Rocky Start, Strong Finish! Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/17/2019 to 05/16/2019 with

CET Film Production at FAMU

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about filmmaking that I would have NEVER learned at Wellesley because of how shitty the CAMS department is and how little funding and resources are given to artistic or media pursuits at Wellesley (aka things that arent econ or CS)

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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.

My core class ended up being good and working with film was great and I learned a lot, but the FAMU Electives were very weak and not academically rigorous (even inappropriate at times).

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The woman who ran the FAMU program was very disorganized which didn't help with the structure of the program. Administration was one of the weakest parts of this program.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great housing. Affordable, great location, big. Liked my roommates as well and liked living with a Czech buddy.

* Food:

Food is cheap but not great. Cooked at home a lot but very easy to go out nearby for food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Not really at all. Only hungout with Americans really.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Cheap, easy, fast. Everything they say about healthcare in Europe is legit. So much better than US health care lol

* Safety:

I felt very safe. Only a few scary moments with drunk strangers on the streets (happens everywhere, but is especially scary when you don't properly speak the language of the place you're in)

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)

It was a cheap city which I liked but for the first semester I wasn't working and there's no real help with that. I reached out to SFS seeing if they offer any sort of work study while abroad like tutoring or something but nothing really.


* 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
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Working with 16mm film
* What could be improved?
  • Elective Offerings
  • Post-Production
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You'll only meet other American film students. The program is totally focused on pre-production and pitching process. There's little to no Czech immersion and the language course isn't taken seriously.

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.