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Alena Jurásková, UCT Prague, ročník 4

Faculty FCHT
Field of study Macromolecular Chemistry
Field of internship Physical Sciences, Other
Specialization of InternshipPolymer Chemistry
Internship period (from - to) 1.6.2016 - 31.8.2016
Internship duration (weeks) 13
Transport (means, price) Plane, bus (on the way back), 3000 Kč
Insurance/Insurance company DAAD
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) No
Price of Visa --
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  Germany, Aachen
Internship reference number DE-2016-2227-1

About the country

Location of the place

West of Germany. Located near to the borders with Belgium and the Netherlands.


Aachen has around 250000 inhabitans. The city is famous mainly for Aachen Cathedral build in around 790 to 800.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

Dreiländereck (border of three countries)
Eifel National Park



DWI-Leibniz-Institut für Interaktive Materialien.

Work description

I was working maily in laboratory. My task was create Conjugated Polymer Particles from Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) Precursors by microwave technology.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

650 euro
It was sufficient.

Language requirements

English B2

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

280 euro, found by IAESTE Aachen.

Social life

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

One of the members picked me up after my arrival to the Aachen.
There was a meeting every Wednesday evening in a local pub. Some trips were organized by IAESTE groups also during weekends.

Meeting other foreign students

Mainly on the Wednesday meetings and trips organized by IAESTE. But I have spent most of my time in a German group of people.

Sport and culture

Culture: There were a lot of festivals in Aachen or other cities (Cologne, Gent) going on.
Sports: I have been visiting boulder gym - Moove Boulderhalle (which cost 6e after 9pm)

Food, local specialties

On the street Ponstraße is a lot of opportunity where to grab some food or go for a beer.
White house is a good restaurant.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

Via Skype, WhatsApp, Messenger...

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

If you have any health problems go directly to the hospital (you don´t have to pay there) and if you don´t speak german, ask someone to go with you.

What not to forget with you

Umbrella :D

Benefits of the internship

Lot of new friends.
I have learned a lot in my research group.
Opportunity to get know new places and cultures.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

Without any problems, they were really nice.

Overall experience with IAESTE

All my experiences are good and I´m really grateful that I have had the opportunity to spend three nice months on internship.

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