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Studying in France

How to study abroad without the higher financial costs? How does the exam period at the French university? What is the difference from the Czech francozského teaching style? Answers to those questions can be found in the following interview with a law student, Palacky University in Olomouc Hadamčíkovou Milus, which in France has spent almost a year of law studies.

A stay abroad is tempting: you get the opportunity to improve in a foreign language, gain experience in the life and future profession, but you also get to know another culture, traditions and make new friends. Miluse Hadamčíková, a law student at Palacky University, decided to spend less than a year studying law at the French university. About what foreign travel and prior to teaching at the local school are underway, you can learn more in this interview.

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** As you study stay in France had arranged? ** My study trip in France took place through the foreign exchange program, Erasmus – Socrates, who carried my faculty, in collaboration with the Office of Foreign Relations of UP in Olomouc.

** Who else can benefit from the exchange program Erasmus (Socrates)? ** As for the Law Faculty of Palacky University in Olomouc (UP PF), the selection procedure is designed for students of the second PF UP to 4 year Master's program „Law and Legal Science,“ students 1 and 2 year undergraduate degree program in Public Administration Law „, students of all years of study follow-up program“ European Studies with a focus on European law. " Generally speaking, the Erasmus program is designed for students, so age does not play a role. Other requirements for the competition is very good for study and appropriate language skills.

** What is the selection of students also take into account? ** The selection process is taken into account: knowledge of the official language of the state, passing foreign language courses at PF UP, engaging in academic and extracurricular activities.

** On what depends the number of accepted applicants? ** Numerous restrictions are based on the number of scholarships that are negotiated with individual faculty foreign universities. Eg. in France is currently offering up spot PF 14, to Spain, then „only“ 2

** What you need before traveling abroad to arrange? ** Those interested in foreign study program shall submit an application and motivational essay that is written in the language in which the student intends to complete a study abroad program. The selection process has two parts – written and oral. Written part of the aforementioned motivational essay, oral lies in the motivational interview in that language before the selection committee.

** They get students through the Erasmus program left by the foreign country's financial contribution? ** Yes, students receive an Erasmus scholarship. The amount varies depending on the destination country.

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** How was teaching at a foreign school? ** Courses that the student intends to study abroad, chosen according to their interests alone, whilst for the entire period of study abroad to reach a certain number of credits. Me and my two colleagues, we have chosen items to correspond with the subjects taught in our absence from the home faculty during the academic year of our trip, because of their possible recognition. Unlike some foreign students who are departing for a foreign country studies to prolong the time spent abroad was the case in our study parallel. It meant that we had in France in addition to the tests pass the test and return to PF UP for the past two semesters. Possibility of recognition of courses completed abroad was therefore very tempting.

** In what language are courses taught? ** Courses and tests conducted in France in French. Initially it was quite challenging, but also „legal“ subjects, we also attended a French course (6 hours per week), so in the second semester of a language problem was largely eliminated.

** Been mixed with the French style of teaching from Czech? ** Teaching at a university in France from the Czech differs in several respects. Great positive is the French law school's emphasis on practice. Students already in the lower grades receive a variety of internships, etc.

But there are many elements, which suits me because the Czech university system rather than the French. The first difference lies in the design workshops. French students are encouraged to systematically prepare for each exercise, reminiscent of high school teaching. While most Czech students to use during the semester of student life, the French students from morning till evening „use“ the atmosphere in the university library or university study. This brings me to another phenomenon, which surprised me in France, and it is a collective sense of student work. I often came to the library and not where you sit! A table associated with groups of students eager to solve the given project …

Another difference that I was almost shocked the academic year schedule. Unlike our system, where three months and then are taught the student a month and a half to meet the course requirements in France last winter examination period a week before Christmas and then a few days in January, the summer examination period lasts about 10 days. In addition to exams, students do not vote themselves out of several alternatives, as is the case with us, but they are fixed. It's not unusual to have two in one day, eventually. and 3 tests. As for corrective terms, they are listed for both semesters in June.

A surprise awaited us even own tests. French students to know is the result of an oral examination immediately after surgery, but only a few days, sometimes weeks after the test, through Student Services. Another difference, though, in my view not very flattering, refers to learning materials. While the students in our motto „We Fall“, in France I have come across something similar. Rather, say about one's speech is almost a crime … :-)

On the other hand, I must say that French students and professors at us, the foreigners, were very nice, very friendly, helpful and understanding. Especially initially, when I lecture just gasping for breath and went home with myocardial depression and fall …

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** In what ways do you see the main benefits? ** Most will surely appreciate the acquisition of language skills. French is one of the more difficult languages ​​in the world, but when her daily encounter ten months, progress will come quickly and most peacefully. In addition, of course, appreciate the enrichment of the professional point of view, opportunities to expand their horizons in the field, which studies and which I will probably deal with in life. Finally, I am very grateful for the opportunity to live in almost a year so interesting and peculiar country like France, meet with local people, customs, culture, history and gastronomy. It was wonderful to be able to travel and learn about different people from all continents.

** Where were you staying? ** The first three months we lived in a hostel for international students. My two colleagues have a common room, I was staying with a student from Rotterdam. For all residents (approximately 50) was available to a common kitchen, so you can imagine the 19th round the MEL hours. Kurážnějším and světaznalým povahám suit, especially the Spaniards were in their element. However, we did not like such style too. But the main reason why we decided to find other housing, excessively high rents were totally inadequate services offered. I went through all the real estate office in town until the very last we offered fully furnished apartment 3 +1 for rent benefit. Not only that, the apartment is located in the neighborhood supermarket, the university gym and 10 minutes walk from the school, so it was not what they mull over a month and we held a ‚housewarming‘.

** And what free time? ** In the first semester, I spent my free time mostly diligent study of French, while my colleagues who were on it with better language skills, the French practiced in local bars and discos … As time progresses and the development of my language skills I have them with pleasure added. In the new apartment, we organize parties and to deepen their knowledge by watching television. I went to the cinema, museums. The city where I studied, held during a series of cultural events such as Jazz Festival and the International Documentary Film Festival, which is the oldest international film festival in Cannes, France. We also obviously a lot of travel. And as the city in which we studied, is situated on the Atlantic coast, we spent enough time on the beach.

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** What do you most about France? ** When I arrived the most I was surprised that the French do not speak English. Either this or do not speak the language at all want to control, or trying to say, but not understand them. Then break the language barrier or their boundless belief that you understand French, even though they are trying their hands and feet to show the opposite. Then I really liked the way they kiss on both cheeks when meeting – called bisous. I must say that I'm missing in the CR … Generally, the French are more open and friendlier than the Czechs, for example in trade with you can talk to everybody and hopefully I never met there with Opposing saleswoman. And when in a foreign city, desperately looking at the map, usually within five minutes someone will offer, if you needed advice.

I never figured out how they can guess that you are a foreigner, without having to speak. Perhaps this is due to their deep patriotic feeling which downside is reflected inter alia in their extreme ignorance of geography. As an amusing example, I mention that I am the French course for its presentation prepared a quiz for the Czech Republic. One question was, what river flows through Prague. Under the Danube, the Elbe and Vltava. Although it is not just an area of ​​knowledge that would have everyone know, I am quite surprised shy French teacher request, if by chance, not a place Vltava Volga.

As for the French as a potential partner, I was like Alice in Wonderland. I thought that the stories of famed French charm and elegance are just a phrase, but I convinced to the contrary. French (or at least most of them) are charming, considerate, courteous, have a sense of taste and elegance. Well, the question of French cuisine, it is a chapter in itself. Every day we went to the canteen for lunch – appetizer, main dish, dessert, bread, cheese or fruit, and the various dressings and water to your heart's content. No wonder I returned home a few pounds heavier. :-) Not to mention cheese, wine and chocolate. The only thing that will probably never understand, the French taste of fresh oysters …

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