- Motto: Came to Brno. Got to know Brno. Had to Leave Brno for ever. Returned to Brno after one month.
- Country of origin: Belgium
- Situation: Alumni (finished studying in the Czech Republic)
- Higher education institution: Mendel University in Brno
- Field of study: International Business
- Level of study: Master
What made you decide to study in the Czech Republic?
I had always heard Czech people are the most welcoming and the craziest people in Europe. I have to admit that sayings were not wrong.
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?
The studies were quite interesting but somehow very easy as I was an exchange student. I enjoyed how teachers at Mendelu were easy to reach and ready to help me with extra sessions. Mendelu university facilities were amazing. There was everything we needed and it was all intuitive for non-Czech speakers. The classrooms were also much smaller, which enabled more interactions between teachers and students.
What was the biggest surprise with regard to studying or living in the Czech Republic?
The super strong sense of belonging to the university. All the exchange students felt like part of a community. We all helped each other, learned from each other, partied together. We really did everything together and that was a great feeling.
What was your most memorable experience or what did you enjoy most as a student in the Czech Republic?
I won't lie, my most memorable moment didn't happen in a classroom. The exchange committee organised a boat party on the lake in Brno. Everything was perfect and every body was in the same mood. This party took place just two days before my birthday, which made it even more special.
How do you think your time in the Czech Republic has helped your studies and/or your career?
It definitely helped me improve my English level. It also made me realise the importance of international relations. The year after my semester in Czech Republic, I signed up to be a member of the Erasmus Student Network and welcomed foreign students coming to my student city.
Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying in the Czech Republic?
Don't have any stereotype of Czech Republic or any other countries. Just go there and experience it by yourself. Make those moments yours and only then, you will realise how lucky you were to be in that country.