Run it Back January 28, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/09/2018 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?
Worthwhile? Absolutely. I learned about myself and the world. I learned how to make decisions for myself. I learned how to live and work well with a group in difficult situations. I learned how to make the most of opportunities. I learned how to maintain a positive attitude.

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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.

Teachers were very intellegent, work was low stress and very interesting.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

UPCES are the best - friendly and funny. Always provide a nice lunch spread.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Nicest place I've ever lived.

* Food:

Goulash, Schnitzel, and Pilsner Urquel!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt very safe.

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

Run it Back means I wish I could do it all over. I made amazing friends who I miss dearly. I saw beautiful sights. I had the most fun of my entire life. I wish I could run it back.

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)

Prague is very cheap. You can live on very little money. Because its cheap I ended up buying more than i usually do so it evened out.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150 not including travel expenses.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook when you can. Make your own coffee. Use good atms and conversion desks.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

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?
  • My peers
  • Trip to Krakow
  • My Czech teacher
* What could be improved?
  • More athletic oppurtunities
  • Shorter, more frequent classes
  • More in class activities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It doesn't get that cold. Travel as much as possible. Classes are 3 hour lectures. Harleys.

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:

Czech Class

Course Department: Language
Instructor: Petra
Instruction Language: Czech
Comments: Czech class is super fun! Its very low maintenance. Its meant to be a fun class where you learn the skills you need to function in the Czech Republic. Its early in the morning but always a great way to start the day. The teachers are the best!
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