The best three months of my college experience! January 12, 2023

By (Economics, Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/10/2023 to 12/16/2022 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained deeper relationships, a great sense of the world, and a greater understanding of European history. My experience was 100% worthwhile.

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.

* 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? Yes

I had a blast and the program offered a bunch of opportunities to travel and learn more about Prague.


* 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? $80


* 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? Intro Czech
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? Immerse in the culture as much as possible and meet new people.

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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The school trips
  • living in Prague
* What could be improved?
  • nothing, i loved it!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I went in not knowing much so everything was new and a surprise. There was nothing I wish that I knew because it made the experience even more special.

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: unsure
Instructor: Professor Plazik
Instruction Language: english
Comments: Yes, this was the best class I've ever taken. The professor was incredible, and we had numerous research projects and exams.
Credit Transfer Issues: no
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Digital and Cryptocurrencies

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Professor Branislav
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Yes, this course was challenging and very applicable to the real world. The teacher was always well prepared and prompted engaging discussions. We were assessed with homework and exams.
Credit Transfer Issues: No.
Course Name/Rating:

Behavioral Finance

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Prof. Levinsky
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The course was very challenging and required a lot of economic theory knowledge. We were assessed with exams and the teacher was very intelligent.
Credit Transfer Issues: Unsure, still need to transfer them.
Course Name/Rating:

Intro Czech

Course Department:
Instructor: Prof. Skibkova
Instruction Language: Czech
Comments: Yes this class was challenging in learning a new language. I learned a lot and we were assessed through quizzes, exams, and homework.
Credit Transfer Issues: NA
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Prague as a Living History

Course Department:
Instructor: Prof. Skripnik
Instruction Language: Engish
Comments: I loved this course and learned so much about Prague in the process. We had field trips every class and were assessed through presentations and exams.
Credit Transfer Issues: NA