Big enough daily adventure, small enough to call home April 03, 2018

By (Florida Gulf Coast University) - abroad from 06/02/2017 to 08/03/2018 with

CEA: Prague, Czech Republic

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned many intercultural and interpersonal skills while studying abroad. My mindset has shifted since spending time in a country other than the U.S. During my study abroad experience I was also able to visit and navigate through 7 countries, leaving me with so much confidence for a girl whose never left her country prior.

Review Photos

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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

CEA equips students with all information and tools they need to succeed for their study abroad adventures but leave the rest up for the students! They are there if you need them but for the most part, they let students engage with the culture and their school on their own terms. They also did a great job matching everyone with roommates and beautiful housing in Prague.

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)

I didn't choose to but its very possible1

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you're really watching your money then Prague is the place to be! Many people will tell you to go into the mindset that money isn't relevant and that to not say no to any experiences. This is not possible for some students and luckily if you're considering studying in Prague its relatively very cheap compared to anywhere in the U.S.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The University
  • The Housing
  • Not being babied or told what to do
* What could be improved?
  • Living with international students could help heighten the experience
  • printing credits on campus (printing is available at CEA location)
  • incentives or help learning the new language if youre not taking the language course
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? CEA did a really good job preparing their students. The piece of advice I wish I listened to is to pack light.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.