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Erasmus+ Journal (Issue 3) 2014/15

Katrin Auer, University of Zagreb, Croatia, Mobility for Study, PHST


Contact of my university:
Uciteljski Fakultet


Adress of university: 

             Savska cesta 77

             HR- 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

             Phone: +38516327301

             Fax: +38516327399

             E-mail: dekanat@ufzg.hr


International relations office:

             Zeljka Pitner

             Location: Zvonimirova 8

             Address: Trg marsala Tita 14

             HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia

             Phone: 00385 1 46 98 105

             Fax: 00385 1 46 98 132


Description of the university:

The faculty of Teacher Education is the leading institution for educating primary school and preschool teachers in Croatia. The Faculty operates in three locations, with the main branch in Zagreb (total numer of students around 3000).

The first teachers's school in Zagreb was the Higher Pedagogical School which offered a two - year programm from 1919. In the Indipendent State of Croatia the program was extended for four years, but was shortened to three after the Second World War. It became the Pedagogical Academy in 1960, and upon Croatian independence the academy gradually evolved into the modern faculty.

The faculty's grounds in Zagreb were the site of a mass grave of approximately 300 prisoners killed by the Yugoslav Partisans in 1945, after the end of the Second World War.


List of chosen courses:

  • Creative Teaching Activities in English 1 (Kreativne nastavne aktivnosti na engleskom jeziku 1)


The main objective of this course is to equip students with a substantial corpus of traditional and popular English nursery rhymes, songs, chants, and language games. In addition, students are provided with a wide variety of the most common ways to teach nursery rhymes, songs, chants and language games to young learners. There are many assignments throughout the course, as well as an exam in the end.

  • English Teaching Practice 1 (Praksa u nastavi engleskog jezika 1)


This teaching practice took place during the “Semester Ferien”, that’s why I had to attend classes instead of the activities during the welcome week (It is done like that every year, so be prepared for that if you want to take this class).

The teaching practice is described precisely below.

  • English Teaching Practice 3


This course requires 3 hours of initial preparation, individual consultation with your supervisor and the final discussion; 9 hours for the teaching diary you have to keep and the final report; 3 hours for continuing portfolio tasks and 15 hours of working with the children in class. The main aim of the course is to follow up to the children in their third year of learning English at school, to help them gain confidence and to develop motivation for EFL. There are two student teachers in a team and each team is responsible for two or three children.

  • English Teaching Practice 5


This teaching practice takes place at the SUVAG Foreign Language School in Zagreb. The pupils, who attend those classes in the evening, do this in their free time and pay for it. Therefore their motivation and command of English is quite high for their age group (in my case a grade 8).

In order to pass this class you need to spend 4 hours on reading and preparation for the course, 10 hours of classroom observation, 6 hours of micro-teaching, 6 hours of preparing handouts, keeping a teaching diary and writing a report and 2 hours of group feedback.

  • ELT Methodology Classroom Practice

ECTS: none (“normal, Croatian student teachers” get 2 ECTS, as an Erasmus student I got a confirmation letter that says, that I attended all classes and the critical analysis afterwards).

This class you can compare to the teaching practice at the PH-Graz. You either observe or teach 1-3 lessons and afterwards you need to stay for 1 to 2 hours in which you critically analyze the lessons that were taught before. If you teach a lesson, you need to write a lesson plan, if you observe you have to fill in an observation sheet. There are up to 10 student teachers and 2 supervisors watching, while one student teacher is teaching.  

  • Acquisition and Learning of the Croatian Language (Usvajanje i ucenje hrvatskoga jezika)


This course deals with all aspects of language acquisition, such as first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, the critical period for language acquisition, universal grammar etc. The professor for this class taught a polish Erasmus student and me separately and it was very interesting and useful for teaching. We had to copy a book for this class and had to write a theoretical or research paper, which we needed to read a lot of books and papers for.  

  • Positive Psychology (Pozitivna psihologija)

 ECTS: 4

I highly recommend this course, as it deals with all positive aspects of positive psychology. We covered topics, such as happiness, gratitude, understanding emotions, subjective wellbeing, optimism, positive ageing etc. The professor included many activities in her lectures and we had to do an assignment each week, as well as a presentation in groups of four at the end of the semester.

  • Sculptural and Ceramic Design (Kiparsko i keramičko oblikovanje)


This course is great for art and crafts teachers, as you learn a lot of different projects you can do with your pupils at school. You need to write a detailed portfolio which lists the steps (with pictures), of how to carry out the different projects. E.g. you learn to make a plate out of clay, you smoothen it with sandpaper, burn it in the kiln, smoothen it again, you color it, glaze it, burn it again and then your students can take their own dish home. The projects are easy to do with your pupils, but quite time consuming.

  • Phantastische deutsch sprachige Kinder- und Jugendliteratur (Fantastična književnost njemačkog govornog područja za djecu i mlade)


For this class you need to read a lot of books, such as “Die kleine Hexe”, “Die feuerrote Fredericke”, “Die grauen und die grünen Felder” and  “Der tätowierte Hund”. You learn about different authors and types of children’s books and there are usually assignments that need to be handed in until the next class. The content of the lessons and the books are part of an exam in the end. In my opinion this was a very interesting class and if you are going to become a German teacher or you have to substitute teach German, you can definitely use many of the things you learn in this class.

  • Graphics 2 (Grafika 2)


This class is comparable to the art classes of Ms. Uhlir at the PH-Graz. You learn different techniques and methods such as monotype and linoleum printing. The professor is an artist that has exhibitions in Croatia, as well as in Austria. He demands a lot of effort from the students as well as material, which adds up to quite a sum of money (linoleum block and cutter, blue carbon paper, tempera color, different kind of paper etc. need to be bought by the students).

  • Drawing 2 (Crtanje 2)


In this course the teacher didn’t speak much English, but it wasn’t a problem for him to get a cross what he wanted me to do. He gave me examples of drawings previous students had made or he gave me examples from books about big artists. Then I tried to draw my version of it, inspired by the sample drawings he gave to me. I learned a lot in his class, as he is also a well- known artist.

  • Painting 2 (Slikanje 2)


The instructor of this class was the same one as for the drawing class. As this course was worth more credits, I also got a lot of homework. For example I had to make an aquarelle drawing in class, inspired by Cezanne, and three more at home until the next week. Also in this class I learned a lot of different painting styles and discovered more about my strengths and weaknesses as a future Art teacher. I definitely recommend this class, to anyone that is willing to work hard to develop their painting skills.

  • Guitar 1 (Gitara 1)


This class is for beginners that want to learn to play the guitar and how to use it in the classroom (e.g. to accompany the singing pupils with the guitar). You learn how to sit and hold the guitar properly, how to position your left and right hand, strumming patterns etc. (the basics). You might even learn how to play notes, however this is also part of the intermediate level course (Guitar 2).

  • Guitar 2 (Gitara 2)


For this course you get a song book with songs you can sing and play with the pupils. You learn how to play them (notes), how to accompany other instruments and singers (with chords) and different strumming patterns. The group usually consists of around 6 students and the guitars are provided by the teacher.

The teacher didn’t speak English very well, however for this class you don’t really need to communicate a lot with words, so it wasn’t a problem. He even borrowed me an older guitar, so I could practice at home and I learned a lot in his classes. I recommend both guitar classes to anyone who wants to learn this instrument (Guitar 1) and for those who know how to play a little bit and want to improve their playing (Guitar 1 and 2).


Description of the registration/ application process at the UFZG:

 The application deadlines are as follows:

    10 May for the winter semester / academic year

    10 November for the summer semester


Application for an international mobility at the University of Zagreb is only possible by use of the online application form available on this website:


Complete application form

To apply online you must first create a personal account in which you can make your application, save it and continue to work on it at a later stage if you wish so.


Finalise the application

After the application data has been submitted online, the application will be created as a PDF-Document which must be printed out.  The printed application form must be signed by the applicant and the coordinator from the home institution and then sent to the UFZG.

If the application is accepted a letter of acceptance will be sent to the applicant.

Enclose required documents

The following documents must be enclosed to the online application form:

  • Curriculum Vitae (Croatian or English),
  • the Learning Agreement containing the planned course units at the University of Zagreb.
  • Official Grade Transcript and Certificate of Enrolment,
  • Copy of the ID card or passport (first page with the photo and personal dana).
  • Proof of English level - B2 level on the Common European Reference of Languages is required (all kinds of language certificates are accepted)


E-mail for sending the applications

Exchange students need to send their application documents (full application file in .zip or .rar format) only to the following e-mail incoming@unizg.hr.




Teaching practice at the American International School of Zagreb


Voćarska 106

10000 Zagreb



Website and Telephone


+385 (1) 7999-300


Director: Ms. Ellen D. Stern

Upper School Principal:   Joyce Halsey

Lower School Principal: Sandra House