The world is my home and my friends are only a lake away: Study abroad in Prague Past Review

By (Film, Sarah Lawrence College) for

Charles University: Prague - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I grew a deeper patience with the world, which is I believe one of the most important things to have. You need to have understanding of other people and cultures in order to change the world. I don't think that I've ever been stuck inside a box, but if I was this program really opened my eyes to what I hadn't seen before.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: La Sorbonne, Paris, France and FAMU, Prague, CZ
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.

It was a very put what you want into to it, in order to get something out of it system. Those students who didn't put the effort into their courses complained about the lack in the school. In order to succeed in anything, you have to be willing to work independently.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

There were some problems with communication, but mostly due to a language barrier. It was important to remember to be patient, because the only way to get anything done is with a little understanding.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I went with two other people from my home university. We were helped to find an apartment, then mid-year we found another roomate to live with us. If I had a do over, I would have not gone through a realtor's office, it ended up being too much extra cost, when there were plenty of websites and databases to find a place for less cost and in more residental areas. We should have had more of a dialouge with our super, because when we were leaving we were hit with huge over charges of electricty and other such things. They were nice enough to lower the costs for us due to the way in which it was delivered to us, but still I would advise all people traveling and renting in any foreign country to have that dialouge.

* Food:

I am not much of a meat eater and I don't eat dairy. My biggest concern going to Prague is having to be put on a meat and potatos diet, but they had several strings of health food stores, with most of the things that I normally eat at home. They also have Tesco for shopping, which is a British chain of grocery stores, so many of the items are posted in English and in Czech

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I did a program with my school called Cinema Dance, we travelled to the coast of Slovnia were we had an assignment to make a film in this tiny beautiful little city. We had 24 hours to make and edit the film. I was able to work in a group with two czech students, myself, and my friend from Norway. It was a wonderful experience and really allowed me to have a better dialouge with other students in my field of study.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I never experienced any safety or health problems abroad.

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Most people spoke English. I tried as much as I could to converse in Czech. Sometimes it ended in laughs, but everyone was pretty accomadating if I at least tried.

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I would suggest making sure that you are willing to fight for what you want. If you are truly passionate about film then this is the right program for you. You have to love film to be emersed in it all day every day.