Staying in Prague was an amazing experience that I'd recommend to anyone thinking of studying abroad. CIEE goes above and beyond to ensure that each of their students has a great time and offer very nice extra-curricular activities such as wine tastings, free trips to different cities around the Czech Republic and Europe as well, and an opportunity to teach English to Czech elementary schoolers. The classes are not too hard, so I had a lot of free time to explore Prague and take weekend trips to the surrounding countries in Europe.
Deciding to study abroad was a great decision and I am so grateful of all my experiences studying with CIEE in Prague. It was incredible easy to adjust to the host country and even easier to make friends. CIEE provides lots of fun activities within Prague and trips outside of your country as well. Some of my favorites include our trip to Budapest, Czech cooking Classes, and the Nutcracker Ballet. Prague is very safe and very easy to navigate, if you decide to join CIEE Prague, you will never run out of things to do. The best part about this whole experience is the relationships you leave with! Very much worth it!
I would highly recommend studying abroad in Santiago! As a Spanish minor who primarily came to improve my Spanish skills, I will say that learning Chilean Spanish has been tough but has proven to be very rewarding and promising for the future. The city of Santiago is great and I have been able to meet a diverse group of friendly, warm, and genuinely kind people. Learning about Chile's social and political history as well has been very interesting and shed light on a lot of transnational issues.
You Don't Need To Go To The UK To Ride A Double-Decker Bus and Drink 20 Cups of Tea A Day
Nov 18, 2023
My only prior experience with the city has been day trips to Chicago, so I've been stunned by how much Everything is Everywhere! I've found amazing (and cheap!) local theater shows, which I recommend to all Spanish-learners, just by clicking around GoogleMaps. The farmers' markets are marvelous; blocks of fresh cheese for $5? Salted peanuts for $2? $1 avocados? Sí, por favor! Artisan fairs also darling: Barrio Italia's is stunning. Rode a double-decker bus to / from Valparaíso (a must-see). The tea is good, the pisco sour is better, and the boxed milk is fine if you don't drink it straight up!
Efficient public transit -- cheap, quick, and with stations at convenient locations.
General friendliness; people will slow down their Spanish / speak in English when they tell you're from abroad.
Pickpockets; I've been fortunate enough to not have had my phone stolen, but another student in my program had her's stolen twice. Be careful out there!
Have general awareness about political events and demonstrations; I went out for dinner with some friends, sat on the roof patio, but we all were rubbing our eyes. Turns out below us trash piles were on fire and the police were spraying teargas. Yikes.
All these pharmacies, yet I can't find one (1) jar of Vaseline?
Amazing program every which way. Consistent schedule, fabulous academics, great people, and wonderful travels- what could be bad? So many different locations offered with helpful staff and people. Coordinate lots of fabulous group activities and offer amazing educational experiences. Such a great learning and growing experience navigating different cities and new cultures. Met friends that will last a lifetime and travel memories that will last always and forever. If it wasn’t for CIEE I wouldn’t have been to Europe at all
Super fun classes with really engaging professors and lots of field trips. The center staff are really helpful too. Housing is clean and comfortable. The center is in a great location in the heart of the city at Puerta del Sol!
I love the Open Campus Block program because it let me study for one block (six weeks) before my regular school started (quarter system). But some people stayed longer or moved to another city. Such a unique and flexible program!
You will meet a lot of really cool people :)
I really loved joining CIEE Rome and getting to explore everything the host culture had to offer. One thing I got out of the experience that was unexpected, was a different way of learning the curriculum. The staff was very passionate about the class subjects and made it an interesting and engaged process. we were able to learn both in the classroom and outside by participating and walking tours, excursions and events. If you have this once in a lifetime opportunity, I would definitely suggest taking it and making the most out of it! It will be an experience and a memory forever. ♥️
Overall my experience with this program was great! It would have been nice to have better communication from CIEE staff prior to program but once in Japan I felt I didn't need that much because you have total freedom and there were not many instances for me personally where I felt I needed to reach out.
My time in Japan was amazing, I was able to explore so much of Tokyo and visit other parts of Japan like Hakone, Kyoto, Osaka and Kamakura. Made so many amazing friends and it was fun to experience Japan with them. I was sad to leave at the end of the 6 weeks and had so much more I wanted to do but its a great way to spend more time in Japan than you would on an ordinary trip. Japan is such an incredible country and I would recommend this to anyone who has any interest in Japan.
My experience was very unique because first of all, a whole new culture. I came into it not knowing what to expect and little study about the country and I was blown away. From learning about tapas and siesta time to experiencing flamenco shows and amazing site visits such as the palace. Everything felt surreal and the friends I made here are sure to be lifelong ones that I will stay in touch with. A bonus is that traveling to nearby places is cheap such as Barcelona or Majorca and can be done over the weekend
For my CIEE Open Campus Program I visited Rome for my first six week block. This program is perfectly designed for students whose main goal while studying abroad is to travel to multiple locations. The class schedule is Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, so Wednesdays are perfect for exploring around the city and your neighborhood and the three day weekends make traveling to new locations in Italy super convenient! While the classes are each 2.5 hours long, it is necessary in order to complete the course credit hours due to the shortened program of only 6 weeks compared to most other schools which generally last the entire semester (approximately 14/15 weeks). The program offered an included overnight trip to Pompeii and Paestem that was no additional charge for students. CIEE also provided opportunities to sign up for events around the city of Rome like pizza making classes, gelato tastings, bike tours, and more - also at no additional cost for students! These were a great way to explore the host city while saving some money which was super valuable for me as a college student! Also, the courses I enrolled in were based around Rome (specifically the architecture and museums in Rome) and they included numerous On-Site visits to different ancient ruins, monuments, and museums all over the city! This was also a great way to get familiar with the large city.
Abundance of Resources from the On-Site staff for many varying concerns and questions
3 day weekends every weekend - perfect for traveling to other locations
Plethora of activities, and excursions offered by the program at no additional cost to students
Communication of Itinerary's for group trips, excursions, etc. were sent out with just a few days notice before events