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Bc. Františka Horáčková, UCT Prague, ročník 4

Faculty Faculty of Chemical Engineering
Field of study Analytical Chemistry - Forensic Chemistry
Field of internship Chemistry, Material Science, and Chemical Engineering
Specialization of InternshipAnalytical Chemistry
Internship period (from - to) 1. 9. 2022 - 30. 9. 2022
Internship duration (weeks) 4
Transport (means, price) car
Insurance/Insurance company Zdravotní pojišťovna ministerstva vnitra ČR, ZP MV 211
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) no
Price of Visa -
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Croatia, Osijek
Internship reference number HR/2022-OS-07

About the country

Location of the place

Osijek is the fourth largest city in Croatia. Thanks to the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University, Osijek can be considered as a student town. Anyway, the city itself seems small.


You can go on really nice walks around the Drava River. You can aslo visit baroque fortress Tvrđa or Zoo Vrt Osijek. You can get everywhere on foot or by bike, which can be rented here cheaply.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

Region Baranja, National Park Kopački Rit, the city of Vukovar.



I worked for University of Osijek at the Department of Chemistry. My mentor was really helpful and kind.

Work description

My work corresponded to the description in the internship offer. I participated in the measurements of peptides by microarray electrophoresis and I also worked on the synthesis of chiral sorbents for enantiomeric separation. In the first two days I was trained and the remaining weeks I worked alone under the supervision of my mentor. I usually spent 6 to 7 hours a day in the laboratory.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

I have earned 4080 HRK (600 EUR). The salary wasn't completely sufficient for all my costs but I didn't go there to earn money.

Language requirements

My English level is B2 and I understood everything without any problems. Not every employee could speak English but my mentor could speak English well.
There are a lot of people, especially the old ones, in Osijek who do not speak or understand English, so it was sometimes funny in restaurants or shops, because we had to communicate in Czech-Croatian-English mix. But there are a lot of similarities in Croatian and Czech language, so it wasn't that hard.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

The accommodation was provided by IAESTE Croatia. I stayed at the Evangelistic dorm and it cost me 2000 HRK (265,45 EUR) per month. The dormitory is new and modern. The room has a bed, a desk, a chair, a wardrobe, an air conditioning and central heating. Most rooms have a private bathroom. Bedding is available. Breakfast, lunch and dinner available for an additional fee. There are several shared kitchens and one shared living room. The kitchens are fully equipped (dishes, two induction hotplates, an oven, a microwave, a fridge). The entire dormitory has the option of connecting to the eduroam network or the dormitory Wi-Fi network.
The other interns lived in the same dormitory.

Social life

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

Local IAESTE group organized a few events. However, most of my trips were taken by myself.

Meeting other foreign students

I have met a lot of German students at the dorm otherwise there were nobody due to the exam season there in September.

Sport and culture

I didn't do any sports here I was just going for walks but you can rent a bike there.
I went to the Fisherman's day in Baranja where I could take a look at traditional crafts and customs in this region.

Food, local specialties

I really like Croatian bakeries with tasty pastry like for example Burek. I also tried specially baked carp at the Fisherman's day in Baranja.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

I used all my normal social media (Facebook. Instagram, etc.). And I used especially
Whatsapp to communicate with my mentor, people from IAESTE group or my foreign friends.

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

September is the exam period, so there aren't many people here. Maybe diffrent month would be better.

What not to forget with you


Benefits of the internship

Improvment of my English.
Experience with working abroad.
New friends from different countries.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country was good. I had my contact person and he was there for me at any time.

Overall experience with IAESTE

Overall experience with IAESTE was good.

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