After a lengthy process of obtaining a visa, the students could finally set off for a journey to Europe. For most of the students, this was the first trip outside the Chinese territory. As we realize how difficult it may be to study abroad, especially at the beginning, our Department of International Relations runs a so-called Buddy program to support the international students during their adaptation to a new environment. A student “buddy” is a Czech student of our faculty who picks up the newly arrived student at the train station, helps him out with check-in in the dorms and is helpful to the student during the entire semester. We are proud of our team of 19 buddies who decided to dedicate some of their time this semester to create such a friendly environment for our international students. Thank you!
During the semester, students had a chance to explore our country by attending trips organized by the Department of International Relations or by their student buddies. To mention some, students visited Fryštát Castle, The leaning Church of St Peter of Alcantara, Štramberk, Tatra Technical Museum, Třinec, Český Těšín or Prague. The students also participated actively in our faculty events, such as Erasmus Day when they shared their traditional Chinese dishes or delivered presentations within the International Student Seminar. Since most of the Chinese students are leaving in January, we would like to wish them a safe journey back home. And what have they said about their stay in Karviná? Here are their stories!