Our graduates| Jonáš Jelínek

Jonáš Jelínek

* 1991


Jan Kepler High School, Prague, graduated in 2011


University of St. Andrews, UK, International Relations, started in 2012



Favourite subjects

Geography, economics, law, languages, history


Use my education as well as possible for the benefit of myself and others.

Interests and hobbies

Reading, sports, web design, global developments, emerging countries, Spanish

Student resume

I was born in Prague where I also received my secondary education. I spent eight years at the Jan Kepler High School, close to the Prague Castle. Those studies proved to be of benefit in all respects. The competitive environment, high demands and a broad range of opportunities for individual development enabled me to focus on my favorite topics and subjects.

My one-semester exchange at the Oundle School in England, a partner school with “my” high school, was without a doubt of the greatest benefit and also a turning point for me. It literally opened the doors to the world for me and, in addition to valuable experience, it gave me a vital impetus to prepare for university studies abroad. My schoolmates in England and my brother showed me that studying at a good school abroad is achievable. In England, I got to like the widespread practice of volunteering and helping the community, and I continued it back home. I participate in an afterschool teaching program organized by the People in Need charity, which also brought me to conferences on child labor in Dublin and Brussels.

Aside from those, I also participated in the popular Prague Student Summit and the National Conference of the European Youth Parliament, as part of which our school team proceeded to the pan-European level of the conference. Choosing my future university, I preferred the American model and its greater freedom. But the admission to the finance-intensive UCLA and my inclusion in several waitlists brought me back to the UK. The University of St. Andrews suited me best in terms of quality and financial demands, and I can be a student there thanks to backing from The Kellner Family Foundation.

Thank you!

Jonáš Jelínek

All articles

1. July 2016

Four years and one degree later

I can’t believe I wrote my first blog post in autumn 2012. Four...

4. March 2016

Plans after graduation

In today’s blog post, I will touch on what my plans for next year are as well as how successful...

24. November 2015

Last year in St Andrews

“Before you know, four years are over,” my mum said to me as I was leaving for the biggest...

6. July 2015

3rd year behind me

Another summer, another batch of final exams and another year in St Andrews.

28. February 2015

Third year in St Andrews

For I am currently really busy, I will update you very briefly on the recent developments in...

8. December 2014


Coming back to the US was like déjà-vu. Though I never lived in New York before, I spent four...

4. December 2014

Business and studies

Before I embark on detailing the novelties and challenges of my third year in St Andrews, I...

2. July 2014

Entry to Honours

Time flies, and it has somehow happened that the first two years of my four-year long course...

4. March 2014

Northern Lights in St Andrews

Not much has happened since I wrote my last piece in Novembe...

20. November 2013

Third semester in St. Andrews

In my post today I will come back to my internship at the Ministry...

24. July 2013

From the icy waters of the North Sea to the...

Given my current location in Tanzania, everyday access to a computer...

5. March 2013

Spring in St. Andrews

Being back in St Andrews after almost five weeks of holidays feels surprisingly usual. I find...

19. November 2012

St. Andrews, keep it that way!

Time flies when one is having fun, so it has somehow happed that...

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