Beautiful City, Incredible Art, Should Be Called "Artists Under Communism" Past Review

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 08/30/2014 to 12/13/2014 with

SIT Study Abroad: Czech Republic - Arts and Social Change

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that I definitely wanted to be a part of an intensive program. I learned how to walk into myself. Created structure for independent study. It was certainly worthwhile

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SIT Study Abroad: Czech Republic - Arts & Social Change Photo

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

This is not a program for active artists! If you are interested in an intensive arts program please do not attend unless you can schedule and develop your own creative space.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Food was always available but traditional Czech food is heavy in starch and meat and beer! So if you don't like those things be aware.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* 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? No


* 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)

Czech Republic is very cheap! Very easy to eat, go out, shop, and see art for low-cost prices! The program also took care of most!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $40-50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be honest about what you can and can't afford. Prioritize what is important to you!


* 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? Advanced Spanish
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? Hang out with locals you encounter and try and use the language with your host family!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* 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?
  • Independent Project Period
* What could be improved?
  • Title of Program
  • Rigor
  • More Intensive Arts Programming and more studying with contemporary politics
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the art workshop was not as intensive as I thought it was going to be. Instead of studying creative writing, I would have studied as a part of the "Creativity in Context II" class

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.'