Blissful January 07, 2019

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 about international travel, particularly in cities as well as a ton of history of Eastern Europe. I have a new understanding of foreign cultures, and getting an immersive feel for individuals living in other areas of the world expanded my horizons. I feel more confident living alone in a city and gained a new perspective for city life.

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.

Learned more than I expected to in classes, was given all necessary tools to succeed

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very personable and helpful

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living in an apartment was wonderful

* 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

I had so many memorable experiences and had an ideal school/life balance for an abroad semester. Prague's location makes it easy to travel, and I met many good friends during my time there.

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)

Without travel expenses, you could easily get by under $150 a week, but Prague is relatively cheap overall.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be careful with money conversion places and ATMs, stay away from restaurants near Old Town Square.

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

The program taught us applicable Czech to use in places like restaurants and grocery stores.

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? None
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Come in with an open mind!

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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  • Americans
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?
  • Kind and engaging professors
  • Wide variety of available courses
  • In the best city for abroad study
* What could be improved?
  • Finals material - amount of essays was stressful and a bit overboard
  • more clear curriculum in most classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how much there was to explore in prague and better researched more things to do prior to arriving

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:

Housing Market

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Martin Lux
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Great course, very interesting and informative. Covers historical and economic information to help you understand the housing market in a central european context. Graded on exams and paper.
Credit Transfer Issues: have not yet tried.
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Comprehending the Holocaust

Course Department: History
Instructor: Plzak
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Amazing, unbelievably informative course. Instructor was incredibly knowledgeable, cared about the students, gave reasonable assignments, and was very good at lecturing.
Credit Transfer Issues: have not yet tried
Course Name/Rating:

Prague as a Living History

Course Department: Art history
Instructor: Ondrej
Instruction Language:
Comments: Fantastic course. Not challenging but a great way to get to know Prague and infinitely interesting and immersive.
Credit Transfer Issues: Have not tried yet.
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Environmental Economics

Course Department:
Instructor: Jana Krajcova
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Good informative course, very fairly graded, assessed through exam, a presentation, and frequent quizzes.
Credit Transfer Issues: Have not yet attempted to transfer credit
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Elementary Czech

Course Department:
Instructor: Petra
Instruction Language: Czech
Comments: It was enjoyable and I learned a ton. Very applicable curriculum. Teacher was kind and engaged. Very immersive and interactive, and was assessed through exams and quizzes as well as participation.
Credit Transfer Issues: haven't tried to transfer yet