Pénélope Pélissier

Pénélope Pélissier
  • Motto: I studied 6 months at Charles University, in Prague. I really appreciated my courses at the Faculty of Arts, and the life in Czech Republic in general. I didn't knew a lot about Czech before going there ; the culture really impressed me. I also learnt Cze
  • Country of origin: France
  • Situation: Alumni (finished studying in the Czech Republic)
  • Higher education institution: Charles University
  • Field of study: History
  • Level of study: Master 1

What made you decide to study in the Czech Republic?

I wanted to study in a beautiful background, in a country who had a great culture. That's allowed me to join my interest for History and Art History and my Erasmus stay. Moreover, I wanted to discover something really new for me : Central Europe, Slavic people and languages.

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, my studies meet my expectations. My courses were very interesting ; I enjoyed the fact we mixed several fields : English, Czech and Dutch languages, History, Visual Culture... The teachers were great, and the university big (there were a lot of journey between the different buildings) but beautiful. There were differences between from studying in my country (France) : according to me, Czech educational system is close to the English one : the exams look like the essays and students do a lot of oral exams.

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

Czech language was a big surprise for me : it's very different from all the other languages I've ever learnt : lot of declinations, a very atypical, exotic vocabulary...

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

I really enjoy the easier access to culture : I've been a lot to the National Theater, to see some plays, ballets, operas... I also like the musicians in the streets, the landscape from the castle, and the diversity of museums. I also like the mix in Prague between foreign cultures (English, French, German) and Czech culture.

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

My stay in the Czech Republic helped me to open my mind, to be more curious about Central Europe. I became more resourceful. I also learned how to write essays, to try out differents exams methods, and I improved my English.

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

I advice to the foreign students to learn a little bit Czech language before going to the Czech Republic : it helps a lot to fit in the country, to blend. Take time to choose your city : Prague is a really nice city, but it's also big : if you're prefer quieter and smaller cities, choose Brno or Olomouc.

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