#SamAbroad – Studying Abroad in Prague

By: Samantha Auerbach

Hi! My name is Sam, and I am a junior at Emory University studying Economics and Mathematics. Currently, I am abroad in Prague, Czech Republic on a CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) program. Throughout the semester I will be sharing my personal experiences with academics in a new setting, the amazing sights Prague offers, cultural differences between Americans and Europeans, and my travels to other countries throughout Europe.  Feel free to follow along with my posts on Twitter using the hashtag #SamAbroad. 

After taking off in New York and switching planes in London, I was exhausted when I arrived in Prague last week. I had a great traditional Czech welcome dinner with my new classmates before heading back to my dorm to rest before my first day of orientation. It was definitely difficult to adjust to the six-hour time difference!

The Vltava River at sunset right by my dorm.
The Vltava River at sunset right by my dorm.

The first few days of my orientation I learned about culture shock. Czechs are very different from Americans; they are much more reserved. I not only need to accept the Czech’s different character, but I also need to adapt to their much smaller coffees and confusing transportation system. I will also be learning their language throughout the fall semester.

So far, I know some simple Czech phrases, like “Dobry den,” which means “Hello.” Over the next two weeks I will be attending “Intensive Czech” class. After this course I hope to be able to order food in restaurants and ask people for directions in Czech.

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Even though it has only been a week since I arrived in Prague, I have taken advantage of my time thus far and have already seen many major sights. One of my new Czech buddies took a group and me to the John Lennon wall and led us to the Prague Castle, which overlooks the city. I also happened to stumble upon a local farmer’s market, a few delicious gelato stands, and some authentic shops. Everywhere I go, I am amazed by what the city has to offer.

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I look forward to telling you about more of my adventures to come! Stay tuned for my next post and follow #SamAbroad on GoEnnounce and Twitter!

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