Būnant Erasmus+ mainuose Juodkalnijoje mane pasiekė elektroninis laiškas nuo vietinės žiniasklaidos puslapio "Vijesti" žurnalisto Milos Rudović. Rašydamas straipsnį apie mainų studentų patirtis, autorius kreipėsi į daugiausiai Erasmus+ studentų surenkantį Juodkalnijos universiteto (University of Montenegro) fakultetą – vizualiųjų menų fakultetą Cetinje miestely. Atsakymo tekstu į M. Rudović klausimus dalinuosi su visais, užklydusiais į tarptautinių ryšių studentų įspūdžių skiltį.
Tekstas pateikiamas anglų kalba.

1. Why did you choose Cetinje/Montenegro for the Erasmus program? Was it an option because some Lithuanian students went to Cetinje and the Faculty of Fine Arts before?

        While going through the list of universities that have a partnership with Vilnius Academy of Arts I noticed the University of Montenegro. To be honest, my knowledge about this country was at a bare minimum if none - that was one of the reasons that kept me digging for more information. But the final decision was based on my priority to have a personality-growing experience - I chose a country with astonishing nature (nothing similar to Lithuania) and more Southern for cultural and geographical experiences (rather than the more academically-oriented West). I do have to add that the scholarship is great in comparison with any other partnership countries. I have contacted several students that had this experience but only after the decision was almost made - only to hear from them about what to expect and how to prepare.

2. How are you enjoying your time in Cetinje and Montenegro in general? Did you have any problems adjusting?

        Montenegro is exciting. Every day is full of experiences. Cetinje is small and welcoming, cheap in price and full of food. Montenegro itself seems very compact and perfectly suited for travelling and sightseeing. The nature here is ever changing - mountains come and go. During a day with fine weather mountains stand on one's horizon like monuments and at night time it's barely visible, just as if it went to sleep. On the other hand, I've been having a hard time trying to "adapt" to this environmentally not-so-friendly society. I can't think of a reason why there is such a need for plastic bags. Seeing people in the store getting plastic bags for only a bottle of water or several bananas makes me feel heavy. I believe that the recycling system and vegetarian/vegan food industries are waiting silently for an upgrade.

3. Is the program at the Faculty any different than the one in Lithuania?

        It is difficult to compare programs since I am coming from a Site-specific art specialization in Lithuania and at UoM (University of Montenegro) I am in Paintings. One is for sure - we do not have a block system at our home university. Once the semester begins lectures stay the same throughout the whole time and here it migrates and moves in blocks. It is hard to comment from my short experience here whether such a structure of classes in blocks is better or not but I had some inconveniences trying to readapt to this system. One is for sure - at home university we have four years of bachelor's degree and I think that is the right amount of time for an arts BA degree. Three years may leave students lacking in experience.

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