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Univerzita Karlova

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4.15 / 5 based on 135 reviews
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Christina K
University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, AIFS
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Czech is such a difficult language to learn that overall the locals appreciate an effort to speak in it, but assuming they speak English, they'll switch over to that.
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Christina K
University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, AIFS
Academic
Course recommendations
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
none
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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Christina K
University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, AIFS
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Other
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Other
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
Travel was the only big budget item as the other items were included in the fees and the cheap prices kept me from overspending. I traveled around Europe and within the CZ a lot for long weekends, spring break, and for a few weeks after my semester in Prague ended.
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Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Telephone, Overall:
was the same price as at home.
Housing, Nightlife:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Don't go to the ATM ("Bankomat") too often as the exchange rate fluctuates and there are fees attached to using a non-home bank's ATM.
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Christina K
University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, AIFS
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I knew how difficult it would be to meet locals. Meeting people while traveling was easy, such as in hostels, bars, and on tours, but in Prague, the complexity of the culture as well as the language barrier prevented a meeting more locals.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
4
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Don't expect a very rigorous course of study, as the English-speaking department is rather new and not the focus of the university. Take classes that you might not take -- art history, theatre -- to experience Czech culture.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
2
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Go to Berlin -- 4 hours from Prague. Europe is still cold in May, so bring a warm jacket.
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Christina K
University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, AIFS
Housing
Type of housing: Off campus dorm for international students
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Same dorm
Why?
While it wasn't physically the best location, living in an apartment would have separated me from other international students. Also, homestays we not available through my program but I would definitely be interested in doing one in the future.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The building was very communist, but included all of the essentials. The beds were hard as rock, but I got used to that. The dorm was certainly part of the overall experience.
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Christina K
University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, United States
Literature, Undergraduate, AIFS
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Travel, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
I really enjoyed a jazz club called U Maleho Glena (At Little Glen's) that featured live jazz/blues every night in a tiny but cozy downstairs room. Bar Bar was my favorite, relaxed bar and a really good spot to chat or have lively debates with friends. Club Vagon was a good rock club. German and Eastern European bands were features along with cover bands of the Beatles, the Stones, and Nirvana. The beer here was very cheap and the crowd was twentysomethings.
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