Joao Victor Cabral
I am Brazilian, and studied medicine in my home country. I finished my medical degree in 2017 and almost a year later I started my Ph.D. at the First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University (CUNI). Currently, I am doing research in ophthalmology at the Laboratory of the Biology and Pathology of the Eye. I enjoy living in Prague a lot; my hobbies are photography and yoga.
I’m looking forward to being of assistance to anyone who is interested in pursuing a Ph.D. at CUNI or has any questions about life in Prague.
Why did I choose Charles University?
Well, I chose Prague before I chose Charles University. Prague is a truly remarkable and diverse city. You can contemplate the city while strolling through the beautiful streets of the Old Town, then go for a walk along the Vltava River. You can watch beautiful sunsets in Riegrovy Sady or enjoy the fantastic panoramic view over Prague from Letná. There are events happening every day somewhere in the city; it is crazy! This city offers excellent attractions and limitless possibilities. Another advantage is the beautiful countryside within Prague and just a few minutes away by train. You can enjoy fabulous walks or hikes in parks and forests just inside Prague (to name a few places: Divoká Šárka, Stromovka, Údolí Kunratického potoka, Hvězda). As an expat, I feel completely immersed in the Czech culture and welcomed by this beautiful country.
Then, finally, I chose Charles University, and I was lucky enough to find an exciting research topic to work on / study (Ph.D.) in the lab.
What do I like about my studies in Czechia/the Czech Republic?
Doing my Ph.D. in the Czech Republic has been a pleasant experience. I have a great relationship with my colleagues, and the University offers now and then some nice programs that I can join. I also consider the great addition to my CV to have a diploma from a prestigious University.
Where do I see myself in five years from now?
That’s the million-dollar question. I’m still unsure whether I will immerse myself entirely in academia or pursue a medical specialization instead. In fact, I could even do both. But what's sure is that five years from now, I won’t be a Ph.D. student any more =)