Spotlight on Prague

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Charles Bridge and buildings along the Vltava at night, in Prague, Czech Republic.-1

The incredible capital city of the Czech Republic in Eastern Europe is such an incredible place to experience a work or study placement abroad. If you’re about to start researching where to go to take part in an Erasmus+ mobility, then this piece will help you make that all-important decision. Did you know, Erasmus+ is the EU’s work and study placement scheme and is so popular that over 10 million people have taken part since 2014. You could join the many happy students who’ve sampled life abroad and with grants available, this scheme opens up a world of opportunities for everyone – even those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Let’s look at an Erasmus+ placement in Prague:

The Cost of Living in Prague for Students and Learners

Prague is excellent value for money, especially for students. We’d recommend choosing shared accommodation, as not only does this mean your budget stretches further but it also helps you to make new friends right at the start of your Erasmus+ trip. Accommodation is as cheap as just 100 Euros per month – right up to 1000 Euros, depending on the position and type of apartment.

Don’t forget to factor in your transport and food budget. You can buy tickets for trams and buses that are valid for 1, 3 or 5 months. The latter is the most economical and a longer-term ticket gives you the cheapest option for transport in the city.

Going Out and About in Prague

This friendly city has plenty to explore for students. The people are easy to talk to, and if you’re looking to practice your English skills, most people speak the language. There’ll be opportunities for you to join in with other students, and your partner university will often put on events such as gatherings and parties, so you’ll make new friends. There are bars, clubs and restaurants to enjoy, and most are very affordable for students on a limited budget. One place to try is the Hemingway Bar which is always packed with young people winding down after a day at university or college. Or visit the MeetFactory which is an especially popular place for arty and creative types.

Cultural Activities In Prague

There are so many must-sees in Prague that you’ll be spoilt for choice! Of those, you won’t be able to miss the Old Town Square at the very heart of the city. In the square is the famous Prague Astronomical Clock which dates back to medieval times and chimes on the hour. There’s also Frank Kafka’s birthplace, the Powder Tower, a gothic tower built in 1475 that used to house gunpowder. There’s also the Charles Bridge that crosses the Vltava River and dates back to 1357. Do visit the Old New Synagogue which dates back to 1270 and is the oldest, active synagogue in Europe and in the heart of the Jewish quarter – which is also a must-do.

As far as food, the Czech Republic gets especially cold in the winter, but you can warm up on traditional soups such as Kulajda which is made with mushrooms and potatoes. Prague is also home to a delicious beef goulash or steak tartar. There’s sausages galore and plenty of exceptional sweet treats such as bublanina cake, sold in most bakeries.

So now you know all about Prague, it’s time to start your Erasmus+ application! Speak to your college tutor or university careers’ department. If you’re still at school, your teacher should be able to point you in the right direction. Of course, if you need further guidance, you can always get in touch with one of the TravelEdventures team, we’re happy to help you begin the process and get you ready to embark on an Erasmus+ experience in Prague.