My name is Ruchi Dhandhukia, and I am one of your Study Abroad Liaisons in Prague. I am a sophomore majoring in Finance and Accounting. Born and raised in South Brunswick, New Jersey, one could not imagine the excitement I felt when learning about the opportunity to study abroad for a whole semester. Before college, I seldom traveled outside of the United States; studying abroad in Prague was the perfect opportunity to learn and explore new cultures.
I had little knowledge about the city before arriving, but was so happy with my location choice. Coming from a suburban town, I was used to the quiet, peaceful life. During my year at NYU, I became accustomed to the bustling city life and constant rush. In Prague, I found a balance of the two and was grateful for the positive change. The NYU Prague Campus is in Old Town Square, both a local and tourist hub. There you will find many interesting sights, such as the Astronomical Clock just across one of the main buildings for classes, horses and their carriages, historical statues, the home of Franz Kafka, and much more! Near my dorm, Slezska, the street life slows down to a peaceful cadence with people traveling at a slower pace.
The classes offered at NYU Prague may not be Stern heavy, but the two that are offered in Prague are taught by great professors who make the classes fun and engaging. As for the non-Stern classes, Prague offers great electives. In addition to Marketing and Organizational Communication, I am taking Czech Art and Architecture and Law and People’s Rights. I encourage you to take electives which interest you and let you immerse the coursework with the city, such as my architecture class; after teaching about different styles of architecture, the professor takes you on several field trips to visit historical monuments! While class is fun and interesting, get used to sitting in that seat since most classes are for three hours at a time. The good news is that most classes only meet once a week, so do not get too worried.
During my time in Prague, I have done a fair share of sightseeing around the city and have also travelled to Vienna for three days. My time at Vienna was a splendid one. Although it was drizzling for a day, we got to see many museums, such as the Art History Museum. One of the best things about Prague is that you can buy bus tickets for cheap and travel to wherever you want to go very easily. In fact, as I write this, I will be getting ready to hop on a bus to go to Budapest for four days. When you first get here, you may be overwhelmed with both travel and work, so it is important to plan ahead and balance your workload to avoid stress on the trips.
I knew almost no one when I first arrived in Prague, since all my friends were either in Florence or London. If you find yourself in a similar position, do not worry! I came to make some really close friends in my three weeks here, and could not be more happy to study in a city filled with rich culture and persona. If you are considering studying in Prague, know that you will have four months of learning, fun, and spontaneous adventures with the people you love!