Best Decision I Ever Made November 04, 2018

By (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo) - abroad from 08/28/2018 to 12/15/2018 with

CEA: Prague, Czech Republic

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a far more broad understanding of the world on social and political levels. I also learned so much about being independent and problem solving. Most of all, I gained amazing friends and experiences I'll never forget. It was more than worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 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

Studying abroad in Prague through CEA was the best thing I ever did. Not only was my experience so amazing because of the city itself, but CEA made everything so easy and smooth. Every staff member is always so kind and willing to help you with whatever you need. Whether it was sending me syllabi for specific classes so I could get courses approved at my home college or responding quickly to questions I had, CEA is always on top of it. They also make the whole package worth it because they have amazing housing around Prague and offer many cultural activities and excursions you can attend for free! They even have several free activities you can do on a weekly basis, like yoga, personal training, and rock climbing. The school they partner with has also added to my study abroad experience because I only have classes 3 days a week, which is typical, so I have time to travel and explore Prague, plus I also get to meet students from all over the world! I very much recommend this program to anyone who is interested in studying abroad.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Grocery shop!!

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

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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Nothing
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Taking an Elementary Czech language course was helpful.

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?

Select all that apply

  • 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 location of Prague
  • The way the university does class schedules
  • How easy it was to meet friends
* What could be improved?
  • Some of the classes are not the highest quality
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had planned to spend less time traveling and more time in Prague, because regardless of everywhere I go it's still my favorite city.

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.