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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:
Culture studies of China

Level of study during period of placement:
Bachelor

Language used:
Chinese

Summer/winter school?:
no

Period of studies:
autumn 2018, spring 2019

Period of placement (from-to):
2018-09-04 - 2019-07-15

Number of months:
10.00

Activities before my departure abroad
Where can information be found about courses taught at the foreign school?:
Courses are fixed for program. About second semestrs optional courses, students will be informed by teachers.

Which documents were needed for acceptance at the foreign university?:
Foreigner psychical examination form
Copy of passport
Confirmation of studies
Application Form ( Online + printed copy )
Transcript of Academic Records

How far ahead did you have to organise your acceptance?:
placement test for scholarship about 4 months ahead, admission formalities later ( admission office in ChongQing University is closed during summer vacation )

Did you need a visa?:
yes

Documents and materials needed for a visa:
Application form ( From University ), Amission notice
Photo
Passport
application form for Chinese visa

Length of wait for visa:
about one week

Fee for the visa:
60 EUR - (now price in Prague is more expensive, in Bratistava remain 60 EUR )

Studies
Did you have a Learning Agreement signed before your departure?:
no

If not, why not?:
Admission office in CHQU was closed during summer vacation.

Before your departure did you know how your courses would be recognised by your home faculty?:
Teachers has informed us

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?:
Courses are fixed. Teachers will inform students about schedule and start of semestr by emails.

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:
They have their own credit system. Credits were consulted with teachers.

Describe the teaching methods (theory, practical and projects) and assessment of students:
Basic courses: Chinese- Speaking, Listening, Writing, Comprihensive, Reading ( all courses are teached in same classroom - dont need to move between buildings )

Secon semestr are also some optional courses like calligraphy, preparing for HSK exams etc.

Quality of teaching in comparison with home school:
In CHQU were only language courses + the second semestr few optional courses.
Quality of teaching was good, could be more speaking practice.

How did you receive study materials?:
textboos are selling at the beggining of semestr - will be informed by teachers

Can you recommend an interesting course/subject/teacher?:
Calligraphy - optional course

How well is the school library equipped?:
Very good

Availability of computers, internet access, level of software needed, requirements on notebook:
In the teaching building is "eduoram" internet acces. Other type of internet, need to pay.

Options from printing and copying:
Near main gate is printing works.

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

If yes then what?:
Some intercultural activities, school "parties"..

How would you assess your integration with the local students (evaluation like in school from 1 to 5 with 1 as highest):
3

or describe in your own words:
Our teaching building was only for foreigners.

Practical questions on your placement
Where did you live?:
In apartment, outside of campus

Cost of accommodation - monthly:
132 EUR

Additional comments to the price of accommodation (as to what the price includes):
264 eur(2000yuan) / two person ( apartman 3+1 ) price doesnt include electricy,water etc. charges.

Describe the equipment. Tips for future students – what should they bring with them?:
nothing. Anything you can buy at the place. ( Apartment was whole furnitured )

How and how far ahead should accommodation be organised?:
If you will live at dormitory, you can check your accomodation at your online school account. Our apartman was arranged from previous students. (I recieved my confirmation about assigned room at dormitory after arrive to China - and that time I already had arranged my own apartmant)

What are the catering options?:
Shops, canteens ( one is in front of the teaching building ), restaurants outside of campus - food in ChongQing is cheap and tasty.

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

Transport to location of placement:
first time from airport is better to take taxi ( taxi is not too expensive and is more convenient ), other time is possible to take metro or bus (you can find bus connection at Baidu map)

Rough prices for transportation:
Cheap, you can walk

Tips for purchasing cheap tickets and other recommendations:
You can use metro card also at bus. For tickets to cinema or other places yu can try show students card - often is possible to get ticket for student price.

What are the local transport options (public transport, cycling, on foot, rough prices):
cheap
bus 2yuan - whithout transfer,
metro also no more than 8 yuan,
taxi 10yuan/3,3km after that per km

-cycling is, becouse of mountain tarrain, not used in CHQ

What kind of formalities have to be arranged before arrival, for example residence permit?:
After settle down you need to go to register at local police office.
Residence permit will be arranged by school after arrival - ( school meeting with visa officer, then need to pick your passport at visa office )

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?):
I made insurance in Czech republic (česká spořítelna - cca 10000kč), but after arrival, ChongQing University told me, that is necessery to make insurence offered by another insurence company (at the beggining of semester CHQU arranged registration for this insurance).
I think Czech insurance is not for ChongQing University necessary, but it is still choice of students.

Did you have any experience with medical treatment abroad?:
Just some pills for flu

Did you work during your studies?:
No its forbidden

What are the conditions for working for MU students?:
non

Tips for free-time activities:
Ping pong and other sports
nine street - bars
many parks
many other

Financial support and expenses
Total grant from Centre for International Cooperation:
10000 CZK

Monthly grant in CZK:
10000 CZK

Number of supported months:
10

Total number of months:
10

What other sources did you make use of to finance your placement?:
Scholarship CSC ( Chinese goverment scholarship )

If you received another grant, state which and how much in CZK:
11880

 
Total fees associated with enrolment at the university:
0 ???

a/ amount of enrolment fee:
0 ???

b/ amount of tuition fees:
0 ???

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

 
What was your average monthly expenditure?:
3000 CNY

a/ of which for accommodation:
1100 CNY

b/ of which for catering:
1200 CNY

c/ travel and recreation:
0 CNY

Any comments to the average monthly expenditure:
Travel expenses depends on which month and where students want go. ( too big differences )

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

How many ECTS credits were recognised at MU?:
46

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

What problems did you have with recognition?:
Non

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:
In China you can buy almost everything for cheap price. Just personal things.

What most surprised you at the partner university in a positive way:
University takes care of students. Teachers and students are also really kind.

What most surprised you at the partner university in a negative way:
Before arrival to China, communication with University was little bit problematic.

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