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Chongqing University

China 2018/2019 Partner universities

Personal data
Mobility type:
study

Faculty at MU:
Faculty of Arts

Field of study:
Cultural Studies of China

Level of study during period of placement:
Master

Language used:
Chinese

Summer/winter school?:
no

Period of studies:
spring 2019

Period of placement (from-to):
2019-02-19 - 2019-07-15

Number of months:
5.00

Activities before my departure abroad
Where can information be found about courses taught at the foreign school?:
University website and through direct email communication with Foreign Students Office in Chongqing University.

Which documents were needed for acceptance at the foreign university?:
Medical Records
Transcript of Studies
Home university confirmation

How far ahead did you have to organise your acceptance?:
4 months

Did you need a visa?:
yes

Documents and materials needed for a visa:
Passport
Letter of acceptance from Chinese University
Airplane tickets

Length of wait for visa:
One week.

Fee for the visa:
2000 CZK

Studies
Did you have a Learning Agreement signed before your departure?:
yes

If not, why not?:

Before your departure did you know how your courses would be recognised by your home faculty?:
I wasn't sure about all of them.

During your stay did you change your Learning Agreement?:
Yes.

When and how did course registration take place? Are there any restrictions? Possibilities of making changes?:
After my returning back to Czech republic.

Did you take any examinations at the foreign school?:
Yes.

Does the school use the ECTS system?:
no

If not then explain how the credits there were recalculated into ECTS:
It was all discussed in advance with the responsible person from my department.

Describe the teaching methods (theory, practical and projects) and assessment of students:
Teaching methods were very adequate, teaching materials were all up to date and very useful. Several courses required students to accomplish few projects and present them in Chinese. Writing essays on a weekly basis was part of one of the courses.

Quality of teaching in comparison with home school:
I cannot quite compare Czech teachers and Chinese ones. In MU we often have Taiwanese teachers come and have their teaching practice in Brno and I must say that Chinese teachers' experience and teaching efficiency is much higher that Taiwanese ones. The only reason is that Taiwanese teachers that come to Brno have no experience, and Chinese ones have up to 15 years of teaching foreign students behind them.

How did you receive study materials?:
I had to buy books.

Can you recommend an interesting course/subject/teacher?:
HSK preparation course was quite useful for me, it helped me to prepare and pass HSK 5 exam.

How well is the school library equipped?:
Very well, lots of materials were online.

Availability of computers, internet access, level of software needed, requirements on notebook:
I used my own computer, so did the majority of my classmates.

Options from printing and copying:
Very easy, lots of copycenters around campus.

Does the foreign school/student organisation arrange special events for exchange students?:
yes

If yes then what?:
Meetings, cultural events, sports events.

How would you assess your integration with the local students (evaluation like in school from 1 to 5 with 1 as highest):
4

or describe in your own words:

Practical questions on your placement
Where did you live?:
Chongqing University Songlinpo Dormitory.

Cost of accommodation - monthly:
80 USD

Additional comments to the price of accommodation (as to what the price includes):

Describe the equipment. Tips for future students – what should they bring with them?:
Dormitory rooms have all the necessities. Nothing extra is needed or you can by it on spot.

How and how far ahead should accommodation be organised?:
By mail 1-2 moths in advance.

What are the catering options?:
Lots of them in campus, university canteens and also cheap local bistros.

What are the rough costs of groceries (compare with Czech prices):
Cheaper.

Transport to location of placement:
Plane.

Rough prices for transportation:
15 000 CZK.

Tips for purchasing cheap tickets and other recommendations:
Purchase ticket in advance. 4-5 moths.

What are the local transport options (public transport, cycling, on foot, rough prices):
On fot in campus, Bus/metro/taxi around the city, prices are quite low.

What kind of formalities have to be arranged before arrival, for example residence permit?:
Visa.

What health insurance did you use? (rough price, advantages, disadvantages, is it necessary to arrange insurance at the university other than your home (Czech) insurance?):
Not sure. University arranged it fro me.

Did you have any experience with medical treatment abroad?:
No.

Did you work during your studies?:
It is not allowed, no.

What are the conditions for working for MU students?:
Not allowed.

Tips for free-time activities:
Stroll around the city, visit villages and natural spots nearby.

Financial support and expenses
Total grant from Centre for International Cooperation:
100000 CZK

Monthly grant in CZK:
20000 CZK

Number of supported months:
5

Total number of months:
5

What other sources did you make use of to finance your placement?:
Savings from my part-time job I had in Czech republic.

If you received another grant, state which and how much in CZK:

 
Total fees associated with enrolment at the university:
25000 CZK

a/ amount of enrolment fee:
0 CZK

b/ amount of tuition fees:
25000 CZK

c/ amount of other fees (which):
0 CZK

 
What was your average monthly expenditure?:
12000 CZK

a/ of which for accommodation:
2000 CZK

b/ of which for catering:
3000 CZK

c/ travel and recreation:
7000 CZK

Any comments to the average monthly expenditure:

Recognition of foreign studies at the home faculty
How many credits did you gain during your studies (in the system of the foreign school)?:
22

How many ECTS credits were recognised at MU?:
I don't know yet.

Did you know in advance which of your courses would be recognised by your home faculty?:
Yes.

What problems did you have with recognition?:
I am still going through the process.

Overall assessment
Assessment of personal benefit (1 = excellent):
1

Assessment of academic benefit (1 = excellent):
1

Evaluate the information and support provided by the foreign school (1 = excellent):
2

Did you encounter any serious problems during your stay:
No.

What would you recommend to take with you:
Notebook.

What most surprised you at the partner university in a positive way:
Support of the Foreign Students Office.

What most surprised you at the partner university in a negative way:
Mid-term exams.

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