Incredible July 07, 2016

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/07/2016 to 05/18/2016 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
friendships and memories that will last a lifetime

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

amazing program. amazing people. would not change a thing

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)

spent every penny to my name but totally worth it. Spent around $6,000 in 3 months. so $500 a week

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Learn to cook!

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? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? level 3
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? Do your homework and make flashcards!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • people
  • professors
  • classrooms
* What could be improved?
  • czech class
  • review sessions
  • professor relationships at times - more personal
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? how to speak czech

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Global Communications

Course Department: Communications
Instructor:
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course was a bit dull at times but the knowledge I gained from it was certainly useful and of value.
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Human relations in Czech and American Film

Course Department: Film
Instructor: Dan Shannahan
Instruction Language: Enlgish
Comments: This course was very eye opening and engaging. We got to watch some really interesting movies and have great class discussions on meaningful topics. Would definitely recommend
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Czech Language Elementary

Course Department: Czech
Instructor:
Instruction Language: Czech
Comments: This professor moved way too quickly and when compared to the other teachers was not sympathetic of students troubles nor was she understanding from a grading perspective. Much too demanding for an entry level class and inaccurate evaluations when it came to participating
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Prague as a living history

Course Department: history
Instructor:
Instruction Language: english
Comments: Yes this class was awesome we got to tour the entire city... very interesting a great professor
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Global Communications

Course Department: Communications
Instructor:
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course was a bit dull at times but the knowledge I gained from it was certainly useful and of value.
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