We take a peek into the lives of foreign students living in Slovenia. Did they come to party, study or just shake up their everyday lives? What makes these young people tick and what do they think about the country they've come to? Listen to the challenges they face and what they miss from home. Has this experience changed them? Are they considering staying here? Every Monday at 11:25 only on Radio Si. Do you want to share your experience? Just write to email@example.com and maybe you are our next guest.
Two years ago, Andrej started his studies at Maribor's FERI. But this was not the faculty he wanted to enroll in originally. He chose to play the song Bella by Pajak x Lara.
Nevena chose to pursue studies in social work after years of dedicated work in her own non-governmental organization, supporting children and youth with disabilities. What did she think of Slovenia's capital and how accessible is it in her opinion? She chose to play the song Ljubav by Bojana Vunturišević.
During her second weekend in Ljubljana, Eliška became a "true Slovene." Climbing Triglav was just the beginning, as she continued scaling numerous peaks. According to her, the stereotype about how Czechs love to go hiking holds true. She chose to play the song Could Have Been Me by The Struts.
The Erasmus student says that often, the first association of his compatriots when mentioning Slovenia is Yugoslavia. After spending a semester in Ljubljana, he believes Slovenia is much more beautiful and interesting than they imagine. He chose to play the song You're the voice by John Farnham
Lana says she feels blessed to be able to study in Slovenia for free. She says that in Serbia, entrance exams determine who secures scholarships. Those at the top earn the scholarships, while others have to pay tuition fees.
Candice and Jade are currently back in France after acing their 6-week Erasmus internship in Ljubljana this summer. To secure their spot, they hustled—applying, emailing, and making things happen! They chose to play the song Osama by Zakes Bantwini and Kasango.
Despite having lived in Slovakia, Greece and other countries, Jaanika says that apart from her native Estonia, Slovenia is the only other country where she has felt at home. She came to Slovenia to study cognitive science for one semester, but ended up staing here for more than 2 years. She chose to play the song X-RAY by Tommy Cash.
The dual form may come as a surprise to some foreigners who move to Slovenia. For Bojana, who moved here from North Macedonia three years ago (and since has learned to speak Slovenian fluently), learning the language was, at first, one of her biggest challenges. Now, she finds the dual form romantic. The speech and language therapy student says that learning new languages is also something that comes in handy professionally. She chose to play the song Que Será, Será (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) by Doris Day.
Mark has lived in Madrid his whole life, but he says it was only during his exchange in Ljubljana that he truly stepped out of his comfort zone. He spent a whole year in Ljubljana and says he wouldn't change a thing about Slovenia.
Ester came from North Macedonia to study Textile and fashion design in Ljubljana. She says she decided to spend her last year of studies in Ljubljana creating a fashion collection dedicated to her time in Ljubljana, which she says is a kind of »love letter« to the city. The 22-year-old chose to play the song The Caged Bird Sings by The Polish Ambassador.
Estonia is recognized as the world's most advanced digital society. It also has one of the world’s best internet connections and more startups per person than Silicon Valley. Ilona, who spent a semester in Maribor says this lack of digital conveniences was one of the bigger differences she noticed in Slovenia. She chose to play the song Paraadna by Estonian rapper nublu.
Roberta says that because she had made the decision to spend a semester relatively late, she was not left with many options to choose from. Which is how she ended up spending a semester at the UP Faculty of Tourism Studies – Turistica in Portorož. The Erasmus student says Slovenia taught her a deeper appreciation of different cultures. She chose to play the song Reality by Lost Frequencies.
The guest of today's show is Hermes, who chose to play Lule Lule, a traditional song of the Albanian community Aberesh, which has been living in southern Italy for centuries. 'Lule' means 'flower' in Albanian, although in the context of the lyrics it is understood as 'beloved'. Hermes, who is studying Tourism in Koper, says the song is a perfect reflection of his Albanian-Italian heritage!
Bence and Alex come from neighboring Hungary. In fact, they came to Krško by car. Despite having their own means of transport, they have not yet been able to explore Slovenia as much, as they have been mainly focusing on their studies and internship at the Faculty of Energy Technology in Krško. They chose to play the song Nem tudja senki by a three-member Hungarian hip-hop-rap pop band called Follow The Flow.
Sunniva says that when she first moved to Brežice for her semester abroad, she was overwhelmed, so she decided to seek out a familiar environment, one where she could feel safe even when everything else in Brežice was still unfamiliar. She decided to join the Mixed Choir Viva Brežice. She chose to play Keep Yourself Alive by Queen.
Aram says that in Slovenia, he always feels like a "human", because everything is built in "human size". In Russia, on the other hand, the tall buildings and wide roads often make one feel like a grain of sand. He chose to play the song Million Roses by Alla Pugacheva.
Simão spent a semester in Ljubljana as an Erasmus student. Since he had lots of free time, he joined Olimpija Rugby. The Portuguese student, or Portugalec as his coach calls him, adds that unfortunately, the sport is not nearly as popular in Slovenia as it is in Portugal! He chose to play the song Vienna by Billy Joel.
Since the law student and his roommates had different priorities, hobbies, and expenses, splitting the final sum into four equal parts wasn't ideal for their household. They decided that each of them would do their own shopping, but Manuel says they still share things like cookies. His song of choice was Into the Sun by Australian indie folk trio Sons Of The East.
Darja is an artist of Russian-Ukrainian descent from Latvia who lives and studies in the Netherlands. Her Slavic roots are the reason why she chose to spend a semester in Ljubljana. She says that her studies in Slovenia can be a bit "chaotic" compared to the Netherlands, but that this suits her. She also found an afternoon job here. She chose to play a song by mexican singer Chavela Vargas titled La Llorona.
Erik chose to spend a semester in Slovenia after he made an online comparison of all the partner universities his home university in Germany had offered as possible Erasmus exhange destinations. The University of Ljubljana stood out as one of the best, and to him, it also seemed one of the most interesting. His song of choice was Zukunft Pink by Peter Fox (feat. Inéz).