Unforgettable Semester May 24, 2018

By (Chapman University) - abroad from 01/30/2018 to 05/23/2018 with

CEA: Prague, Czech Republic

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I met a lot of international students and got to hear perspectives and opinions from around the world. I also met people from different parts of the United States that I would have never been able to meet but now will have lasting friendships with. I learned all about cultural differences in different European countries and I learned some basic Czech to help me really feel like I was a local and not a tourist.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

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 was always available and ready to help with any issues, and the staff were super nice. I didn't personally do one, but there was an option for an internship and my friends who did those really enjoyed them. CEA had really fun weekly activities like rock climbing, and they also hosted events around the city and fun trips to other cities in the Czech Republic that included really great tour guides. They prepared us really well with an orientation and made sure we felt welcome. I was very happy with the accommodation and the ease the program ran with, which made my experience seamless.

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)

The food in Prague is super cheap and there are student discounts for phone plans and most museums/cultural locations

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

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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  • 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 CEA trips
  • The public transportation
  • The food in the city
* What could be improved?
  • CEA activities were often during class times
  • More advising on the best cell phone options
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Food has less preservatives so you shouldn't buy a lot at once but instead just what you need for the week. You need the ISIC card to get the student plan at Vodafone which is worth it. Definitely learn basic Czech and you'll get by much better. You don't leave tip on the table, you give it with your check.

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.