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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:
11.00

Activities before my departure abroad
Where can information be found about courses taught at the foreign school?:
University website

Which documents were needed for acceptance at the foreign university?:
Admission notice
A copy of passport
Physical Examination Record

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

Did you need a visa?:
yes

Documents and materials needed for a visa:
Admission Notice
Visa Application Form (JW202)
Physical Examination Record

Length of wait for visa:
4 days

Fee for the visa:
60 euro

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?:
No

During your stay did you change your Learning Agreement?:
Yes, I had to fill in Changes to LA.

When and how did course registration take place? Are there any restrictions? Possibilities of making changes?:
Subjects are given for each level of Chinese. After first week I could choose to change class to upper or lower level.

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:
Credits were calculated based on total teaching hours.

Describe the teaching methods (theory, practical and projects) and assessment of students:
Basically teacher each lesson explained vocabulary and grammar and then we practised everything we have learned in that lesson.

Quality of teaching in comparison with home school:
Teachers, they all were experienced so they could answer the most of questions we asked.

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

Can you recommend an interesting course/subject/teacher?:
All language courses were interesting.

How well is the school library equipped?:
I didn't have to go to library, all I needed were chinese textbooks.

Availability of computers, internet access, level of software needed, requirements on notebook:
I used my own laptop. At school there was eduroam wi-fi so all my devices were automatically connected to wifi.

Options from printing and copying:
There was a copy center in campus.

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

If yes then what?:
Trip to Three Gorges or Shanghai.

How would you assess your integration with the local students (evaluation like in school from 1 to 5 with 1 as highest):
2

or describe in your own words:
At school we could meet only other foreigners.

Practical questions on your placement
Where did you live?:
I rented flat.

Cost of accommodation - monthly:
150 EUR

Additional comments to the price of accommodation (as to what the price includes):
Me and my friend rented flat - two bedrooms, one living room. Total price 2000 RMB plus utilities.

Describe the equipment. Tips for future students – what should they bring with them?:
Our apartment was well equipped, no need to buy anything.

How and how far ahead should accommodation be organised?:
One month ahead.

What are the catering options?:
Many canteens in campus, any kind of chinese food near by campus.

What are the rough costs of groceries (compare with Czech prices):
Food is cheaper, imported food is obviously more expencive.

Transport to location of placement:
Plane

Rough prices for transportation:
Around 13 000 czk

Tips for purchasing cheap tickets and other recommendations:
Buy ticket few months in advance.

What are the local transport options (public transport, cycling, on foot, rough prices):
Anything you need is in campus or near by campus, you can get anywhere by foot within few mins. In case you need, there is cheap metro, bus, taxi etc.

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

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 purchased insurance in Czech republic, but after arrival I had to purchase chinese insurance as well.

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

Did you work during your studies?:
No, it is illegal.

What are the conditions for working for MU students?:
It is not allowed.

Tips for free-time activities:
Traveling

Financial support and expenses
Total grant from Centre for International Cooperation:
200000 CZK

Monthly grant in CZK:
20000 CZK

Number of supported months:
10

Total number of months:
10

What other sources did you make use of to finance your placement?:
My own savings.

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

 
Total fees associated with enrolment at the university:
0 CZK

a/ amount of enrolment fee:
0 CZK

b/ amount of tuition fees:
0 CZK

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

 
What was your average monthly expenditure?:
9000 CZK

a/ of which for accommodation:
3500 CZK

b/ of which for catering:
3000 CZK

c/ travel and recreation:
1000 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)?:
44

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?:
No

What problems did you have with recognition?:
Still in 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):
1

Did you encounter any serious problems during your stay:
No

What would you recommend to take with you:
Copy of all needed documents

What most surprised you at the partner university in a positive way:
Beautiful campus

What most surprised you at the partner university in a negative way:
Nothing

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