Truthfully, I had always dreamed about studying abroad in Spain. After studying Spanish for ten years in school I always figured that it was the most sensible and alluring place to study. During a trip to my advisor’s office junior year I learned that I had failed to meet a specific pre-requisite and was not eligible for any of the programs that my school offered on the entire Iberian Peninsula. In the next four days, I came to discover that the only foreign city I could study in, without costing me an arm and a leg, was Prague. Without knowing a thing about Prague or the Czech Republic in general, I packed my two suitcases and boarded a plane to central Europe.
Now, I could not be happier with my bad luck and am so thankful for my time in Prague. Being one of two cities in all of Europe to have never been completely destroyed in all of its’ history, Prague boasts stunning architecture ranging from highly decorative baroque, 17th century buildings to stark Soviet-era style enormities and everything in between. Its’ stunning red-roofed buildings, cobblestone streets, and the view of Prague castle from anywhere in the city will stick with you forever. Prague has a very relevant and modern food culture, from traditional Czech food to Vietnamese, Italian, Korean, sushi, and everything in between. The favorable exchange rate allows you to eat like a king for the price of a Chipotle bowl. The coffeehouse scene means that you’ll never run out of places to study and hang out with friends. You can also find some of the most beautiful parks and beer gardens throughout the city, and there is amazing hiking all throughout the Czech countryside. Being located smack dab in the middle of Europe, Prague is a quick $30 train ride from Budapest, Munich, Berlin, and Vienna and a short flight away from every other European city that your heart could desire to visit. During my four months abroad, my friends and I traveled to thirteen countries in two continents.
Study Abroad Apartments made my semester abroad that much more amazing, as my roommates and I were able to rent a beautiful, modern apartment in the heart of downtown Prague, five minutes from both old town and the shopping center. I cannot recommend Prague enough to anyone thinking about studying abroad, I am already planning a trip back!