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Matea Matulj

Matea Matulj

International University College Leuven, Belgium

Country of origin: Croatia
Study course: Bachelor in Business Management across Europe

Why did you decide to study abroad?
I chose to study abroad because I felt I had to see what is out there. I wanted to experience, first hand the world. I didn’t want to learn about every culture and nation, I wanted to meet them, talk to them, eat their food and walk through their cities. Studying abroad also challenges you as a person. You are going alone and you have to adapt. I came on this journey to meet myself, to see who I am without my family, my country… without anything else, just me.

What made you decide on this university?
I chose the programme that my university offers not a university. I am doing a 3 years Bachelor in 3 different countries. This was an amazing opportunity that I just fell in love with. This was something I really wanted to do, so I did it.

How is your experience of studying abroad?
I love every aspect of studying abroad. So far I have changed 3 countries in 2 years and many more places I have visited. I have met incredible people that make me laugh, learn, challenge me every day. This is making me evolve as a person. I am not even close to the person who went on this journey. I am sooo much more. The thing I love about studying abroad is that those people you met are so different and you need to understand them and they need to understand you. You share cultural knowledge, ideas, you create friendships that will last for the next 20 years because you don’t settle. You are a seeker, and you constantly search more information and you work on yourself to become an even better person.

Why do you think others should not miss out on studying at your university
I have changed 2 universities so far and I am headed on a 3rd one. Each university is special and different. I would pick my university because it is has a good international community and they offer so many opportunities for you to explore. I would pick a university by its specific programs and challenges offered than a name of it.