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Iva Karásková, Brno University of Technology, ročník 4

Faculty Chemistry
Field of study Chemistry for medical application
Field of internship Physical Sciences, Other
Specialization of InternshipPhysical Chemistry
Internship period (from - to) 29.6.2015 - 6.9.2015
Internship duration (weeks) 10
Transport (means, price) plane, 6000CZK
Insurance/Insurance company Insurance by my bank connected with credit card
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) no
Price of Visa 0
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  , Belfast
Internship reference number UK-2015-002-01

About the country

Location of the place

Belfast is at the east coast of Northern Ireland. It's a part of United Kingdom.


It's really nice, clean city with lot of parks, coffee shops and extremely kind people. It can be dangerous during special holidays because of their religious issues but I felt actually safer than back home.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

Nature in Northern Ireland is something everyone should see. It's so beautiful, green grass, trees everywhere so I highly recommend to travel! It's easy to go to Dublin, Giant's Crossway, Bushmills destillery, by the steps of Game of thrones and so on.



Queen's University of Belfast - QUILL - everything went well. Communication was good, even before I came. I've got all the maps and study materials I needed there. No problem :).

Work description

I was working in organic chemistry lab, making research about Ionic liquids. My boss gave me a project and I worked on it all ten weeks. He was really kind and willing to help with everything. I have gained some knowledge, especially about Nuclear magnetic resonance.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

It was perfectly sufficient also for all the trips I made. But I was cooking by myself - eating out is quite expensive over there.

Language requirements

Excellent English - I've been in United States before, so it took me a while get to used to their accent. But I worked with two french trainees, they spoke really bad and survived anyway, so don't worry.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

Queen's accommodation - 90GBP per week - quite a lot but the great thing was to be together with all the other trainees, so at the end it wa worth it. BUT accommodation there is possible only till 31st of August and then I had to find a hostel. So if you can, go to Belfast only till 31st of August.

Social life

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

IAESTE member picked me up at the bus station from airport. They organised lot of events, trips and took care of us.

Meeting other foreign students

I think that was the best thing! I found so many new great friends from different countries that I don't even have a time to stay in touch with all of them :).

Sport and culture

As I said, there are really nice parks, so I enjoyed running over there. It's also possible to use swimming pool over there but membership to other Queen's sport facilities is really expensive. So I found special workout over there - COBRA FIT. It was really awesome, and if you go to Belfast, you should try it at least one time :-P

Food, local specialties

They eat chips with everything, so there is not really healthy lifestyle but you can find everything you like overe there. Special is definitelly whiskey but I guess that's obvious.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

Everything. Skype, mail...

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Don't take your summer clothes, you won't need it.

What not to forget with you

Becherovka or Slivovice, reduction for chargers.

Benefits of the internship

Language, friends, experiences.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

Without problem...they communicate well and I knew everything I needed.

Overall experience with IAESTE

Let's do it again!

Student's website


Employer's webiste

Other useful links - they have direct flight Prague - Belfast

Other comments

If you consider to go to Belfast and you're curious about something, just text me and we can do skype or have coffee about it :) [email protected]

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