Pojd´ studovat do Freibergu! Studying in Freiberg – a Great Career Choice!

Fair in Prag
Under the motto Pojd´ studovat do Freibergu! ('Come to study in Freiberg!'), two representatives of the International Centre (IUZ) at TU Bergakademie Freiberg presented the educational opportunities the university has to offer at the Gaudeamus higher education exhibition in Prague.

The largest education fair in the Czech Republic, Gaudeamus was held this year from January 22 to 24, and it was the third time that TU Freiberg had been present there. With its diverse range of offerings, the fair attracts more than 10,000 students each year, as well as teachers and counselling institutions from the Czech Republic.

As in previous years, TU Bergakademie Freiberg was the only German university with a presence there. In view of the fair's great potential and Germany's immediate proximity to the Czech Republic, this is somewhat surprising. Czech pupils have excellent basic prerequisites, with many learning the German language from primary-school age. The A-levels in the Czech Republic, called the Maturita, are equivalent to the German A-levels. Often, however, there is a great reluctance among students to taking that step abroad. It is thus that the most frequently asked question tends to reveal a certain insecurity on the students' part: "Can I manage studying in the German language at all?" In addition to financial aspects, it is obvious that time pressure also plays an important role. In the Czech Republic, tuition fees are charged as soon as the standard period of study is exceeded.

This year's most popular courses were Business Studies, Management, International Relations and the Humanities. Interest among Czech students in subjects in the MINT fields is rather low, and also tends to be associated with a certain apprehension.

Only five Czech students are currently enrolled in Freiberg. TU Bergakademie Freiberg has therefore been intensifying its marketing activities for several years, and hopes that the regular visits to trade fairs will increase awareness of the university, improve its understanding of the Czech education market and, ultimately, attract more students from our neighboring country.

Next year, there will be a joint stand together with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). This is intended to increase visibility at the fair and strengthen cooperation. 

Contact Person: Ingrid Lange, Phone +49 (0)3731 / 39-2625