European Study Abroad Center
European Study Abroad Center offers a four-week program in Prague, Czech Republic, for the summer in July and August. The program was created for university students and
My first study abroad
Submitted by Tessa Wright - American University | August 25, 2016
I am thrilled that my first study abroad was through ESAC. The program helped and encouraged me to immerse myself in the Prague and Czech culture. By the end of the month I was able to converse with locals easily, something I was incredibly proud of. My academic experience was different than most because I completed an independent study with a teacher ESAC set me up with. Although I was not taking classes with the majority of my fellow students I never felt like I did not have support or friends from my fellow students as well as the teachers and administrators. I was extremely happy with my teacher and my classes. I also particularly liked the location of our dorms. While it was sometimes difficult to get take out food at the dorms, the tram stop was a mere block from the dorms- which became very important. Additionally, the suite style rooms were pleasantly surprising because I only had to share the two bathrooms in my suite with 6 people rather than the floor. The dorms were up to date and clean and provided security through a front desk worker and a scan code system. I enjoyed having the dorms out of the main part of the city because it was quite when we returned home at the end of the day.
Overall I am extremely happy that I got the opportunity to study abroad in an amazing city like Prague with an amazing program like ESAC that seemed to make it easy to culturally immerse and study in a foreign place for the first time.
ESAC study abroad summer 2016
Submitted by Cora - Metropolitan State University of Denver | August 08, 2016
Overall, my study abroad experience this Summer was amazing. From the beginning, ESAC provided detailed information that helped me get organized and prepared for going abroad. When I arrived in Prague, the group of people I was surrounded by, including the program directors, advisors, professors, and other students made me feel comfortable and safe.
I traveled before the program with one other girl for 9 days. We traveled through The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Hungary. Arriving in Prague was really refreshing and I have to say it was my favorite city. I would encourage anyone in ESAC in future years to take advantage of the other trips they offer to go on as a group such as Krumlov and the Karlienstein Castle. Seeing other parts of the Czech Republic was definitely worth it.
Just a few points of advise I have:
- Pack only what you really need and cannot get at a store once your abroad (ex: prescribed medicine)
- Use your free tram pass that is provided to you
(Once you figure it out, it is so much more cost effective than Ubering everywhere)
- Eat outside of your comfort zone
(Try new foods, don't just stick to the pizza and pasta you're used to)
- Be flexible
(If you get lost, don't freak out. Roll with the punches)
- Be realistic
(You won't get EVERYTHING done on your list for the day. It's OK! Go home, get some sleep, regroup in he morning)
- It's OK to branch off from the group.
(Take a friend with you, but go explore without the other 30 students!)
- Take school seriously.
(You get what you give! Remember the reason for this opportunity - the "studying" part.
- Go to the ESAC sponsored events
(Dinner at Jama, wine tasting, tours, etc)
Prague is BEAUTIFUL, safe, and this program made studying abroad affordable. It was the perfect amount of time to be away. I was skeptical at first about studying abroad, but it was honestly one of the best decisions I've ever made!
Submitted by K - Metropolitan State University of Denver | September 29, 2015
Studying in Prague was fantastic! I really enjoyed my time there. I loved getting to experience a new culture and learn about what they do in their daily lives. Going on site visits was definitely very fun and one of my favorite parts. Every hotel is different but going across the world to see a hotel is a completely different experience!
The program itself was very fun. The first few days were making sure we knew our way around the city and understanding a little bit of the culture. It was easy to understand and it wasn't too long before I was exploring the city with a small group of friends.
AMAZING is an UNDERSTATEMENT!
Submitted by Nraju - New York City | September 16, 2015
To say ESAC is just a summer program doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the impact this program had in my life. This was the first time I had traveled overseas with complete strangers I had never met, and it is by far still one of the best experiences I've ever had. The teachers are really passionate about this program, and really ensure that you have the best possible experience in Prague. The people that I was joined with in this program were also some of the best, and I still keep in touch with them to this day. If there is any program you can choose to be a part of, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND ESAC! Kristine and David are THE BEST!
Submitted by Emily - University of South Florida | August 26, 2015
Before deciding to study abroad with ESAC, I had never left the country. I applied within 10 weeks of the program starting and Dr. Zamastil helped me to plan what tasks I needed to complete. She was quick to respond and even offered to speak to my school and parents to expediate the process of getting everything approved. I took a class and had an economic research internship at the Liberal Institut. There is a great balance between work and play, with an abundant amount of time to explore not only the beautiful city of Prague, but other European cities as well. I have studied abroad since and Prague is still my favorite city. The relationships that you build continue after the program (I actually met my boyfriend on this trip), and the summer I spent with ESAC is still my favorite one. All of the people I know who have taken this trip in the past would agree that it was one of the most beneficial decisions we made. Living in a foreign country forces you to become more independent and learn things that you wouldn't anywhere else. If you are looking for a study abroad program where you can meet great people and explore what Europe has to offer, then I definitely recommend going in the summer with ESAC!
Program: Internships in Prague