For eight months now, I have been a student at Masaryk University. My masterprogramme is European governance, a double-degree programme of which the second year will be in the city that I am from, Utrecht.
As the end
of the Masaryk year is nearing for me, now is a good time to evaluate these
eight months of living and studying in Brno.
|smiling at Špilberk food festival|
Whilst studying here, I have tried to integrate in the Czech society with mixed results. The reason for the mixed results is basically a matter of language. Trust me, I have tried.. and I actually thought I was going somewhere, but the confused looks from waiters, cashiers and inhabitants I get when I think I am successfully pronouncing Czech words have genuinely made me question my lingual skills. Some words I have managed to pick up, but some of the pronunciations and especially the ř sound have proved to be impossible to learn for Dutch people like me. Luckily, we have had a tutor helping us and some improvised words and hand signals helped in times of misunderstanding. In the end, Brno is enough of a student city for non-Czech speaking people to get around just fine.
|MUNI vs. VUT hockey match|
|Kofi Kofi = great coffee|
At night, the student life continues in all the bars and clubs which offer shots of absinthe and slivovice. I can be short about this: good atmosphere, cheap drinks; like!
I could write a lot more about living and studying here, but to keep it short: I have really enjoyed my time in Brno. Even though I am happy to be going back home to the Netherlands, I will leave here with a lot of great memories!
Margot Koenders, international student of European Governance