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Fall 2016, Issue I


Welcome Communication, New Media and Journalism Program in Prague!

We have twenty-four new students who arrived from universities from all over the US to study abroad in Prague in Fall 2016. CNMJ students and six Czech students from the Charles University enjoyed fancy dinner and sunny cruise on Vltava River after first day of orientation. Charles University students so called „buddies“ live with US students and help them better immerse into the Czech culture.

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Czech students presented various extracurricular activities they prepared for the students this semester during CIEE EXPO. The activities include cooking classes, sport activities, visiting local museums and monuments, sport events, etc.

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All students learned how to blend in as much as possible by learning basic Czech phrases. Most of the students learned how to say: „Dobrý den, jsem tady na pohovor“ (Hello, I am here for an interview) in Czech to impress the company they may end up working for. While being in a foreign country all CNMJ students have to do internships in local companies to complement their learning about Czech business and international work environment.

CIEE organized first meet up event to allow students from other CIEE programs to meet and get to know each other. Bowling is popular in the Czech Republic and our students enjoyed the game as well.  

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Spring 2016. Issue III


CNMJ students are finishing their internships in Prague and saying goodbye to everyone they worked with as their study abroad experience is coming to an end. This semester we had a group of six students creating instructional videos for the National Technical Library. The videos helped to improve their skills in not only operating a camera, but also editing and sound mixing.  Also, the videos they produced for the library not only benefited the interns themselves, but the library since producing content in the visual medium will make it much easier for students of all background to understand key library concepts like registration and borrowing books.

Here are examples of their videos:




Also, we had two students in Locus Workspace in Prague that is a coworking space or a “shared office” where freelancers, location independent workers and entrepreneurs come to get their work done (a trend proven to be more effective than working from home) while simultaneously building a diverse community. Jana (CES program) and Sola worked in Locus over the course of semester in Prague. Check out the promotional video they made and learn about Sola´s motivation to intern with this company:


These videos represent just a few examples of some of our interns´work while studying abroad in Prague.    

Thank you all CNMJ students for your commitment and hard work!


Fall 2014, Issue I


The Importance of Being … Well Housed

Housing is an essential factor for a rewarding study abroad experience. Before coming to Prague, students fill out a housing survey which is crucial for their housing placement. Based on their profile and preferences, CES and CNMJ students are placed in one of the following housing options: homestay, dorm, or apartments. FS and GAD students’ housing is a little bit different in the sense that they have only the option to live in CIEE-administered apartments with other CIEE FS/GAD participants. This is due to the fact that they study outside of the CIEE Study Center (at FAMU/ARCHIP) and very often work on school projects together.

When placing students, we do our best not to place students from the same home university in the same apartment/homestay (dorm might be an exception) to make students get to know new people and not just hang out with their friends from home.

Czech Homestay

This housing option offers a truly immersive experience. Our families live in residential areas of Prague and most of them have been in the program for several semesters or even years. Homestay students have a great opportunity to get out of their comfort zone. Apart from an enriching study abroad experience, homestay students get two meals per day and a single room! They are also assigned a “homestay buddy”, local university student, who helps them during orientation and shows them around during semester.



What do students say about their homestay?

What´s the coolest thing about your housing?

 “Home cooked meals.” (CES student)

“Amazing food and the feeling of being part of a Czech family.” (CNMJ student)

 What do you think about the buddy program?

 “I think it's a great thing.” (CES student)

“Buddies are great for showing us around the city and introducing us to the real lives of the Czech.” (CNMJ student)

 What you like about your neighborhood?

 “I like that it's quiet.” (CES student)

“It is close to the metro and very safe.” (CNMJ student)

 What advantages do you see from living with a host family?

 “A house to really call home.” (CES student)“I’m getting much more assimilated into the culture, and get great food everyday!” (CNMJ student)

Available to the following programs: Central European Studies; Communications, New Media + Journalism


Our apartments arelocated either by the river close to the both the Study Center and the city center, or in Vinohrady, a neighborhood popular with locals as well as expats (approx. 20 minute commute to the Study Center by tram/metro). Each apartment houses two to six CIEE students (in most cases three) as well as a flat buddy. The flat buddy is a Charles University students who, in exchange for free housing, helps students during orientation, with practical issues as well as cultural immersion throughout the semester.

Students living in apartments are responsible for their own meals as well as cleaning. This housing option is perfect for independent students. Around 75% of CIEE students live in apartments.



What do students say about their apartments?

What´s the coolest thing about your housing?

 “I love my apartment and its location.” (CES student)

 “Living in an apartment gives me the independence and responsibility of really living in the city and all with the benefit of having awesome American roommates.” (CNMJ student)

“I have thoroughly enjoyed living with a Czech student. She has been so helpful in terms of adjusting to a new city and knowing a lot about the local culture.” (CNMJ student)

”Everything. I couldn't have asked for a better flat buddy and living situation. ” (FS student)

”The apartment and the people!” (FS student)

”I have a balcony in my room, that's great.” ( FS student)

Its roomy and has great qualities of light. Also it's nice that all gear has been provided (kitchen supplies, sheets, etc.)“(GAD student)

„The apartment itself/location has been great“ (GAD student)

 What do you think about the buddy program?

 “I LOVE my Czech buddy!“ (CES student)

„It's helpful having someone available who knows the city and the language to help if I need anything.“ (CES student)

“Love having my Czech buddy around.“ (CES student)

“Having a Czech buddy is a great way to avoid touristy destinations and discover local bars and restaurants.” (CNMJ student)

“I think the buddy program is great. It provides students with the opportunity to branch out and get to know some of the locals which otherwise might be more challenging.” (CNMJ student)

“I love my Czech buddy! They all make it so easy when you have questions and they are able to show you a "real" part of the city instead of just the parts where foreigners go.“ (FS student)

“My Czech buddy is awesome.“ (FS student)

 „I think it's great! They are so helpful and it's really nice having locals to spend time with. they make it much more authentic than other abroad programs.“(GAD student)



What you like about your neighborhood?

 “Super close to a major public transportation spot. (CES student)

“It's charming and accessible to public transportation. (CES student)

“I love living in a neighborhood where I’ve gotten to know the local shopkeepers and I can used the Czech I’ve learned on daily errands.” (CNMJ student)

“I love how quiet my neighborhood is and how I can hear someone practicing clarinet every Tuesday. The woman from the minimart recognizes me and always makes an effort to communicate and smile at me.” (CNMJ student)

“I love the location! It is so easy to get anywhere in the city. Also, we are so close to the supermarket, tram stop, and metro.“ (FS student)

“Close to both tram and metro and parks.“ (FS student)

“Everything! “ (FS student)

It's a great location to get around the city by public transit or just walking about.“(GAD student)

„You can walk everywhere, and there's so much to do.“ (GAD student)

 Available to the following programs: Central European Studies; Communications, New Media + Journalism; Global Architecture & Design; Film Studies; all summer programs


The dorm, located within a 10-minute walk up hill to the study center, accommodates usually around 32 CIEE students. Some of the most significant advantages of living in the dorm, apart from the location, are breakfast and cleaning service Monday to Friday. Students who choose this housing option do this mostly because of location and the comfort and safety of being surrounded by other CIEE students. Five dorm buddies are placed in the dorm to, once again, help students with practical issues, share Czech culture with them and help them not get trapped in the „American bubble“. The dorm is located in a neighborhood with many nice restaurants, cafes, and shops.



What do students say about the dorm?

What´s the coolest thing about your housing?

 “Close to school.” (CES student)

“Free breakfast.” (CES student)

“The dorm is very nice, and is centrally located.“(CES student)

“Having my own room and bathroom.“ (CNMJ student)

 What do you think about the buddy program?

 “It was nice having a student from the Czech Republic to help us get settled and show us around.“ (CES student)

“It's helpful having someone available who knows the city and the language to help if I need anything.“ (CES student)

 “Love it!“ (CNMJ student)

 What you like about your neighborhood?

  “Nice, safe, close to school.” (CES student)

“Safe, quiet, residential. Good food options around.” (CES student)

“There are endless things to see, I could wander for days on end and still find new things.” (CNMJ student)

 Available to the following programs: Central European Studies; Communications, New Media + Journalism



Spring 2014, Issue III


CIEE Prague Highlights 2014!


Central European Studies (CES)



Film Studies (FS)



Communication, New Media + Journalism (CNMJ)



Global Architecture and Design (GAD)





Over the river and through the woods to Jenštejn castle we go

By Alyssa Ostrout, Bryant University

It will probably come as no surprise to anyone when I say that I've been itching to see some Czech countryside. Well finally that dream has come true! I just got back from a CIEE run trip to Jenštejn (it's pronounced Yehshteyn, for those of you who care to know) castle, and we were able to see plenty of country. And with good timing too - I almost forgot what trees looked like! The trees, the forest, it was all so beautiful. But of course, me being the daughter of Queen Murphy, things didn't go as well as they could have. The weather did not really cooperate with us as much as I would have rained. Typical, right? I should just always have my rain coat on hand (good thing we had fair warning of the forecast so I brought my jacket with me this time), it would make my life a whole lot easier. I can't tell you how many times I've left the apartment for school or my internship and the sun was shining so of course I wouldn't be worried about rain.....but as soon as I was leaving to go back to my apartment it would start raining. I feel like one of those cartoon characters that is constantly followed by a rain cloud. But I digress...

The castle was also really beautiful, although it wasn't completely intact. We climbed to the very top, and because there was no roof anymore (maybe it got destroyed by all the rain?.....but probably a military attack) we got an amazing view of the village.

Also, I learned that there aren't really any poisonous spiders in Prague, so that's cool. Although I would prefer if there were NO spiders at all......................................but I guess in the words of the Rolling Stones you can't always get what you want.

So without further ado...I have some pictures to share with you (rhyme unintended).



Czech + Farmer's Market

By Ashley Rozatti, University of La Verne

Today our Czech class assignment was to visit the local farmer's market and test our Czech; we also had to explore and try some new food. It was so nice to find organic fruits and veggies, my classmates and I were ecstatic! Molly especially – as you can see she filled up her backpack with lots of greens! Trying to eat healthy here in Prague is a definite struggle. Traditional Czech meals consist of meat and potatoes.




By Alyssa Ostrout, Bryant University

So as you may (or may not) know, an internship is mandatory for my program here in Prague. Over the summer we had to submit resumes and cover letters to a few companies, and for the past few weeks we have been having interviews, which has been miserable by the way because I am probably the worst interviewee ever. You know how sometimes someone will ask you a question and in the moment you are wracking your brain for a response, but once you reflect on the conversation you can think of one thousand and ten PERFECT responses and spend the rest of the day kicking yourself for it? (Hindsight is 20/20 I suppose.) Yeah, that's me. So from that it should come as no surprise that interviews are overall painful experiences for me. But somehow I made it through two interviews and came out with an internship! 

Now I have never had an internship before, and I have no idea what to expect. I did have my first day yesterday, which involved a LOT of printing (a lot is even a bit of an understatement, I probably killed hundreds of trees with the amount of printing I had to do). However, I was told that I wouldn't have to do administrative work like that very often, so pretty much my first day did not prepare me for what is to come whatsoever (hooray). Also, seeing that I've never interned before now, I have no idea what I like and don't like. I am a communications major, but I have no idea what I want to do with that once I graduate college. I am probably the most wishy-washy person on the face of this earth. I've changed my mind about my future a million times and will quite possibly change it a million times more. I wanted to be a veterinarian until I realized that I am super squeamish, I wanted to be an actress until I realized that I can't act, I wanted to be a lawyer until I realized that I didn't want to put a man in jail and have him come after me if he ever got out (clearly I've seen Cape Fear way too many times), I wanted to be a philosophy professor until I realized that with the amount of schooling I'd have to take I would be in debt until I died, and the list goes on. I've always wished that I was one of those people that knew at the age of five where they wanted to go with their life. I've just never really been good enough at anything for it to make me think "wow...I would love to do this for the rest of my life." You know?

Anyways, I am definitely excited (and nervous) to really get this internship started and (hopefully) get one step closer to figuring out what it is that I want to do in life. Wish me luck!

Czech it out!

By Alyssa Ostrout, Bryant University

Dobry den! (that means hello or good day in Czech!)

So as you can probably infer from my greeting, I had my very first language class today! It seemed a little overwhelming at first, which I suppose is understandable when you are thrown into a country that speaks a language not at all similar to your own, however it did seem to get easier as the class went on. Czech is not the first language that I have taken, so perhaps the experience of learning another language in the past will help me a bit. I took Spanish for six years and to be honest I have found myself about to say something in Spanish more than a few times since I've been here. It's not that Czech and Spanish are similar in any way, they are actually very different (for example, the Czech language seems to really hate professor today wrote an entire sentence without one vowel in it and to be honest when he spoke it it sounded like absolute gibberish) but considering it is the only other language that I've learned somewhat in depth besides English I guess my mind just naturally assumes any language other than English can be responded to in Spanish, I don't know. I feel like that doesn't even make sense, but it has happened and that's the only way I can think to explain it. I have such a way with words don't I?

Maybe someday I will be able to write an entire post in Czech (don't worry, I'll translate it).