Enriching & Beautiful Experience April 26, 2020

By (Providence College) - abroad from 09/04/2018 to 12/17/2020 with

IFSA: Prague - Reimagining Europe in Prague

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained independence, an extremely worthwhile skill.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Really enjoyed taking a mix of major-related courses (CS) at Prague College paired with IFSA's Reimagining Europe culture & history course.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Jana is the best! :)

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Single rooms in 6/7 person apartment. Awesome, clean, beautiful, central housing. Cannot say enough good things.

* Food:

No meal plan.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Outside of downtown, made for great interaction with locals.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No personal experience, but knew of nearby pharmacies/hospitals if necessary.

* Safety:

EXTREMELY safe- I never once felt in danger in Prague.

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

I appreciated the small size of my program in the most beautiful city in the world.

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 extremely affordable.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Around $100 a week

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 IV Honors in High School
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? Just try! In my experience, locals appreciated the effort.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • 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?
  • Housing
  • Travel-accessibility
  • Affordability
* What could be improved?
  • Orientation length
  • Program group events
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Program size.

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.