MyGRANT METAMORPHOSIS – funded by the European Union

Mia Rupcic

5 May 2021

Mia Rupcic

I always felt accepted and integrated among people I met.

When did you come to Italy?

I came to Italy first in 2008 and stayed for one year and then moved to Italy in 2010.

Could you tell us what persuaded you to come to Italy?

After graduation in Croatia, I wanted to attend a Master in Italy, so I found a Master in Catania for Business Management Systems, that I attended for one year. Then I came back to Croatia for one year and the returned to Italy in 2010, when I opened my VAT number and found a job soon after.

What you are currently do? (working, studying, searching work, etc.)

I work in a consulting company in Catania since 2010, where I’m a Manager and Partner.

How do you feel in Italy? How did the Italians receive you?

I immediately had lot of support from my Italian friends and colleagues. I had a lot of support while attending a Master from people that were members of a European Student’s Organization called AEGEE.

Did you build valuable relations with Italians?

Yes, I have Italian friends and an Italian husband

Do you feel understood by Italians?

Yes, as Italians are very similar to Croatians, since we have always been connected culturally and historically.

Do you have empathic relations with Italians?

Yes, with my friends and my husband, that are Italian. People are warm and friendly, ready to help you when you have difficulties.

What do you like most about Italy?

I like Italian language and food the most, then culture and people.

What do you miss most about your country?

I miss my family and friends the most.

What are the difficulties you had to face when you arrived in Italy?

I had to face a lot of bureaucracy that is very slow and sometimes inefficient.

What advice would you give to those who would like to leave their country and move to Italy?

My advice is to follow their dreams and passion, as long as difficult it may be. Italy is a very warm and welcoming country, I always felt accepted and integrated among people I met. Be patient with the Italian bureaucracy as a foreigner. If you are a young student, try to connect with International Student’s organizations such as AEGEE or AIESEC, that are very efficient in welcoming foreigners. They can find you accommodation, help you with the bureaucracy and help you integrate in Italy.