Sarah Sievers is a 21-year-old from Germany, that came to study at the University of Ljubljana for her Erasmus exchange. We asked Sarah several questions, in order to find out more about her international experience in Slovenia.
What’s your name and age? Where are you from?
I am Sarah Sievers from Germany and I am 21 years old.
What is the name of your university, study programme, which discipline? When did you start studying?
I’m studying in Germany (HS Pforzheim) since 2014. I’m in my 7th semester and studying Business Administration, with the main focus on HRM. I came for an Erasmus exchange experience at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, for the spring semester of 2017.
What made you choose this programme? How did you decide?
I wanted to improve my English skills and live for a longer period abroad. The reason I came to Slovenia is that the spring semester starts later than in other places. Normally, it is difficult to find a university where the semester starts as late as in Germany when all the exams are done. We have a list of all the partner universities and among the 600 offered, you can choose 3, after which the home university decides where the students go, depending on how high your GPA is.
What were the main challenges you had to face before being accepted to your university?
The main challenge was to get the certificate that proves my English language skills and getting a spot in the courses I needed to do abroad.
What are three things you like most about the university? Why?
Firstly, the small number of students in one course. It is easier to follow the professor and I am more confident to ask questions.
Secondly, the fancy library. It looks really nice and is good for studying.
Lastly, the group work: most of the subjects require you to work with a group. Although most of the time it is really stressful, I can see the advantage in it. It taught me to be more patient and trust other people to do their part of the project.
If you could improve anything about the university, what would it be?
I wish there was a computer room, where you could print your stuff on your own. Also, more private study rooms in the library would be great.
What are three things you like the most about the city?
I really like the pedestrian zone by the river through the centre, the open kitchen market on Friday and Bicikelj – the city bike rent. It’s really cool and efficient.
What was the biggest surprise in your study adventure?
That my English is not that bad and some other countries don’t have the “German view” of finishing projects and focusing on tasks.
Is there anything that you would do differently if you could do it over again?
If I could do it again, I would probably choose a university where I can have a more diverse experience regarding food, people and their culture. Slovenia is very similar to Germany. I want to experience something completely different from what I am used too at home.
What are your plans after graduating?
Work work work work! To be honest, I haven’t decided yet, but I want to work for one or one and a half years in a company and start with my Master’s studies afterwards. The reason behind this is because I have no idea which discipline to choose for my Master’s degree. I hope something will come in mind while I’m working.
And if not, I will probably have more opportunities regarding my future career in my country after the first working experience.
Share your favourite spot, the university and the city with us!
My favourite spot in the city is definitely the open kitchen market. At the university, my favourite place is the student canteen.
Were you inspired by Sarah’s story?