things and Zagreb and it’s really is unique.

Anna Sophia Büttner
I like Zagreb a lot and also studying at VERN’, because it's a lot different than studying at my home university in Germany. Here, we're asked to do homework and intermediate presentations and pass in states of our assignments which is the way we check our understanding of theory. Much different than at my home university. Also, assignments and a lot of interaction in the lectures were huge surprise for me, but really positive. I came to Zagreb because I wanted to do a semester abroad and a lot of things here have surprised me: the weather, people, affordable prices, etc. – great experience.

Ahmed Arif Kaya
This has been my first time in Zagreb, but most of my friends who have been to Croatia told me it’s a wonderful country to stay. During my stay and thru ESN activities I had opportunity to meet Erasmus colleagues from all over the Europe – all those different cultures, languages and people. But the thing that really surprised me a lot is a Croatian kindness. Widening our visions, better understanding of other cultures and strengthening the abilities to take actions – these could be seized by the programme, not just making new friends. I still enjoy this Erasmus experience and I will do my best do keep it one the best life experiences.



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