Praha: The Best Four Months of My Life! Past Review

By (Elementary Education/English, University of Maine at Orono) for

USAC Czech Republic: Prague - Politics, Culture, and the Arts

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
City was so safe- walking around at night and all was a worry-free experience. Best 4 months of my life- I'd recommend Prague to anyone. Definitely different, but in the best way possible.

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.

Classes were interesting and worthwhile, workload was lighter than what I was used to, teaching was similar to what i was used to because one of my professors was British and the other was visiting from Boise State.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very helpful staff both in the states and in Prague. (Not as helpful after we left).

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Pretty great apartments, fully equipped, close to bars and restaurants, half hour from school (but it wasn't bad at all). Didn't get housing deposit back for no reason.

* Food:

YUMMMM I miss Czech food!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Weekend and day trips were great, lots of fun stuff always going on in Praha.

* 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


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

The first two weeks we were there were dedicated to an intensive Czech language course. Very helpful for reading menus, lots of people spoke some English.

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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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The city
  • helpful people in the states
  • The easiness of travel
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Loved that I could take English classes but not be in an English speaking country. There was nothing I didn't like.