By: Hannah Koutishian
My experience in Prague, Czech Republic was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. I never imagined that I would be able to study abroad. This January I had the amazing opportunity to go abroad assisted by our study abroad advisor Laura Grodewald and The Gilman Foundation which awarded me a scholarship to study in Prague. I had never been abroad before, and this experience truly exceeded all of my expectations for studying in another country. I was able to take a social psychology course that assisted in my own studies as a nursing major back home and prepare me for my graduation in May.
While abroad, I had the chance to explore one of the most well preserved and beautiful medieval cities in Europe. We took a trip to Pilsner Urquell brewery and tasted Pilsner beer from the source and took an extensive tour of the process of making Pilsner beer. We took a somber trip to the town and prison of Terezin and reflected on the history of the area during and post-World War II. We spent time at the famous Prague Castle and took long walks through the city when we weren’t in class. I studied there through CIEE, and they went to great lengths to provide an enriching experience for their students through multiple tours and activities outside of our classes. This experience has been the highlight of my time here at Georgian Court University, and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to fulfill my dreams of studying abroad.
*Hannah received a Gilman scholarship to join this program abroad. Read more about this on our news story: Worth the Journey: A Gilman Scholar’s Experiences in Prague – Georgian Court University, New Jersey