A Welcome Day for exchange students, both those from the EU and those from without, who arrived at the University of Zagreb for the foreign exchange programme in the summer semester of the academic year 2018/2019 was hosted on the 22th February 2019, by the International Relations Office of the University of Zagreb. The greatest number of students came to the exchange via the Erasmus+ programme.
The value of the project and the awarded non-repayable scholarships for the academic year 2018/2019 is over 3 million euros for Programme Countries of the European Union (KA103), while for the Partner Countries outside Europe (KA107) the Erasmus+ project provides nearly 250.000,00 euros.
The Welcome Day took place in the Assembly Hall of the Faculties of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, at the address Fra Andrije Kačića Miošića 26. The programme commenced with welcome speeches by Professor Nevenka Čavlek, Ph.D., member of the University of Zagreb Committee for Science and International Cooperation, and Professor Mia Roth-Čerina, Ph.D., vice-dean for international relations and art at the Faculty of Architecture.
The members of the International Relations Office presented the University of Zagreb and the possibilities of studying in English at the University, as well as learning Croatian for foreigners. Croatian students from the Erasmus Student Network Zagreb (ESN Zagreb) - an association whose work is co-funded by the International Relations Office - made a presentation for foreign students about studying and the student life in Zagreb, and have informed the students on the upcoming activities organised for them, such as excursions, visits to cultural events, community service, parties, learning Croatian and foreign languages, etc.
The programme ended with a social gathering at a reception, and the students receiving welcoming gifts.
The International Relations Office had also organised a Welcome Week for the coming foreign students from the 18th to the 24th of February. The Welcome Week activities included guided tours through the historico-cultural city centre of Zagreb, and academic lectures at the University on the topics of Croatian culture and heritage, Croatian education system, the religious heritage of Croatia, as well as culture shock and acculturation. Also organised were an organ recital at the Church of St. Mark and a field trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park.