Study abroad in Prague next summer with ESAC

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Study abroad in the Czech Republic next summer with the help of ESAC! Join other international students for a 4 week program at the University of Economics in Prague. Courses range from a business focus to more liberal arts studies - you decide! On campus housing, cultural activities, and on the ground transportation all included in this comprehensive study abroad program.
Want to get more bang for your buck? Consider participating in an internship while in Prague. Check out the ESAC website for more customizable program options!

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based on 32 reviews
  • Academics 8.8
  • Support 10
  • Fun 8.7
  • Housing 9.8
  • Safety 9.8
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Philip
10/10

Lifetimes experience

The city of Prague speaks for itself. One of the best cities on earth to explore. The housing is in a central part of Prague beside a massive park, modern art museum, nightlife, neighborhoods, transportation and all amenities needed. There are facilities to cook, wash and relax similar to a small apartment lifestyle. Consider what housing costs in Prague and its an incredible value. The program directors are genuinely helpful at every turn and go way out of their way to assist any problems that might arise. There was a lot of support and communication is still ongoing even after completing the summer.
The classes were interactive and included a lot of visits to companies and speakers. There was time to fit in a good amount of work but still time to explore Europe for the summer, so the balance between academics and culture was right on.
These college credits will always be the ones I remember most fondly and certainly where I learned the most.

How can this program be improved?
Its hard to fit everything in in one month, so maybe make it longer.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Stephanie
10/10

Incredible Experience

The ESAC program allowed me to have the most incredible and life-changing experience. I met so many wonderful and beautiful people and would do it again in a heart beat! My eyes were opened to just how different each culture is and how they interact. We were able to travel to a different country each weekend and there was a lot of free time after classes to hang out and explore Prague!

How can this program be improved?
The only downfall of the program was the housing. A few of us had an issue with the cleanliness and location of the dorms.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jordan
10/10

Great experience, great trip!

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a study abroad experience. The city of Prague is a great place to stay and ESAC put on a fantastic trip for all students. The professors are very engaging and provide real life experience; no text book needed at all. I went last summer and it was a trip I will never forget.

How can this program be improved?
I would have liked a list of attractions that were must sees and recommendations, but that also made the trip exciting. Exploring and finding our own attractions made for a great adventure.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Nicholas
10/10

Prague was amazing! Read this

The City of Prague is not only filled with hundreds of years of history, but most of it is still intact. Mainly untouched by past wars, Prague is a cultural mecca filled with cobblestone lined streets, shopping, fine dining and a night life that rivals most major European cities. You will find that your day and night time experiences will make it hard to leave. The education that is delivered at the VSE is both exciting and insightful. The European learning style is interesting, challenging and refreshing. You will have plenty of time to explore, and will not be bombarded with out of class school work. There is a little, but not so much to where you are stuck in your room. The weekends will allow you to explore the city, or venture out to other cities and experience what Europe has to offer. The only regret that I have is that I left. True story!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Nikki
10/10

The Best Experience

With an amazing group of people who run this program, the ESAC gave me day to day experiences that have molded me into a more educated and globalized person. I am so thankful for the memories!! Thank you!

How can this program be improved?
If I could change one thing, it would be the food in the cafeteria. There wasn't many vegetarian options.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Barbara
10/10

Czech it out!

This trip was my very first time in another country, living on my own in a dorm like situation, and taking a summer course. I went into it fairly open minded and surprisingly enough was even more happy with my overall outcome of the trip. I honestly can't count the ways in which my experiences there have changed me for the better. Taking classes during summer was not my idea of a vacation in Europe, but honestly it very rarely got in the way of being able to thoroughly see Europe and my Professors were all great and understanding and enthusiastic about our experience there. Classes were in the morning and done before we knew it leaving plenty of time to go out and explore. Sadly it was only a month long and there is so much to do, but on the bright side you definitely won't go home feeling empty handed.

How can this program be improved?
I'm a very adaptable person, I went into the living, school, and meal situation thinking it wouldn't be all that fancy or anything to rave about. The living standards were actually better than I had expected and there were always a sufficient amount of meal choices at breakfast and lunch that I never felt bored by the food. I really had nothing to complain about besides the typical complainers themselves!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Phillip
9/10

Great Experience

The time spent the city made me feel almost apart of it. all the instructors were very nice and understanding that you are there to tour as well as to learn. The only bad part of the trip was that it had to end!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sara
9/10

Truly unique opportunity to explore academics + culture

To this day, Prague remains one of my all-time favorite cities. This is, in large part, due to the hospitality and passion of the ESAC proprietors – Kristine and David.

They are dedicated teachers, observers, listeners, tour guides, and friends. They are well-connected into Czech culture and are dedicated to helping each student navigate an enriching experience.

The city – its standing in the world, its people, its development – is full of hesitancies, but also boldness. And thus, makes for a rich academic and cultural experience.

I attended this program the summer of 2005, so I anticipate there may be some improvements and changes since then. This review is based on my experience.

Each day started off with optional language and culture courses (should be mandatory and even a little longer). I enjoyed easing my way into the day with this course and it gave me the confidence I needed to navigate the city.

I was there on an independent study course for my master's degree in political science, so my experience was unique to the other students there working on undergrad degrees.

Kristine was supportive and attentive to my unique needs and challenges and served as a great mentor. I was able to attend classes, as my schedule allowed, but then was offered plenty of time for research and meetings with business and government officials.

The month-long program offered a great balance of academics and tourism, although I wish I had stayed an extra week to spend more time at some favorite spots away from the big group. For the most part, the program is setup to keep the group together for all activities. This is great for extroverts, but a little challenging for introverts who need some solo time to recharge.

The food is protein and carb heavy and a bit bland. As a vegetarian, I had to seek out produce and ended up buying groceries so I had healthier options. Finding time to eat a nutritious meal between all the scheduled activities was my biggest challenge.

The excursions were a lot of fun. It's helpful to have trusted mentors to help navigate your adventure. They know the best places to go, and when. And this makes sightseeing stress-free and absolutely delightful.

Overall, I'm still quite fond of my Prague academic adventure. I light up when someone mentions the city or asks about my experience. I can't imagine a more magical city to live in for one month and explore new academics and new culture.

How can this program be improved?
Mandatory culture and language courses – and maybe even make them a bit longer.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Praha
10/10

So Much Fun

I had a wonderful experience going to Prague. I have met people that I will keep in touch with and tons of stories that I will never forget. If I had the chance to go back, I would. I also had the opportunity to travel to Rome while we were there as well. A great experience!!

How can this program be improved?
If there was one thing to change I would have brought some water flavors to add to the water, it tastes different, but you get used to it after a while. Also, I would have brought a lighter suitcase so that I could have brought more home.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jmappelbaum
10/10

Great experience, lots of fun

ESAC Prague was one of the best months of my life. Great friends, great memories, and interesting experiences. Having classes about European topics actually in the Czech Republic was especially rewarding. Prague is a great place to spend a summer.

How can this program be improved?
Better academic support
Yes, I recommend this program
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Praha7ForLife
10/10

Life Changing Program

I have nothing but wonderful things to say about ESAC. From the very beginning of my application process, David and Kristine were beyond helpful and made the process easy. The way in which ESAC organizes the Prague program is wonderful. They organize a few site visits and social events but for the most part, the program really focuses on allowing students to dive into the amazing culture of Prague. I am a different person since participating in the ESAC Program. Prague is amazing and having this opportunity to study through ESAC has been life changing. I have no regrets and would do it all over again tomorrow if I could. I loved every minute of it. I miss Prague and my ESAC buddies more and more as the time passes. ESAC, David and Kristine are magnificent and I cannot speak their praises enough.

How can this program be improved?
The program should be extended so that students can experience Prague without the stress of school. School should last a month and then an extra week for exploring.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Amber
9/10

MUST EXPERIENCE!!!!

This was my first time every leaving the US of A and I was very satisfied that I decided to experience it with a study abroad trip. Attending with ESAC made it EVEN BETTER!!!! I was able to meet new people, take in Prague one bit at a time and still have that security that I was alright and taken care if anything were to come up. Must Must Must GOESAC!!!!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Metrostudent
10/10

Prague 2012

This program was awesome, everything was layers out before you even got there so you could plan things way in advance. School was from 9-2 depending if you had an internship, and all the work asked of you was very reasonable. Food and drinks are cheap and the night life is awesome.

How can this program be improved?
Some of the site visits were not necessary and some incontinent, but overall they were not bad and I really like the personal site visits (to local businesses) because you got to seak out places of interest to you.
Yes, I recommend this program
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sjk9109
10/10

Summer of a lifetime

I was apprehensive about spending the summer in a foreign country the summer after my freshman year, but as soon as I checked in I felt welcomed and encouraged by David and Kristine. The program had the perfect balance of structured activities and free time, which allowed for a truly authentic experience. I was also able to intern part time at a law firm, which helped convince me that law is the direction I want to take, and also provides a great conversation piece at interviews.

Exploring all the beautiful city of Prague has to offer with students from around the world was a fabulous experience. I still keep in touch with/visit some friends I made there more than two years later. I had the summer of a lifetime and I left prague a more confident and independent woman.

Yes, I recommend this program
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LaurieUkpabi
10/10

Best Study Abroad

While I was in college I participated in 5 study abroad programs.

ESAC's program in Prague was for sure my favorite.

Too many abroad programs try to be a guided tour for 100% of the time you are there.

ESAC has a perfect blend of class/group activities/free time.

How can this program be improved?
I wouldn't change a thing!!!!!
Yes, I recommend this program

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