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Michal Masár, UCT Prague, ročník 5

Faculty FCHI
Field of study Economics and management of chemical and food industry
Field of internship Business, Management, and Marketing
Specialization of Internship- - - - - - - - - -
Internship period (from - to) 3.5.2017 - 30.7.2017
Internship duration (weeks) 13
Transport (means, price) China Eastern Airlines (Prague-->Shanghai-->Yantai) 700 € return flight
Insurance/Insurance company AXA
Visa/Work permit (yes/no) yes
Price of Visa 80 €
City of Internship Zobrazit místo na mapě  China, Yantai
Internship reference number CN-2017-ECI-A03

About the country

Location of the place

Yantai city is a seaside charming and beautiful city. It´s located in Shandong province in North-East China.


Yantai is a small chinese city with approximately 6,5 mil. citizens. Due to its location, Yantai is blessed with both spectacular views of the sea on the one side and the mountains on the other side. There are four seasons in the city, weather is very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. Air condition in Yantai is very good compare to the average "Chinese" air condition in another parts of the country, because of the sea wind is blowing and cleaning the air.

Surroundings (possible trips, ...)

You can make a variety of trips and tours, discover new places and enjoy a lot of spectacular views around Yantai. Behind the city, there is a big mountain, where you can hike and see the classic figure of historical chinese architecture. Yantai has got very beautiful seaside with some beaches and freetime zones.



As an enterprise management consulting company aimed at globalization, E&C International provide clients with deep analysis and professional opinions about the four core businesses: headhunting, international talent cultivation, training and consultation; so as to solve the most urgent and key problems.

Recently, E&C International has launched its own language center, Hippo Academy of English (HAE), focused on giving English classes as well as Summer camps, Study abroad programs and even EMBAs for the most ambitious ones in partnership with Misouri State University!

Work description

My role in E&C International was to support core team and give them advices from "western" businness enviroment. These advices have led to improving of some processes in the company departments. Among this consulting part, I was teaching English language in Hippo Academy of English.

Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)

Monthly salary = 270 € (enough to cover costs of living in China - food, social life, trasportation, ...)

Language requirements

Communication in China is pretty complicated, because only a few people in the public can speak English. I estimate it´s only 2%-5% of population. Communication in the company with my colleagues was without any problems.

Accommodation (price, who provided it)

I had the whole flat with two bedrooms, one livingroom, kitchen and small bathroom. It was provided by E&C International.

Social life

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

There is not IAESTE office in Yantai. Communication with IAESTE China was proceeded online. IAESTE prepared mentoring for trainees to teach them something about culture, language and manners in the country. Every trainee has got one mentor from China. It was arranged by WeChat.

Meeting other foreign students

There were not many students in Yantai during my stay. After one month, my new friend a colleage from Ecuador came in the company. We arranged some trips and events with him. I was not in the contact with another IAESTE trainees.

Sport and culture

I didn´t sport and exercise due to air pollution. But you can find a lot of playgrounds and courts in the city. Young people sport every day, it´s very easy to join them.

Food, local specialties

Food in China is the thing, that I liked and enjoyed the most. For me, It was 3-months long time of discovering new tastes, flavors and ingredients. I really love chinese cuisine. You can find some meet, rice, noodles, seafoods and vegetables on the dishes.

Apart from vegetables can be commonly seen, some unique vegetables used in Chinese cuisine include bok choy, snow pea pods, baby corn, Chinese eggplant, Chinese broccoli and straw mushrooms. Other vegetables including bean sprouts, pea vine tips, watercress, lotus roots and bamboo shoots are also used in different cuisines of China.

Other information

Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic

Because of the most of the western webpages are blocked, you need to use VPN application to have an access to Google, Facebook, ...
You can download it for free, but better is to pay for some premium products. It works much faster and it is more stable. I used Express VPN without any problems.

Recommendations for students who will go to the same place

Just be prepared for a strong cultural shock. Sometimes You need to be very patient in China. A lot of things work completely different comparing to western countries.

What not to forget with you

Insurance, VPN APP, electricity adapter, passport, good mood :)

Benefits of the internship

Benefits of the internship are huge for me. I have gained a lot of new experiences in bussiness and education. This internship was truly open-minding for me.

Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country

Very good.

Overall experience with IAESTE

Very good. I definitely recommend to go abroad with IAESTE.

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