Fall 2016, Issue I (Film Studies)
The Fall 2016 semester had begun and we have 21 students on site (14 enrolled in the Production track and 7 enrolled in the Screenwriting track). The 3-week orientation period is close to its end and students are enjoying new experiences while living in a foreign city.
How was their first weeks?
Film Studies program is a practical program designed for active students whose passion is filmmaking. Especially for the Production track, image should be stronger than words...and Tommy Petroskey (Fairfield University) has proven it by sharing this wonderful video with his first impressions with us:
The Film Studies orientation was shortened into two days (traditional sessions in the mornings and walks around the city after lunch) and it seems to be working great.
Our student services team in cooperation of one of the Czech buddies prepared a new format of the orientation walk. This way students are more involved and in a scavenger hunt style they truly learn about the city of Prague and its transportation.
Since the first weekend after arrival for free, buddies already planned some Interest Group Activities for the students:
Cooking lesson - Czech pastries
and the Invisible Exhibition.
High culture event
On Thursday, September 1st, students enjoyed the "Cube" dance performance at the New Scene of the National Theatre, Laterna Magika. This term we allowed students to pick a performance of their preference before they arrived on site, and we have to say all were happy with their choice!
Day trip to Křivoklát castle
On Saturday, September 3rd, both tracks attended a new UJOP trip to Křivoklát castle which was built in the 13th century. After a hike to the castle, they enjoyed the guided tour and a yummy Czech style lunch followed. This was a true Czech-style experience as this is exactly how many Czech families decide to spend their weekends!
Czech immersion trip
Screenwriting track is currently on a 4-day long Czech immersion trip at Charles University premises at the beautiful bohemian city Stráž nad Nežárkou. They are learning the language while enjoying the beauty of the ending summer. They are also working on a video project we hope we will be able to share on this platform soon!
Meet up party (September, 5th)
We added a special twist to our traditional first all get together event of this semester and it was a great success! Almost all students from all 4 programs visited the Meet up party and had a chance to meet buddies, staff but also other study abroad students and locals. All visitors were given a half of card at the entrance and their task was to find a person who has the other part during the course of the evening. Once they found each other they had to introduce themselves and find out more about the person. Meanwhile everyone could be involved in bowling tournament and win Czech souvenirs. Rest of visitors could play billiard, darts, table football and many other games. We are looking forward to our next get together event and hope it will be another big success!
On Friday, September 9th, students will explore the famous Barrandov Film Studios and Hafan animation workshop will entertain them in the following two weekends.
Overall, it seems we are off to a successful start of the semester!