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A Prague placement, and why study abroad is unlike any other experience

Katy describes how a placement opportunity and help from the Study Abroad Team led to an incredible opportunity with the Police Academy of The Czech Republic in Prague. She advises others to take the chance of travelling with no commitments other than to study and learn about new cultures, whilst developing yourself personally and professionally.

Katy Chadbond is studying Policing and Criminal Investigation
Katy Chadbond is studying Policing and Criminal Investigation

“My 12-week placement at the Police Academy included attending weekly lectures for our chosen modules, which were assessed through group presentations and a written assignment. It was also an opportunity to develop language skills, studying basic Czech that would help us with our stay.

"Studying in Prague helped us to develop a better understanding and appreciation of the different culture, as well as a chance to see the city, other places within the Czech Republic and further afield. We spent a weekend visiting Budapest, meeting up with fellow students who were studying there at the time and after our placement we interrailed across Europe, visiting a total of nine countries.

"The best part of the experience was how I’ve enhanced my network. Studying abroad has allowed me to build invaluable relations with people from all over the world. As well as international connections, I’ve also built relationships with people that I hope will turn out to be lifelong friends."

"By immersing yourself into another culture, you develop valuable life skills needed for personal growth, including independence and adaptability.

"Studying abroad as given me more confidence and improved skills such as leadership, communications and cross culture awareness, all important to almost any job – particularly one with the police.

"It may also be the only opportunity you’ll ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Take this opportunity to travel with no commitments but to study and learn about new cultures, whilst developing yourself personally and professionally.

"Study abroad is an experience unlike any other.”