Guest Post by: Mackenzie Maly, a Junior studying at the Foster School of Business. Mackenzie is currently participating in the Foster Exchange Program at the University of Economics, Prague.
I am officially in Prague! Everything has been very smooth so far, classes started last week so we are in the swing of it now. I arrived about 2 weeks ago and moved into the dorms, where I was greeted by my French, Dutch, and Italian roommates. The rooms are small but we have a balcony and everyone is very friendly. The dorms are further away from campus than I am used to, it is about a 20 minute tram ride to get to class. However, campus is just a 20 minute walk to the city center where they have amazing restaurants, cafes, and sights to see!
The way the university organizes their exchange program is great. Each exchange student is paired with a local buddy – a local student from the university to show you around and help you if you feel overwhelmed by anything at all. Additionally, all of my classes are about 90% exchange students so we’re all in the same boat.
Classes are not as different from UW as I was expecting. I am only taking 25 credits (the normal is 30), so my course load is a bit lighter and I do not have classes on Fridays. Each class only occurs once a week, so a lot of what you learn is taught to yourself throughout the week and the lecture is more of a review. The professors are very knowledgeable and very approachable. Also, group projects are really big here. I like it a lot because it is an easy way to get to know more people in the class!
One of my favorite things about Prague is how central it is and how easy it is to travel. I went to Vienna last weekend and will be going to Amsterdam, Paris, London, and hopefully more! Can’t wait to take all of you along with me.