Prague is dope August 11, 2016

By (The College of New Jersey) - 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?
I gained international traveling experience and learned to enjoy every moment of it. Going abroad is about taking advantage of every opportunity you are given: never say no when you get invited to visit a new place, or try something new!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

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

Prague is an amazing city with such rich history. It blew me away how easy and affordable it was to live there. The people I met in this program were the best, it was so much fun to explore Prague and travel around together!

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? less than $40/wk if I was not traveling to other countries
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Shop at Albert and cook your own food as much as you can to save! Save going out to eat when you are invited with friends, or when you are traveling around

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? no czech at all
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? try to practice at every opportunity you go into stores/restaurants

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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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people
  • The free trips
  • The program directors
* What could be improved?
  • The housing arrangement process
  • Integrating students with Charles University
  • Showing students around Prague on the first night
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How to travel around Europe for cheap. It took a few expensive flights/ buses for me to figure out the good websites to use for booking everything

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.