Its scale is uncontested. The average joe can’t read it. It’s arguably the most famous clock in the world. The astronomical clock has been one of the most iconic sites in Prague through the years, meticulously maintained since its creation in the 15th century.

Read more: Czech it Out: Fast Facts About the Astronomical Clock


For many American students, studying abroad is their first experience relying on public transportation. Prague is lucky to be home to one of the best public transportation systems in Europe. Looking at the spaghetti-like mass of different metro, tram and bus lines on a map can be daunting, but it’s not as difficult as it looks to have a positive experience on public transportation—and to get where you wanted to go on the first try.

Read more: Public Transportation Tips and Tricks


When studying abroad in Europe, many students tell us that they are walking so much more than they’re used to, which is great for physical fitness, but we get several inquiries each semester from students looking to challenge themselves and enjoy a nice jog on a crisp, clear morning. Luckily, the city of Prague has an abundance of green space and jogging trails to enjoy. Here are four of the UPCES staff’s favorites.

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When I was packing for my own study abroad experience a few years ago, I struggled to know what to pack. Obviously I knew I needed clothes and shoes and weather appropriate outerwear, but there were other things that I didn’t quite understand yet. To put it lightly, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. This made my transition to life in Prague a little bit crazy, but ultimately, through extensive trial and error, I found my list of things to bring and things to leave at home. Hopefully this will free up some space in your suitcase for a favorite pair of jeans or a jacket and prevent some emergencies later— or better yet, leave some space to bring back souvenirs from your semester abroad.

Read more: Packing Pointers from Program Manager Brooke


As you’re preparing to join us in Prague in just a few short weeks, the term, “culture shock” may come to mind. Culture shock is part of the process of adapting to a new culture and emotions can range from excitement to frustration, interest to fear. Any of these and more are completely normal responses to the unfamiliar surroundings and major lifestyle changes that come with your big move abroad.

Read more: Culture Shock 101