• Motto: A chemist by qualification, a learning physicist by research experience, and a climate activist by compulsion.
  • Country of origin: India
  • Situation: Student (currently studying in the Czech Republic)
  • Higher education institution: Charles University
  • Field of study: Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry
  • Level of study: Doctoral

What made you decide to study in the Czech Republic?

I was offered to join as a doctoral student under the STARS program at the historic Charles University. I liked the eagerness of the Professors and the outlined research topics and the objectives made got me excited personally. As the long term implications of the project to mitigate climate change motivated me to pursue it. Now, I happen to be 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?

Until now, I have only good things to say, as I reached here during the pandemic, yet the courses and studies are going quite well. The people at the Department of Chemistry and in general, are quite welcoming. Most importantly, the multicultural nature of the department also helps.

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

I was a bit surprised to see so many people here are doing outdoor activities and also I was really shocked by the efficiency of the commute system here and also the student-friendly Ticket prices.

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

The centuries-long history and cultural attractions that Prague offers often entice me, every time I walk through the old town, I realize how this city has seen so many different phases of history, and yet it stands with all its glory. From the bullet holes on the wall from World War to the Charles Bridge of King Charles, you experience some unique emotions.

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

I like the experience until now as the room for discussion is always there and bit of networking gets you in contact with some really brilliant people. Also, for me, I personally appreciate how people of other subjects like Economics, Humanities will be happy to discuss fascinating topics of their subjects. Be curious and build friendships.

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

The tomorrow that awaits is dependent on the plans of the present. So please plan accordingly. Hope for the best. Be open to new possibilities as often moving to a new country will present you with some interesting scenarios. Best of luck. See you.

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