Josef Hazi

* 1992


Cheb Grammar School, general program, graduated in 2011


University of Oxford, UK, started 2011 | Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA


Favourite subjects

Mathematics, physics, chemistry


Academic: complete Bachelor’s and, possibly Master’s program in Materials Science, or in combination with Economics and Management, and focus on the development and production of new materials.

Interests and hobbies

Self-education in all fields possible, friends, social dynamics, volleyball, fitness, music

Student resume

I come from Cheb, a small town in the west of Bohemia, and I obtained my secondary education at the local state grammar school. My involvement in mathematics and physics competitions led me to participate in the International Young Physicists Tournament in Tianjin in 2009. After the competition, the captain of the Slovak team and I went to a small pub in Beijing. The local patrons stared at us almost impertinently and could not believe their eyes, with Europeans sitting in their pub. For me, it was unbelievable listening to my Slovak friend telling me how he would study at Oxford University next year. Until then, I would have thought that something like that was just unreal for regular Slovaks or Czechs. That evening changed my life. Inspired by my Slovak colleague, I decided to vie for my spot at Oxford University.

From then on, I had a new focus that changed many areas of my life. I improved my language skills by several levels in six months and obtained a certificate in English, thus meeting one of the major Oxford requirements. I focused my attention on applying via the UCAS system. My

Personal Statement was not just a “motivation letter” to me – it was my ticket to one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The best grades in the graduation exam (yes, the standard Czech “maturita”), participation in research into nanocrystallic diamond layers at the Prague Institute of Physics, and preparation for the interview – I did it all to make my “China” dream a reality. I offset my academic load by playing in the junior volleyball league.

My goal entailed some sacrifice as well as much excitement; the academic interviews at Oxford were a huge life experience for me. A letter delivered just days before Christmas Eve, which confirmed my admission to the university of my dreams, was one of the best Christmas gifts in my life. But I had to fight on, as studies abroad are financially very demanding. This is why the grant from The Kellner Family Foundation means a lot to me. At this point, all I am fighting is “only” forms that I need to complete to study…

Josef Hazi

All articles

30. June 2015

Getting ready for round 2

Four years of Oxford are coming to an end and the last thing that remains is the Viva and...

2. March 2015

I will soon be heading back

I have now spent 6 months at MIT and I will soon be heading back...

19. November 2014

First two months at MIT

I arrived to Cambridge, Massachusetts at the end of august and I really enjoyed my time here...

2. July 2014


Finishing my exams two weeks ago was quite an experience. It was probably the most difficult...

28. February 2014

Hillary term of my 3rd year

It is fifth week of Hillary term and 104 days till my exams....

18. November 2013

Beginning of the third year

In the middle of October I started my third year at Oxford University....

8. July 2013

End of my second year in the UK and beginning...

Two weeks ago I have smoothly finished the Trinity trimester...

1. March 2013

Challenging second year

It is the seventh week of Hilary term at Oxford University and most undergraduate students...

7. December 2012

Beginning of the second year

Admittedly, I have already fully adapted myself and I am becoming...

16. July 2012

First year over

I made it through the entire first year at Oxford, and I think I now have got a fairly good...

12. March 2012

Hilary Term is over

My second term has just ended, and I got home for my six-week “vacation” (I’ll explain the...

11. November 2011

Mid-way thru the first term

My fifth week of the first, or Michaelmas, term at Oxford has...

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