04.04.2016 13:18

Kristine: I have always wanted to study abroad

Autor: Filip Hanzelka | Kurz: English section | Kategorie: Features and other

A twenty-two-year-old student of international relations from Norway has decided to try Czech student life for one semester.

We are sitting in front of a cheerful, friendly, blonde young lady from Norway. She is ill at the moment, because she underestimated Czech weather. “I didn’t bring enough winter clothes, because I was hoping it will be warmer here,” she says, laughing, and discloses that she has already bought a sweatshirt of Masaryk University.

Kristine Klevjer is a twenty-two-year-old student of international relations, who decided to try Czech student life for one semester. She has always wanted to go study abroad, although it was a coincidence that she ended up in the Czech Republic. “I didn’t have this special country, I just wanted to go abroad, so I asked my coordinator, what he would recommend, and he said Czech Republic. So I am here.”

Kristine has been in Brno for only three weeks so far, so she is still trying to get used to it. The biggest shock for her were the many differences between educational systems in the Czech Republic and Norway. “In my field of study, we actually have one course at a time, which has 15 credits and that’s all. Here you have many courses with a small amount of credits. You can enrol in everything you want to, including subjects that are not in your field of study. And it gets confusing what is and what is not in your field.” Kristine likes MU informational system, because it helps her with the organization of her studies. “We had something similar at my university, but we didn’t have a lot of courses to pick between. We didn’t have so many opportunities.”  Kristine’s home university in Lillehammer has got only one small campus, which each student visits. There are no faculties all around the city.

Kristine comes from a small town, therefore she had a few problems with orientation and tram system in Brno in the beginning of her stay. The next problem was the language barrier outside of the university, where many people don’t understand English. “I was actually thinking about learning more Czech. I think it is not respectful when somebody starts to talk to you in Czech and you don’t know how to answer. I don’t like that, I would like to understand the basics.” Kristine prefers learning language on her own to joining some Czech language course. She finds Czech people pretty nice and helpful. “I noticed, when I was finding my way in the city, people who can speak English came to me and asked if I need help.” On the other hand, Kristine had some bad experiences with intrusive behaviour of boys in a dance club, which she is not used to in Norway.

Kristine enjoys studying abroad, because it is very easy to meet new people. She appreciates the openness of other international students, who are very simple to befriend. Until now she was very busy, but she has already visited JumpPark in Brno and she enjoyed it very much. “My boyfriend is coming here on Wednesday, so I’ll take him there.” The next thing Kristine recommends to other foreign students is visiting Prague. And what is there to see in Norway? According to Kristine, we shouldn’t miss the famous fjords, the capital Oslo, springboard in Holmenkollen and towns of the west coast, Bergen and Stavanger.

Dominika Sladká, Adriana Bažantová

Klíčová slova: Erasmus, study abroad, Czech people, language


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