- Motto: “If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done” - Thomas Jefferson
- Country of origin: Viet Nam
- Situation: Student (currently studying in the Czech Republic)
- Higher education institution: Tomas Bata University in Zlín
- Field of study: Finance
- Level of study: Doctoral
What made you decide to study in the Czech Republic?
There were plenty of practical reasons which brought me to Zlin, Czech Republic. I have received scholarships from Tomas Bata University in Zlin for my Master& Ph.D. study. These scholarships have enormously encouraged me a lot in my pursuit of education at higher levels. Moreover, Zlin is well-known as the cradle of Bata shoe’s industry, the living cost in Zlin is pretty much reasonable (about 250 Euro/month), which were sparking the curiosities in me.
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?
Generally speaking, my studies in Czech has met my expectation so far. All the information related study programs are freely published online. With the same level of tuition fee at Vietnam’s universities, here in Czech, I gained much more memorable study experience. My Ph.D. study has been highly supported by free access to huge scientific research databases, this is absolutely a tremendous advantage as compared to ones in my home country. Classrooms are more spacious, labs and library are high-tech equipped.
What was the biggest surprise with regard to studying or living in the Czech Republic?
To begin with, the unpopularity of using English surprised me. Czech language is used almost everywhere, at the supermarket, at the train & bus station even in public places. This gave me a great impression that everybody loves their Czech language, they may know English but prefer not speaking it. Hence, there came a motivation to study a new language- Czech. However, the first time I came to Immigration Department, Vietnamese is written everywhere on guideline boards. Astonishingly, I found out that Vietnamese is one of the biggest foreigner community in Czech. Secondly, if you are a man, certainly you will be surprised of the beauty of Czech girls in Zlin.
What was your most memorable experience or what did you enjoy most as a student in the Czech Republic?
I would say it was the New Year’s Eve of 2016, the moment I felt the emptiness because of being a thousand miles away from home for the first time ever, the emotion which is made of homesickness. Fortunately, I got in touch with a Vietnamese Community and then, I had a cozy warm year-end party with more than two hundred Vietnamese, ones are working and living around Zlín, Brno…. All gathered and enjoyed fireworks let off from corners to corners in Zlín. In my Vietnam, these performances are controlled by the government and only shortly performed in specific events such as on the Independence Day and New Year’s Eve. This unity somewhat made me feel a lot better.
Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying in the Czech Republic?
Having Czech friends is what you probably should do to deeply dive into Czech culture and traditions, to explore practical experience and better fit in in this peaceful, glorious country.