Amazing and Unforgettable! January 10, 2020

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/16/2019 to 05/16/2019 with

The Film and Television School at the Academy of Performing Arts / FAMU: Prague - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a lot of experience living in a foreign country where you do not speak the local language and need to adapt to different customs and social standards. It was entirely worthwhile and still have not stopped talking about it.

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?

I stayed in a very nice apartment in a central location next to the main river!

* Food:

* 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? Yes

I learned an incredible amount about filmmaking and met countless people that were interesting, friendly, and intelligent. The city and culture stole my heart and I can't wait to go back again.


* 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)


* 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

I don't think the program really cared about whether we ultimately used the Czech we learned or not.

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? SPAN 241, but no prior experience with Czech at all.
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? Try using terminology when completing simple everyday tasks such as ordering food in a restaurant or asking which tram to take.

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?
  • learning a great deal about filmmaking and being able to create my own short film shot on 35mm
  • meeting extremely interesting and new people
* What could be improved?
  • more intensive language courses and an emphasis on the students using it outside of the classroom
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? there is nothing to worry about! you'll find your way around and adjust better than you may think!

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.