International experience

VERN’s students studding and working under the Erasmus+ programme

During winter semester, our students have stayed in a number of European countries, where they’ve studied under the Erasmus + programme or conducted professional training in companies. We bring you their impressions.

I’ve gained a life experience that I will surely use in some period of my life, I’ve met great people and colleagues with whom I hope to stay in touch, I’ve had a lot of fun and leisure. Also I’ve visited two smaller places in the Czech Republic (Karlovy Vary and Český Krumlov) that are definitely worth visiting and I’ve visited Berlin, which will not leave you indifferent. The other Erasmus students were very accessible and communicative, and since I’ve got along with everyone I expect to stay in touch with them.

DENI ŽILJAK, Jan Amos Komensky University, Czech Republic

Faculty of Management where I’ve studied is part of the University of Gdansk. The younger population speak English very good and is very accommodating. Especially colleagues at the faculty, who were always ready to help us foreigners, both in classes and through the city. Since I’ve been the only student from Croatia at that semester I’ve spent the most of the time with other exchange students. I mean we’ve been connected with similar interests - learning languages, getting to know new people and traveling – so it was easy to meet so many people from different parts of Europe, Asia and even South America.

AMALIA PETEK, University of Gdansk, Poland

I think Prague is one of the best cities to go on Erasmus because it is big enough and interesting, there are a lot of things to see from the buildings themselves, as well as various interesting places. I warmly recommend to anyone who wants to go to Erasmus to consider taking Prague as an option.

FABIJAN BALEN, Jan Amos Komensky University, Czech Republic

Working for Kaufland is definitely one of the best experiences in my life. I’ve learned a lot of things and I’ve seen how they function inside of the big international company. The best part of my practice was the fact that I’ve had a chance to work on marketing campaigns, where I’ve been able to apply the knowledge I’ve gained studying at VERN’ (Entrepreneurship Economics). I am very happy that I’ve been able to gain invaluable experience, independence and freedom as well to work in the field that I'm interested about, and that's marketing.

ISABELLA TOMAS, Kaufland directs to Heilbronn, Germany

It was dynamic and interesting experience through which I’ve gained new acquaintances from other countries. Granada is a beautiful city with lots of opportunities for Erasmus students, from gastronomy, cultural sights and beautiful locations to warm and friendly hosts who always greet you with a smile on their faces. I’ve also took advantage of the opportunity to visit cities such as Cordoba, Seville, Jaen, Toledo and Almuñecar (the Granada Coast) and Sierra Nevada. Since there are organized travels from Granada to northern Morocco, I’ve took a chance to visit the African continent for the first time in my life.

IVANA KATAVIĆ, Global Student Services SL at Granada, Spain

Studying at Stenden was invaluable. I’ve met wonderful, hard-working and friendly people as well as lecturers who are very dedicated to their work and ready to help in any situation. The school environment was more than pleasant. I was pleasantly surprised with a number of cafés, restaurants, open air spaces for learning and it made me even more motivated to work and study. As for the city, Leeuwarden fascinated me with its simplicity and beauty - beautiful canals, green lakes, centuries-old embankments and many farms producing homemade milk and cheeses at every turn.

LEA VIDUKA, NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

I was fortunate I’ve had a chance to get more closely with Dutch people because I played futsal at a local club. The other players were from other countries, so they were much friendly and more similar to Croats. I’ve visited many cities during my stay, even the Brussels and regarding the Netherlands, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Leiden, Heerenveen, Delft, Groningen, Kinderdijk and a few smaller towns as well as the Alde Feanen National Park.

LOVRO MACAN, NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

I’ve chosen this place because I know some students who had already done their practice in the same institution. So, since I wanted to do the practice outside of Croatia this have seem like a good opportunity. It has been really interesting working experience. The city is small and there is nothing much to do, but there are bigger cities nearby, so I’ve visited Munich, Rosenheim and Salzburg.

MIA POPOVIĆ, Seehotel Schlierseer hof, Schliersee, Germany

I believe that I have developed many, so-called, soft skills and that I'm more confident about my knowledge and capabilities.. Definitely, I’ve become independent and I’ve expanded a vision of my future life. By meeting new people, I have gained some new ways of thinking and solving problems, like all Erasmus people in the same situation – how to adapt, how to meet new people and how to organize your time in the best way possible. When you go to the exchange, it's up to you to choose your own group of people depending on your wishes and affinities – whether you like traveling, exploring gastronomy or just having fun, you will always find someone with common interests.

STELA PLEŠA, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain

Communication Department

Date of publication: July 3, 2019