Denisa arrived to Valencia on 26th January along with the Erasmus students that came to study at our University. However, her stay here is a bit special since she will be part of the Rectorate work team. The first days in a new job are always very busy, but Denisa found few minutes to tell us about her first impressions and her expectations from her stay in Valencia.
Hi, Denisa, tells us more about yourself, where are you from, what did you study, what responsibilities will you have at our University…?
Hello! My name is Denisa Vidličková and I am from Slovakia, a beautiful country situated in the heart of Europe.
As a graduate of Comenius University in Bratislava, I obtained a master’s degree in Strategic Management. Comenius University has given me an amazing opportunity to participate in the Erasmus program and therefore I took this opportunity to become an Erasmus student in three different countries – Spain, Netherlands and Poland. After studies abroad, I had only 2,5 month left for another Erasmus adventure, so I applied for an Erasmus+ internship. I was accepted and I started to look for a host organization.
I tried to find it by myself, but I was not successful, so that my sending organization helped me and informed me about an internship offer in an office of international relations at Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera in Moncada. The key responsibilities include support to promotion meetings, preparation of the reports, check-lists, and assistance to the public relations and various activities related to students participating in the exchange programs.
It didn’t take a long time to make a decision…
What do you expect from your internship with us?
I expect to get to know the process of sending outgoing and receiving incoming students. I would like to be a part of activities starting with the administration, through the organizational activities and PR support of various events to active personal communication with international students. Apart from this, improving my language skills and creating new friendships are also important aspects which I would like to reach.
Why did you choose the CEU-UCH?
Having an internship at CEU-UCH is exciting for me because it is a great opportunity to improve my organizational and communication skills. Moreover, it is a chance to get to know the process of Erasmus project from a different perspective and support incoming students with whom I am able to identify myself easily. Last but not least, I appreciate being the part of the CEU-UCH because thanks to its great study programs and university facilities, many international students from different countries are coming here. Therefore, it is also a place to meet very interesting and talented students.
“I was impressed by the great equipment which helps students to reach the valuable transformation of theory into practice.”
Tell us about your first impressions of the campus.
My first impression was very positive and I did not have any problems to find the right direction. Campus buildings are modern and well equipped. I enjoyed a tour with new incoming students, especially the facilities for audiovisual communication studies. I was impressed by the great equipment which helps students to reach the valuable transformation of theory into practice. An inseparable part of campus are places like the library, study rooms, canteens and an outdoor square where students can have a rest or study.
Did you have already a chance to get to know the city?
Of course, I did. A little bit… J I am staying in a rented room in Valencia. So right after my arrival, I went to explore the neighborhood. Valencia is much bigger and louder city than my hometown Piešťany, with many small shops, markets, bars and parks. There are many various events and tours, so there is no place for boredom. During sunny days I enjoy running in the park and walking by the seaside. The beach and the promenade in Valencia are stunning. In addition, I was surprised that there are so many orange trees lining the streets and I was impressed by the Moreton Bay Fig trees from Australia, which I have noticed in parks. I’m looking forward to getting to know the city and its community even more deeply during the next weeks.
What are your plans for the future?
First of all, I want to improve my Spanish, so I would like to stay longer in Spain after my internship. I am trying to find a suitable project within European Voluntary Service that could provide me with another valuable experience and opportunity to stay in this amazing country. Besides that, I want to invest my time and energy in my passions which are study of body language, coaching, event planning and in free time running and hiking.
There are many opportunities in the world, one only have to make the right decision…Starting an internship at Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera? It was the right decision!