- Motto: “I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better.” ― Elon Musk
- Country of origin: Macedonia (the former Yugoslav Republic of)
- Situation: Student (currently studying in the Czech Republic)
- Higher education institution: Masaryk University
- Field of study: Literatures in English
- Level of study: Doctoral
What made you decide to study in the Czech Republic?
First and foremost, the Czech Republic has one of the best systems of higher education in Central Europe, and I think it is safe to say that the cost vs. quality ratio of Czech universities is unparalleled in Europe. So for me, choosing the Czech Republic over its neighbors was a no-brainer. Also, if you're into traveling, the Czech Republic is just hours away from most of the attractions Europe has to offer, while having thousands of those of its own, peppered throughout the country.
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 am extremely satisfied with my studies so far. Masaryk University provides all of the necessary tools and resources for anyone's needs. The instructors are top notch educators and experts in their field, while still taking the time to help students on an individual basis. The amenities (libraries, study rooms, canteens, dormitories) also work flawlessly. I would say the organization and constant improvement based on feedback in all spheres, is the biggest difference between Czech and Macedonian universities.
What was the biggest surprise with regard to studying or living in the Czech Republic?
I have to say that the biggest surprise for me was the academic culture in the country. I have the impression that erudition is not only socially acceptable but also encouraged. Most of the people I've met were well read, and keen to discuss the things they read. In fact, some of the best conversations I've ever had took place in Czech pubs.
What was your most memorable experience or what did you enjoy most as a student in the Czech Republic?
Although no single moment stands out for me, I would say that I was struck by how streamlined everything is for the student. All the student has to do is design his studies according to his interests and ambitions (and of course work hard), while the state (or the university) takes care of the rest.
How do you think your time in the Czech Republic has helped your studies and/or your career?
I think my stay in the Czech Republic has given me a broader perspective, both in my field and in life in general. It is interesting to see your personality respond to the new culture you are exposed to, which is one of the most interesting things about living abroad for longer stretches of time. I for one see myself now as a more pragmatic person than I was two years ago.
Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying in the Czech Republic?
I would recommend learning some Czech early on in your studies. Although it may seem a bit intimidating at first, Czech is a really fun language to learn. This will also help you fully immerse yourself in the culture, and it will bring your educational experience to a whole new level.