Packing and Traveling
-What are you glad you packed from home?
– good headphones with long battery life(lots of travel time on planes,trains, and automobiles
-good backpack with lots of room
– playing cards
– neck pillow for sure, great for naps pretty much anywhere
-What do you wish you had left at home?
– some of my clothes, didn’t end up wearing a lot of them very much
– my hat, only wore it once
– I did not bring very much stuff so I didn’t really run into this problem of wishing i left something
-Do you have any travel tips to pass on (planning advice, safety considerations, guidebooks, train vs. bus, etc.)?
-don’t over plan your trip/weekend trips
– be open to going with the flow( a lot less stressful)
– don’t over pack, you don’t need as much as you think
-What places would you advise future students to see and why?
– Portugal = super good vibes and welcoming culture. And it is beautiful
– Austria/Hallstatt = very beautiful, the Alps, no where like it.
– Bowling in Olomouc = super cheap and a good time
– Croatia- Plitvice National Park = one of the most beautiful places on this planet.
-How did you meet students from your host country?
– Just being social in public places, for example I met a guy at a pizza shop just buy asking him what a word meant and then we started talking. We ended up hanging out a few times throught my time there.
-How did you like to spend your free time and why? Is there anything you regret not doing more of in your free time?
– I liked to go rock climbing with a few other american students on the trip. This was my favorite pass time when we had time to do it.
– I regret not exploring the city of Olomouc more. There is a lot of the city that we did not even see.
-What opportunities for social, recreational, and cultural events that the host university or program offered did you like best? Why?
– getting to know other erasmus students and nebraska travelers– my favorite part
-What piece of advice would you give future students regarding their non-academic life while abroad?
– Be open to start conversations with people living in your building. You’ll make lots of friends
-How did your academic experience abroad differ from your U.S. experiences concerning?
– It was very lecture based at Palacky University. Not as interactive ( aside from Czech Language) as I would have liked.
-Relations with professors/classroom instruction?
– professors are super friendly and social with us.
-seemed excited to be there teaching us
–Grading was super nice. Not nearly as strict as it is at UNK
– Yes, you have to study a little bit. However it is really easy stuff.
– I don’t think anyone ever used the library in our group
– Most students had their own laptop with them and we had wifi in our dorms.
-What enabled/hindered your successful academic experience?
–Having super helpful professors that worked with us was a big part of me doing better in Czech Language.
Money and Communications
-How much money in U.S. currency would you recommend students have at their disposal for their whole time abroad?
– I lived/traveled comfortably with about $6000,
– Some students only brought about $3000 and had a wonderful trip
– One girl was close to spending about $14000.
-How much money did you have in foreign currency when you left for your program? Was it enough?
– I did not bring any foreign currency overseas with me. I Just used ATMs
-How did you manage your money (credit cards, traveler’s checks, bank accounts etc.)? How and where did you access your money?
– I just made sure to check my money situation every few days to make sure I still had plenty. Tried not to spend too much every week and focused more of my money on traveling.
-How much money did you spend on:
- $30 ish a week on food.
- Depends what you want to do
- Maybe $10 per week if that.
- Most stuff you do for entertainment you don’t pay for.
- Public transportation was super nice so we did not have to pay for transportation very much at all.
- A few thousand
- Flights and living arrangements add up
Personal items (toiletries)?
- $20 total
- Probabaly about $1000
- Roughly $8- 10 every time
-How did you communicate with the U.S.? What would you recommend to future students (e.g. calling card, set up e-mail account and where, etc.)?
Please also list the “Top 10 Must-Do Activities” to experience during your time abroad. Please give as much detail as possible (i.e.- Be sure to go to XXXXXX and ask for Mr. XXXXX as he loves to chat with students from the U.S., or Take bus #XX to the final stop where you can see a view of the city.)
Don’t worry if you can’t come up with 10 activities…just list ones you feel strongly about! ; )
( in no particular order)
- Hallstatt, Austria
- Beautiful little small town in the middle of the mountains
- Plitvice National Park , Croatia
- One of the most beautiful places I have ever been to
- Bowling with some friends
- In the main mall in Olomouc on the top floor.
- Super cheap and a great time
- Scootering down a mountain!
- Day trip to a hydroelectric water plant and go to top of mountain
- Once there they have scooters you can rent for a 10 mile road down to the bottom of the mountain!
- Lisbon, Portugal
- One of my favorite places that I visited
- Beautiful city and friendly people and culture
- Paintballing in Olomouc was a blast
- Teresa set it all up for us so I don’t know any details]
- Explore Prague!
- Prague is one of my favorite cities that we visited and it was super cool to explore with just some friends