Trip of a lifetime February 12, 2019

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?
Very worthwhile. I learned to find comfort in uncertainty.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Classes and materials were interesting, supplemented with a lot of exploration of Prague and access to museums.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration was very helpful and made me feel comfortable during my stay in Prague!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

David Erdos was trustworthy and respectful and he provided us with a really comfortable and nice apartment.

* Food:

Lots of food options, not limited to Czech cuisine!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

You had to go out of your way to interact with true Czech citizens, i.e, get out of the main touristy part of Prague in which we lived.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had no experience with healthcare, but the program outlined where to go for help if needed.

* Safety:

Felt very safe, especially in my apartment. Did not feel unsafe walking alone or walking around at night.

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

They were helpful, accommodating, and fun to be around!

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)

Easy, Prague is inexpensive. Especially if you grocery shop and cook food.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Less than 100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook for yourself! Public transportation instead of taxis/ uber

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

Classes were in english but we practiced basic greetings with professors in other courses.

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? N/A
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? Practice in restaurants and stores!

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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Courses
  • Program trips and events
  • Krakow trip
* What could be improved?
  • Better study spaces
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Learning about the history of another country is important to understanding the modern day culture and societal norms

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:

Comprehending the Holocaust

Course Department: History
Instructor: Michal Plzak
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Favorite course by far! Extremely informative and very interesting to learn about the Holocaust with a European lense. We visited Auschwitz and Terezin, which was very moving and brought the content of the course to life.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Czech

Course Department: Language
Instructor: Petra Bulejicova
Instruction Language: Czech
Comments: Petra was my favorite professor! Truly felt confident speaking Czech in stores or in restaurants. I really enjoyed working with her and she had a very effective way of teaching a language.
Credit Transfer Issues: Email the registrar
Course Name/Rating:

Film as a Mirror of Ideology

Course Department: FIlm
Instructor: Tereza Brdeckova
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Not challenging, but gained a lot of insight into pre and post communist society through authentic Czech films. Very interesting!
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Prague as a Living History

Course Department: History
Instructor: Vera
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Kind of boring, but there's a very rich history in PRague. If you complete all the readings that complement each class, you will learn a lot! You will see many things in Prague that you wouldn't know to see on your own. Great way to explore the city.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
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Sociology as the Surrealistic Prague Experience

Course Department: SOC
Instructor: Ewa Grigar
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The professor was great! She truly cares about teaching, learning, and about her students. She took us on many informative field trips to relevant museums.
Credit Transfer Issues: No