Mario Mrkša is one of two students in his generation who decided to go abroad during his second year at ZSEM. He chose Madrid due to its excellent blend of culture, entertainment and lifestyle, and also because of the opportunity to study at the highly acclaimed university of the University Carlos III de Madrid. He says that the fact that the best football club in the world is situated in Madrid also contributed to his decision.
After his great experience in Madrid, he sought new opportunities and realized he could not wait for the next exchange. He was offered the opportunity to attend the 2-week Chengdu summer school which was funded by the Chinese government. He claims that during his Chinese adventure he spent less money than he would during one weekend at Zrće Beach with his friends. He learned a lot about the Asian culture and economics, and treasures the memories he made during that time.
After spending some time in China, Marko was attracted to the idea of spending a whole semester in an exotic country. This time, he decided on going to Singapore, which is known as “the most expensive city in the world”. However, by living in a student dorm and having meals in student canteens he was able to keep living costs low. In Singapore he studied at one of the top 15 universities in the world, the Nanyang Technological University but also took advantage of Singapore’s great geographic location and traveled to almost all countries in Southeast-Asia. This was another experience that had a lasting impression on him and one he will remember for the rest of his life.
His advice to fellow ZSEM students:
“Start making plans now and focus on your interests. It’s never too early to start planning, and you might only realize this once it’s too late. There are countless opportunities at ZSEM, so take advantage of them! It all depends on you!”