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Bc. Jan Jůza, CTU Prague, ročník 5

Faculty Faculty of Civil Engineering
Field of study Building Structures
Field of internship Engineering, Other
Specialization of InternshipCivil Engineering, General
Internship period (from - to) 25.6.2018 - 5.8.2018
Internship duration (weeks) 6
Transport (means, price) FlixBus Prague-Sofia 1200,- CZK (change in Budapest) then a bus Sofia-Skopje 400,- CZK (one way)
Insurance/Insurance company UNIQA
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) No
Price of Visa 0
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Macedonia, Skopje
Internship reference number MK-2018-SK-54

About the country

Location of the place

Macedonia is a country at the Balkan peninsula. My internship was in the capital city - Skopje.


Skopje has about half a million inhabitants. The city is surrounded by mountains. The most of the city is not historical because it was destroyed by eatrhquake in 1963. There is an old part of the city called Old Bazaar.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

Just next to the city there is a mountain Vodno. There is a Millennium Cross on the top of the mountain. You can go there by a cable car.
There is also an old aqueduct nearby the city.
Matka Canyon is another famous place.
There are a lot of mountains in Macedonia so you can go hiking. For example I was in Pelister national park.



ZIM Skopje
It is a company that does examination of building materials. They do tests of concrete, steel, wood, asphalt... Every procedure is according to eurocodes.

Work description

Actually, they didn't have much work for me. I didn't have much to do in the work. I was watching what are the other employees doing most of the time. I was also going to a construction sites with a guy who was supervising there.
I was also allowed to do something on my own laptop. All the people were very nice to me.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

13 000 MKD / month
It was something like a minimum wage. I had to use my own money as well, it was not sufficient for all my expenses.

Language requirements

English at excellent level.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

Provided by the local IAESTE. It was a rented apartment. A very nice apartment, address Mile Popjordanov 26. We were 5 people there, I shared my room with another guy.
Price: 5 000 MKD / Month

Social life

Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organized events...)

They picked me up at the bus station and we went to the accommodation together. They also went with me to work on the first day. They helped us with buying a bus card and macedonian sim card.
There were many events organized by IAESTE. For example international evening, many parties, also some trips - to Ohrid or to Galichnik where was a wedding celebration festival.

Meeting other foreign students

We were going to pubs together very often. Every Monday there was a regular meeting organized by IAESTE.

Sport and culture

I was going jogging. I went hiking to the mountains several times.

Food, local specialties

Usually I was going to a bakery for lunch. We were eating out quite often since the meals in restaurants were pretty cheap. Only beer is a little bit more expensive.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

We had Wi-Fi at the apartment. I communicated via internet, calling is expensive.

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

It is useful to know Cyrillic.
The weather during summer is really warm, so be prepared for that.

What not to forget with you

Debit card

Benefits of the internship

Beautiful experiences from travelling in the country.
Meeting other interns from all over the world.
Relaxed atmosphere in Macedonia.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

Before the internship it wasn't good. I received the acceptation documents about two weeks before the start of the internship. I think it was very late.
But after I arrived to Macedonia, the cooperation with local IAESTE was perfect. They did many events for us. They took care of us very well.

Overall experience with IAESTE

Beautiful summer in Macedonia thanks to this organization.

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