A great semester July 18, 2016

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/14/2015 to 12/18/2015 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 both in and outside of the classroom. Being in a foreign country where I didn't know the language taught me a lot about being independent.

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

The classes I took were genuinely some of the most interesting that I have taken in college. Trips were also well planned and educational.

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)

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

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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Courses were great
  • Trips were fun and educational
* What could be improved?
  • Orientation was a little drawn out
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing the transition was pretty easy.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Economics of Transition

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Kresmir
Instruction Language: English
Comments: A great economics course that goes into details on the economic struggles of the Czech Republic before, during and after their transition from communism to capitalism.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
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Housing Market in a Central European Context

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Martin Lux
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class was one of the most interesting economics courses I have taken in my time in college. Professor Lux is extremely knowledgable and we learned a great deal about the transition from communism to capitalism and its affects on the economy of Central Europe.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
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Prague a Living History

Course Department: History
Instructor:
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class brought us to many parts of the city that I wouldn't have found or learned about on my own. This course is really the best way to learn about the city.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
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Life and Culture in a Totalitarian Regime

Course Department: History
Instructor: Barbara Day
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was a fascinating course that taught me a lot about the lives of the Czech people prior to the fall of communism. We learned a lot about the influence of the Soviet Union and the eventual revolution that lead to the fall of communism.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
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Elementary Czech Language

Course Department: Czech
Instructor: Silva
Instruction Language: Czech
Comments: Czech was challenging as I am usually not very strong with languages but I learned a lot of applicable information for my time in Prague
Credit Transfer Issues: No.