This article can tell you something about their opinions on the course and life in the Czech republic as such.
Markéta Nováková: "Before I get to the article itself I would like to thank Alena, Alexander, Asiya, Evgenyi and both Nikitas for their time and answering all my questions. Also I want to congratulate them on the brilliance with which they managed this interview. All the conversation was only in Czech, which is after only 6 months’ study of Czech a really admirable achievement."
Why have you left your home countries to study in the Czech republic?The most of us have already finished our universities, at least a Bachelor programme. Some of us have also already worked. (Evgeniya): I, for example, worked as a manager at the Academia. I did mind the job, but I like studies as well.
How have you found out about the course Czech Language and Culture for Foreigners, organized by the ŠKODA AUTO University?We found out about it on the Internet. And also our friends, who have already been studying abroad or have some experience with it, helped us. One Russian page, which works as a forum for information exchange, was great help. The students, who went abroad write to this page about their experience and some recommendations for everyone to read.
What was the deciding factor for your studies in Mladá Boleslav? A lot of our friends recommended the ŠKODA AUTO University in Mladá Boleslav, because they had studied here. We also compared the tuition fees with other types of schools and these courses were cheaper than, for example, courses in Prague.
What language do you study in?The courses are in English. We would recommend a perfect knowledge of English before arriving here. Some teachers speak a little bit of Russian. And since our class composes solely of Russian students, sometimes our teachers address us also in Russian. Recently we have been speaking Czech only. In any case, good English knowledge is desirable. Applicants for the study of Czech would definitely make use of self-taught Czech basics even before leaving for the Czech republic.
Was it difficult to get a visa for the Czech republic and how long did the whole process take?Yes, it was not easy to obtain the visa. We would recommend all prospective students to apply for it at least 4 months in advance. Some of us had pass an interview at the embassy. (Alena): I was, for example, asked to repeat the interview three times. It was demanding, both financially and time wise. I travelled three times to Yekaterinburg and back. At the interview, they asked about the courses I would study, who was going to pay the tuition fee for me, who had I communicated with at the university, etc. But don’t worry, at the embassy was a Czech lady, who spoke fluent Russian. So the whole interview was in Russian.
What important documents did you have to submit?To name just the most important, we would say these: Passport, a photo, confirmation of study, confirmation of accommodation, state of account and abstract of criminal record.How do you like the ŠKODA AUTO University tuition, what are your favourite courses?So far, we have only had Czech. Later, other courses will be added, such as Maths, English, Economics etc. We would in this way like to praise our teacher Kamila, who is very energetic, nice and cheery. Czech is for us, Russian-speaking students, easy to learn, as it is a Slavonic language and everything is very similar. We think that other students, non-Slavs, may have problems with it. So far, it has been easy for us.
What do you do in your spare time?We have started travelling together. Recently, we have visited Brno and then Bratislava. We spent a night in Bratislava. We also liked the town of Kutná Hora. We usually travel by car. We don’t have our own car, but we travel with a friend, who has one. We spent our last weekend in Liberec. The weather was bad, so we could not visit Ještěd. On the way back, we degusted goat cheese at the Pěnčín goat farm. Máchovo jezero at Staré splavy was another place worth a visit.
What are your plans for the holiday? Are you going home?(Alena, Alexandr): On holiday, we would like to travel around Europe, we would like to go to France. We cannot miss Paris in France. Then we will go to Croatia and Monte Negro.(Assiya): I would like to go home, to Kazakhstan. I hope it will work out.What university have you applied for? Where do you want to study next?(Alena, Alexandr): We applied for a university place to the ŠKODA AUTO University. We are applying for the Master programme.(Nikitas): We would like to continue on the Bachelor programme of ŠKODA AUTO University.(Assiya): I applied for a university place in Brno and Pardubice. I don’t know yet, where they will accept me. I would like to study management.
Have you thought about the internship you may do as a part of the ŠKODA AUTO University studies?We have not thought about the internship yet. We will see our time possibilities.
What are your future plans?We don’t want to go home yet. We would like to stay in Europe for now. (Assiya): Most of all, I would love to go to Spain. (Alena): Well, I would like to go to France, to Lyon or to Paris. If the school offers such a possibility, I would like to go abroad with the Erasmus programme.
What is your experience with Czechs?Most Czechs do not talk to us and if they do, then in English. Only a few young people can speak Russian. We are afraid of speaking Czech, as we are not very good yet. But we would need some conversation to train our skills. We don’t talk much with Czechs at the dorms, we usually make friends with foreign students. Only among us we sometimes play games who makes it the longest to speak in Czech only. The one, who starts speaking Russian, loses.
To conclude, I would like to wish you a bright future full of personal, academic and professional success.
This article is a call for the ŠKODA AUTO University students the more to join the intercultural relations with our foreign students. Not only will your Russian and their Czech skills improve, but you will also make new friends.
The interview was processed by Markéta Nováková/International Office
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