I have to be honest, before I decided to move to Scotland from the Czech Republic, I didn’t know much about Dundee. I’d never heard the distinct accent and dialect, I didn’t know what a ‘peh’ was and I certainly hadn’t tasted one. I didn’t know about Desperate Dan, Dundee’s influence in the videogame industry or the V&A. Let’s just say, I had a lot to learn.
Moving back to the beginning of my journey, I grew up in Prague, and when I finished high school I had no idea what to study further. I ended up studying Humanities, which is a very broad subject and that’s probably why I didn’t enjoy it at all and quit before the end of my first year.
As my girlfriend was already studying here and it seemed like a new adventure, I decided to move to Scotland. I didn’t really have any expectations when I arrived at Abertay, but even if I did it would have surpassed them by far. The University has a very international environment with students and staff from all over the world. When you start studying here you’re always told it’s a ‘small, friendly university’ and that’s absolutely true. I’ve never been afraid to ask about anything and I’ve always received help if I’ve needed it.
"The opening of the V&A Museum and the regeneration of the city’s waterfront has created a huge buzz and it’s little surprise it keeps being named as a must-visit city by global travel guides"
After getting an experience working in an advertising agency just shortly before I moved here, I chose to study Marketing and Business. The modules quickly sparked my interest in marketing and I love the programme which is very practical and includes working on projects for real businesses. In addition, I’ve founded the Marketing Society with my friends. We organise guest talks and workshops as well as pub socials to get together with fellow students. We have recently organised a pub quiz to raise money for men’s mental health charity Brothers in Arms.
Dundee is a great place to study, especially at the moment. It’s a modern, vibrant city with welcoming people. The opening of the V&A Museum and the regeneration of the city’s waterfront has created a huge buzz and it’s little surprise it keeps being named as a must-visit city by global travel guides.
To any international student considering studying in Dundee, I definitely recommend it! Go for it! There has never been a better time to live in Scotland’s sunniest city where so much is happening right now! Get involved with societies or sports teams, talk to people in your hall or class. You won’t find it difficult to make friends as everyone here is friendly and approachable. I came to Scotland expecting an adventure and while I’ve definitely had that, I’ve also found a country and a city that feels like home and the University that plays an important role in forming my future.
Ondrej Dlask is a 22-year-old Marketing and Business student in his second year at Abertay University.