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Ondřej Dupal, UCT Prague, ročník 4

Faculty Faculty of chemical engineering
Field of study Chemical engineering and bioengineering
Field of internship Chemistry, Material Science, and Chemical Engineering
Specialization of InternshipAny
Internship period (from - to) 1.7.2019 - 27.9.2019
Internship duration (weeks) 13
Transport (means, price) train
Insurance/Insurance company čsob, revolut
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) no
Price of Visa -
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Germany, Freiberg
Internship reference number DE-2019-2022-3

About the country

Location of the place

The town Freiberg is in state Saxony and is located between Dresden and Chemnitz.


It is small historical town full of nice narrow aisles. The number of inhabitors is around 40000. The history of town is connected with minig of silver. Because of that, there are several important metalurgical institutions.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

It is simple to get into cities as Dresden, Leipzig, Prague, Berlin. It is also worthy to visit Saxon Switzerland.



Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rosendorf: Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Research Technologies

Work description

The most of the time I spent in lab. I was supposed to investigate parameters for a new process of vanadium extraction from alkaine leaches.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

750 EUR. Sufficient, but more would be nice.

Language requirements

English, German was nice bonus.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

Room in student flat. Provided by IAESTE.

Social life

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

A member from LC Freiberg picked me up at railway station and brought me to my flat.
I joined IAESTE weekends in Prague, Munich and Dresden. We also made few barbeques where we invited few interns form other cities.

Meeting other foreign students

IAESTE weekends, bbqs, flat and work.

Sport and culture

Not enough possibilities to do sports in Freiberg. Only basketball court was for free. Gym was expensive for short contract. I really missed open air gym in park there.

Food, local specialties

Similar to czech cuisine - beer, cabbage, dumplings and mostly important sausages.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

Phone, internet.

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Have money for first weeks before the first salary comes.

What not to forget with you

Maybe warm clothes for cold days.

Benefits of the internship

The biggest benefit for me was that I could speak German for three months with native speakers. The work in lab wasn't actually beneficial for me because I study chemical engineering and this internship was more about chemistry. On the other hand I had the opportunity to see how new processes might be developed.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

The LC Freiberg is consisted only of three people, so they didn't really have time for extra program with us, but they were very helpful with each problem we had. Moreover they were very friendly.

Overall experience with IAESTE

Nice experience and opportunity to work in foreign country and meet people from the whole planet.

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