Studying and living abroad brings a full range of new experiences. The first two weeks might be difficult since everything will be more or less new to you. However, the beginning stage is characterized by excitement, expectation and enthusiasm.
You will obtain your student ID card at the International Office of the Students’ Organization of the University of Ljubljana (ŠOU) in the centre of Ljubljana – Kersnikova 4. This card does not only prove you are a student in Ljubljana but also gives you the right to activate your student copun system. You need to bring a valid passport/personal ID, photo and confirmation of your enrolment. At our ESN Ljubljana office, on Kersnikova 4, you can get all sorts of information about sports activities, pub-crawls, and weekend trips around Ljubljana and Slovenia that will soon get you acquainted with Slovenia, its people and culture.
Somewhere in the middle of your exchange period you might possibly fall into a stage of frustration, anger, anxiety, and sometimes depression. Following the initial excitement there may come some annoyance with the university bureaucracy and the exhaustion of speaking and listening in another language every day. At this point, you might display some hostility to the new culture. Please remember you are always welcome to drop into the international office ESN.
The difficult stage mostly lasts for just a few days and then follows a period when you feel comfortable and relaxed in the new situation and you begin to laugh at the headaches etc. of the hostility stage. This more relaxed state is accomplished by making new friends, being able to manage the size and complexity of the university, understanding one's studies, and passing exams.
Finally it happens that you will not only be loyal to your own home culture but you will also ‘feel at home’ in your host country. That is a good sign of your successful adjustment to the norms and standards of the university, and you should feel proud that you have the ability to live successfully in two cultures.
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