Alumni Spotlight: Jana Dudakova


Jana is a journalism student at Comenius University in Slovakia. She believes that by looking for answers behind the borders of her own country, she can bring home many new ideas and contribute to a positive change.

Why did you choose this program?

I believe that there is no better investment for your future than going to study abroad. I spent a year in the USA when I was in high school and that decision changed me so much that I knew I wanted to go overseas again.

Western Sydney University was the right choice. They offer high-quality programs and they are located in the most beautiful city in Australia. I wanted to explore another part of the world and grow academically.

What did your university assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

I had to prepare all the required paperwork and pass an official test proving my English language ability. My university helped me to connect with Western Sydney University and communicate with my teachers who had to provide an approval for me to go.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

I had to be at university three days per week. From Monday to Wednesday I had to attend lectures and tutorials. I loved it. The time spent at the campus and in our library was very enjoyable for me.

The next two days I spent preparing all of the schoolwork for next week and being with my friends in our student village. We used to have BBQ every week or have fitness sessions in our common areas.

After all the studying and writing essays, weekends were reserved for fun. I used to travel around Sydney, spend time at the beach, or around the Opera house.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

Coming to study to a new university was definitely the most challenging part. Australian universities have a completely different system than my home university has. It was very overwhelming at first, but I took some time to get oriented and understand everything. After that it was easy.

All of the international students were in the same situation and we helped each other by sharing tips with one another. Moreover, the university was ready to help us anytime we needed it.

How did you grow personally during your time abroad?

I think I grew up a lot in those six months. Not only intellectually, but also personally.

This semester opened many doors for me, showed me new opportunities. and significantly widened my perspective. I now have many new friends from all around the world and I have also gained many skills that are going to be beneficial for my future career.