Life is sweet for students of University of New York in Prague (UNYP). Here, university is about so much more than just walking from class to class, spending hours in libraries and drowning in homework. It’s about growing as a person, networking with like-minded individuals, making life-long friendships, and gaining new skills that enrich.
This is precisely what happens daily at UNYP, thanks to its unique focus on engagement beyond classrooms. Hence why it often draws students from across the globe.
“My favourite thing about UNYP is definitely how personal a community it is,” says exchange student Elishka Pierce. “I don’t feel like I’m just one unknown student out of thousands of people, because UNYP’s culture is very close-knit and relationship-oriented. I also really like how diverse its student body is, in terms of different nationalities and cultures, because I get to learn from other people’s perspectives and different life experiences.”
Second-year major in Communication and Media, Majka’s UNYP journey has been less about interaction and more about experiences. In between classes — ranging from Visual Culture to Reason and Argument — she explores Prague’s finest cafes and restaurants to refuel. There’s plenty of good food on campus as well. Once both nourished and informed, Majka makes her way to the project meeting room for a Student Council meeting.
This student-led organisation at UNYP was formed to represent the interests of the student body. Their tasks range from organising social events, promoting school-related activities, coordinating student clubs, dealing with student complaints, and cooperating with UNYP administration, instructors and staff.
After two semesters of service, Majka has worked her way up to becoming the Council’s PR Manager, responsible for managing its social media channels and communicating with the student body. This is a prime example of how UNYP sets initiatives in place for students to get a glimpse of the working world well before graduating. It’s hard not to make friends in the process.
Bonds are important at UNYP, which is why many student clubs and activities are open for registration. Develop your public speaking skills with the Debating Society. Discuss global current affairs with Model United Nations. Attend workshops with the UNYP Creativity Club. Embrace a new culture with the International Friends Club. Explore the classics with the Literature Club. Learn how to manage money better with the Finance Club. At UNYP, you can do anything — that includes becoming the next sport sensation.
Sports are big here. The university sees athletic participation as a way for students to develop their personal, physical and intellectual skills, which is why all students, faculty, and staff members are given free access to a variety of facilities. Students keen on playing football, baseball or floorball can join the UNYP Blazers Teams. Those more interested in staying fit can join a wide range of lifestyle or fitness activities, from Zumba to Pilates.
Of course, sometimes a little friendly competition can be incredibly fulfilling. The UNYP Blazers had a fantastic season, starting out in the 7th Football League and ending with promotion to the 6th League. Their final match ended in triumph. “We put together an incredible group of players with a great sense of team spirit, and we would not be top of the league without their dedication and passion,” says coach Samuel Jahoda.
It’s little wonder why the Czech Olympic Team feels completely at home with UNYP as their education supplier. After all, it’s not all fun and games here. Programmes are rigorous and course content evolve with time to reflect current trends in the job market.
Take the Bachelor in International Relations: Concentration in Conflict and Security Studies. This programme helps students understand international disputes, the way in which their nature has changed, and the use of violence in international relations. Throughout, they gain the analytical skills needed to understand the risks that arise in daily life.
The Bachelor in Communication and Media: Concentration in Multimedia Journalism prepares students to take the ever-evolving media and content industry by storm, whether as creators or managers of content. The programme helps them develop the versatile skills they will need to create original and engaging journalistic material for all contemporary channels such as print or digital publications, audio or video; thus, priming them to adapt to the needs and desires of various public and private organisations.
Meanwhile, the three-year European Bachelor in Business Administration – Concentration in Sports Management is a better fit for those curious about the inner workings of the FIFA World Cup. Accredited by the American International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), and the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MŠMT), the programme nurtures management skills specific to sports while maintaining all the elements of a traditional business course.