Matilde R. N.

Matilde R. N.
  • Motto: Truly getting to know the Czech Republic will make you never want to leave. So be carefull.
  • Country of origin: Denmark
  • Situation: Alumni (finished studying in the Czech Republic)
  • Higher education institution: Charles University
  • Field of study: Arts
  • Level of study: Master

What made you decide to study in the Czech Republic?

I had never been, which would be exiting. I had heard many good things about Charles University from other students. My study back home didn't allow for much diversity in my course catalogue at many European universities. Charles University had the option (for me) to choose from the biggest diversety of classes.

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?

Some classes was very different from back home. Which was to be expected. However I allowed myself to steer a little from what I would normally choose and enjoyed the sheer size of the Czech course catalogue. At my university or my study, most courses are 7,5 or 15 ects which means I'll only have 4 or 2 classes each semester. But at Charles courses were less, often 3,4,5,6 and 7 ects each which ment i got to take a lot of different classes and explore different fields and interest points. At Charles University they also have a 2 week trial period where you can explore different subject before locking them down. This was both a huge benefit and not ideal. As an exchange student it was great to be able to hear a professed explain a class in the first lesson and getting a better understand of each class before you choose. The downside is that for 2 weeks classes can be overrun and full and maybe several of the classes you want to check out are at the same time and therefor you might have to choose not based on interest but on schedule (the more classes the more chance of scheduling conflict)

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

As a dane I actually felt quite at home in the Czech Republic. I really missed my bike. But I soon discovered how amazing public transport is here and how wonderful a city Prague is to just walk everywhere in. Most of my classes were in beautiful places right in the center of Prague where I could easily walk. One of my classes were very close to the astronomical clock which meant I had to factor in tourist when I planned how long it would take for me to go to class, which was sometimes annoying at the time but in hindsight quite fun.

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

Memorable experiences is impossible to pick from. But my wisest and best experience was from how easy I manged to socialize and get to know the Czech Republic, because I chose to go on the 3 week intensive Czech language course before the semester started. It helped a lot learning all basic Czech but this is also where I made most of my friends for the rest of the semester and still. We had several cultural outings, sightseeing and social gatherings which made making friends, finding roommates etc. a piece of cake.

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

I was only supposed to stay for one semester. But most of my friends had to stay for an entire year. Halfway through the semester I applied to become an intern at the Danish embassy in Prague for the next semester and I got it. Now I work for the Czech embassy in Denmark. So I would say it shaped my future quite a bit.

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

Do the 3 week intensive course in Czech. It is really worth it. Sign up for language classes and sports classes even if they don't give you credit for it back home. Czech classes was really fun and helpful in my daily life and most people like it when foreigners make and effort. Sports classes were mostly Czech students and here is where I mostly met Czech people since the international classes are often just if not only international students.

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