University of Zagreb International Relations Office will be hosting a Welcome Week for exchange students - both those from the EU and those from without - arriving at the University of Zagreb for the foreign exchange programme during the summer semester of the 2020-21 academic year.
The greatest number of students came to the exchange via the Erasmus+ programme for EU countries, which enables a reciprocal number of arriving foreign students and national students departing for the same countries.
The Welcome Week, to be organised between February 15th and 21st, has been adapted according to the epidemiological situation of the coronavirus pandemic and measures issued by the National Civil Protection Headquarters. Instead of the traditional Welcome Day the International Relations Office used to organise as a social gathering, a considerable part of the event was planned to be conducted online or in smaller groups.
Members of the International Relations Office will give welcome speeches (Welcome Message - dr. phil. Branka Roščić) and present the University of Zagreb, 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 - will make a presentation for foreign students on studying and the student life in Zagreb, and inform the students about the associated activities to be organised throughout the semester, all conforming to the epidemiological situation and measures currently in effect.
The programme includes academic lectures on the topics of Croatian culture and heritage, Croatian education system, the religious heritage of Croatia, and culture shock and acculturation. Also planned is a brief organ recital at the Church of St. Mark, along with a presentation of the organ as a sacral music instrument.
The Welcome Week and Welcome Day programmes are entirely financed by the Erasmus+ mobility programme funds.
The guided tours through the historico-cultural centre of Zagreb are organised in several timeslots at the end of March both to keep the size of the student groups limited, and because of repairs to the damage the city sustained during the earthquake.
Instead of a one-day field trip, the International Relations Office will grant the students tickets for the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Ethnographic Museum. Students will be able to use their tickets individually by July 9th 2020. Students will receive welcoming gifts at the constituent units, including materials on the University of Zagreb and the Erasmus+ mobility programme.
The greatest number of foreign exchange students during this year's summer semester are expected to come from France, followed by students from Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland.