“I really like to go to the beaches here, for example, I usually go to Bačvice and shill there while I drink a coffee.”
“One of the main reasons why I started my studies in Split was the war in Ukraine. Moreover, I was checking the university and its study programs and I really liked what Aspira has to offer.”
- Hello and welcome. Can you please introduce yourself?
Hello, my name is Titilayo Ayinde I am 24 years old and I come from Nigeria. I study International hospitality and tourism management here at Aspira College.
Hello, my name is Varvara Kalinichenko and I from Ukraine. I think I am one of the youngest students at the University as I just had my 17th birthday a few days ago. I also study International hospitality and tourism management at Aspira College.
- For long have you been here and for how long are you planning to stay?
T: I arrived to Split at the end of summer and I will stay here for three years while I finish my studies. I will probably like to live in another country in Europe after I finish them, I like Spain for example.
V: I arrived a few months ago in Split, and I am probably going to stay for the next three years in Split to finish my Bachelor’s degree in Tourism.
- Why did you choose Croatia/Split? What is your favourite place in Split?
T: Croatia is good, but I chose to come here because of the University. I was checking online for a place to study and when I found Aspira I really like it and decided to come here. I really like to go to the beaches here, for example, I usually go to Bačvice and shill there while I drink a coffee.
V: Because of the war in Ukraine, I needed to leave my country. I like Croatia which is why I chose it for my studies. As I haven’t been here for that long, I had no chance to visit that many places but I really like the Riva and the Old Town of Split.
- Are there any differences and similarities between Croatia and your home country? Do you like them? How do you like the Croatian mentality?
T: I am from Nigeria, so countries in Africa and Europe are very different in many ways. For example, Nigeria is a really crowded country, it has over 200 million people, and Croatia only has about 4 million.
V: In Ukraine, it is really cold. Since I arrived in Split, I haven’t got the best weather yet but comparing to Ukraine, it is still way better here. Furthermore, I like Croatians because they are very friendly and they have a good work-life-balance.
- About Aspira: Why did you choose Aspira? How do you like it?
T: I chose Aspira because it is located in Split. Moreover, it is more personal and you have more possibilities comparing to other universities. Since we are in small classes, there is a good communication between students and teachers.
V: I like the university. The teachers are really nice and warm- hearted. We have lot of subjects and there are some subjects that I do not enjoy as much as others. But all in all, choosing Aspira was the right decision especially because there are many students from Ukraine with whom I connected very fast.
- What is your highlight of the studies? Would you recommend studying at Aspira or in in Split in general?
T: I would definitely recommend studying at Aspira especially because of the good weather in Split and nice teachers at Aspira.
V: I love Croatia and Aspira. I would definitely recommend it for studies because of their approach and amazing people in country.