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Erasmus+ in Barcelona

If you are planning to go on Erasmus+ in Barcelona, this is the post for you! I had a wonderful opportunity to take a part in the Erasmus+ program at University of Barcelona.

I found the UB faculty friendly, helpful and have been enjoying my courses there. But, be ready for administration! The university staff is so busy and not well organized… so, prepare yourself to be patient with all kind of administration.

In general, it’s been an inspiring experience to be at UB and great enjoyment to be in Barcelona and its surrounding. Near the sea and always sunny! A lot of tourist attractions and places to visit in the city and nearby. Very good connections, so it’s easy to get any place around Barcelona. The people are friendly and very open-minded. The city is multi-cultural, you can find a mixture of all races and backgrounds. There are events, shops, restaurants suitable for everyone. Any time you go there, you will definitely enjoy Barcelona atmosphere!

I would recommend Barcelona to anyone considering the Erasmus+ program, internship or even just a short holiday. It’s an enjoyable experience, but I must say that life in Barcelona is a bit expensive, especially accommodation, so, have your savings on the side.

Finally, I would like to thank to Erasmus+ programme, International office and School of Humanities at the University of Nova Gorica for this opportunity and experience.

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Erasmus in Zagreb Vol. 2

I had the opportunity to visit the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology (University of Zagreb) for the second time, although this time I was on a study exchange. At the PBF I did some of the elective subjects necessary for my Ph.D. studies in the winter semester of the academic year 2018/19. Since we do not have subjects from enology and wine chemistry at the doctoral programme, I was lucky to be able to pass them in Zagreb. The course load was manageable and for one subject I worked in the laboratory on a topic connected with my thesis instead of following only lectures, thus gaining valuable experience in another field of chemistry. This was an excellent learning experience and I believe that I learned more than I would have been just listening to lectures.  I have become quite familiar with Zagreb and had the opportunity to also visit Christmas fair in December. I can say that Zagreb is even more beautiful in winter time.

I would recommend Erasmus for everyone, be it an internship or study exchange. This is my fourth Erasmus, and every time I gained new experience, knowledge and broaden expertise in my field.  Additionally, Erasmus allowed me to connect with different people from all kinds of backgrounds, and this time in Zagreb I was able to practice and improve my Croatian, especially grammar.

Jelena

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Erasmus + in Italy – 2nd

Thanks Erasmus + programme

My profound gratitude to University of Nova Gorica- International Office and School of Environmental and Life Sciences for the opportunity and experience.

I would like to extend my thanks to the host institute (OGS) Trieste, Italy .

For students planning for great experience like this, here is a tip: make the journey worthwhile and Live Happy!

“You only grow by coming to the end of something and by beginning something else.”                                                                                                                                          John Irving

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Tips&Tricks for Barcelona

If you are thinking to go on a Erasmus+ in Barcelona this is the post for you. Because I’d like that you save some time in research and enjoy the city more, here are a few tips that may help you in your Erasmus+ experience.

1.) Short trips:

If you want to get away from the city buzz for the weekend, you can take advantage of train connections to different towns by the sea that are cheap as well. One of the ”must see” towns is Cadaques, which is beautiful and is just 3h away. There are a lot of smaller towns that are pretty and are 1h away from Barcelona. Some of them are: Roses, Palamós, Mataró, which are located in Costa Brava and are easily accessible by train. One of the must see cities is also Girona, which is located just 100km away from Barcelona.

2.) Food&drinks

If you want to try Spanish/Catalan food here are some must eats! I came across a few restaurants, that are worth trying them out. The first one is called Cornesa (bar de bocadas) and is located in the Plaza de Sant Jaume. They are one of the first restaurants in Barcelona to make ”bocadas”. The second restaurant is more of a bar than anything else. It’s a small bar in La Barceloneta called Leo and is one of  few traditional bars that are left. The bar has live music on saturdays (meaning random people playing) where people come to dance and sing flamenco songs. You can find some really good tapas and amazing vermouth. The third place I would recommend is called El Coral in Barceloneta. This is a restaurant that is known for its vermouth and tapas. It is a bit more touristic but still worth to see it and take a drink or two.


Fotografía de La Tasca del Corral, Barcelona

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3 Month Internship in Barcelona

Since is my last year in the Academy of Arts (Alumni year) I decided to grab the opportunity to do Erasmus+ internship. I decided to go to Spain, Barcelona and to look for a studio/ small agency.

I found the agency Evil Love which on the first glance totally fit with what I was looking for in terms of style and projects. An open minded environment where I could grow professionally and where I can develop my skills further. I am really glad to say that the agency I choose made me a better professional and gave me a new perspective on what I want to do/focus more. I think that Erasmus+ is a perfect way to start your professional carer. It gives you a better idea in terms of what to expect in your first job. Overall I think is a great experience that helps you grow both professionally and personally.

Finally, I would like to thank the Erasmus+ programme and the International office of University of Nova Gorica for this opportunity and experience.

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