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By (University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa) - abroad from 09/07/2017 to 12/16/2017 with

CISabroad (Center for International Studies): Semester in Prague - University of Economics

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The biggest thing I learned was how to be self-reliant in all types of situations, which I definitely think was worth it. It's hard to narrow down what you learn on a program to just one thing because it's such an all-encompassing experience that just shapes you as a person, but this one definitely has had the biggest impact on me since I've been home.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

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:

The food is good, just after a while it can get really heavy

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The people are very closed off, so it's hard to feel completely integrated when you don't speak Czech, but I felt at home regardless.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

It was really nice having a doctor at the dorms. Even though she didn't speak English, we used Google Translate to communicate and she was very helpful and it was really convenient.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I absolutely loved this program, and the only thing I would change about my experience was how hesitant I was about picking this program at the beginning.


* 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 really easy on the budget, which I really appreciated, but the more you travel, the more money you spend, so the traveling can get very expensive very quickly.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Use student discounts and university or dorm cafeterias. It may not feel as glamorous, but it saves a lot of money for your travels and is really helpful in the long run.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International 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?
  • On-site coordinator
  • Social activities
  • Ease of travel
* What could be improved?
  • Maybe more of a crash course for the language
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known more about the Czech Republic and its culture. A lot of people just don't know that much about the country or the people, and I think that was my biggest weakness going in because I didn't know what to expect. I wish I had researched more. I would have been more prepared for the cultural differences and their general attitudes and behaviors towards foreigners.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.