Every year, FER hosts a number of foreign students who spend a semester or more expanding their knowledge, experience, and international contacts by taking the opportunities offered within the Erasmus+ mobility programme.
Despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, this academic year FER has once again attracted students from all over the world. Below you can read some of the impressions from several exchange students who have spent the last few months in Zagreb.
"With COVID terrorizing the world, we surely did not have big expectations from our Erasmus exchange, so it is no wonder that we still cannot believe how lucky we were to choose Zagreb and FER as our destination. Although we had quite a lot of studying to do, we were able to taste the beauty of this city (sometimes even literally!). Professors were very helpful and kind, and we even had the opportunity to work in the labs on real robots for our projects. We really enjoyed those real-life application parts of the courses. Some may say online studying is more difficult - maybe they are right, but it allowed us to travel across Croatia, so every minus is just half of a plus!", said Emilia Szymańska from Poland.
Emilia Szymańska and Igor Zielinski - Politechnika Wroclawska, Poland
"For the past 3 months, I have been living on my own for the first time and it was the best experience of my life. It is so cool to have the opportunity to get to know so many different people from all around the world. It is also crazy how much you can learn on both personal and professional levels. Traveling, partying, and discovering that even in the middle of a pandemic, we're never too young to explore and acquire new knowledge”, said Paula Hernández García from Spain.
Paula Hernández García - Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
"I was very excited about my Erasmus journey since the first day I came here. It started with a great party near the river Sava, which gave me the impression that Erasmus is another, funnier world, especially during the pandemic. Meeting people from all around the world and studying at one of the best Faculties in Croatia seemed really great to me and in the end, it absolutely proved to be true. Even though our interaction with other people was mostly interrupted by the virus, I still managed to visit the interesting and informative city museums with my friends and to travel to the interesting Croatian landmarks, which contributed a lot to my album. FER was a great place to study, and seeing the 'computer alley' and meeting with great lecturers was truly a pleasure", commented Ulaş Filiz from Turkey.
Ulaş Filiz - Ankara Üniversitesi, Turkey
"I would describe my Erasmus experience at Zagreb as quite stimulating. It was interesting to see how students study at FER, what kind of lessons do they have and why are they studying. As a foreign student, I felt welcomed in Zagreb and FER supported us in every way. For me, it was a real-life experience because you learn most from little experience where you begin to understand what really matters for you and your future life", said Emin Turan from Turkey.