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Jacob Robinson-Parent

Jacob Robinson-Parent

University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic

Country of origin: Canada
Study course: Master in Global Economic Relations

Why did you decide to study abroad?
Honestly I just couldn’t imagine studying domestically after having done an exchange during my undergrad. I think a new chapter of life should have a new location! I think you get different and unique opportunities to learn something about yourself and a new culture every time you live abroad. My experience of studying and working abroad has always been a highlight of my life. Each country and its universities offer a unique experience that you can’t find anywhere else. It can be very hard to find what you truly want to pursue in life but I think living abroad gives you a new perspective on life and helps expand your horizon.

What made you decide on this university?
I knew that I wanted to do a masters at some point but I wanted to wait until I was financially stable enough. I realised that I had a window in September where I would have no attachments to my current location and decided that I would apply to just one school. I knew the type of program I wanted, and used MastersPortal to narrow it down to four schools (three in Europe, one in Asia). I set up a scoring system including things like tuition, university recognition, living costs, the overall city & country. It was close but the University of Economics Prague came out on top so I submitted my application (one day before the application deadline) and got accepted. I was beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to do my masters in Prague. I know attending this school will be one of the highlights of my life.

How is your experience of studying abroad?
Studying abroad to me is just the process of your normal day but learning the entire time. Whether I wake up in Canada or China, I could pretty much live the same life in either place. But you do have the opportunity to live a different lifestyle. When I lived in China, I embraced the opportunities that Beijing offered me. I found unique job opportunities, a new cuisine (Western Chinese food is fake!), the opportunity to learn Mandarin and have a better understanding of the world’s most populated country. A lot of my friends say I am crazy for doing it but they only say this because they are so nervous about going abroad to a non English country. But “if there is a will there is a way”; you’ll figure things out even if you don’t speak the language right away and enjoy the life. Living in a country is so far more different from visiting it, because you’ll make lifelong friends in that country; and when this happens is when you really experience a country. There is truth and reasoning behind why people recommend knowing a local to a country your visiting. It’s a much better and authentic experience!

Why do you think others should not miss out on studying at your university
Having not been to Prague or my university yet, I don’t know what is unique and special about it – but I am definitely excited to find out. From my research and talking with my friends who are from Prague, it sounds like one of the most amazing cities in the World. The nickname “city of secrets” has always fascinated me and I am looking forward to discovering why. I know the Czech Republic has similar cultural ties with Canada, like the love for hockey, beer and the outdoors, which is enough to make anyone I know want to visit! I have no doubt that Prague will exceed my greatest expectations and anyone else who decides to pursue further education within its borders.