- Motto: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken
- Country of origin: Pakistan
- Situation: Student (currently studying in Czechia)
- Higher education institution: Charles University
- Field of study: General Medicine
- Level of study: Master
What made you decide to study in Czechia?
Prague seemed like the ideal place to study – high-ranked universities, countless research opportunities, and beautiful views. How could anyone resist such an experience?
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?
They certainly surpassed my expectations. The study programmes were very well organized and taught by experienced professors who really seemed to be passionate about what they were teaching. The positive and encouraging atmosphere definitely helped instil great enthusiasm and curiosity about the subjects as well. What became quite apparent was the difference in the teaching methods in the Czech Republic compared to my country, but so far, it has not created any hindrances in my pursuit of a degree in Medicine.
What was the biggest surprise with regard to studying or living in Czechia?
For me, the public transport system has been a game changer. The timings are followed down to the T, and in the three years that I've lived here, there have been only a handful of times when I've found the need to use Uber or hail a taxi.
What was your most memorable experience or what did you enjoy most as a student in Czechia?
The fact that Czechia is in the centre of Europe means that I get to explore neighbouring countries whenever I get the chance. To add to that, the allure of studying in Prague is undeniable. After a long, tiring day, the exquisite scenery you get to witness on your ride back home is very refreshing.
How do you think your time in Czechia has helped your studies and/or your career?
The research opportunities available at my university have helped me delve deeper into the areas of my study that I'm interested in and further solidified the theoretical and practical knowledge I obtain from my classes.
Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying in Czechia?
The best thing would be to familiarize yourself with the Czech language. It not only puts you in a better position to communicate with the locals, which can be very useful but also gives you the possibility to experience Czech culture truly.