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In a way, we also re-discover our city through these stories!
This particular summer we continued this series of sharing a variety of international experiences lived in Split, by focusing on international students. Collaborating with one of Split Tech City’s community members – Aspira College – we found some international students like Eva and Montserrat who shared their stories with us and subsequently all of you.
This time Varvara Kalinichenko from Ukraine’s city of Kharkiv sheds some light on her life in Split.
Varvara arrived in Split last September to study Tourism and Hospitality Management at Aspira, and, like many other internationals, found a thing or two to love here in Split.
“I wanted to study abroad in English, and Aspira College was a good opportunity for me to do so and also learn Croatian on top of it.”
“I love the old city center with its great history and I also like various local dishes you can try, the beautiful views, and any cozy places around town to spend some free time. For me, it is also especially interesting to get acquainted with tourists who come here from different countries.”
“Even if you don’t know the language, if you learn just a few words feel free to use them when talking to the locals – it is a nice thing to do even if you are here just as a visitor. So, definitely be open and talk to people.
Also – be prepared for a sudden change in weather sometimes and don’t blindly trust the forecasts.” 🙂
“I met so many interesting people from another university who came to Split as Erasmus students, and – with Split being an athletic city – I also met quite a lot of local people when we went to play basketball or volleyball together.”
“I think that not only did coming to Split change me, but also the people who I met here did.
I began to spend more time in the fresh air, I became more open and began to communicate more with people I didn’t know and it became very interesting for me to communicate with people from different countries.”
“At first there was a little bit of a language barrier – I didn’t really say what I think or what I wanted to say. However, with a little practice, that started to change and I managed to resolve some things that were bothering me.
I have to say; if I had any problems related to my studies or anything related to my everyday life – like finding out which restaurant I should go to – my coordinator Josip Radić helped me at any time of the day. I’m very thankful for that.”
“Everyone was very helpful! If you ask for suggestions, all the students will help you. I also really like all the teachers – if there is a problem they will always try their best to help you solve it.”
“I love the overall friendly atmosphere and many interesting lessons we have in our program.”
“You should come prepared: find out everything in advance and carefully learn about the place where you are going. Prepare for everything by taking into account that you will be far away from your loved ones and you will have to be very independent and cope with everything on your own.
And – have patience – as some services are not very fast here and you have to wait a very long time.”
“I miss my city Kharkiv. Its large parks, its amusement parks, all the gazebos, and my favorite volleyball court.”
“Stock up on patience. Stock up on food for late evenings. Be prepared to take care of yourself as you’re not at home anymore.”
“When it comes to Split I love its architecture, the weather, the nightlife, the sea, and – all the friendly people here! People in Split are very nice, welcoming, and honest.”
We wish Varvara a lot of success with her studies at Aspira and hope her love for Split and life here will continue to grow! 😀