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Gabriela Tanevska

Gabriela Tanevska

University of Münster, Germany

Country of origin: Macedonia
Study course: Master in Information Systems

Why did you decide to study abroad?
Even since I was in high school I knew that I wanted to go to master’s studies outside my country. Right after I finished my bachelor studies, I started working so I put the plan on hold. In the meantime, I travelled a lot so I kind of got addicted to meeting new people, sharing thoughts and experiences, making friends, trying different foods, exploring new cultures and being out of my comfort zone. I wanted all these things every day, not just when I would have the free time to travel, so I decided to quit my job and pursue a master’s degree abroad.

What made you decide on this university?
When I decided I want to do master’s studies abroad, I was not sure what to study or where to go. Luckily, I had MastersPortal to help me look for all the opportunities offered around the world. I started exploring my options and chose several places to apply to according to the programs offered and countries that I could see myself live in. However, in the end I chose to go to the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia because it is one of the best universities in Eastern Europe, and also tuition free for Macedonian students. I checked out the offered programs at the Faculty of Economics and found out that Masters in Business Informatics would be the perfect sequence to my Bachelor in E-Business. By making the first step of studying abroad and going to Slovenia, I was able to apply for an Erasmus Exchange and spend a semester in an entirely new place. I was given the opportunity to study Information Systems at the University of Münster in Germany, a program which is a huge complement to the Business Informatics program I am enrolled in at University of Ljubljana.

How is your experience of studying abroad?
Studying abroad is the most valuable, challenging and transformative experience I’ve had so far. It thought me to be more independent and responsible, manage my time better, adapt to different environment without difficulty and most importantly, set me free from the limitations about what I can and cannot do. What I also love about studying abroad is that it exposes me to the opportunity to meet new people so easily. Just by going to the university, I am surrounded with individuals from countries I’ve only heard about. And I don’t think there is a better way to learn than to introduce yourself to them, have a chat and find out more about cultures around the globe. So, I can definitely say that studying in a foreign country it’s not only about the classes you take at university but rather about the whole process of settling down in a new context, interaction with different people and daily challenges that push you out of the comfort zone to become an improved version of yourself.

Why do you think others should not miss out on studying at your university
The city of Münster is a charming place where one fifth of the population are students and the environment is quite international. The University of Münster is the 4th largest university in Germany and it is considered one of the best in the country. One of the greatest things about studying at the University of Münster is the freedom they give. There are just few mandatory courses students need to take and for the rest they are given the opportunity to choose their own curriculum. In the first two weeks of the semester students can go to every lecture they are interested in and later decide if they want to continue with the course or choose something else. In addition, lectures are not mandatory, which gives students a lot of independence but at the same time makes them responsible for their choices and time management.