CEA Study Abroad in Prague, Czech Republic

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Study in the heart of ancient Bohemia: Prague! With a growing economy, vibrant art and music scenes, an influential intellectual community, and architectural styles ranging from Gothic to Baroque to Art Nouveau, Prague is an ideal setting in which to explore Czech culture. Study abroad in the city that Mozart, Kundera, Rilke, and Einstein called home… and discover the magic of Prague for yourself.

CEA students choose from more than 100 courses, taught in English, across five schools at the Anglo-American University (AAU), Prague’s oldest private university. Subject areas include communication, business, Political Science, and more.

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based on 26 reviews
  • Academics 7.2
  • Support 8.9
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 9.4
  • Safety 9.2
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How Studying Abroad Impacted My Life Post-Program

The weeks and days leading up to my departure for the Czech Republic, I was excited and nervous in the best way. I was excited because I could already tell this was going to be the best semester of my college career (I was right). But I was still nervous because this was the first time I was going to be fully on my own and more than a few hours away from my parents. I don't get home sick in the slightest, but there's somewhat of a fear factor about being in a complete other country than your friends and family. Fast forward four months to the last few days of my time abroad, and there is not one part of me that wants to come home. It felt like I had just arrived in Prague and I still had so much more I wanted to see and do. But that's one of the good parts about studying abroad, you know you can always go back.
I'm so thankful for the months I got to spend not only in Prague, but traveling and exploring ten countries and countless cities with new friends I had made. I learned so much that I could never have learned if I wasn't experiencing it hands on and in person. So, I would like to share with you the most important thing I learned and have carried with me since being back from abroad and how it has impacted my life.
Culture shock! Yes, people in other countries behave and act differently in their day to day activities than we do here in America. Crazy, I know. This is one of the most beneficial things I could have learned in my time abroad and I am so thankful I did. I was fortunate enough to have class with students who were not only from the Czech Republic, but also from countries including Spain, Russia, Morocco, Egypt, and more! Interacting with these students and just hearing about their lives in their home countries was some of the most interesting times I had while on campus at AAU. I knew that people in other countries went about life differently than me, but I never really knew what kind of different.
This is something very important to cary with you post-graduation in the "real world" when you get your first job and are finally employed. When I graduate in 3 months (yikes!) and will hopefully be employed, I will be working with people who come from a variety of different backgrounds, and that's okay! I have gained a greater understanding and appreciation for people who aren't exactly like me and about their cultures language, beliefs, and history.

Yes, I recommend
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Great City to Study In!

The Czech Republic is an absolutely amazing country and Prague is one of my favorite cities I've ever been to. It's charming, full of history and so many different areas to explore.

Students live all around the city with 1-5 other people. You can opt for a single or shared bedroom. The housing is comfortable and there's weekly house cleaners for the communal areas. The kitchens come stocked with supplies and the bedrooms have pillows and comforters, each student just needs to buy sheets and pillow cases.

The program offers one overnight and two day trip excursions throughout the Czech Republic. There's also some shorter activities within the city (brewery tour, hockey game, opera, bomb shelter tour - to name a handful) that are offered on weekdays. Furthermore, there's 3 exercise classes each week and days dedicated to pastries and fruit at the program center. All excursions and activities are included in the price of the program.

Program Center:
The program center is very close to campus and has a nice study space. There's not always a ton of people at the center, but it's a nice place to get some tea/ coffee, print something out or relax a little.

Program Staff:
There's different staff members for academics, excursions, housing, etc so it's easy to know who to go to for help. In my experience, the staff was very friendly.

Classes are taken at Anglo American University, a small private school very close to the Vltava River and Charles Bridge. The school has about 800 students total, about 1/4 of which are study abroad students. Some classes have almost all study abroad students, like Czech Language, but other classes have a mixture of international students and Americans. There's also a cafe on campus which is really nice for getting a snack between classes. Except for a few classes, I believe almost all classes meet once a week for 2 hours and 45 minutes.

How can this program be improved?
The orientation process could be lengthened. It was nice that it wasn't dragged on (it was about half a day), but a little more structure at the beginning would have been helpful. My friends and I were unsure of what to do in our time and some program sponsored activities would have been nice.
Yes, I recommend
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Study abroad is what you make of it. Make sure you do your research before you go and make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. Everyone says it will be the best four months of your life and in ways it is. But don't forget, just like any other experience in life, there are ups and downs. There is so much hype to have a lot of fun and to have a positive experience--it almost sets unrealistic expectations. If you are struggling with the culture shock or the language barrier, you are not alone. If you are homesick or lonely, you are not alone either. There is so much pressure to capture that instagram-able moment and people tend to highlight what is going well in their life when posting about experiences. Don't get me wrong, studying abroad truly is such a wonderful experience. Take advantage of this freedom you likely won't have once you graduate college. Prague is a beautiful city--there is so much to do and so much to eat, but, the locals are not very friendly. It is a quiet city and the czech culture is very different from what we are used to.

How can this program be improved?
I think CEA employees should be more involved in the study abroad experience. It felt like I was dumped in a foreign city.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

We appreciate your honest feedback and think others will benefit from the thoughts you have shared. At CEA, we work hard to connect with students from the time they arrive and are met at the airport through our extensive Arrival Orientation onsite, throughout their program, and, unless they have selected independent housing, during regular housing checks-in. In addition, CEA creates excursions and wellness activities that provide opportunities for students and staff to share their experiences and learn about the culture.

Your review highlights the importance of thinking critically about a destination. Before your travel, be sure to answer these questions and make an informed decision:

• Does the destination appeal specifically to you?
• Are you comfortable exploring a city on your own?
• Would you prefer to travel alone, or would you prefer to have friends travel with you?
• Have you been exposed to the local language?
• Do you prefer to take in sights and enjoy nightlife or would you prefer to explore cultural and historical interests while abroad?
• Will you be comfortable with being immersed in a culture you do not know?

By answering these questions before traveling, you are more likely to have success abroad. It is important to remember that study abroad is about self-discovery as much as it is about academic discovery. Even when an experience doesn’t measure up to our expectations, there are always great opportunities to learn and grow.

No, I don't recommend
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Czech out this program

I have nothing but amazing things to say about this program. Not only did it change my life, I had experiences and made friends that are incredible beyond words. CEA does an excellent job of preparing, hosting, and supporting your entire study abroad experience. From excursions to helpful staff members, loaning travel books and providing fitness activities, they make your experience in Prague extremely well-rounded and allow you to integrate into the community like a local. My apartment, located in the heart of the city next to regular Czechs, was one of my favorite aspects. Not only was it a place to call home each day, it was a way that I felt fully rooted in the community of the culture. Prague is a perfectly-central location that makes travel to and from quite easy. Being landlocked, bus and train land travel can be done quickly and affordably. The city itself is very inexpensive and perfect for a student. Because it is further east, it attracts fewer tourists and allows students to feel like an actual citizen rather than simply a visiting tourist. The culture is so unique and genuine. I could write pages on why my experience was incredible and if you're reading this, I encourage you to start your application for the CEA Prague program NOW!

Yes, I recommend
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Study Abroad: Prague

I highly enjoyed my study abroad in Prague! It was such a great and unique experience that I will carry with me the rest of my life. The academics at Anglo American University were great, the new places I visted in the Czech Republic and in other European countries were fun, and all the art and culture I experienced were eye opening. CEA made the transition to Prague easy and the nice people at CEA made it very hard to leave! Studying abroad in Prague was a great resume builder, and if anything, makes for a great conversation. I highly recommend CEA to anyone else trying to study abroad.

Yes, I recommend
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Praha, Ooh La La

I studied abroad on a whim, and originally kind of forced myself out of my comfort zone. I was incredibly nervous and not sure if I made the right decision. However, after about 2 days in Prague, I quickly realized it was the best decision I had ever made. The city itself is like a fairytale, and there is something new around every corner. CEA made my experience unforgettable, and was there to help me every step of the way. (Even when I was hurt and had to go to urgent care!) I 100% studying abroad in Prague to anyone, and particularly through CEA. I had the time of my life, and it would not have been the same if it were not through CEA, and the people that I met throughout.

How can this program be improved?
To be honest, there is nothing I can think of! Compared to some friends I have that studied abroad through other programs, CEA went above and beyond and created an awesome experience for me.
Yes, I recommend
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I really enjoyed my time in Prague and CEA made it very easy to get help whenever I needed it. The office staff was prompt at responding to emails and were always available for office hours so you can go in and ask questions in person. They planned options excursions to fun places in Prague that gave us the chance to go places we normally wouldn't. Additionally, the housing they assigned me was in a great location and was very nicely decorated. I loved my time here and they made everything very easy.

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps more communication with students throughout the program
Yes, I recommend
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Amazing Experience Abroad

CEA does a great job with their program! Everything was always so organized and it was really easy to contact them or get help if we needed. Our housing was in some of the best locations in Prague, which made the whole experience that much better. There were excursions we could sign up for which were really fun and it was extremely easy to travel. Going to school with people from all over the world was such an amazing opportunity and it was so fun to get to know people from such different backgrounds. If I could study abroad again I definitely would and I had some of the best four months of my life here.

How can this program be improved?
Overall this program was great but I wish CEA had a few more activities students could sign up for, like trips out of the Czech Republic.
Yes, I recommend
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Beautiful City and Awesome Program

I picked CEA's Prague program because of the journalism classes that were offered through Anglo American University. My home university is small so the journalism classes are very limited. At AAU, I got to take classes that I was really interested in like Travel Writing and Cultural Journalism.
CEA offered excursions to Cesky Krumlov and Karlovy Vary, two cities within the Czech Republic, and one big excursion to Krakow, Poland. The Krakow trip was well organized and they made sure to give us an experience that showed us all different parts of the city. The trip included a visit to Auschwitz, which was an extremely powerful and important place to experience to really understand that part of history.

As for the city, Prague was the most wonderful place to live for four months. There is so much to do and it feels a lot smaller than it actually is. There are tons of cultural sites, eclectic restaurants, parks and nature areas, and there is always something new to try. Their public transportation is extremely well-organized so it's easy to find your way around. CEA provides a transportation pass so you never have to pay to step on a tram or subway! Living there for four months means getting to experience everything during some of the non-tourist times, and that's a huge advantage because so many people visit Prague when the weather is nice. Also, Prague was a very safe city. I never felt unsafe. Of course, you have to be smart in any big city but I think Prague is a place where you can relax a bit.
Since Prague is a big city in the middle of Europe, traveling to other countries is so easy. It takes about 10 minutes to get through airport security and the airport is small enough that it's easy to navigate. There are flights, trains, and buses to anywhere in Europe and the prices are super reasonable.
The currency conversion makes Prague a cheap, cheap place to live. You can get nice meals for $10 and beer for a dollar! The city is becoming more and more diverse so you can find any food you could want!
Prague became home quickly for me and I would go back in an instant if I could. I fell in love with the beauty of the architecture, nature, and lifestyles. I promise that you will love it!

How can this program be improved?
While CEA offered lots of cultural activities in Prague, most of them conflicted with my class schedule so I was not able to attend. Since they're included with the program it would've been nice to take advantage of those opportunities!
Yes, I recommend
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Awesome Program

Prague is an amazing city in an even better country, and CEA was the best program to come here through. They were always around and ready to help with anything we may need--even if it was just where to buy any travel necessities. I was extremely happy with my housing that CEA provided, and was lucky enough to be placed only a five minute walking-distance from school. My favorite part of the program was that CEA set up a variety of activities and trips that we could choose to participate in if we wish, which allowed us to experience things that we may not have if they weren't offered as a part of the program. I would recommend the CEA program in Prague to everyone (Prague is the best city I've been to among the many I was lucky enough to travel to during this semester), but if Prague isn't for you, I would recommend any other program provided by CEA since they were so helpful and friendly.

Yes, I recommend
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Breathtakingly Beautiful Prague

I loved living in Prague 9 months, it was one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had. Loved my roommate and the apartment that CEA provided for us. The czech language is EXTREMELY difficult but most people speak at least some English. The city is full of hidden gems and cool bars and clubs. It also has a number of parks and a multitude of beautiful buildings, churches and lots of history to learn about. It's also located so conveniently in Europe that it makes it so easy to travel a lot! The beer here is seriously delicious and SO cheap! After spending only a short time here it's hard to leave without a new appreciation for beer. Czech cuisine is not necessarily as impressive as say Italian or French but it is extremely filling and also cheap. It's amazing that Czech people can stay so thin!

How can this program be improved?
I would add more excursion to other locations outside of Prague. Would have loved to go hiking!
Yes, I recommend
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Great experience in Prague

I enjoyed studying in Prague and I think that CEA is a great third party to go through. They offer lots of activities and trips for free (not every program does so this was a wonderful bonus) and the office is quick to help with complications from stolen phones to trouble with sending packages. Our apartment was also very nice and clean. Overall, I think that CEA did a nice job helping us get acclimated but did not overstep their boundaries.

Yes, I recommend
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Prague CEA Review

My experience and time in the Czech Republic was well spent. CEA was great at giving information on different places I could eat because I have dietary restrictions, and they send out a weekly newsletter that informs us on things happening in town. I did a lot of traveling while I was in Europe as well. Living in Prague was great, because getting around Europe was especially easy due to the central location of the Czech Republic. But honestly, my favorite city I have been this semester is Prague. There is so much to do here regardless of the weather or time of day. The museums are incredible, and if you're more into the outdoorsy things; you can go on a rowboat, a hike, or just lounge in one of Prague's beautiful parks. There is so much history in this country, especially in Prague, and I wouldn't trade these past few months for anything.

How can this program be improved?
A lot of the excursions that the program provided were not well-organized. They were quite dysfunctional, in fact. I still had a great time, but that is definitely an area where this provider could improve.
Yes, I recommend

I Left a Piece of My Heart in Prague

Oh Prague, after coming back to the states all I could talk about was this beautiful city. Prague is all the fast paced excitement of a city, but yet small and cute. Studying in Prague with CEA was one of the best experiences of my life. The onsite staff at CEA were very friendly, professional, and well equipped to help the students. Whether helping them with housing concerns, academically, health issues, safety (Paris attacks) or even just tips about the city. CEA not only helps assist you but also makes sure you are having a good time by taking you on all sorts of excursions such a 3-day trip to Krakow Poland. Oh and I almost forgot, CEA also provides you with an open card which gives you complete access to trams, buses, and the metro for free. This also includes the bus to the airport which was very useful when traveling around Europe!

Prague itself is a wonderful city to study abroad with an abundance of activities for students. Prague has beautiful architecture such as the Charles Bridge, the astronomical clock in old town square, and even a few castles. Prague doesn't use the euro which also means it’s cheaper for students, especially when it comes to yummy food! Prague also has one of the best night life scenes in the world, the city is filled with unique restaurants and bars.

I would recommend Prague to everyone as a location to study abroad. When I was abroad I went to many cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Copenhagen, and none of them came close to being as special as Prague. Now that I am back in the states, all I can think about is when will I be going back to Prague! It's a risk going to study abroad in Prague in the sense that you will never want to leave and the city will steal a piece of your heart.
Go Study abroad in Prague! Best experience of my life!

-Ethan Spadino

How can this program be improved?
This question is always hard when giving a review of something that sits so perfect in your memory.

More classes at the University (AAU) would be nice, however they do have a full curriculum so you cannot complain too much.

Yes, I recommend
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Where I fell in love with life

To say it was an amazing experience would not do my memories justice. The friendly staff, the cafes, the candy, the vino & pivo, the goulash, the farmers markets, the soccer matches at the beer gardens, the classes & teachers, the trains, the art, the graffiti, the excursions, the weekend trips, the bridge, the clock tower, old town center, the peacocks in the park. There was not a moment I wasn't in love.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing I can think of would be to have more classes/variety of classes available!
Yes, I recommend


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