Did not learn as much as I wanted to Past Review

By (Film Studies, Digital Media Production, Tulane University) for

CIEE: Prague - Film Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was in the sense that I got to go to a film school. I WOULD NEVER reccomend CIEE to ANYONE. the program treated us like we were 12 years old and made integrating even worse because they forced us to do all this stuff together. They were super strict about EVERYTHING and made for a stressful abroad experience. The also don't let you chose where you live or who you live with.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: FAMU
The term and year this program took place: Fall 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Did not learn as much as I wanted to. The film school for czech students is very well known but they put very little effort into the international program (and its the only program that has paying students so basically there is no filter of caliber of student just as long as they pay its how the school makes money) and then they leave you shafted with very little equipment, editing rooms, and course options.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

WORST HOUSING EVER!!! nice appt but horrible roommates!! and everyone in the program is forced to live like this! my friend had to live with two people from the czech republic who were much older then him and i had to live with one. none of us ever hung out with these people there was a mutual disinterest considering they alway spoke in czech to their friends and we didn't know any czech.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Everything is super cheap they are not on the Euro.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
Language acquisition improvement?

The program made me live with a czech person who was 29 and spoke no english. it was a miserable experience considering i did not know any czech and she was a good 9 years older then me.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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* Who did you live with?

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* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students