Ratanak Sio

Ratanak Sio
  • Motto: I came here to study medicine. But in the end, I graduated from CTU (Instruments and methods for biomedicine) in Czech. Czech language is difficult and but not impossible to learn.
  • Country of origin: Cambodia
  • Situation: Alumni (finished studying in the Czech Republic)
  • Higher education institution: Czech Technical University in Prague
  • Field of study: Instruments and methods for biomedicine
  • Level of study: Master

What made you decide to study in the Czech Republic?

I was searching for scholarship and I didn't want to wait until Master's Degree. Czech Government Scholarship offered a wide rage of study fields. That why I had decided to come to study here.

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?

I had been studying at good schools in Czechia, so yes I would say that my studies defenitely meet my expectations. As a foreigner, it isn't easy to study at the university. It depends on your study field. For example, at medical school you really need to speak Czech very well. At techical school, you can find a lot easier to study even if your Czech isn't that good.

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

Slavic language, the snow and the time change in summer and winter.

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

My preparation courses (Czech + other subjects) were the most memorable experience for me. I got to know and to learn a lot of interesting things such as cultures, language, people and so on.

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

I have changed a lot after I had come to Czech Republic. I am a lot more open-minded.

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

Choose well before you come here. If you decide to come, start immediately on your language. Try to look at all subjects in the university that you want to study. We can't be good in all subjects. Remember that in order to get the diploma you will need to pass all exams from all mandatory subjects. Try to understand the educational system.

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