Confidence-building Past Review

By (Film and Media Culture, Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/27/2013 to 12/20/2013 with

CIEE: Prague - Film Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Different family values Different historical perspectives a whole new culture confidence in myself as an independent adult

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 an intensive challenge experience that supplied me with an abundance of practical knowledge Certain lectures were not very valuable though and teachers didn't always engage students Much more of a lecture and notetaking style than classes based on participation Definitely worth it if you are a film student

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

the apartment was clean and roomy location was nice

* Food:

hard to eat healthy but the food is hearty, very different and great with a cold pilsner

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

be perceptive of who is around you when you are walking at night alone don't match eyes with people approaching you

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? pasta, spinach, cereal, bread. go out once or twice a week for dinner


* 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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? none
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? czech girlfriend or boyfriend approach people

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • the practical production experience
  • the czech roommate concept
  • the small group of students in my program
* What could be improved?
  • czech language program isn't challenging enough
  • number of trips around czech republic could be increased
  • student production advisors for film shoots weren't very efficient
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? how much the city is designed for tourism. so many tourist traps

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

central european world cinema

Course Department: film
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Teacher was knowledgable and well-prepared But Lectures were extremely boring, all details and no analysis
Credit Transfer Issues: