UQ Program: Bachelor of Arts 

Canoeing in the south of Czech Republic, through a town called Cesky Krumlov. I'm the girl with the black lifejacket at the front.My exchange in Prague started out somewhat shakily (I didn’t drink enough water on the plane flying from Australia and ended up in a Czech hospital within 24 hours of landing!) but I soon learned that there are beautiful people and support networks to be found in any city.

I am doing an Arts degree majoring in Music and Psychology at UQ but I took electives based around Czech literature and history at Charles University. It absolutely enriched my experience to live in a place and learn about its history and art simultaneously. When it came to enrolling and general subject queries, it was really helpful to stay in close email contact with my Student Advisor at the Host Uni.

I decided to rent an apartment right in the middle of the city and although it was more expensive, it was worth it to experience life smack bang in the middle of this incredible city. The housemates I scored were just amazing too – through them, I managed to meet people from so many different nationalities and backgrounds (but many Czechs as well), travel around the Czech Republic playing in a Balinese band, join a Czech choir, sing in Czech bars, get sneak peeks into places like Radio Free Europe and the US Embassy, and have countless other weird and wonderful experiences.

Exchange in Prague taught me that no matter how impossible or difficult something may seem, it can be done – and it has the potential to provide you with the most amazing experience you can imagine. 

My 5 top tips for Prague are:
1. If you move out of the dorm, make sure to move into a place where you are comfortable and the people around you are open. It makes for an amazing stay to live in a great home environment;
2. Stay away from tourist areas near Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square – search around for quieter, cooler little bars and cafes that don’t charge crazy prices;
3. Take warm, comfortable boots that have grip – the cobble-stoned streets are ridiculously slippery when there is ice around;
4. Make friends with as many Czech people as you can, travel with them, get to know their stories;
5. Stay well hydrated and eat plenty when flying!!

Most importantly, just enjoy it and take every moment in. Cliché as it may sound, it truly was the experience of a lifetime.

 

 

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