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So far we shared a lot of various experiences of people who moved to Split: be it through digital nomad profiles, interviews, or the Split Tech City podcast. By doing this we wanted to hear both the good and the bad – the reasons Split and Croatia attracted foreigners, and things they think we can improve.
In continuing this series of sharing a variety of international experiences lived in Split, we are now focusing on international students. Through our collaboration with one of Split Tech City’s community members – Aspira College – we found out they have quite a few international students who are willing to share their experiences.
The first such story belongs to Eva Atanasovska. 🙂
Born in Macedonia’s beautiful capital Skopje, Eva arrived in Split in September of 2022 to study Tourism and Hospitality Management at Aspira. Here’s how she sees her life here in Split!
“As a part Croatian, for me, Split was the perfect city to live in, have fun, and enjoy the local activities.”
“In my opinion, the biggest benefits are the kindness of the locals, clean beaches, access to traveling, and perfect weather.”
“One suggestion I would give to people that would like to move here is to start learning the Croatian language.
Even if you learn just a few words, the locals are super appreciative of that effort.”
“Yes, I have. I have been able to hang out with a few Croatians here. One of them I have known through my family, and they have been really supportive throughout my stay in Split.”
“It helped me see how different life is from Skopje. The tourism in Split has opened my eyes to exactly how much people are hard-working here, and this in turn made me consider working here someday in the future.”
“One thing I was not familiar with and struggled with a bit is the winter.
Split does not have snowy winters, but instead has the formidable ‘bura’ wind.”
“Very much! The administrators, teachers, and classmates have made my transition very easy – by showing me around the school, helping me with work, and initiating new friendships.”
“The students and study program. The students are all very kind and welcoming, while the study program is simple and well-structured, meaning you can learn each subject well.”
“Be open-minded. Split is a destination where people from many nationalities live and you will encounter many different points of view.”
“Other than my friends, family, and people closest to me, I do miss my city and its local cafes, which I have been going to almost all my life.”
“Visit the beaches more, travel to the islands, learn the language as much as possible, appreciate local cuisine, and make sure you enjoy your time here!”
“Regarding Split, I love the beaches, the local cafes, the Dalmatian dialect, the people, and many activities.
As for the city’s people, I love how hard-working, welcoming, kind, generous, and fun they are!”
We hope Eva will continue enjoying her time in Split and invite you to keep an eye on the upcoming interviews in this series! 😉