If you’re looking for something a little different, doing exchange in the Czech Republic is an excellent place to start.

As a 4th year Bachelor of Law/Arts, I chose to do 4 law electives at Charles University in Prague. The law faculty has a specific program designed just for exchange students so it is easy to find subjects taught in English. Don’t be put off by the set course list, as it is also possible to pick up some Masters courses once you arrive. Also lecturers love to focus on international perspectives and often ask students what the laws are like in their own countries – be prepared to learn not just about the Czech Republic but also places as varied as Iceland, France, Peru and Ireland.

In terms of the fun stuff, Prague is located in the middle of Europe and attracts students from all over the world for its unique mix of Western and Eastern European culture. Whether you like a cheap beer with friends, learning about revolutionary histories and magnificent buildings, or travelling to new places every weekend, Prague really has something for everyone. Not to mention, it’s cheap! Living in the student dormitories will cost you less than $200 a month, yet you get what you pay for (and sometimes not even that), so don’t be afraid to look for apartments in the city as well. There’s plenty of websites for student housing – try www.expats.cz or www.erasmusinprague.com - which are also usually cheap and much closer to uni.

While on exchange I travelled all over Europe, visiting the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the UK and Ireland. I saw some amazing places and learned some of the stranger Czech traditions – like hitting girls with sticks on Easter and drinking beer for breakfast, lunch and dinner – yet it is always the people you meet that make exchange the amazing experience it is. Prague has a great student culture and there is never a dull moment when exchange students are involved!

Top 5 Tips for Prague:

  • Avoid the cafeteria at the Law Faculty. Four months later and I STILL don’t know how to order food there – try Baterka across the road for good (and cheap) meals instead.
  • Make sure you visit the non-touristy parts of Prague, like Riegrovy Sady park for its excellent beer garden and Divoka Sarka for plenty of nature walks and a swimming pool. Also check out Bed Lounge in Old Town Square for amazing cocktails during happy hour.
  • Pick up a Czech phrase book before you arrive. Most young people speak English quite well, yet with the older people (and most of the dormitory staff) a little bit of Czech goes a long way.
  • Sign up for the buddy program (if your faculty has one) and check out the Prague Erasmus Facebook pages for all the latest student news and parties.
  • Travel!!! Make the most of living in Central Europe and go exploring. There’s a whole world out there just waiting for you to arrive

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