Not only English can be heard in our campus. There are also students from Ukraine, Syria or Ghana

12. 11. 2018
international students

Also this academic year, several hundred foreign students from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America came to the University and its seven faculties. In addition to English, other foreign languages can be heard in the campus. "In the winter semester, there are almost 600 international students from 72 countries worldwide studying at our university," says Mgr. Věra Albrechtová of the International Mobility Centre, University of Pardubice.

At the beginning of the winter semester, 566 foreigners were enrolled. This number also includes short-term mobilities, i.e. one-semester study or a minor part thereof. Foreign students account for less than 8% of the total number of this year's students at our University.

Number of this year's international students

More than 150 students from all over the world have decided to spend one semester in Pardubice, attending the winter semester courses on the basis of the Erasmus+ European exchange programme. Once again, the majority of them came this year from Turkey and Spain. Traditionally, most of them study at the Faculty of Economics and Administration.

In addition, more than 400 foreign students from 57 countries of the world study this year in comprehensive accredited programmes at faculties of the University of Pardubice, i.e. for two or three years. Naturally, Slovakia is superior in numbers (less than 1/3). Another large group comprises students from Ukraine, Russia, Ghana, Belarus, Kazakhstan, India and Syria.

"The share of international students does not change significantly, but in the last three years, especially the number of Erasmus students has been increasing, which is certainly a good advert for the University. But we would love to see more Czech students finding courage to go abroad, because they, too, contribute to the internationalization of the academic environment and life at the University once they return," says Věra Albrechtová encouraging students to study in a foreign country.

Subjects popular among students

More than twenty students from Ghana are studying at the Faculty of Economics and Administration. Popular fields are the managerial and economic ones, such as Regional and Information Management, Economic Governance and Policy or Regional Development. At the Faculty of Transport Engineering, the most sought-after fields of study are those focused on means of transport and infrastructure. Faculties of Arts and Philosophy, Chemistry, Technology and Electrical Engineering and Informatics are attended by students from India, Egypt, Brazil, Syria, China, Chile, Canada or Nigeria. It should be noted that it is the study in English that the popularity of the fields is related to.

Satisfaction with the campus and costs

Students who come to Pardubice appreciate high-quality study programmes, they are also satisfied with the study environment and the modern campus. They also appreciate the excellent transport accessibility, reasonable study costs, and a range of leisure activities to choose from. Right upon arrival, students are taken care of by Czech students from the Erasmus Student Network in Pardubice, in the students-for-students spirit. Foreign "newcomers" could therefore take part in a number of activities right in the so-called Orientation Week.

"Our students from ESN Pardubice had prepared for them a brand-new City Tour where foreigners got to know the City of Pardubice through the tasks," Mgr. Andrea Pilařová of the International Mobility Centre, the University of Pardubice, comments on Orientation Week designed for foreign students. "Other popular activities include The Pub Tour or bowling. The introductory get-to-know-you programme culminated in the Sports Day at the University Gymnasium and the announcement of successful teams."

Czech language course and excursions around the country

From Monday to Friday, Czech language courses are also prepared for foreign students so that life in Pardubice is not so difficult for them. There were more than 70 participants who wanted to learn at least a few important phrases of the difficult Czech language.

"During the semester, foreign students can also look forward to other activities prepared by ESN Pardubice. These include, for example, six national evenings where students present their nations. Talking and presentation about the country is complemented by the tasting of typical national dishes. National evenings were started at the beginning of October with the Czech Evening. One weekend, the Erasmus students took a trip to Adrspach-Teplice Rocks to explore the beauties of Czech nature," added Andrea Pilařová of the International Mobility Centre of the University of Pardubice.

In addition, foreign students can go for excursions on weekends to Kutná Hora, Prague, Sněžka, Šumava or Karlovy Vary. They can engage in sports events there such as paintball. Czech students celebrate with them, for example, Halloween, the Saint Nicholas Day or or Christmas.

Destinations of Czech students

In the winter semester, the University of Pardubice sends more than ninety of its students abroad to acquire experience. They mostly leave for one semester for Portugal, Finland and Germany. In this academic year, the University of Pardubice has concluded 375 bilateral contracts with various universities in Europe, where these international student mobilities are realized, so Czech students have a range of destinations to choose from.

Bc. Věra Přibylová
Department of Promotion and External Relations University of Pardubice