Amazing experience with a lot of highs and lows that I will never forget. December 21, 2018

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/10/2018 to 12/14/2018 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot, it is impossible to put into a short description but I would definitely say it was worth while.

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.

* 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? No

I thought the general lack of accommodations and professors was highly unsatisfactory.

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? 300

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? Latin II
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
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?
  • The city
  • Experiencing a new culture
  • The trips
* What could be improved?
  • the professors
  • the food
  • the housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Stay positive and try to enjoy every minture

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Czech Language

Course Department: Language
Instructor: marie caruccio
Instruction Language: Czech and English
Comments: This class was very challenging for me but Marie was a tremendous help. I did not enjoy learning a new language but I thought Marie did a great job of teaching it. She was an amazing teacher.
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Prague as a Living History

Course Department:
Instructor: Pavel Soukup
Instruction Language: Czech and English
Comments: This class did a great job creating an interactive learning atmosphere for me and the other students. We used historic sites and buildings to help explain the extensive history that Prague has to offer. I enjoyed it.
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Housing Market in Central European Context

Course Department: Econ
Instructor: Martin Lux
Instruction Language: Czech and English
Comments: I thought this class was quite good. Martin Lux really knew his stuff and having a professor that was so accomplished in his field made the course very interesting.
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Comprehending the Holocaust

Course Department:
Instructor: Michal Platz
Instruction Language: English and Czech
Comments: This was my favorite class while abroad. Michal was great and I loved learning from him.
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Economics of Transition

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Kresimir Zigic
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I thought this class material was interesting but the first teacher, Kresimir was the worst teacher I've had in my college career. He was inconsiderate and not understanding of my academic accommodations and did not seem to value the importance of our grades. A great example of this would be him saying "I am grading your mid terms quite harshly actually. But don't worry they are only 25% of your grade, basically nothing that matters."
Credit Transfer Issues: I haven't tried yet but people have in the past so I don't think there will be any problems.