Prague was incredible. July 12, 2017

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/25/2017 to 05/12/2017 with

CIEE: Prague - Central European Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how much we are shaped by our culture's history, how resilient people are, how to be a competent traveler, etc. It was absolutely worthwhile and transformative.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

It was a mixed batch -- the classes felt less rigorous than my home university but I still enjoyed the majority. The best part was learning about Prague's history from people who had lived it.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

There were things that felt a little disorganized or inefficient such as rescheduling classes in person with only one administrator available. But overall, they tried their best to be there for us. Jana is incredible and if you choose this program, seek her out!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very satisfied -- go for apartments!

* 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

Prague was incredible

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)

Prague is SO CHEAP compared to the United States

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $35-$40
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan ahead

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? Spanish 2
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? Practice with simple things like ordering food or asking basic questions at the grocery store

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • Prague
  • Traveling
  • New People
* What could be improved?
  • More contact with czech students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? N/A

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.