A Great Experience Past Review

By (Film/Cinema/Video Studies., Brandeis University) - abroad from 08/22/2012 to 12/14/2012 with

CET Film Production at FAMU

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a lot of film knowledge in addition to traveling to foreign countries and learning about Czech/central European culture.

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.

All classes were at FAMU with their faculty, access to plenty of resources and tough academics.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Lots of planned trips, dinners, and group activities, including optional weekly cultural ones.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Large apartments in a Czech apartment complex located in a very authentic/interesting central neighborhood.

* Food:

Czech food is good and cheap, but there is very little variety.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It would be hard not to be, we lived in a very Czech neighborhood, went to Czech restaurants and learned basic Czech.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Never had any issues.

* Safety:

There are lots of pickpockets but besides that it is relatively safe.

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


* 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? $50


* 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? None in the spoken language
How many hours per day did you 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?
  • Classes
  • Students
  • Travel
* What could be improved?
  • Food
  • Academic Breaks
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Basic Czech

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!