The number of students going from ZSEM abroad and the number of students from other countries coming to spend a semester or a year in our classrooms is growing from year to year. Every semester a large group of students apply at the International Office to live an international student experience. When they return, they usually say that the overall experience surpassed their expectations. This sort of international motility doesn´t require extra tuition fees. Students pay the usual tuition at ZSEM and are not asked to pay additional fees in the host university abroad. Students and their families are more and more conscious about the advantages of studying abroad. They are concern about the great value of International mobility, especially when they can choose a prestigious University, recognized worldwide.
In the fall semester 2013, forty seven students experienced mobility abroad. This year for the same fall semester 2014 there are seventy applications. This is an increase of 48,9 %. And we predict that this trend will continue. The reasons that explain this increase are evident. Croatia is part of the EU, new graduates must have a wider mind to be able to adapt to the new environment. Companies are demanding graduates with International experience and proficiency in other languages.
Besides it, Erasmus+ program is offering financial support to those students planning to spend a semester or a year in other European Universities. Student mobility is an International trend, and Croatian students want to be part of it. They are well prepared and it happens frequently that after an exchange period, students want to repeat the experience.
It is also interesting to see that ZSEM receives more international students than it sends abroad. As an example, we have received at ZSEM for the fall semester 2014 until today seventy five applications. Last year we received for the same period fifty four applications. We have applications from Hong Kong, Korea, Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Turkey and all over Europe. I hope that this website will be of help to better decide about international opportunities. Here you can see also information about International Summer School at ZSEM and abroad.
Javier Aguayo, MBA
Head of International Office