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Vysoka Skola Banska - Technicka Univerzita Ostrava

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4.06 / 5 based on 25 reviews
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Luis
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Business Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Vysoka Skola Banska - Technicka Univerzita Ostrava
0.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Most students speak english, although english knowlege is almost exclusive to students. Some other people speak German or Russian. In the beggining I tried to learn the local language, but couldn't manage to find a teacher. The exchange students' support staff wasn't very helpfull in this. Only very near to the end of my stay I found that only a few steps from my residence was a language school with classes of Czech for foreigners.
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Luis
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Business Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Vysoka Skola Banska - Technicka Univerzita Ostrava
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
Food and accomodation is clearly cheaper (for food, especcially in restaurants). Travelling refers almost just to the going and return home. Telephone refers to international calls, calling home
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Travel, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Nightlife:
was the same price as at home.
Housing, Food:
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
none
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Luis
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Business Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Vysoka Skola Banska - Technicka Univerzita Ostrava
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
As almost all courses are in Czech language, unless you speak czech you will have private lessons with the teachers. There are a couple of courses in english, though. Try to see if these interest you and if so, pick them, so you can have real interaction with local students.
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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
I can only sugest more courses in foreign languages (English, German, French) to attract more exchange students
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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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Luis
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Business Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Vysoka Skola Banska - Technicka Univerzita Ostrava
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I hadn't any problem, but some friends of mine had because we hadn't been properly warned of pickpockets and so.
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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
2
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
No other thing, but go... but keep secret, we don't want the quiet city of Ostrava invaded by hordes of tourists, do we?
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
2
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
You might find it hard to travel around, not because there's no access to transports (in the train station you have trains leaving to everywhere from Germany to Moscow), but because you'll find it hard to leave this worderfull town. But Ostrava is close to so many places worth visit that it's almost a shame if you don't. Beware of pickpockets and car thieves. Two friends of mine lost a wallet with almost 100 Euros (100 USDollars) and the car radio in the very first day because they where not properly warned. Also be careful about your jackets and so in night spots. But it's not a dangerous place, and if you take a bit of care it will be a fine experience.
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Luis
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Business Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Vysoka Skola Banska - Technicka Univerzita Ostrava
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
The favourite and almost only night spot is Stodolni street. I could advise one or more pubs/discos/cafés, but there's everything for every taste, and easy to find also. There's also some nice cafés and restaurants in the centre (I advise 'N. 10'), but these are not as easy to find. I recomend you would meet some local people (students and young people are more than helpful) to guide you through these. Cultural events are also trhiving troughout the city everyday.
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Luis
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Business Studies, Graduate, Erasmus
Vysoka Skola Banska - Technicka Univerzita Ostrava
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Apartments in the city where, and I had not been informed about this until I was close to return to Portugal, cheaper than the University residence, if rented by 3 or 4 students
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Although it wasn't bad and it was quite cheap, from the information I had got from the host university I was expecting better. For instance, they gave us option to have a single room and when we arrived these rooms did not exist.
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