Prague was fun. August 05, 2018

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/05/2018 to 05/17/2018 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about Central European culture as well as the affect that the Soviet Union had on Eastern and Central Europe.

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

The culture shock was difficult at first because of the cold weather and the time change.


* 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? Shop at the grocery store.


* 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? None
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Stay on top of your language studies. It is easy to get behind and lost.

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?

Select all that apply

  • 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 faculty
  • The students
* What could be improved?
  • Spacing out the course work more
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That it would be very cold at the beginning of the spring. And that Czech is maybe the hardest European language to learn.

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

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Comprehending The Holocaust

Course Department: Humanities
Instructor: Michael Placzek
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Great content, awesome professor.
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Course Department: Psychology
Instructor: Rorabach
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Very little structure to the course. I found it hard to follow along in class.
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Film as a mirror of culture

Course Department: Film
Instructor: Tereza Brdeckova
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Professor was very knowledgeable on the subject. She was very interesting during her lectures and the films were a great way to understand Czech culture.
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Human Journeys

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Instructor: Lucia Najslova
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The reading material was challenging and informative. I learned a lot about the migration crisis.
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Elementary Czech

Course Department: Czech
Instructor: Petra Bulejcikova
Instruction Language: English/Czech
Comments: The professor was awesome. She was very enthusiastic about teaching Czech. She was very supportive of her students and wanted the best for them.
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