What are your name and age? Where are you from?
My name is Riddhi, I’m 22 and I’m from New Delhi, India.
What is the name of your university, study programme, which discipline? When did you start studying?
I’m pursuing my Master’s degree in International Relations at Charles University in Prague. I started my studies back in September 2016.
What made you choose this programme? How did you decide?
I completed my Bachelor’s in Sociology and wanted to study something more applied for my Master’s, while not completely changing my field of study either so this program was perfect for me.
What were the main challenges you had to face before being accepted to your university?
Before being able to start at the university, the hardest challenge was dealing with the embassy to have all the correct documents with translations and not to make any mistakes while applying for the correct visa. It was a rather long and time-consuming process.
What are three things you like most about the university? Why?
I love the international environment, I like how approachable the professors are, in case you have any doubt. I also love the fact that classes are spread out over the city, so you get to study in different parts of Prague with the same program.
If you could improve anything about the university, what would it be?
The university dormitories! Yes, that could be improved.
The quality of lectures in English could be improved, especially when classes are held combined with the Czech students and the professors seem more comfortable with Czech.
What are three things you like the most about the city?
The beauty of it, Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world without question.
The architecture, no matter what street you turn to, it’s always impressive.
It’s very cheap compared to other European capitals and usually, there are huge discounts for students in the city.
Name one thing you would have liked to be different about the city? Why?
I would’ve liked more people to speak English because without knowing Czech, communication with the locals can become quite hard at times.
What was the biggest surprise in your study adventure?
The fact that you can take an exam multiple times in the same term! In Delhi, you only get one shot.
How would you rate your experience on a scale from zero to ten (0 – It is/was a total disaster, 10 – I have/had the time of my life)? Why?
10 – Prague is just the best city ever.
Is there anything that you would do differently if you could do it over again?
Well, I would’ve focused more on studying and my grades instead of finding a part-time job or an internship. While exploring the city is great, I feel I neglected my studies, especially during the first semester.
What are your plans after graduating?
I would like to work in an NGO right here in Prague.
Share your favourite spot, the university and the city with us!
The Charles Bridge, for sure, or Letna Park, the landscape is amazing.
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