Abroad in Prague July 28, 2016

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/15/2014 to 12/15/2014 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A little Czech and a lot of fun

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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

A lot of fun, easy to travel

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? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? No

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? HS Spanish
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? No

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

  • Americans
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?
  • Relative freedom
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Housing

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Martin Lux
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Interesting material, good insight into how domestic crisis affected foreign markets.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Understanding the Holocaust

Course Department: History
Instructor: Plzak
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Super interesting material.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Intro to Czech

Course Department: Language
Instructor: --
Instruction Language: Czech
Comments: Moderately challenging. Field trips to markets and cafes to practice the language were fun and helpful.
Credit Transfer Issues: No