Amazing time on Exchange in Prague Past Review

By (Economics., Kansas State University) for

University of Economics: Prague - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, I have the travel bug now. I feel very 'worldly' and I learned a lot about myself and other people and cultures.

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.

I was able to take classes not offered at my school and still get credits. More focus on large exams, less homework. Able to have class only 3 days a week, 4 day weekends!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Program coordinators were readily available to help students, they organized many programs before and during the semester for students.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Dorms provided by school, not super nice. They tend to give international students the worst dorms because they don't take care of them. Will have flat-mates. Livable, needs some decorations from IKEA, etc.

* Food:

Cheap meals at campus canteen, ability to find 'American' food downtown, cheap czech and italian food by dorms.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I was able to travel almost every single weekend to a different country. Our school's buddy system planned many trips and activities, and there were always other exchange students willing to travel with you.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Get you vaccines before you go. There are English speaking doctors in Prague, mainly downtown - I had to go, fairly helpful, some only accept cash though. I felt pretty safe, just watch your bags for pick pocketers and stay attentive.

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? It depends if I was in Prague or travelling. In prague I would spend about 40-60 dollars a week on food and beverages (including alcohol). As long as you are not downtown, food is pretty cheap and because of that fact we ate out often, you can get by cheaper if you eat at school canteen or cook in dorm.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Bring money to travel. flights are cheap once you get to europe!


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • People
  • Travel
  • Freedom
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Do it. Don't let the language stop you. Only about two people on my exchange of a few hundred students knew the language and we all got along just fine. Don't be afrsid to try something new and different.