Nikola Dobric

Alpen-Adria Universität, Klagenfurt

I consider the CIC a very important organisation for professionals when they first arrive. They are given basic information about life in Carinthia and get together with other people in the same situation. My first contact with the CIC was in 2010, when I was more or less newly arrived in Klagenfurt. At that time the CIC had an office at the University of Klagenfurt campus and I sometimes visited it during office hours. After living in Carinthia for six years I can say that my family and I are well settled. We still have ties to the CIC, only now they are the reverse.

Every once in a while the CIC sends newly arrived people to me. In my function as the director of studies of the Department of English and American Studies I am in charge of the so-called ‘Nostrifikation’[1] of diplomas in English and American Studies. This is how I met James Brightman, the principal of the International School Carinthia (ISC): he was looking into evaluating his diploma for Nostrifikation and we met in my office. Later, after James and his family moved to Carinthia, we started to spend time together, our families met up, and we became pretty good friends. The CIC helps people to get together; it’s up to you to make the best of it. (Photo Stefano Lunardi | Text Birgit Stegbauer)

[1] Nostrifikation means that a diploma obtained in another country needs to be validated in order to be recognized in Austria – a process that is mandatory if you want to work here in your field.