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 firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe you are our next guest.
Neus is a 21-year-old Catalan student who came to Slovenia because it was the southernmost place of the locations offered to her for her Erasmus. She chose to play the song Permission to Dance by BTS.
Max is a student of mechanical engineering who decided to study in Ljubljana because it was one of the last still available spots to go on Erasmus that were offered to him. To anyone who is considering studying abroad, he recommends not picking the conventional locations but something a bit different from the norm.
Alexandra knew practically nothing about Slovenia before arriving in Ljubljana. She says she expected there would be more of a "Balkan influence", adding that she loves the mix of the many influences she ended up finding in Slovenia. She chose to play Dragostea Din Tei by O-Zone.
While Marc says he misses the orderly behavior of Austrians in traffic, he adds he found it surprising how similar life is in Ljubljana compared to Graz. He chose to play Make You Feel My Love by Adelle.
Mina says one of the things that surprised her the most was that she was given the keys to the laboratory at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Ljubljana during the first meeting with her mentor in order to be able to research the topic of her master's thesis whenever she had time. She explained that the process of obtaining the keys would be much more complex in Montenegro. She chose to play the song Montenegrina by Kemal Monteno.
Ece is also a member of the official Turkish Eurovision Fan Club. It’s therefore no wonder she chose to play Everyway That I Can by Sertab Erener, the winner of the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest in Riga.
Max comes from the West German industrial city of Duisburg. The political science student says it's not known as particularly beautiful because of its industrial past, but that a lot has changed since and that he likes living there. Can Ljubljana compare? He chose to play the song ALLES ANDERS (WENIGER IM A****) by Schmyt feat. CRO.
Javier is one of those students who makes decisions based on research. He says that he chose Slovenia because it was a good base for his Europe-wide travels - he visited an impressive 16 countries in five months. What tipped the scales was also the fact that the University of Ljubljana is one of the best in Europe. His song of choice was Viva La Vida by Coldplay.
Karol says that Slovenia and Poland are similar - both countries have mountains, lakes, a seaside and beautiful nature, but the law student adds that the air in Slovenia is better. He chose to play April u Beogradu by Zdravko Čolić.
Slovenia was not the first on David’s wish list. The 4th year Medicine student wanted to go to Finland, but he found it was too far from his home country. In the end, he decided on Ljubljana because of the mountains and the closeness of the sea and has not looked back since. He chose to play Welcome To My Life by Simple Plan.
Chess is one of the main reasons Nadiia says she has seen much of the world. The Ukrainian student says she chose to spend her exchange in Maribor because she fell in love with the city at first sight She chose to play the song Follow You by Imagine Dragons.
20-year-old Emilija says she was surprised at how quiet Slovenians speak in public compared to Northern Macedonians. What does she think about Maribor now that she has spent almost a year here? She chose to play I Was Made For Lovin' You by Kiss.
Giulia’s project examines the relationship between certain historical forms of collective land and resource management and the current environmental and landscape valuation of these areas and raises the question of access rights to natural resources for future generations. She chose to play Perfect by Ed Sheeran.
Sidra is a doctoral student from Pakistan who has spent the last 3 years in Koper. She says that it is necessary to practically give up social life during her doctorate, so she has not yet managed to explore Slovenia, but at the same time adds that she has enjoyed her time here and that the only "obstacle" she faced was not speaking Slovene. She chose to play the song Dil Diyan Gallan by Atif Aslam.
The Italian Studies student, who comes from North Macedonia, says that when he arrived in Koper two years ago, he was a lost 19-year-old who did not know what he wanted from life. 2 years later, says he made major progress in growing up. His song of choice was This Is The Life by Amy Macdonald.
The 20-year-old from Serbia says the pandemic has hindered his chances of experiencing more things and learning to communicate better. He says this is also obvious in class as students aren’t too eager to answer the professors’ questions. He chose to play the song navučena by the Serbian musician tam.
Luckily, he did not have any issues with finding a place to stay once he arrived to Slovenia. Marco chose Slovenia because he was looking for a location where temperatures are lower than in his home town in the south of Italy. He chose to play the song Marilu by Italian singer, rapper and songwriter Achille Lauro.
Stanislav says that despite the anger that has been sparked by the war, we shouldn't forget what people all around the world are doing to help the Ukrainian people. He chose to play the song Krayina Ditey by Okean Elzy (feat. Alyona Alyona).
The master’s student of Media Strategic Communication And Marketing says his original plan was to do another M.A. after he wraps up his exchange, but says that now that he’s met and talked to different people during his exchange, he’s changed his opinion on this topic. He chose to play Snoop Dogg- Go On feat. October London.
For Amogne, Ljubljana is the third stop on his three-part exchange program in Materials for energy storage and conversion program. In the interview, he highlighted 4 facts about his home country. One of them is that the Ethiopian calendar is seven years and eight months behind the gregorian calendar and that they celebrate new year in September. For more, you'll have to listen to the interview! He chose to play the song Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) by Shakira.