Maegan McConnell - 2014 Program Participant

Bridge in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Walking to the Anne Frank house, Amsterdam

How did you decide studying abroad was a must for you?

I love traveling to different parts of the world, especially Europe. When I found out it was possible to spend a semester abroad, I made it happen.

Why did you choose CISabroad?

I chose CISabroad because the website was super easy to navigate. It was so simple for me to research the various programs and the courses offered by each international university. I chose Prague because it was highly recommended to me from multiple people as a great school for business students.

What was your favorite part about studying in Prague?

My favorite part about Prague was that it wasn't necessarily the typical study abroad location. I didn't even know where it was until people started telling me I should go there. It's such an amazing city and truly underrated. If I hadn't chosen to study abroad there, I may never have gotten to travel to the Czech Republic and see all the beauty it has to offer.

What made CISabroad’s Prague program unique?

The program I chose was great because I studied at the University of Economics. It worked well for me because I was able to take courses that went towards my major, as well as business electives. Not many schools abroad had that for me. Also, Prague was the most affordable program for me, which was a huge decision factor.

View of Prague from Petrin Tower

View from Petrin Tower, Prague

How supported did you feel by local staff throughout your program?

Milena is the in-country support provider for CIS in Prague. She is an absolute saint. Anything I ever needed, she was readily available to help me with. As soon as we got in the country, Milena provided us with all the useful information we needed, from transportation passes to directions around the city.

What's one thing you wish you would have done differently during your time abroad?

I really have no regrets about what I did or did not do regarding my study abroad experience. It was the most magical time of my life and I believe I got the most out of it. There are a couple small towns I kind of wish I had taken weekend trips to go see, but had I done that, I may not have been able to go to Germany, Austria, Hungary, and the Netherlands as well.

Describe a day in your life as a student in Prague.

Wake up with my suitemates and get ready for school. Walk out of the dorm to the tram stop. Ride the tram a few stops to school. If we have time, stop at our favorite cafe and grab a latte and a chocolate croissant. Go to school for a few hours. Leave school and go to the tram stop. Ride the tram a few stops into the main square. Grab some street food for lunch/dinner. Check out some new stores in the area. Ride the tram back home. Do some homework. Get ready for dinner with a bunch of people from our program. Go out for drinks and dinner with lots of new friends. Check out all the cool bars and clubs in the city. Go back home with my suitemates and talk about our days together. Go to sleep a happy kitten.

In front of the John Lennon Wall in Prague, Czech Republic

In front of the John Lennon Wall, Prague

What did you enjoy doing outside of your coursework?

I loved how flexible my school schedule was in that it allowed me and my friends to travel all around the country. The weekend trips we took together were the absolute best times ever. I got to see so many of the big cities in central and eastern Europe!

What type of accommodation did you have?

I had a six-person flat that consisted of three two-person rooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchenette in the hallway. Some parts of this arrangement were hard to get used to, however, I was blessed with the best roommates I could ask for. We spent all of our time together, so being close in proximity was super convenient.

How has studying abroad changed your life?

Study abroad changed my life for good. I learned so much about myself and other people while I was there. I can now walk into a room full of people I don't know and feel completely comfortable. I feel more confident now that I have a more cultured background. I realized what my purpose in life is, (no longer business management) which is linguistics and international culture.