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Welcome Home: A Chat with Program Manager, Anna Čudová

28 January, 2020

UPCES students often rave about their housing experience in their program reviews, and it's easy to see why. UPCES housing offers unique opportunities and experiences that wouldn't be possible in a dorm or similar housing. Students often have a lot of questions, so we sat down with Anna Čudová, UPCES program manager, to answer some of the most frequently asked. 

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Safety 101: In Prague and Traveling

23 January, 2020

Prague is one of the safest cities in the world, according to recent studies. UPCES is lucky that our students are living in a peaceful, yet vibrant city where our students are free to explore in relative safety. That being said, it’s always recommended to exercise common sense, no matter where in the world you are.

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Czech it Out: An Interview with Professor Převratilová

20 January, 2020

Our mandatory Czech language course is one of the courses students are most apprehensive about during their semester abroad. Luckily we have amazing professors who challenge and empower students to communicate in the local language. This week, we sat down with Professor Silvie Převratilová to chat. Is Czech really that difficult to learn? How do we begin? Will I survive? Is it difficult to learn? How do we begin? Will I survive? She addresses those concerns and gives insights for how to succeed. 

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Spring 2020 Packing Tips and Tricks

13 January, 2020

Now that we’ve begun the new year, it’s likely that Spring 2020 UPCES students are excitedly laying out their clothes and other belongings in preparation for their semester in Prague. When packing for two seasons and a completely new culture, it can be tough to know what to pack and what to leave behind, but fear not—the UPCES staff has all the tips and tricks to help you make the best decisions and save you precious space and weight in your suitcase. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to pack a large bottle of shampoo or a second coat.

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Czech Holiday Traditions: St. Nicholas Day Explained

2 December, 2019

As the holiday season draws near, it’s a fun time to compare and contrast the traditions of your home country with the traditions of the Czech Republic. While there are many similarities throughout the world, there is one tradition that marks the beginning of the holiday season that baffles foreigners: St. Nicholas Day. While many people who celebrate St. Nicholas day associate it with candy-filled shoes, you’ll notice that it’s celebrated very differently on the streets of Prague and in Czech homes. Here’s what you need to know in preparation for the week’s festivities.

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