Growing Experience October 27, 2016

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/07/2015 to 12/17/2015 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 about myself. I believe I crew as an individual and also my independence grew.

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.

I felt like the teachers were not amazing but not bad. I learned a little bit but not a ton.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Administration was very helpful and always available

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Yes

* 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

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? N/A

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? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? N/A
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? N/A

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
  • International Students
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?
  • Friends I met
* What could be improved?
  • Courses
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To focus on being present in the abroad experience and don't worry about what is going on at home.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Global Communication

Course Department:
Instructor:
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I felt that I learned a lot but my final grade did not reflect what I believe I should have received.
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Course Name/Rating:

Prague as a Living History

Course Department:
Instructor:
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Amazing course.
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Course Name/Rating:

Czech

Course Department:
Instructor: Petra
Instruction Language: Czech
Comments: I did not retain much Czech but I thought it was taught well.
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Course Name/Rating:

European- American Relations in the 21st Century

Course Department:
Instructor: Doc. Ing. Josef Zineleniec, CSc.
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Great Professor
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European Integration Why & How

Course Department:
Instructor: Lucia Najslova
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Yes, however I felt that she was not fair on exams.
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