Incredible time in Prague Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/09/2018 to 12/18/2018 with

CIEE: Prague - Central European Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I had time to figure myself out a bit, as well as seeing the world from a different perspective. The cultural excursion trips were very meaningful to me, and overall the program was worthwhile.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

food not provided, but ample amount at program events

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

mostly with american students, but it was nice to have Czech host buddies, and I volunteered with a Czech elementary school

* 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

This program is a perfect mix of involvement and freedom. The work is interesting and not overly difficult, and the program offers numerous included cultural experiences. I went on about 7 trips that I didn't pay for extra, including hikes in CR and visiting other villages and towns. The program is very organized and helpful, and I never felt lost or confused. Don't look here necessarily for cultural immersion with local students, but if you are looking for an engaging and meaningful american-style abroad experience, this is a great choice.


* 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 one of the cheapest cities

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 80-100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? lots of granola for all meals


* 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

was mostly in class

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? Intro
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? While ordering food, shopping, etc

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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  • 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?
  • Excursions
  • Staff
  • Organization
* What could be improved?
  • Give a vacation week at some point
* 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 Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Interpretation of Czech Fairytales

Course Department:
Instructor: Bara
Instruction Language: English
Comments: If you go into the class interested, it is a great course. It gave me a new way to look at stories and fairytales, and one can learn a lot about psychology as well.
Credit Transfer Issues: