Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the latest pandemic with a high rate of morbidity and mortality worldwide . Crises like these can harm the academic functioning and psychophysical health of nursing students . With this qualitative study, we aim to explore how students perceive the COVID-19 crisis and what their personal experiences were while studying during the global pandemic . In the study, data saturation was achieved after analyzing the reports of 33 undergraduate nursing students, using the inductive thematic saturation method . Data were collected using an online form, which students filled out, describing their perceptions and experiences . Qualitative inductive content analysis of students ’ reports resulted in 29 codes, indicating different student perceptions of the efficiency of state institutions in crises . All students described the spread of misinformation on social networks and the risky behavior of the population . Most are afraid of infection and worried about the well-being of their family, so they constantly apply protective measures . Students recognize their responsibility to the community and the importance and risks of the nursing profession . They also describe negative experiences with public transportation and residence in the student dorm . The fear of possible infection in the classroom is not significant, however, students are afraid of the clinical settings . Thirteen students reported difficulty in concentrating and learning, while all students praised teacher support and faculty work in this crisis.