Best Semester Ever!!!!! December 27, 2018

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/10/2018 to 12/15/2018 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned a lot about Czech culture. Extremely worthwhile experience. Great to live on your own in a big city.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Classes are not too difficult.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Helpful young staff.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great apartment in the center of Old Town.

* Food:

Lots of different food options.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The culture of Prague is fantastic. Great food and beer for reasonable prices.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Never had any issues being robbed, pickpocketed, etc. but happens if you are not careful.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Easily would study abroad in Prague again. Best time of my life.

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)

At least $100 a week without including travel. Is definitely an expensive semester, but nothing in comparison to doing a semester in say Copenhagen.

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? Eat-in on weeks when you are spending a lot of money. Find cheap places to eat.

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

Spoke Czech at restaurants and supermarkets.

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? AP Spanish
How many hours per day did you use the language?

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
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 culture of Prague.
* What could be improved?
  • Shorter orientation.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? People drink a lot of beer in Prague.

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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Beginner Czech

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Instructor: Petra
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Comments: Great professor, very fun class. 8:20 am start.
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Prague as a Living History

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Comments: Field trip around Prague every class. Does it get better?!
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Baroque, Gothic, and Modern : Arts in Bohemia

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Comments: If you want to look at art and go to museums this class is a must. Awesome professor.
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Economics of Transition

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Comments: Grading was difficult.
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Comprehending the Holocaust

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Comments: Awesome class with a really great professor.
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