Best semester ever! Past Review

By (psychology, Colorado State University) for

AIFS: Prague - Charles University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely. I gained so much knowledge on the way that other cultures function. I learned so much about myself. I have plans to travel much more in the future and continue learning more about the world.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Charles University
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Workload was fairly easy but I still felt that I learned a lot. I only had class three days a week and many of my classes were focused on Czech language, art and culture so I found all of them very interesting

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Helped arrange housing, transportation, visas, and was there to suggest cultural activities, take you to the doctor and help with anything at all that you needed

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Mostly ate out. The Czech Republic is very inexpensive and I could eat 2 meals out a day without going over budget

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Ballet, opera, philharmonic orchestra, all attractions in Prague and trips to other countries were all very memorable.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Safety was great. Pickpocketing was the worst thing to worry about but really wasn't an issue if you were aware of your surroundings. I had insurance through my program which I used one time when I got strep throat. I had to pay for the visit out of pocket (was about $200 US) and then I was reimbursed later. My czech program director went with me to the doctor to translate and checked up on me to make sure I was taken care of.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
Language acquisition improvement?

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • International Students
  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • How easy, fun and exciting it was
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you are looking for a cultural experience that is affordable and a lot of fun