CISabroad - Semester in Prague - Business and Economics

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A semester in Prague is a perfect blend of academics, social activities, and rich cultural opportunities. Come study at the leading Czech university for management and economics: the University of Economics, Prague. You can truly take your studies to the next level with world-renowned professors and thought leaders. The unique Czech Buddy program matches you to a local student who will help you navigate the University and Prague. As the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague boasts thrilling history, magnificent architecture, a thriving nightlife, and a dynamic arts scene. Moreover, it’s one of the most well-connected cities in Europe, putting the rest of the continent at your fingertips!

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based on 11 reviews
  • Academics 8.8
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.5
  • Housing 8.5
  • Safety 8.8
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Ailsa
9/10

Semester in Business and Economics - Prague

CISabroad allowed me to spend an entire semester in a European city for a very affordable cost. It was actually cheaper for me to spend a semester in Prague than it was to spend a semester at my home university. Prior to finding the semester in Prague program, I was under the impression that I would be unable to study abroad due to the high costs of travel in Europe. Thankfully after some research, I found this CIS program, and was able to have this amazing experience. It is hard to even express how much studying abroad has changed both my life and my perspective on the world. It really can't be summed up in just "amazing" or "life-changing." There is something so humbling and yet wildly intriguing about being thrown into a different culture and experiencing language barriers and culture shock for the first time. There were definitely days where I just wanted to hear English, or be able to go to a grocery store and understand what I was buying. However, pushing through these feelings made my experience that much more immersive and beneficial to my self-growth. I know that because of my experience abroad, I will be more equipped to handle stress and unfamiliar situations in the future. Studying abroad has provided me with a unique skill set that I would be unable to acquire through any other experience. I am incredibly thankful to have been able to study abroad with CISabroad, and I would to it ten times over if it were possible to do so.

How can this program be improved?
The visa process for my program was a bit challenging, and some people did not get their visas in time. I think it could have helped to move the program application deadline forward so that students would 100% have enough time to apply for their visa.
No, I don't recommend
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Kayla
10/10

Heaven on earth

When Europeans think of America, they think of Hollywood and New York. When Americans think of Europe, they think of Rome or Paris. Do you see the problem here? Many cities get overlooked, including one of Europe's finest: Prague.

My time in Prague was a complete dream, being more than I could have ever imagined. Moving alone across the world to a brand new city can make or break a trip, but Prague provided the warm welcome I needed to transition. It has everything from the fun and adventure to the safety and academics, making it a favorite among students and parents.

Prague's colorful Baroque buildings make a beautiful city filled with rich history. Our CIS group never tired of aimlessly walking around the city, and getting lost in its charming streets always seemed to be more of an adventure than a problem. There was always something to do, day or night, but often times we found that spending the day walking around was more fun than anything else. Prague is in the heart of Europe, which is advantageous for many reasons, easy and cheap traveling being the biggest benefit. I was able to travel to seven other countries due to the central location of the Czech Republic. I loved every experience I got, but at the end of the trip I was always excited to come back home to Prague, the city that held my heart.

Finally, the education we received was phenomenal. The school is ranked one of the top business schools in Europe, and it was an excellent experience. The professors were very helpful and accommodating, and the classes were insightful and useful. I enjoyed going to school and learning at their beautiful facility.

Overall, the experience was more than I could have ever dreamed. I expected a fun trip, but what I got was a lifetime of unforgettable friendships, experiences, and memories. I have already since been back to Prague and can hardly stay away again. I am always itching to go back, as Prague will always have my heart. If you get the chance, I hope you highly consider Prague. The city is waiting for you, and I promise it won't disappoint.

Yes, I recommend
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Grace
8/10

Semester in Prague

Not many students think of Prague when they're looking to study abroad but Prague is one of the best options out there for students who don't have as much money to spend in their study abroad experience. Prague is not only cheap living but also a fun and beautiful city. The architecture is mainly from the gothic time period and it's one of the few cities that have been able to preserve it for as long as they have. For students who are looking more for a lively social scene there is more clubs and bars than you can visit in the time you're there. I would also point out to future participants that Prague is centrally located which makes it easier and cheaper to get to most places in Europe. It is also very safe compared to other cities such as Paris or Barcelona that students typically go to study. Overall, my favorite memory from Prague was sitting at Letna Beer Gardens with my new best friends overlooking the city and realizing how sad we were to have to leave soon after that. Although that moment was sad it reminded me of everything I had learned and every person I had met and how lucky I was to be given that opportunity.

This impacted my life post program because I simply had seen how a very different culture lived their daily lives. Because of this I have become more empathetic and more understanding of other's hardships. But the way it affected me most was creating this part of me that wanted to experience the rest of the world, knowing that even after going to ten countries I had only scratched the surface.

How can this program be improved?
This program could be improved by moving the students living situations to a different part of town. The area we stayed in was not the safest and was further from city center than I would wish. Although if the program cost would have to go up to do this I would stick with the same dorms because the low program cost is what drew me to this program.
Yes, I recommend
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Elizabeth
9/10

The Most Beautiful City in The World

Prague is the most incedibly unique city in the world. From history to scenery Prague has everything to offer. The untouched by war golden city is endless with wonderful food, activities, and sight-seeing. For future participants, go into this with an open mind and don’t be nervous!!! Prague is a small program with about 30 students. I loved this because those 30 people became so incredibley special to me, they were my family for the four months I was abroad. The small group allowed us to all bond and connect quickly. Truly the people are what makes amazing memories not just the places. My life post-program is much different. My mindset, my global knowledge, even my overall view on life has changed. One of my favorite memories was my last night abroad. My 30 give or take abroad friends all went to the park behind our dorm and bought pizzas and had our last dinner all together, we went around and talked about how we’ve changed and grown since we got to Prague. My goodbye to all of my abroad friends was bitersweet but was one memory that will always stick with me. My most useful tip would be spend your money on experiences not items. Use pictures and experiences as souvenirs rather than pricey small items that will collect dust once you get home. Wouldn’t you rather go parasailing in Switzerland rather than have a T-shirt from the cities you’ve been to?!

How can this program be improved?
Maybe dorms closer to the school/downtown. The location of the dorms were still good but could be better!
Yes, I recommend
Nathaniel
10/10

Nathaniel’s review

I had a fantastic semester abroad. The education was very thorough and the environment was great in all aspects. If I had studied abroad earlier in my college career, I would definitely have done it again. The transportation in the city was very efficient and overall nothing was very expensive. Great location for visiting other coutries as well. Dorms were small but everything worked out okay. Would reccomend to anyone.

How can this program be improved?
Bigger dorms maybe
Yes, I recommend
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Phil
10/10

Hands down the best experience ever.

From the very beginning I realized CISabroad was going to be the best program provider to study abroad with. Everyone got back to me with answers for my (many) questions very quickly which is super important when you have so many deadlines to meet when it comes to paperwork, passports, etc. This helpfulness continues throughout the entire semester with our amazing site director Leah. She had so many fun events planned for our group, was always there to help and flat out is just super cool. Only taking four classes is nice, it’s a lot less of a workload than I and I’m sure many others are used to. This allows you to really immerse yourself into the Czech culture and explore the amazing city that Prague is. For the housing you will live with three others in a two-bedroom dorm. They are somewhat small but nicer than expected, and overall super fun because you are living with all exchange students. There is ALWAYS something to do no matter what day of the week it is. One of the main reasons I chose Prague was because of how centrally located in Europe it is, making it fairly easy to travel to a number of different places. After now having been to 16 countries and 30 cities I can honestly say Prague is still my all-time favorite. I feel like choosing to study abroad in Prague was easily the best decision of my life. I made friends and memories that will last a lifetime and I’m confident you will too!

How can this program be improved?
Do not change a thing!
Yes, I recommend
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Catherine
10/10

Great program for the best price

First of all, I really loved the price tag of this program. It's one of the most price-conscious programs I could find anywhere from any provider that still included housing, excursions, and on-site support. Prague is a beautiful city, with a really cool history and tons of stuff to see. It's also really cheap. Most everyone speaks English, which is helpful as well. I also loved our on-site coordinator. Leah was so helpful, she never skirted around anyone's questions, which is really important when you're in a new environment like this and really need something. She went above and beyond all the time. There was nothing to complain about with academics, the teachers are all very professional and knowledgeable. The Buddy System events and benefits on this program were phenomenal. There are so many things in place at VSE to make sure you interact with local students and have fun social stuff to do with your friends. I highly recommend this program.

Yes, I recommend
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Kayla
10/10

Travelling to Prague - Not a want but a need

If you are considering studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic, I highly recommend you place it at the top of your list. Many people oust it because they think they want the popular hot spots like Rome or Paris, but I strongly disagree. While these places are fine cities, they aren't as livable as Prague is (plus, Prague is waaaaay cheaper). Many people don't even know where Prague is, and this is why I debated sticking with it. I also had the mindset of wanting to go to a tourist hot spot city, and thought Prague was random and ultimately wouldn't be that fun. I was wrong. Choosing Prague was the best choice I could have made for several reasons.

Like I mentioned earlier, Prague is cheap. Very cheap. Of course no one chooses to go somewhere strictly on how expensive or inexpensive their grocery bill will be, but given the costs of studying abroad, it really is a nice bonus. Another way it's cheap is by its traveling costs. The Czech Republic is very centrally located and landlocked, making it inexpensive and very affordable to travel to surrounding and close countries. Though bus rides tend to get lengthy and uncomfortable, you can travel to almost any European country by bus for dirt cheap (this is the way to go. You will soon realize that 14 hours on a bus is nothing).

Another reason Prague is great is because of it's sheer size. Prague has a population of 1.2 million. This means that there is always lots to do. And since everything is so cheap, you can afford to do more for less. Given the size, you would imagine you would feel unsafe. I had one encounter that I was uneasy about, but other than that I never felt unsafe, even when I was alone in the city. Leah, our coordinator for the CISabroad program, was another reason I never felt unsafe. She was such a great guide and made sure that we always had access to her if we needed anything, and she showed us around and made us feel at home. Safety is an important factor when choosing where to live, and it also helps put your parents at ease. Prague is overall a very safe city.

Finally, Prague is a beautiful city. It's landscape is something I never grew tired of, and still miss to this day. The city is so beautiful, and my friends and I would often walk around just to explore and find beautiful new places. We could spend an entire Saturday walking around the city with no plans in mind. We were still tourists after months of living there, and it always seemed just as beautiful as the first day we arrived.

For all of these reasons and so many more, I hope that you choose Prague and fall in love with it like I did. Studying abroad was the best experience of my life, and if I could do it again I would in a heartbeat. I fell in love with the city and Europe itself so much that I am choosing to go back next year, and hope to someday work there. Wherever you choose to go, you will surely love it, but Prague is a definite recommendation.

Yes, I recommend
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Warda
10/10

The Dream That Came True

Hey guys! I studied abroad in the Czech Republic spring semester last year and it hands down the best experience I've ever had. There was many fears and biases I had before going (unfortunately) but the minute I got there, I was embraced with warm smiles and acceptance. Prague is a beautiful city and definitely filled with adventure and enough events to keep you going. The Czech culture is very rich in history and neat traditions. My personal favorite is eating those wonderful Trdeknik's and being in the town square during easter weekend. On top of the wonderful education at VSE, I learned so much about myself, independence, and gained mental security in life. I grew a lot in a short period of time and I can say that going to Prague was the best decision I've ever made.

How can this program be improved?
My only concern was that I have a very unpleasant roommate and maybe if the process was a bit more selective.
Yes, I recommend
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Donny
9/10

Best time of my life

Prague is a prime place for college students to study abroad. There are many universities in the ciyy that offer arts, business, etc. The exchange rate for their currency is GREAT - everything is inexpensive in American standards and much cheaper than any other country on the euro. There is TONS to do in the city. Lots of events, outdoor activities, bars, clubs. Just walking downtown you get to enjoy all the unique architecture and many small stores and restaurants. You can't get lost and it's a super super safe city. Our program didn't have the nicest housing and it wasn't located near the center of the city, but the program is inexpensive so you get wjat you pay for and it's not the worst. Public transportation is also super cheap and convenient in the city. Great food too and LOTS of fascinating history. If you want to travel, Prague is a great location for taking a bus, train, or plane to anywhere else around. The classes are fairly simple but sometimes frustrating with lack of communication of expectations from the professors. Overall I would HIGHLY recommend going to Prague for a great unique experience because there are lots of adventures to be had and many opportunities to expand your thinking and horizons.

How can this program be improved?
Keep doing what you're doing!
Yes, I recommend
Galina
10/10

"Czech" Out Prague!

I got lost. Completely lost. But that's what happens when a girl with no sense of direction goes to a foreign country. All I wanted to do was take a walk in the center of Prague and explore this beautiful city. My phone was useless in helping me get somewhere. At that point, I just shrugged my shoulders and kept walking.

When it comes down to it, it's just you and the world. I said, "Here I am world. Show me what you got." Completely unplugged and not distracted by friends, I went to see what the world had to offer. I wasn't disappointed.

Strolling around Prague was a European adventure every young person wants. You gaze up at the stunning, old architecture, visit a church or two, listen to the melody of a different language, try and fail to speak said language, eat a pastry, drink a cappuccino in the main square and listen to the street performers, cross a river full of boats, hike up to the castle, and sit on a wall overlooking the entire city while lost in thought.

Everything is slowed down. I became hyper aware of all that surrounded me. On the ancient wall, I soaked up the simple beauty of life.

Through CISabroad's site director Leah's help, I was able to fully immerse myself. She pushed us to go out there and try things because you won't get a second chance like the one in front of you. We ate flavorful, traditional food. Made conversations with strangers. Got lost and got found. Danced all night and meandered around the city all day.

Prague is charming and seductive. You will always be fond of it, always think of it. And one day when luck blows your way, you will come back and fall in love all over again.

How can this program be improved?
Better evaluation on student applications. Some students were not suitable for a study abroad experience.
Yes, I recommend

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