María Suárez

María Suárez
  • Motto: "Don't get bitter, just get better". Alyssa Edwards.
  • Country of origin: Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
  • Situation: Student (currently studying in the Czech Republic)
  • Higher education institution: University of Hradec Králové
  • Field of study: Political Science
  • Level of study: Bachelor

What made you decide to study in the Czech Republic?

The attractive study programme in an area I was interested in. The international atmosphere, the possibility of studying in English, and also delicious Termix!

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 would say my general impression is that students have a lot more "freedom" when it comes to both the study programme and the university facilities. There are a lot of optional subjects, taught by international experts, the university facilities are always open and there's the space for students to have a peaceful time studying outside of the dorms.

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

Hmm. I would say it was the fact I would be able to work a part-time job, study a degree programme, *and* not starve.

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

My most memorable experiences were all related to snow, which is very uncommon in my country. As a 23 years old woman, I had a snowball fight with my roommates from Mexico. It is definitely one of my most precious memories.

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

It has helped my studies and my career tremendously. I have gotten the chance to broaden my worldview, get some amazing friendships, grow my professional network, and overall, become a better person.

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

Plan ahead. Check the deadlines of the universities and apply for your visa (if you need one) as soon as possible. Generally speaking, it's not as hard as it seems :)

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