I, student myself, interviewed Gulnar Asgarova, a student of English Language and Literature, who tells about her experience with study at Masaryk University and her life in Brno.
For many years Masaryk University has been one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in Central Europe. What convinced you to join our university?
Besides Masaryk, I had several more options, yet Masaryk was the only one that satisfied my expectations. The fact that the official website had an answer to all the questions I had expressed how organized Masaryk staff was. In addition, the coordinators were well-qualified in their work and would do their best to reply to our e-mails as fast as they could, whereas I heard some grantees having been accepted to other universities were waiting for information for weeks. Finally, the last reason was a large number of extra-curricular activities held by International Student Club like Language Exchange, field trips, visits to children shelters and so on.
Are you satisfied with your study at Masaryk University in general?
The education system here totally met my expectations despite the fact it is completely different from what I was used to back in Azerbaijan.
Information system: Masaryk University has a modern information system that allows you to organise your studies over the internet, without needles paperwork, queues, and extra tips. Are you satisfied with the Information System of Masaryk University (IS)?
The Information System is of great help as we can sign up for the finals, learn our results, contact our professors and classmates and get to know Czech Educational System better, but the only thing I dislike is some information is only available in Czech, so even if you switch the language to English, you will see it in Czech.
As far as your studies at The Department of English and American Studies are concerned, are you satisfied with the range of subjects you can attend? Do you think that professors are professionals in their fields?
I cannot deny the fact that there is a wide range of subjects for us to choose either seminars or lectured related to our major. However, sometimes it is hard to get an exceptional acceptance to enroll in certain subjects since we international students have not taken the prerequisites earlier at Masaryk rather at our home university. And the professors whose classes I have taken so far are specialized in their field. The only drawback would be lack of activities in language classes like Russian and Czech.
Do you find professors' attitude towards assessing your work objective?
I have never experienced a case of a teacher assessing my work unfairly.
There has been a growing interest on the part of international students, whose numbers doubled in recent years. (They made up 15% of its 45,000 students in 2013). Would you recommend Masaryk University to another potential international student?
I would recommend Masaryk University with a great pleasure.
What are the positive aspects of studying at Masaryk University as an international student? Are there any negative sides?
What I love most about Masaryk is no matter how hard classes you attend, you never feel any burden you, by which I mean if you do your work regularly, the efforts you put will be appreciated. I personally understood the real meaning of education here at Masaryk and can surely say every international student will be amazed by how responsible and qualified the teachers are! A negative side would be clash of class times, which means you may want to take 2 classes that are both on the same day and at the same time, so you have to cancel one of them. In my opinion, Masaryk can work on this issue and find a solution.
Brno, former Moravian capital and 2nd biggest city in Czech Republic, is a historical city with 400 000 inhabitants, most of which are students. It is thus called "The City of Students". You can spend time in nature, woods, lake, parks, castles and cathedrals dating back to medieval centuries. Moreover, you have access to modern life.
Any favourite restaurants or pubs?
Vytopna is my most favourite restaurant in Brno because it serves drinks that come on trains. Stopkova is another fabulous restaurant where you taste typical Czech food for a reasonable price. In "Sunset" you can see the whole city.
Do you find Brno’s cultural life diverse and sufficient? Did you recently attend some cultural event you enjoyed and want to recommend it?
In May I attended the biggest festival of the year Majales where there were 21 000 people. Different boutiques selling traditional food, most famous bands from Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria and fireworks were what made it special. Besides, I attended the food festival in Spilberk castle and the Firework Show over Brno's lake both of which added so much joy to my stay here in Brno.
What was your best experience, or the funniest moment in Brno?
It is hard to pick the funniest moment out of a million, but I gotta do it :) A few months ago I tried rafting in Brno's river with my international friends.