João Soares

João Soares
  • Motto: I studied in Prague and it was, with no doubt, the Pragadise! Everyone should live in this city at least one month and see how good it is to live in one of the most beautiful cities of Europe.
  • Country of origin: Portugal
  • Situation: Finished studying in the Czech Republic
  • Higher education institution: University College of International and Public Relations Prague
  • Field of study: International Relations
  • Level of study: Bachelor

What made you decide to study in the Czech Republic?

My home university and my prague's university had a protocol inclued in the Erasmus+ Programme. I just applied for it and I was selected.

Did your studies meet your expectations? How did you find the study programme, instructors, university facilities? Were there any differences from studying in your country?

To be honest, I didn't have huge expectations in relation to Prague/CZ. I knew it was a beautiful city/country but nothing more. Once I arrived, I saw that I should have lived there all the time. In terms of university, it was kinda different because I went to Prague and started to study in a small university with excellent teachers, with amazing CVs. In Portugal, my country, is kinda the same, but not the same.

What was the biggest surprise with regard to studying or living in the Czech Republic?

The people that I met there and Prague. I met people not only from Portugal, but from all over the world, and it was incredible. And Prague. I don't have words. Everyhting is good, cool and spectacular. Lots of night and day life, lots of local markets, lots of things to visit and to see.

What was your most memorable experience or what did you enjoy most as a student in the Czech Republic?

While I was studying in Prague, I went to Lom Velká Ameriká with my friends and it was wonderful. Despite of being a little different from what I have seen on internet, it was incredible and the hiking till there from Karlstejn was amazing.

How do you think your time in the Czech Republic has helped your studies and/or your career?

I could grown up and manage my own life far away from my parents and the people I knew, as well as I improved my languages and my way of talking with people.

Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying in the Czech Republic?

Be nice to everyone. People could be a little bit rude, but once you smile to them, they will be nicer to you.

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