At AAU, your academic excellence is not the only thing we care about; we also want you to enjoy the beauty and culture of Prague and the excitement that university life has to offer you. That’s why we’ve set up the AAU Buddy Program, a group of experienced AAU students who have volunteered to assist new students in adapting to both Prague and university life so they can make the most out of their new life chapter. We know it can be tough transitioning into a new environment and figuring out your university routine, and our AAU mentors are here to help you do just that. They are our way of saying “Welcome to Prague, and welcome to AAU!”

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obrázek Bethany Kelly
My name is Bethany Kelly. I’m originally from the US, but I have been traveling and living abroad since I was 16. I was an exchange student in Slovakia my Junior year of high school and fell in love with the language and culture of this region, so I decided to move back and pursue a degree in Politics & Society. As an expatriate myself, I understand the struggles of living in a foreign country and am happy to help ease the difficulties. I speak Slovak and can help you with getting your Litacka, making visa appointments, or just general issues that come with having a language barrier. I am especially helpful when it comes to American parents and the questions and concerns they have about you living in a foreign country. Living as an expat can be challenging, but I’m happy to help in any way I can.
Contact: bethany.kelly@aauni.edu 

obrázek Aisulu Makhtayena
Hey there! My name is Aisulu Makhtayeva and I am from Astana, Kazakhstan. I speak 4 languages, Kazakh, Russian, English and Spanish, so I can help you in the language you are most comfortable with. I have been living in the Czech Republic for 2 years and I genuinely adore this country as well as Anglo-American University where I am currently studying. I would love for new incoming students to feel the same. From my own experience, I know that adjusting to an absolutely new and unfamiliar environment is significantly hard, so I want to help you make your first couple of weeks in Prague and at AAU as exciting and easy as possible. I can introduce you to amazing local places, show you around the city, give you some great tips on how to get around the city or where to go on weekends, and simply become your new friend. I cannot wait to be a part of your life at AAU! 
Contact: aisulu.makhtayeva@aauni.edu

obrázek Benjamin Rodenburg
Hi everyone! I'm Ben, from Fiji and the Netherlands. I've been living in Prague now for about 2 years studying international relations here at AAU. My main hobby, surfing, is unfortunately hard to do since, you know, lack of ocean. But that said, Prague has a lot to offer and has kept me on my toes with its many adventures, parties, and chill destinations. I’m happy to help you with tours of the city, whether you want the touristy side, or not touristy at all side. You can also come to me for any information or help you need regarding AAU and any of its formalities.
Contact: benjamin.rodenburg@aauni.edu

  

obrázek Saveliy Rylkov
Hello, my name is Saveliy! I'm a second-year bachelor’s from Russia studying marketing and communications. I'm a highly talkative and open minded person who is interested in psychology. I enjoy having a great time with friends and with my mentees. I would be happy to share with you my experience not only of studying at AAU, but also of being part of the magnificent city of Prague. I’m happy to share all my knowledge about the university, the city, visas, and other questions related to your stay in Prague as an AAU student.
Contact: savelii.rylkov@aauni.edu, Facebook – Saveliy Rylkov, Vkontakte – Савелий Рыльков

 

obrázek Lindsay Salvati
Hello! My name is Lindsay Salvati and I am in my second year at Anglo-American University, studying at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. I have been living in Prague for a year, but previously in high school I was a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in České Budějovice, Czech Republic. During my time in České Budějovice, I attended a Czech gymnázium, became conversational in Czech, and fell in love with the culture. As a result of this experience, I decided to move to Prague and study abroad for university. In my spare time, I work as a nanny for a Slovak/American family in Vinohrady, and I enjoy singing, performing, and playing the drums. I also love writing, making crafts, and learning. Please don't hesitate to ask me about any concerns or issues you may have regarding the visa process, accommodations, and help with the foreign police. Additionally, feel free to ask me about life in Prague, such as recommended sites, places to dine, shopping centers, etc. Looking forward to seeing you all in Prague at AAU!
Contact: lindsay.salvati@aauni.edu

obrázek Mikita Shpak
I am Mikita from Belarus, a second-year master’s student at AAU’s School of International Relations and Diplomacy. I want to help new students accommodate to student life and to make sure their transition to AAU runs smoothly. I am ready to assist with anything inside the school such as: – showing you around the building, e.g. where all of the classrooms are; – helping you avoid any confusion with the timetable; – issues with your ISIC card and/or printing; – NEO (the e-learning portal of AAU); – establishing contact with teachers and deans.
Don't hesitate to stop by at the Print Center where I work and ask any questions you may have.
Contact: mikita.shpak@aauni.edu 

obrázek Monika Spacilova
Hi guys! My name is Monika, I'm half Czech and half Cambodian. I have been living in Prague for about 10 years now, and I study Journalism at AAU. I love traveling and meeting new people from all over the world, so I'd be more than happy to show you what Prague has to offer. I'm sure you'll find that Prague is an exciting city and that you'll have a great time here! As I speak fluent Czech, I can help you with any visa and/or accommodation issues you may have.
Contact: monika.spacilova@aauni.edu 

 

obrázek Venera Zhakhyan
Hello, my name is Venera and I am a second year BA student at AAU’s School of Business Administration. I am Armenian but I was born and raised in Moscow. Some of my hobbies are playing tennis, traveling, and watching movies. Feel free to contact me in case you have any questions related to studying and student life at AAU. I am always glad to help.
Contact: venera.zhakhyan@aauni.eduFacebook

 

 

obrázek Maria Zhandarova
Hey AAU fellows, my name is Maria. I am from Russia and I am studying marketing and communications at AAU’s School of Business Administration. I will gladly help you with your visa questions, academic admissions, and any type of other help you might need around the university. I may even be able to advise you about some professors if you are from the same major as me. Also, I can be a great help to you in recommending some nice places around Prague: restaurants, cafés, and locations where to spend a nice time in Prague. Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. If I don't know something, we will find a person that knows the answer to your question. Have a great experience at AAU.
Contact: mariia.zhandarova@aauni.edu

Veronika Zlotnikova
Hey there! My name is Veronika I am originally from Moscow. I am a second-year student at AAU’s School of Business Administration. My biggest hobby is traveling and this is why I love to meet new people from all over the world. If you have some questions regarding to your daily life in the Czech Republic or you just want to explore the beauty of Prague, you are always welcome to text me.
Contact: veronika.zlotnikova@aauni.eduFacebook