Joshua Angelo Bata

Joshua Angelo Bata
  • Motto: Studying in Czech Republic is a dynamic experience, making it even more challenging and exciting at the same time.
  • Country of origin: Philippines
  • Situation: Alumni (finished studying in the Czech Republic)
  • Higher education institution: Palacky University, Olomouc
  • Field of study: Development Studies
  • Level of study: Master

What made you decide to study in the Czech Republic?

I applied for the Erasmus Mundus mobility, International Development Studies program, which was hosted by Palacký University in Olomouc.

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?

Situated in a historic city, the university was well-provided in terms of its facilities. The study programme was diverse and the instructors made our study challenging yet rewarding. Outside, the study programme, our professors offered us a chance to network with Czech NGOs and activities to improve our soft skills needed for development work. My experience exceeded my expectations.

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

It was surprisingly a student-friendly country. The living costs are bearable compared with other European countries.

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

Living in another continent have been challenging but it also offered a new way of looking at things. One of my most memorable experiences was being able to travel around Czech Republic.

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

The period of my study in Czech Republic has helped me create networks and see how NGOs in Czech Republic practice their development work.

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

Carry on. Czech Republic is a place to be for students. But bring extra layers for winter because it can be cold.

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