University of Zagreb International Relations Office will be hosting a Welcome Week 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 winter 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 value of the project and the awarded non-repayable scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year is 3.888.540,00 euros for Programme Countries of the European Union (KA103). The greatest share of the scholarships is intended for national students participating in student exchange in EU member states.
The Welcome Week was adapted according to the epidemiological situation 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, the plan is to conduct a greater part of this year's activities online or in smaller groups.
Members of the International Relations Office will present 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 - 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.
Students will receive welcoming gifts, including materials on the University of Zagreb and the Erasmus+ programme. The Welcome Week incorporates diverse activities, such as guided tours through the historico-cultural city centre of Zagreb, as well as academic lectures at the University on the topics of Croatian culture and heritage, Croatian education system, the religious heritage of Croatia, and culture shock and acculturation. Also planned is an organ recital at the Church of St. Mark. The Welcome Week and Welcome Day programmes are entirely financed by the Erasmus+ mobility programme funds.
The guided tours through the historico-cultural city centre are organised in several timeslots to keep the size of the student groups limited. All lectures and welcome speeches, activity presentations and the concert for arriving students will be available as videos online. 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 31 December 2020.