A sense of home that I never thought I'd have July 02, 2018

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/05/2018 to 05/18/2018 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Super worthwhile, gained a lot of knowledge about Eastern Europe and also learned a lot about how I can be independent and navigate a foreign country.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

What was expected was clearly outlined-- course work was explained well and of appropriate difficulty. Exam week rigor was definitely more intense than overall semester, but expected. Resources available and helpful.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

No meal plan but expected. Meals are cheap if you know where to go!

* 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

Something I really appreciated was how we were introduced to the whole program-- the week-long orientation was super, super helpful. I loved all of the UCPES people.


* 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? $40-$50/week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy/share groceries-- do not get caught by tourist traps, because there are very, very cheap restaurants here.


* 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

in Czech class!

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

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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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • COmprehending the Holocautst
  • Elementary Czech
  • The students/teachers
* What could be improved?
  • n/a
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? More about housing

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Comprehending the Holocaust

Course Department:
Instructor: Plzak
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This is a must-take class-- challenging in a great way-- to think about the Holocaust in a way one never would get the chance to otherwise.
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Course Name/Rating:

Elementary Czech

Course Department:
Instructor: Silvia
Instruction Language: Czech/English
Comments: Loved having Czech-- it is taught super early, but it really teaches you about Czech culture and how to integrate. It is super interactive and I love that it is required.
Credit Transfer Issues: