An Unforgettable Adventure June 07, 2016

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/08/2016 to 05/20/2016 with

UPCES - Study Abroad in Prague (CERGE-EI, Charles University)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A new worldview and perspective and how to live independently.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 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:

* 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

Incredible, life-changing semester.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy groceries and plan trips early.

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
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Prague
  • People
* What could be improved?
  • Midterm/Final Schedule
  • Class Length
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The ins and outs of the city. Also, take advantage of your time abroad-it flew by.

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Environmental Economics

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Jana Krucova
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Extremely boring course. Consists of weekly quiz followed by a summary of 20-35 pages of notes in slide form. Very easy to become disengaged and did not feel like I took much away from the course.
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The Housing Market in a Central European Context

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Martin Lux
Instruction Language: English
Comments: My favorite course in Prague. The professor is a leading expert in the field and it was clear in his lectures. Material is very interesting. Very tough midterm test but grading is fair.
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Czech Language

Course Department: Language
Instructor: Silvie Převrátilová
Instruction Language: Czech/English
Comments: Great course and professor. Kept the class engaged at 8:20 and the content of the course was almost completely conversational which was useful for navigating around the city.
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