Great program in the most amazing city in the world. Want to go back. July 06, 2016

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/08/2016 to 05/19/2016 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about being independent from living in an apartment. I really had to get out of my comfort zone. Made awesome friends that will last a lifetime as well.

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.

Classes and teachers were very interesting and challenged students

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Awesome staff

* 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

UPCES staff and teachers were brilliant. Great trips planned for us and great guidance along the way in a city where none of us spoke the language to start.

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? AVOID the touristy restaurants. Plenty of cheap places and grocery stores off the main tourist areas.

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? None
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? Practice makes perfect. Talk to your friends in Czech. Fun language. Friendly people to have interactions with in Prague

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Freedom
  • Trips
  • Friendly
* What could be improved?
  • More support staff
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To appreciate the time I had abroad more

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:

Housing Market in the Central European Context

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Martin Lux
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Most challenging class. Took field trip to see communist housing. Teacher knew as much about the subject as anyone in the world I believe. Attended 100% of classes - needed to do well. Midterm was very challenging
Credit Transfer Issues: I don't think so. I would suggest this class to students at Middlebury because Middlebury doesn't really offer any housing market classes