What do foreign students tell about us ...

2019/20

 

João from Braga

Before I went to Ljubljana to do Erasmus I'd already heard really good things about it, and even though I had to go through some less ideal times due to Covid-19, I still was able to enjoy my stay there very much. After hearing some of my friends talk about their experiences in other universities during these tough times I felt very blessed to have chosen the University of Ljubljana, as they adapted very quickly and effectively to online classes, which is probably a testament of how good and interested the professors and the University are to Erasmus students.

My stay in Ljubljana was really good, and although the city is small, it's full of life and interesting things to see. I was also able to visit the Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled, which I will never forget. The boni system is very good for grabing a cheap meal whenever you want.

In sum, I learned quite a lot from every class and my only complaint is that I was only able to stay there for 1 month, because of the coronavirus, but I will definitely come back!

 

Manuel from Lisbon

I really enjoyed doing Erasmus in Ljubljana! Ljubljana is a small very beautiful and pleasant city and people are always available to help. Also, with the boni system we can spend good time with friends while eating at restaurants.

In the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, professors are very friendly and the subjects were very interesting and more focused on the practical part compared to my home university. I liked that even though due to Covid-19 the classes had to be online. However, the teachers managed to adapt quickly and everything went very well.

I recommend the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering as well as the city of Ljubljana to everyone and I will certainly come back!

 

Thomas from Lyon

Even if I stayed in Ljubljana only for 2 months it was a really good experience. The city is so beautiful and peaceful. Ljubljana is not very big but it was very pleasant to go around the city and discover every parts of it. There is everything you want in Ljubljana, huge parks to explore and to feel the nature, the castle to take some high on the city, cultural activities like museums but also a tons of bars and clubs to party too.

You can also easily rent a car and explore the surroundings of Ljubljana, special mention to the Lake Bohinj (with Bled of course!). In less than 30 minutes of car you can experience very beautiful landscapes.

One last word, Ljubljana really takes care of foreign students, it was a pleasure to see interesting and interested teachers at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering! The Boni system was also a plus. With it, you can have discount in every restaurant of the city to explore local food (and also Balkan food, italian etc.)

 

Mathurin from Rennes

I was at Ljubljana for my scolary mobility and that was a great experience despite the problem of COVID-19 that forced me to go back home after one month only.

Classes were organized from a distance but it was interesting and the professors were always here to help us.

Next to this non commun situation, the city is very cool with a lot of things to do, to see and to learn. The BicikeLJ bicycle-sharing system is very useful to go through the city.

And if you want to see it differently, take height and go to the Castle to enjoy the view or go at the top of the Neboticnik Skyscraper and relax with a (strangely non so expensive) drink.

 

Tobias from Erlangen

If you never heard before about Ljubljana as a place to be as an Erasmus student also like me before, you will not regret it to study at the FME (also in the Covid Semester SS2020). Here my personal reasons I have to offer you:

 - Boni System:

The Slovenian government subsidies every student (yes, also exchange students) 20 meals in a month. Best idea ever to socialize and meet new friends. You will find at any time some students, who are joining you to eat some bonis!

 - Ljubljana as a city:

You have everything there in the capital, but in most cases the distances are not worth to take a bus ride. Just take a bicycle! Also, the downtown with the Ljubljanica river and the castle are very picturesque during the day and in the nighttime.

 - Slovenian nature and landscapes:

In the north are some alpine regions, with some watersport hot-spots like Soča and some winter sport destinations (Kranjska Gora, Planica, Pokljuka, just to name a few…), but also with some wonderful seaside (Piran, Izola, Koper). But the best thing, these destinations are in general only 1-1,5h drive away from the capital. So, you can go hiking in the alps and then just refresh yourself in the afternoon in the Adriatic Sea.

 - Profs and teaching staff:

I experienced them as highly motivated not only to teach their topic, also to show us around (organize some excursions to Slovene companies) and to get in to touch with the Slovenian culture. The teaching is much more into some practical stuff than at my home university, which I really appreciate! At some point it was a little bit tricky to follow the exercises online, but I think this shouldn’t be a problem in the offline world. Anytime friendly and always opened for questions or remarks. They adapted very quick to the new circumstances of online learning and online exams, which just highlighted their open kindness.

 - International office and other supporting groups:

Very warm welcomed from the international office at the faculty till the end of the semester. Always there to support you in all study questions. They also offer you some local student as your personal tutor, which is also a very cool idea in my opinion. In my opinion a lot of students from other faculties were jealous about our outstanding international office. Besides from studying also both ESN groups are just doing a great job to get to know some new people and to discover Slovenia in a group.

Also, during the “pandemia semester” I really enjoyed to study at the FME and to stay in Ljubljana and I didn’t regret it at all. I will come back definitely more than once. To be honest, at the end of the summer semester I feel a bit sorry of not being able to stay a full academic year in Ljubljana…

 

Anne from Erlangen

I am a Medical Engineering student in Erlangen, Germany, and came to the Fakulteta za strojništvo to study Mechanical Engineering and to experience all specialities of Slovenia.
At first I can say, that I was very impressed by the very welcoming and helpful coordinators of the International Office, as well as the tutors of the faculty. Additionally, the professors and assistants did a great job in teaching, also while being forced to lecture online during the Corona-crisis. I was also lucky to come back easily, after spending two months of Corona lockdown in my home country, so I can really recommend this amazing faculty.

On top, Ljubljana is such a cute and beautiful city which is perfect to live, study, eat, party and spend a lot of freetime in. The ESN organisation also offers a lot of trips in and around Ljubljana and Slovenia for all Erasmus students. For me, it was awesome to be able to go skiing in February and horse back riding, ziplining and canyoning in June which was all possible in only one semester. Moreover, you can easly reach a lot of other countries, such as Italy, Croatia, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and many more.
I definetly enjoyed my stay in this lovely faculty, city and country, I can recommend it to everyone looking for an ERASMUS+ destination and will surely come back again.

 

Jan from Brno

Unfortunalely due to corona virus I spent only 2 months in Slovenia, so I had got only short time to dicsover whole country, but in this time in enjoyed every second. At faculty of Mechanical Engineering interesting subjects with laboratiories, with friendly and willing proffesors, also International office was ready to help you with any problem. City life with Boni system for food is great, you can sit, eat and enjoy good time with your friends in many restaurants, also you can stay healthy due to riding a bike, which was for me the best transport in the city. 

In Slovenia is beautifil nature, so there are thousands places for hiking. Also people in ESN organisation are very active and organise tours around Slovenia, also social events, where you can find a lot of new friends. 

Overall, if I will have chance to visit Ljubljana once more, I would not hesitate.   

 

Baptiste from Lyon

I was lucky enough to come to Ljubljana. Even if I had to shorten my stay because of the health crisis of COVID-19, these 2 months were a real pleasure. In this particular situation, teachers were here to help us and they did all their best to make the lectures and tutorials interesting even if we were all at home.

Besides that, I really enjoyed the city of Ljubljana. You can walk through the pedestrian streets, do some shopping and stop for a drink at one of the many bars along Ljubljanica river. Afterwards, a short trip to Ljubljana Castle to admire the view before enjoying a good burek in the centre of the city. Then you can go and relax at the top of the Neboticnik Skyscraper. In the evening, you can start at the Parliament pub, then have a drink at the shooters before partying at the TOP SIX, on the 6th floor of a building from which you can get a great view of the sleeping city. There is so much to see and do in Ljubljana.

And if you want more, you can easily rent a car and go on a road trip to discover the rest of Slovenia's wonders.

 

Marco from Valencia

I am Erasmus student from Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) and was hosted in Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. I had a great overall experience. The professors were really willing to help and the international office was very attentive. I did here my Bachelor Thesis and everything was easy and well organized.

The city was also very welcoming and full of things to do. It is very beautiful and is amazing for sightseeing. Slovenia is also an amazing country full of nature and incredible hikes in the mountains. 

I would definitely recommend coming for Erasmus toLjubljana and to Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

 

Alberto from Madrid

Doing Erasmus in Ljubljana was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Besides the fact that Slovenia is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever been, studying at FME was a real gratifying experience. Professors are very friendly and the system is very organized, each subject is divided into lectures, exercises and laboratories, so it is much easier to learn a lot about the subject you are taking. In addition, the schedule of lectures and exams is very flexible.

The International Office is always prepared for everything you need and they take care a lot of Erasmus students. One of the most incredible experience they organize in this faculty is JAMATLON: an obstacle race in a coal mine! I would definitely choose again the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering for my studies with no doubt.

 

Samuel from Brno

If you want to spend your Erasmus in a city where you feel like at home after few weeks, where you don´t need public transport because you can walk/cycle most of the time, in a country which is small in size but big in opportunities and adventures, than you are at the right place. Fill your application and study at FME in Ljubljana.

My experience here was great, and that is of course caused by hospitality of local people, university workers and teachers. All the subjects were in English and well presented. Evaluation of exams/colloquias is fair, you can always see your exam and ask what was wrong.

I see some room for improvement in time schedule. Your personal time schedule is made within first few weeks, based on your chosen subjects. The problem is that only lectures have fixed time from the start. On the time of exercises you have to agree with your classmates. And that is where my schedule of 3 days turned into school every day of the week.  

Overall, I would do the whole Erasmus here once again. Thank you Ljubljana, I will visit often.

 

Rodrigo from Madrid

I am going to remember these months in Slovenia all my life. At the Mechanical Engineering Faculty, I have learnt more things than I could have expected before coming. The ambient in class with the other Erasmus students is awesome, I really enjoy that time. The teachers are totally implicated with you and they are always at your disposal.

I have to stand out the work made by the International office, especially to Duši, who helped me from the scaring first days with a smile. Come to Ljubljana, Erasmus paradise.

 

Iker from Bilbao

These months of winter semester have been an incredible experience for me. Slovenia is a small country but big in terms of friendliness and kindness. I felt very comfortable walking through the capital of the country since it is cosy and beautiful. Moreover, its suitable location for travelling around Europe, which is necessary when being in doubt about which university pick for going on Erasmus.

Speaking about university, my personal experience has been really rewarding. First, due to the professional staff who works in the International office of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. It has always been super easy getting in contact with them for solving all the questions I had. In addition, they organized one trip in the countryside to a hidden village so we could feel immersed in the real Slovenian atmosphere. 

I picked the subject of "Structural Mechanics" and I enjoyed with the learning method. Everything was well organized and the professor kindly solved the doubts you could had. Going to classes was not a torture at all and the chance of being mixed with other cultures makes this experience enriching.

Do not hesitate to choose Ljubljana as Erasmus destination because you won't regret it.

 

Jonas from Leuven

I had a fantastic time in Ljubljana. I wrote my thesis here and the people at the lab and at the faculty were very helpful and guided me well during the writing of my thesis. I learned a lot of new things and I've enjoyed my time here. Ljubljana is a very beautiful city and I am certainly coming back to visit!

 

Benoît from Chambery

The subjects that I had chosen were interesting and with a lot of practical exercise. There was not a lot of hours of lessons, what allowed us to enjoy the country that is really beautiful! Activities proposed by the faculty (like the Jamathlon) was really great!

It was a great experience and a great semester in Ljubljana; I hope I would be able to come back to Slovenia again in the future! Thanks for this semester!

 

Guilherme from Lisbon

About the faculty itself, I found out some interesting subjects and contents I might use for my master thesis. That and the close relation with the professors were definitely a plus on my stay here. Nevertheless, I have to say that the poor planning in the beginning of the semester regarding the practical classes, colloquiums and, for some subjects, the evaluation method, were a downside during these months.

Besides all of this, I have to talk about Slovenia and, specifically, Ljubljana. This was definitely a time well spent ... What a beautiful city and country, I will surely return!

 

2018/19

Jorge from Valencia

Spending my time in Ljubljana was the best experience ever. Going through the faculty, the best thing was the aid we received from the first day with all the doubts, paper things, etc. The professors also were kind and flexible with us in general. What I would improve is that practice dates and exams should be fixed before our arrival so we can plan our time and it is not changing all the time if X person cannot do it that day.
I would definitely recommend Ljubljana to everyone.
 

Victor from Madrid

In my opinion, the best thing of your faculty is the great amount of hours of laboratory work. I am not used to have so many laboratory work in my home university. In addition, the proximity between the professors and the students, professors are always available for us.
Maybe, the subjects planning is the negative point, because there is not a schedule of the exercises in the laboratory before the beginning of the subjects, and then it is difficult to set the schedule for all the subjects.
Thank you.
 

Victor from Grenoble   (Internship at FME)

I came to Ljubljana for my 3-months internship. The faculty has welcomed me very well and did everything so I could spend a good time in Slovenia. This country is quite small but has a great diversity of wonderful landscapes.
It was an amazing experience to discover a new kind of work here in Ljubljana.

 

Maxime from Nantes (Internship at FME)

I really enjoyed my time in Slovenia. I was working in a laboratory, where everyone welcomed me well. My mentors helped me whenever I needed help. Ljubljana is an amazing city in Slovenia is an awesome country. You can hike in the mountains and swim in the sea in a same day. If it is not hiking, you can ride a bike. If it is not the sea, you have lakes. You can do everything in Slovenia. Slovenian people speak English and are friendly. I love Slovenia and I will come back as soon as I can!

Thank you again for my internship. I wish you all the best.

 

Eva from Nantes (Internship at FME)

It was the best experience in my life. The country is awesome with all these kinds of landscapes: mountains, seas, forests, rivers, lakes ... just incredible! The life in Ljubljana is so pleasant: everything can be done by bicycle or by walking, I learn a lot on my way of life: the most eco-friendly country I have been to!
It was a really good experience at the University too! The great asset was the English level of people there and in all places in Slovenia.
Thank you again for having participated to my incredible experience! I hope to come back to Ljubljana as soon as I can!
Thank you for the T-shirt and thank you very much for this experience at the faculty! 
 

Yann from Lyon

Positive things:

  • Most of the teachers have an incredible level in the topics they are talking about. This way, to go to class and especially to the lectures was very pleasant and interesting.
  • Especially, lectures from Heat Engines (interesting knowledge), Stability of Constructions (interesting guys) and Development Evaluation (lot of written information on the board, which is cool) were very great.
  • If we had any problems or questions, teachers and international office was here to help us: to know what to visit, to tell some interesting things to know about Slovenia and Slovenian, to find a project or just to talk about everything!
  • It was an incredibly cool experience in Ljubljana!

Negative things/things to improve:

  • It is hard to follow a 2,5h/3h of a lecture; this was the case in Processes in Heat Engines, even if the lectures were so interesting, it is not possible to follow everything during such a big volume.
  • The amount of work was very different from one subject to another. For example: nearly no homework to do at Nanotechnologies (which is not bad if everyone follows the tutorial) and so much to do at Processes in Heat Engines (the teacher of the tutorial just wanted us to do the tutorial and do a lot of reports, that's what we did, but without understanding sometimes what we were doing ...)
  • Teachers were often waiting for late students, so students were coming later and later during the semester and it was too short lesson then!

And finally: a special thank to you for your welcoming us!

 

Ignacio from Barcelona

Ljubljana, a place that will stay in my heart forever! This beautiful and green city is small and full of students from all over the world so your best time is guaranteed there. Also, people at the Faculty of Mechanics are always willing to help and make a great experience out of your studies. I would choose it again, of course!

 

Ema from Skopje

Studying abroad through CEEPUS Network at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana was one of the most beneficial experiences of my master studies. I gained a lot of experience and expanded my mechanical engineering skills. Further, I had the opportunity to witness a completely new way of customs, traditions and social atmospheres. Another benefit was the chance to meet new friends with similar and different background, from the host country and all over the world.

I had the opportunity to experience different styles of education and to gain a lot of knowledge from every subject that I have been enrolled. Also, I had the chance to develop new skills in different engineering fields, throughout the collaboration and the commitment of my professors. As a student, I was well integrated in the host Faculty, as well as supported by the dedicated faculty staff. Facing the new challenges in a completely different environment was an extremely good and rewarding experience, both on personal and educational level.

 

Andrej from Rijeka

As a PhD student I have spent most of my working hours at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Ljubljana. The atmosphere at faculty was great due to positivity and help given by professors and staff. The laboratories were very well organized and equipped with all necessities for work and research. Other students definitely have my recommendation for choosing this faculty because all of knowledge, skills and friendships that I've gained.