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WORLD WIDE DONGGUKIANS: Technical University of Ostrava (TUO)
Location Poruba, Czech Republic
Department Every department
Pre-requisite TOEFL PBT 500 (CBT 173, IBT 61)
Scholarship/Tuition fee 36% discount for DU's tuition fee/tuition free for TUO
Selection/Arrival time September/ March

Introduction
The Technical University of Ostrava is a technical and economic institution of higher education, the principal task of which is the provision of higher education based on free and internationally oriented research. It is an integral part of the higher education structure in the Czech Republic providing for the highest education in the province of its specialization.

 The Post interviewed Kim Ahyeon, a student majoring in Economics and currently an exchange student at TUO. She will tell us more about TUO. Let’s listen to her.

What are the advantages?
 Among the courses in the university, classes for exchange students have only a few members (3 to 5). This makes it possible for professors to give feedback to their students as well as offer some individual counseling. Needless to say, this allows each member of the small class to get to know each other quickly. With regard to campus facilities, you can enjoy a rich cultural life. There are mini-golf links, volleyball courts, tennis courts, even a stage where you can play piano. Around campus, there are many lovely spots for you to visit. Also, students can travel to neighboring countries easily as the Czech Republic has borders with Germany, Poland and Austria.

What are the disadvantages?
 The biggest difficulty is that, in general, Czech people can’t speak English well. This is in stark contrast to TUO students who communicate well in English. When I got on the train, there wasn’t an information tannoy, therefore I had no choice but ask the train crew questions even though they failed to understand my meaning. TUO also has two campuses: The Main campus and the Economics campus. The Main campus is fully equipped, but the Economics campus is in poor condition: it has only one building and has no playground and lawn. Furthermore, the inside of the building is so labyrinthine that it is sometimes hard to find one’s way.

Money does matter!
 An obvious bonus is that you don’t have to pay for tuition fees at TUO. DU exchange students receive a scholarship bursary of about 8500 CZK a month. The cost of the dormitory averages around 2300 CZK a month, while 5000 CZK is enough money for monthly food and housing expenses. The money remained will
be for your own interests. In my case, I usually spend the remaining money on travel.

Tip & Advice
 You may hesitate to study abroad in the Czech Republic, mainly because of the language difficulties. Still, you must think about what is your intention. If you intend to study English, the Czech Republic is sufficient because you can speak English when communicating with foreign friends. If you intend to work on your major, then it might be a good experience to study this in English. All and all, if your wish is to study abroad, then the Czech Republic is a great place because of its location in the heart of Europe.

By Bak Je-jun, Cub Reporter

Bak Je-jun, Cub Reporter  jun09@dongguk.edu

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