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Ahoj! Greetings from Zlín

Hello!

My studies here in Zlín, Czech Republic, are leaning towards the end. It’s going to be also the end of amazing semester with many great new people I have met here.

When we arrived, we had Welcome Week before official starting of studies. During the week there was lots of events like bowling, pub tour, trips, etc to get familiar with each other. This week was really amazing and got to know so much about many different cultures.

First weeks of studying was basically introduction of teachers and studying environment. University has mostly really modern equipment, laboratories and measurement facilities. Each faculty have different buildings, below is a map of University buildings in Zlín.

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Main building, and library is situated in U13. I have been studying in Faculty of Applied Informatics in a building called U5, below is a picture of my faculty.

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Studying here is not really much different than it is in Finland, teaching methods are mostly same. Only thing is different is that teachers are not really strict and don’t really require anything else that you will do the tasks they give at some point. I find it not too good, because you will really lose your motivation to study. Still after all in general I’ve enjoyed my studies here.

Living in Zlín is really cheap, sometimes food costs like half of the equivalent in Finland. Local people don’t really speak English here so sometimes it can be difficult to deal with them. Usually using universal sign language does the trick or then other helpful local who can speak English will help.

People here are really socially active and they tend to sit on pub with lot of friends or family. Pub is the soul of Czech peoples lives, and usually there is really amazing atmosphere.  Service in pub is also mostly really good, serving is always done to table and you don’t need to get up to bar counter for orders, so the service will come to you

Possibilities to travel here are astonishing, and I have visited Italy, Austria, Poland. Alone inside Czech Republic there is so much to see for example capital city Prague, Český Krumlov and many more. Below are only few pictures of all my trips here.

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View in Prague

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Main square in Krakow, Poland

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Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria

After all these trips I have always left astonished by all the things I’ve seen, and I really want to visit most of them again! Before I go back to Finland I will also visit Budapest in Hungary.

I can really recommend visiting Czech Republic the people and places are so great!

With kind wishes,

-Tero

 

 

 

 

Pozdravy ze Zlína! Greetings from Zlin

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My internship and intercultural experience was not easy. Already during the application period I had some organisational problems: the target country I wanted to go declined my participation and I had to choose another country from “leftovers”

I chose Czech Republic. Bureaucracy process between TAMK and Tomas Bata University was surprisingly complicated. I arrived to Czech Republic 1.10.16, but I was not even registered as a student and had to wait three weeks before all papers were signed up.

During my internship I worked in  Krajská nemocnice Tomáš Bati  in  four different departments : department of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation,  ICU,  Maternity Ward,  Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. I also had short-term practice at Emergency Department at regional hospital in Nové Město na Moravě.

 

KNTB Zlin (http://www.kntb.cz/kontakt). Hospital is huge, it has more then 10 buildings and about 25 departments including laboratories

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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Nemocnice Nové Město na Moravě (http://www.nnm.cz/2011/?rezim=pacient&id=uvod). 7 buildings, 20 departments, also has a dormitory for employers6

 

Nurses in Czech Republic  work  12 hours shifts, max three shifts per week (for ex.: day – day – night)Due to language barrier I did not have supervisor neither  proper time table. I had to negotiate (mostly in Czech) with had nurse and try to make my schedule look good, so i could get at least some hours done and reach my internship goals.

Although I had discussed my goals and working hours with international coordinator (he was responsible for all organization)  we had some kind of misunderstanding till the end of my practicing. As a result  my practicing period was more like  tour around the hospitals. The longest time  I spent at the department was 3 weeks, and after i had to move to another one. To the other hand I had seen more different working fields then i could do in Finland, and it is awesome.

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There is no need to tell about  differences between ergonomic and aseptic rules, stuff in hospitals I used to practice just simply do not pay any attention for that  Also the doctors/ nurses anchorite is so high that patients/ customers just listen to them mouth open and do not participate in treatments/ healthcare planning.

Anyhow, I got priceless working and intercultural experience.  I improved my professional skills, learned how  to speak Czech and became confidence as a nurse.

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Na zdraví from Brno!

What can I say, I’ve lost my heart to Czech republic. I’ve had the time of my life here, meeting new people, studying in a well-respected university and every day experiencing something new. The life here has opened my eyes in a whole new way – the way I see the world.

Studying here has been fascinating and I have to say I honestly didn’t lose my interest in studying at any point. The faculty of mechanical engineering – and particularly the institute of aerospace engineering – is awesome. They offer a lot of interesting courses and the professors know what they’re talking about. They have many labs where they do tests and in one course the teacher even took students to fly whenever they wanted to. I’d highly recommend this university for aeronautical engineering students!

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Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

My exchange was a bit different than usually, since I have a boyfriend here. So, I wasn’t living in the dorms but I still made a lot of new friends and got countless of new experiences. On my spare time I was hanging out with my friends, going out to pubs or visiting my boyfriend’s parents in the countryside on the mountains.

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Countryside on the mountains in northeast of Czech republic

You can’t really describe everything about an exchange with words. It’s something one should just see. It will change the way you look at certain things. And like they say – once Erasmus, always Erasmus.

Greetings from magical Prague

This is one of the most beautiful cities i have ever been in. All the great arcitecture and buildings that have been here so many centuries give some perspective what´s old and what´s new. When we are speaking about old building or town in Finland we usually mean that they have been built century or two ago. Here even the new town has been founded early 1300´s. This city has interesting combination old and new architecture which i find really interesting since I am studying construction architecture.

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The feeling that you have in this city is something magical. It´s the weird combination of old structure and modern life and yet they are still working together seamless. Well almost most of the time since the culture is little bit more easygoing with schedules. It feels like here people don´t have the same rush to places like us finns usually have.

My studies have been everything i dared to hope yet sometimes i think we have too much free time and too little actual teaching but it´s only natural because the school is university so they except that you´ll survive by studying yourself. All the teachers are good with english which is really good thing. It´s so much more pleasant to learn when you understand well. Ofcourse we have some courses that have plenty of new words. For example in economics course there are a lot of words from the bussiness world so the dictionary has been my best friend during that course. I still have the exam to do for that course so wish me luck!

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Prague is that kind of city that you never feel bored. There´s so much to see and experience that it´s impossible for even one semester. I have spent most of my free time with my roommates thought. I have been so lucky to have them because living with them has been really great. We have so much to talk about and we usually go for the parties together. We are really not party people but we like to go to inteGreat parties that are held by ISIC club which is club for exchange students and the parties are about all the countrys. There´s always three countrys that are presenting their culture by food and a show that can be presentation, games, plays or whaterver comes to their minds.

I have also has a lot of friends wisiting me so we have been exploring the city. Mostly we have tried new palces to go for food and see all the tourist attractions but also tried to explore more and we have found a lot of cool places to go. For example there´s a lot nice quarters in the city.

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Studying in Prague have been like studying blinfolded because it´s so different. You don´t really get anything from the teachers at first. In Finland they usually tell you during the first classes what are they excepting you to do so it´s easier to plan your future. You know how much you have to work for the studies but in Prague the informations come little by little so it´s more surprising yet it´s not too bad. And you can always ask and they reveal more when asking. Yet there has been course or couple that have been little different than we thought. After all i have enjoyed the courses because otherwise they are so cool. The topics are exciting.

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Dobrý den from Czech Republic

I could not have been more satisfied with my choice to come to Prague. The city is so beautiful, there´s so much to do and the school´s excellent also.

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I´ve been pleasantly surprised with the courses here, all of them, even economics, are interesting for an architecture student. Education here has a lot of similarities to Finland, but you can definitely see that here our education has been going on for many many years, and the courses are stable if you could say so. Architecture faculty back home is so brand new that it´s still finding it´s way. This town is made for architecture history lessons, we never stay in lecture halls, we get up and actually see the places and buildings in question, it is so much more interesting this way!

Dorm life is something that needed a little getting used to, but now that I´ve settled in it´s good too. I can see the school from my window so it´s all about the location.

I´ve explored the city and gone to trips too, seen some art and a lot of sceneries. There´s always something going on in the city, we even had a film shoot in the lobby of our dormitory.

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We also hosted a Finnish party here and served karelian pasties, turkish pepper candies and of course, we made salty liquorice vodka. Pasties were a hit, vodka ran out mostly because there was vodka in it, and we had a lot of left over candy. Even the Mexicans complained about them being so spicy.

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All and all, adjustment has been easy for me, even thought that if I didn´t have a firm back home that needed attending I´d probably stay a full year.

P.S. Oh yeah, I´m also included here in a project in which we will be designing for Skoda and Mladá Boleslav (the city Skodas main factory is in) a lot of new buildings and areas, such as a new headquarters and a culture centre. How cool is that?

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Experience of life time in Prague!

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Greetings from Prague, Czech Republic. Five last months have been life changing experience for a Finnish technical student and curious explorer. I have fell in love with this city every day during my time here. Experience of living every day life abroad has been more than I ever could have wished!

I love Prague as a beautiful and versatile city. City offers every day something new for you, so you won’t get bored. You share a life with 700 other exchange student and also small range of local people. I was lucky to find an apartment to share with one Finnish girl and one Czech guy. This experience gave me good touch to local atmosphere and life in general.

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This was my first longer experience abroad, and studying in foreign language. First I was a little bit afraid how I’m going to survive with English and in different culture and country. But I was afraid for nothing. CTU Czech Technical University of Prague turn out to be good standard university. I had some problems with the most difficult courses, and I had to drop few of them from my schedule.

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I learned so many things during my period here as an Erasmus students; speak more English, be more open and social, other culture and language, get to know people all over the world, how it feels to live in s capital with 1,2 million people, study in English, etc….

Thank you Erasmus program, TAMK and other parties to enabled this experience for me!

Practical Training in the Czech Republic

After a longer time abroad, having studied in Finland and Austria, I decided to visit my home country again. I have always liked mountains. That’s why I completed my study exchange in Austria and even though I didn’t get a training position in there, I was happy enough to acquire a place in the Czech mountains. Our mountains are smaller than the Alps (the highest one is “only” 1602 m above sea level), nevertheless, they are a beautiful, clean and often cold environment.

I am working in a small town called Vysoké nad Jizerou for one family-owned company offering accommodation. It is nice and diverse work. I am helping the owners with promoting themselves online, currently renovating their website, taking and uploading new pictures, communicating with some partners and any other administration that is needed.

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Since I started working in March, it has been more of a spring/summer season so far. Spring in the mountains starts a bit later than in the lowlands and naturally is also a bit colder. However, we have had some nice (partly) sunny days here already!

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In my free time, I have been visiting my friends and family in Prague as well as friends in Austria I made during my exchange semester. In the end of the winter, I also went to watch some of the final races in biathlon of this season. It was located in the north, close to the so called Giant Mountains where I am working. Even though there was no more natural snow, it was still quite cold. However, many people came to see the stars of Czech biathlon, a sport which is becoming increasingly more popular here every year.

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I have still some weeks left here and soon it is going to be the time of the year when many people escape the hot summer in cities to cool down in the mountains. It is also in the middle of summer when the town celebrates its founding (more than 500 years ago!) to which I am really looking forward!

Greetings from Prague

 

In my student exchange in Prague coming to an end last weekend exported. All tests have now been completed and marks obtained in coursework. Studies in the English language was not easy for me, but my language skills improved necessarily a wee bit. Also, I made it to survive two oral test. I’m glad, because it was totally new to me. In Finland, I have never had an oral exam and even in English.

Prague is a beautiful city and a very popular tourist destination. Buck has a lot of great old buildings and the streets are clean. Buck has good transport links, as well as within the city, the rest of Europe in Prague. Prague has good opportunities for shopping, cultural experiences, for example, classical music.

In my view, the best was to go hiking just outside of Prague. By train came in an instant out of town and hiking trails were the true wealth of immediately outside the city. Prague, the countryside is really beautiful, because relief are large and the Vltava river flowing at the bottom.

Dobrý den!

Greetings from Czech Republic, Brno! Coming here was like one dream came true and I don’t regret one second that I came!

At the first week they told me that “You didn’t came here to study you came here to learn”. And that’s true, I think I have learned so much from other students around the world and I have had opportunity to tell some awesome things about Finland too ! !

I have been here now 2,5 months (and 1,5 more still ahead) and every Tuesday we have presentations of nations. At 8th of March it was Finland´s turn to keep the presentation.  Good day, it was snowing (the only day with real snow during my stay here) and we were able to built a snowman! 8)

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The snowman is waiting partypeople in front of the Yacht (the best “club” ever! and just next to our dorms 😉

I have traveled a lot, because Brno is situated in Central Europe with good connections of all surrounding countries. Until now I have visited for example in Prague, Znojmo, Olomouc, Vienna, Krakow, Bratislava and also in skiing centre Červenohorské Sedlo (Cityski organizes nice trips there and to Austria too) and I am planning to go to Budapest, Berlin, Croatia.. It is so cheap to travel from Brno than compared to travelling from Finland…

In Brno they have International Student Club which helps international students during their stay. They organize a lot of trips and recreational activities. So you won’t get bored here! Some of our parties and events we will have during our stay; beer marathon, tramparty, boatparty, student ball, ballet, paintball, water fight, laser game, festival, planetarium and sport activities too.

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                   Picture from our first event: may I introduce you the priest and bitches <3

Czech they don’t have the healthiest food but mostly I like it. Beer is cheap, even cheaper than water. Also everything else is cheaper here compared to Finland. From student canteen you can have meal in 1,6€, and in restaurant proper meal in 3-7€, beer 1€, bus&tram card for 1 month 10€… Rent is about 140€. I am living in Pod Palackého vrchem Residence Hall. The dorms are not the cleanest one but it’s fine for that price ^ ! And I have a cool roommate from Ukraine 🙂 And here is pic of my room:

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And something about my studies too; my faculty is next to dorms. I study business and management. Courses are basically okay and teachers speak really good English and one teacher is a big fan of Finland.. 😀 I have free days on Wednesdays and Fridays so it’s not that hard all the time! 😉

 

 

 

Here is also good sport opportunities: gym is ALSO just next to our dorms and a sport hall too; there I play floorball with local students once a week.  Nice place in the summer will be Brno Lake. It was already +20 in the beginning of May!

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On Easter Thursday you can taste green beer and enjoy the city which is actually green too! Even Holy Dildo (aka astronomical clock) is green then ! If you come to Czech Republic you will realize they have a lot of this kind of interesting architecture here… 😉 Local food in the picture; raw meat, and it was sooo good! 😛

So just come here and experience it!

Dobrý den from Czech Republic

Greetings from Czech Republic and it’s beautiful capital city Prague

Before coming here I didn’t know pretty much anything about this country, other than cheap beer and some sights. But now that I’ve already been here quite a long time, I absolutely love this place. Beer is indeed cheap, and really good aswell! Also there is so much to see here so Prague is definitely one of the capitals of Europe.

I’m studying in the Czech Technical University of Prague, which is the best and most valued Technical University in CR. Even though it’s an University, my bachelor studies have been very similar compared to my studies in TAMK. Teaching methods are very similar. Teachers give lectures and there are some final seminar works and tasks you need to complete.  Most of the teachers speak good and understandable English. English language in general among Czechs isn’t that great, which is one of the few things I dislike here. The weather has been nice and sunny here during autumn, so I’m not missing Finnish autumn sleet rain and darkness at all!

I live in a dormitory very close to the campus. It’s called Masarykova Kolej, which is amongst best dormitories. Although the quality of living is low compared to Finnish standards, it’s still a funny experience, rather cheap and you definitely won’t be lonely! It’s very easy for you to get new friends and to meet people around the world.

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Czech food is rather good and cheap. I usually go out with my friends to have a lunch or  dinner in restaurant. Average meal costs around 5- 7 euros with beer as drink. Beer costs usually around 1- 2 euros, so it’s basicly costs as much as ordered water. Cost of living in general is about half compared to Finland

Also travelling is very cheap, easy and comfortable in CR. The location is great, so it’s more than easy to visit other great European cities close by, such as Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, Krakow and so on. For example, bus to Budapest costs 17 euros. I plan to travel here as much as possible.

Here’s some pictures:

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with bread dumblings

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St. Vitus Cathredal in Prague Castle

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Old Town Square

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View of Budapest

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Auschwitz

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Nature in CR

Thank you for reading and na shledanou!