Cecília de Morais Carreiro
Study program: Doctoral School of Biology
Period of studies at ELTE: 2017.09.04 - 2021.07.31
"I like the support we receive to develop our studies. The staff is always open and ready to help us with any bureaucracy."
I chose ELTE because this is the university where the largest research group of my field – the Family Dog Project is. Not only its Department of Ethology, but the whole university is an outstanding institution, especially regarding research. While looking for more information about ELTE, I found out that the university is among the top 500 higher education institutions in the world and among the top 250 higher education institutions in Europe.
What do you like most about being a student at ELTE?
I like the support we receive to develop our studies. The staff is always open and ready to help us with any bureaucracy. The facilities are modern and welcoming for collaboration. The program is complete in a way that I never needed to take courses in other departments. Also, the professors and colleagues are always pushing all students to reach their best.
What are your challenges in your study program?
Definitely, the language. Even though ELTE is now very international, my database, documents and a lot of the communication are only in Hungarian. Little by little, the situation is changing and, as I said, the staff is very supportive. Hopefully, the students in the future won’t have so much trouble in this respect.
How do you think your degree will help you in your life and career?
I am part of the largest research group in my field so my CV looks great and a lot of doors open for me because of ELTE. Also, my degree is from a European institution and that helps a lot in times when I need to provide official documents.
Do you have any recommendations for future students at ELTE?
Just come! At home or abroad, we always face difficulties. You will probably remember the language barrier and the cultural differences, but don’t be afraid. Budapest is a very cosmopolitan city, you will meet people from all over the world and it is a never sleeping city! I love the city, the people and ELTE. My only suggestion is to take it easy in the beginning. Budapest is very exciting and you will feel like going everywhere all the time. Relax! You will have plenty of time to get to know the city. Remember that in the beginning, everything is different and exhausting. So give yourself time on Sundays to relax and enjoy yourself. For the other days in the week, go have fun and see the World unfold infront of you!