Best Semester Ever Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/06/2017 to 05/18/2017 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much knowledge about places I never expected to ever visit.

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

UPCES was perfect.


* 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)

Prague was great a cheap


* 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
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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 Classes
  • Prague
* What could be improved?
  • Some credit requirements
  • Living for students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How interesting the courses provided by UPCES are.

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:

Urban Anthropology

Course Department: History
Instructor: Lucia Stefankova
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class was great and applied to more places than just Prague. Learned a lot about European cities and their composition
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Elementary Czech Language

Course Department: Czech
Instructor: Světlana Králová
Instruction Language: Czech
Comments: Very interesting to learn the language of the country I was living in and apply it to real world situations.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Comprehending the Holocaust

Course Department: History
Instructor: Michal Plzak
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was my favorite class and it was fascinating to learn about aspects of the Holocaust I never learned about.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Art, Architecture and Propaganda under Socialism

Course Department: Art History
Instructor: Blanka Nyklova, Petr Gibas
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was my most difficult class but was taught very well. It was also very applicable to my time in Prague
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Prague as a Living History

Course Department: History
Instructor: Ondres
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class was awesome. We were well prepared and the teacher always made sure the class was focused and interested.
Credit Transfer Issues: No