About Studying on Exchange Program
Anna Fedorova, a student of the Institute of Physical Education, Sports and Tourism of PetrSU talked about the exchange program with the Institute of Technology and Business in České Budejovice (the Czech Republic) during spring semester 2020/21.
"There were no problems with collecting documents and obtaining visa and I was looking forward to a trip. However, that time the Czech Republic faced adifficult coronavirus situation – a state of emergency was introduced across the country making it impossible to enter. That is why training took place remotely via Microsoft Teams. Despite this fact, interaction with teachers, groupmates and buddies at host university was well-organized. Besides, the university established own information system that helped look through a schedule, find information about the courses, teachers, contact them by university e-mail, read news.
Student chose the subjectsto study from a long list, everyone could find something he was interested in. I had five courses (English Language III, English Language IV, Czech Language, South Bohemian Region, Strategic Management) three times a week. Most of all, I enjoyed learning English as I am familiar with this mode of learning: in addition to reading the texts, doing grammar exercises, we muchdiscussedvarious topics and told about our countries.
Late in April, I got good news: the Czech Republic cancelled the state of emergency and allowed to enter the country. Training was organized online, the only difference was that I studied in the Czech Republic, not in Russia. I lived in České Budejovice (southern Czech Republic), where university was situated, in dormitory in the city center. There were few students, so I did not have to share a room. Classes did not take too much time, so I had enough time to explore the region where I lived. Sightseeing in the region was of special interest to me as I studied the subject South Bohemian Region, where we discussed the economy, tourism and specifics of the South Bohemian Region. So, I could see everything I had learnt about for the semester with my own eyes.
Unfortunately, not all international students managed to come to the Czech Republic, we had a small group of five students. We went to Prague and Cesky Krumlov together with our buddies.
Participation in exchange program is not only training, but also adventures, new friends, travelling. Study semester finished near a month before the end of a period of validity of my visa, so I could spend that time the way as I wanted. Certainly, I did not miss a chance, I visited Austria, Germany, Italy and France.
I spent almost two unforgettable months in Europe, mostly, of course, in the Czech Republic that captivated me with its hospitality. I wish I could come again there.
I have got many impressions and I am grateful for the opportunity for students to take part in exchange program".