Erasmus Experience in Prague, Czech Republic by Stella

Why did you choose to go to Prague, Czech Republic?

I’ve choosen Prague because I wanted to enjoy the big city full of cultural places, beautiful archtecture and good nightlife. Another reason is that it is not so expensive like some other countries in comparison with Croatia which is my home country. There are some small cities/towns which are worth visiting as well, especially Česky Krumlov, a town in the south of Czech Republic I have fallen in love with!

How long is the scholarship? How much money do you receive to help you with living costs?

The scholarship was 4 months, 400 euros per month which was enough for accomodation and food in my case because I was living in a dormitory of CULS. The price is approximately 3500 kč, which is around 140 euros.


What is the student lifestyle like in Prague?

There is always something going on, a lot of Beerpong tournaments, trips to breweries, castles or museums. There are a lot of discounts with the ISIC card which is a life saver. At particular days there are discounts or free entries into some clubs, which are open almost every day.

Would you recommend the city and the University of Prague to other students?

I would recommend it, you won’t regret it. The University of Life Sciences is situated in Suchdol and it is made as a campus. The equipment is new, everything is well organized and the coordinators are really helpful. The courses were easy to pass, but probably because some of the teachers are not speaking english very well.

What is the food like?

Their traditional food is mostly meat based, with added bread dumplings or potatos mostly. It is worth trying, but in my opinion not something I would eat everyday. Definitely try the Pork Knee/Knuckle if you are a meatlover. I was cooking myself 95% of the time because I like vegetables, so if you are like me, try the farmers market where people sell fresh vegetables and many different delicateses!

Did it cost you to find your accommodation in Prague?

I had no problems because I applied for a dormitory on time. But as I know, the flats are really expensive.

How much does it cost to live in Prague?

It is not expensive if you are not eating in the city too often. 500-600 euros a month were enough for a decent lifestyle.

Is the language easy to get to grips with? Are there language courses available at the University?

There are some intensive Czech courses at the University and regular ones. Since I am from Croatia, it was not hard to get to grips with Czech language.

What's the easiest or most economical way to travel to Prague from your city?

By FlixBus. The travel lasts about 10 hours, but it’s much cheaper than an airplane.

Where would you recommend to go on a night out in Prague?

Popocafepetl in Michalska street if you want a cheap warmup and Vzorkovna for a cool and cozy ambient with live music.

And for eating? Can you recommend some good restaurants in Prague?

Havelna Koruna is made like a mensa so it’s a little cheaper than in other restaurants. If you want a good burger, try Nevinny bar.

What good cultural sites are there to visit?

Definitely Prague Castle and the St. Vitus Cathedral. Of course the Astronomical clock in the Old town. Vyšehrad, Petrin and Letna park if you want to catch a beautiful view of Prague. If you are a nature lover go to Divoka Sarka, you won’t regret it!

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