When I first decided to study abroad, my initial thought was to go to Sydney, Australia. I had never been there before and it had always been my dream to visit. Prague wasn’t even in the question at the moment. However, that semester, most of my friends pledged a fraternity and gained insight on where to go. My friends relayed the message of studying abroad in Prague to me and the first thing that stood out to me was inexpensive. It is very true; the average price of goods here is cheaper. In Prague, just about everything is cheaper, ranging from food to alcohol to nightlife. All of this was told to me before coming and the fact that most of my friends were coming here, I decided to attend NYU Prague.
Some words of advice? Don’t stay in. Prague is an amazing city with tons of things to do. Regardless of what time it is, there is usually something to attend to. Whether it be clubbing, skiing, or a simple dinner with friends, Prague will always keep you busy. Surround yourself with people that you know won’t have conflicts. The biggest thing I realized during my time here is that it’s not what you do that matters but who you do it with. As long as you like the people that you’re around, you’ll enjoy what you’re doing. Another tip is to change up the scene from time to time. In Prague, you’ll realize that the music at clubs becomes very repetitive so instead of going out clubbing every single night, have some relaxed nights with friends. Go for a midnight stroll or midnight munchies run – something that gets you moving without having to actually do too much.
Although I did know a lot before coming to Prague, the one thing that I wished I had known was the actual recreational activities that they have available. Obviously as college students, all we usually hear about are parties and whatnot. However, Prague offers a variety of activities including go karting and paintballing. The weather in Prague is a lot better than Manhattan with it warming up sooner and not getting as cold during the winter. Do yourself a favor and go in the spring, end the semester with some nice weather! All in all, Prague is a great place to be and deciding to study abroad here was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life.