- Motto: Keep Exploring. Hit the road.
- Country of origin: China
- Situation: Student (currently studying in the Czech Republic)
- Higher education institution: Charles University
- Field of study: Liberal Arts & Humanities
- Level of study: Bachelor
What made you decide to study in the Czech Republic?
The story was kind of unexpected. I was watching some global universities rankings online and I came across Charles University. But the Czech Republic itself truly caught my attention since I didn’t have much knowledge about it before. I went on to learn about the country, its history, culture, education, life, and only found myself deeply intrigued and in love with it eventually! No wonder why I applied soon after this realization.
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?
Yes, mostly it met my expectations and for some parts it even exceeded. I found the essentials online thanks to the respective university and faculty websites. Later on, I got direct connections with my course coordinators and I even had the chance to participate in preparatory courses and try out for a regular lesson in person. Also, online information portals such as studyin.cz were such a big help. The huge difference would be the freedom and independence of organizing one's own study plans. Be careful with this as it may serve as a downside!
What was the biggest surprise with regard to studying or living in the Czech Republic?
The vibrant and international cultural scene and local life. And the breathtaking urban landscape and tranquil small-town life that almost got me to lose track of time.
What was your most memorable experience or what did you enjoy most as a student in the Czech Republic?
Having new encounters and acquaintances, getting lost somewhere local and non-touristy, and watching the sunset, airplane wake flowing weaving across the cloudless sky, while napping on the grassy lawn below the Prague Castle. Also the challenge and sense of accomplishment of speaking Czech and making myself understood.
How do you think your time in the Czech Republic has helped your studies and/or your career?
Student life here prepared me well to be an international citizen and to be an independent personality. Through social events, I got to network with different people and find meaningful connections. Also, working here provides essential knowledge to take on future tasks, especially to develop a career scope.
Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying in the Czech Republic?
When in doubt, make out. Find the right program and don’t hesitate to reach out to your program coordinators, faculties or universities when in need. Prepare well for a smooth landing in your studies here. And be explorative, be wild out and have fun!