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Univerzita Karlova

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4.15 / 5 based on 135 reviews
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Karel1976
University of Surrey, Roehampton, London, United Kingdom
Physical Therapy, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Unfortunatly it was not possible to attend a Czech language course, due to clash of subjects. However it was possible to learn prior and during the stay.
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Karel1976
University of Surrey, Roehampton, London, United Kingdom
Physical Therapy, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Expenses
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Because London is the most expensive and worst city for a student to live in!
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Housing, Telephone, Overall, Nightlife, Food, Travel:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Travel in Prague was so cheap and efficent. But general cost of living was very cheap.
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Karel1976
University of Surrey, Roehampton, London, United Kingdom
Physical Therapy, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Academic
Course recommendations
Better communication between both host and home Universitues is needed, in order to make sure that the academic aspects of both degrees are upheld and kept to a good standard.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
Transfer of subjects and credits became confusing for both Universities. Academically Charles University had very good standards, however the level of English was not always equal. Clear set targets and plan for the semster ahead would have been useful, ie what will be required from each student, course set up, exams, assesments etc.
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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Karel1976
University of Surrey, Roehampton, London, United Kingdom
Physical Therapy, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
How the subjects would be taught and assessed. Access to resources, ie, books, internet, etc.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
4
Activities
4
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
One of the best experiences of my life. The University were really good to us. I met lots of wonderful people from all over the world and did many activities that I would never have had the chance to do at home. Academically, things will improove for the Erasmus programme as Charles University has some of the best lectures and students in the world. Staff were very helpful. Czech students are generally quite reserved and shy and it can be quite hard to make friends. Being a foreign student put you in a very positive financial situation and you have to be sensitive to locals and students, compared to their financial situation.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
Staff were very helpful and friendly at the University. Czech people could be describe as generally quite reserved and quite difficult to get to know, but you will meet some really nice locals. Prague is a beautiful city but is becoming more and more commercial. Be aware of the centre for rip off prices and rudeness. Also sleaze is on the increase with the influx of the rich western tourist. Despite that Prague still is a vibrant city so much to do. I have met people from all over the world who I will stay in contact with forever. Prague created a community in the true sense of what the European Community and of course, the Erasmus programme set out to achieve. Bonding and interacting from all over Europe and the world. It was such an amazing experience. I would recommend it to everyone. It will really change you life!!
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Karel1976
University of Surrey, Roehampton, London, United Kingdom
Physical Therapy, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Activities, Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Hvezda club (Our local) Futurum, Iron Doors, Marquie de Sad, (too many to mention!!)
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Karel1976
University of Surrey, Roehampton, London, United Kingdom
Physical Therapy, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
More space needed.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
It was sufficent and basic and also very cheap. Despite being small it was a wonderful place to meet and make friends with people both on the Erasmus programme and locals.
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