In the academic year 2015/2016, the Intensive Czech Language Course brought together students from different parts of the world, namely, Belgium, Belarus, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Russia, Syria, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Since the beginning of the course, teachers have been using Czech to speak with students so the students can soon get used to the new language. Initially, it was very difficult, but, if more precise communication is necessary, teachers can explain everything in English, Russian or German.
Students learn Czech from Monday to Friday from 9 am till 1 pm. Gradually, they become friends; they thus create friendships with people from different parts of the world and learn about a variety of cultures. They often spend their free time together. Several trips within Pilsen and to Prague are included in the course.
Why did particular students chose the University of West Bohemia, and how do they like it here?
Veronica comes from Mexico. At 17, she chose, on the Internet, the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen as a place of study because she wanted to study footwear design at the Faculty of Design and Arts Ladislav Sutnar. She arrived in the town without previously having visited the Czech Republic: no acquaintances, no friends. But thanks to her cheerful nature, she quickly got used to staying in Pilsen and today, she feels almost like at home here. Veronika‘s impressions can be read directly in her authentic text in Czech (already), Spanish and English.
Izzat came from Syria thanks to a supporting Czech Christian organization. In his hometown of Aleppo, which is suffering from war, continuing to study mechanical engineering was no longer possible. That is why he is, at 26, studying Czech, so he can continue a master's degree at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. A helpful family in Pilsen helped him to cope with all formalities, finance and settling in. Izzat is studying Czech very hard and is making great progress. In addition to 25 lessons of Czech, he also attends individual preparatory courses in mathematics, physics and IT at the Faculty of Education. Izzat has been admitted to the master's programme Mechanical Engineering, which he starts in September. Izzat's evaluation of the course is given in English and Arabic. You can read a more detailed interview with Izzat about his motivations and experiences in Syria on UWB Info.