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CoryAnnAvants#1
Apr 2nd, 2006, 10:31 AM
So I've changed my mind about 58 times and now I've finally settled on one of these two. I'm leaning towards Prague because the city is absolutely gorgeous and I could get by a lot further on my budget. However, Brussels allows the opportunity to do more extensive travelling because I'm 3 hours or less by train from five major cities (London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Luxembourg City).

So which one and why? Which has the better nightlife? Friendlier people? More accessible? eEtc.

CooCooCachoo
Apr 2nd, 2006, 10:39 AM
Haven't been to Prague. Have heard it's great as a city and as a tourist destination.

Am not fond of Brussels at all, not of what I have seen, but as a place to study I think it is more renowned. It definitely will allow for more traveling to other big cities. But Prague is much much cheaper from what I have heard.

So what is your priority? Staying within budget or seeing much of the continent? I think night life will be good in either city.

James
Apr 2nd, 2006, 10:44 AM
I agree with what Martijn said. It depends on where your priority lies. Brussels is not really my thing, cause there seem to be a lot of unfriendly people there who refuse to speak Dutch, but other than that you will get by well in both cities.

CooCooCachoo
Apr 2nd, 2006, 10:46 AM
I think English will get you further in Brussels than in Prague, but be wary of stubborn francophones :angel:

Dan the Assassin
Apr 2nd, 2006, 10:47 AM
Prague they have a plethora of quality prostitutes. :)

James
Apr 2nd, 2006, 10:48 AM
Prague they have a plethora of quality prostitutes. :)

If that's where your priorities are, I'm sure that's the best choice.

-Ph51-
Apr 2nd, 2006, 11:51 AM
So I've changed my mind about 58 times and now I've finally settled on one of these two. I'm leaning towards Prague because the city is absolutely gorgeous and I could get by a lot further on my budget. However, Brussels allows the opportunity to do more extensive travelling because I'm 3 hours or less by train from five major cities (London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Luxembourg City).

So which one and why? Which has the better nightlife? Friendlier people? More accessible? eEtc.
Plus Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Liège, Köln, Lille... :)

^bibi^
Apr 2nd, 2006, 12:13 PM
Forget what my dutch friends said, people are very warm in Brussels (and where the hell do they refuse to speak dutch ?? Well of course one could say flemish is not dutch... lol)

Anyway, prague is probably a great city, but as you said, you risk to stay stuck in there, while Brussels is really near almost everything which is great, even if Brussels probably not the best city there is in Europe lol (though of course as I work there I might see it differently)... Plus if you go tu study, Brussels uni is a good one I think :p

flyingmachine
Apr 2nd, 2006, 12:18 PM
So I've changed my mind about 58 times and now I've finally settled on one of these two. I'm leaning towards Prague because the city is absolutely gorgeous and I could get by a lot further on my budget. However, Brussels allows the opportunity to do more extensive travelling because I'm 3 hours or less by train from five major cities (London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Luxembourg City).

So which one and why? Which has the better nightlife? Friendlier people? More accessible? eEtc.
I think it depends on which is the best uni out of these two.

James
Apr 2nd, 2006, 12:21 PM
Forget what my dutch friends said, people are very warm in Brussels (and where the hell do they refuse to speak dutch ?? Well of course one could say flemish is not dutch... lol)

Anyway, prague is probably a great city, but as you said, you risk to stay stuck in there, while Brussels is really near almost everything which is great, even if Brussels probably not the best city there is in Europe lol (though of course as I work there I might see it differently)... Plus if you go tu study, Brussels uni is a good one I think :p

I'm sure there are very warm people in Brussels, but why do I never meet them? :p

^bibi^
Apr 2nd, 2006, 12:24 PM
I'm sure there are very warm people in Brussels, but why do I never meet them? :p
Coz you're not warm yourself and people get cold to your contact ? :p

James
Apr 2nd, 2006, 12:27 PM
Coz you're not warm yourself and people get cold to your contact ? :p

I'll overlook that obviously wrong conclusion. :p

-Ph51-
Apr 2nd, 2006, 12:49 PM
I'm sure there are very warm people in Brussels, but why do I never meet them? :p
Because you're dutch! :angel: :bolt:

tennisjam
Apr 2nd, 2006, 01:00 PM
Prague all the way :)

beautiful women
great culture
...

pla
Apr 2nd, 2006, 01:00 PM
I dunno about Brussels but Liege is my new fave city around :hearts:

So many friendly people, tons of students, a little mess (just enough to spice things up). it's fantastic. And the Univ is great.

Anwyays, CoryAnn.. make your choice considering the quality of the University and not the city.

controlfreak
Apr 2nd, 2006, 01:00 PM
I think it depends on which is the best uni out of these two.

I would think that when you get the chance to study in a foreign country, the academic quality of the university should be the last thing on your mind.

pla
Apr 2nd, 2006, 01:05 PM
I would think that when you get the chance to study in a foreign country, the academic quality of the university should be the last thing on your mind.

The quality of the education is the main consern in my book, if you have that, then you can move whereever you wish around the globe.

James
Apr 2nd, 2006, 01:10 PM
Because you're dutch! :angel: :bolt:

I thought that would be a large part of it. Should I try and appear Flemish instead? :lol:

tennisjam
Apr 2nd, 2006, 01:11 PM
I dunno about Brussels but Liege is my new fave city around :hearts:

So many friendly people, tons of students, a little mess (just enough to spice things up). it's fantastic. And the Univ is great.

Anwyays, CoryAnn.. make your choice considering the quality of the University and not the city.

Yeah, Liège rocks :rocker2: :)

pla
Apr 2nd, 2006, 01:11 PM
I thought that would be a large part of it. Should I try and appear Flemish instead? :lol:

:haha: It will be very hard for a Dutch to appear Flemish ;) :lol: :lol:

James
Apr 2nd, 2006, 01:12 PM
:haha: It will be very hard for a Dutch to appear Flemish ;) :lol: :lol:

You underestimate my acting abilities, my dear Plamena. :lol:

Allez-H
Apr 2nd, 2006, 01:13 PM
You should study in Brussels cuz I study there too :angel:

pla
Apr 2nd, 2006, 01:16 PM
You underestimate my acting abilities, my dear Plamena. :lol:

:hatoff: That's so hard, almost as hard it's for me to pass for a Macedonian. The required abilities are almost equal to the Oscar winning ones :lol:

Come-on-kim
Apr 2nd, 2006, 01:21 PM
I study in Brussels and I love it :bounce:

I don't regret my choice, I think it's a great city, with lots of stuffs to do! Friendly people, european city, beautiful architecture (prague as well tho) and good universities!

CoryAnnAvants#1
Apr 2nd, 2006, 09:55 PM
As far as the academics go, I'd either be at the CIEE Study Center in Brussels or Charles University in Prague. From what I've heard, they're both good institutions. I don't know which is better. However, the courses generally tend to be easier for Americans studying abroad in many of these places because they really want you to have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and not be trapped in your room studying.

I've heard that Belgium is slightly more conservative in Prague, but the entertainment factor is pretty equal in both (although in different respects). And although I could get around more easily in Prague, flights to European countries can be found for reasonable prices. There's also a bunch of Czech cities I'd love to check out (Brno, Olomouc, Karlovy Vary, Ceske Krumlov).

Anybody have an idea of what they gay scene is like in these places? Tolerance factor? Also, are there clubs where I could play tennis and find people to hit with?

One of the issues I'm concerned with is language. Learning foreign languages is not my speciality, so I intend on taking one of those two week crash courses (for eight hours a day...ughh...) before I go. I'm sure I could at least get by with French, but learning Czech seems intimidating. Not only learning a new language, but a new alphabet? I would like to be able to at least get by in the language of that country. I don't want to be the bimbo American tourist;) . But is it possible to pick up Czech quickly or would I be screwed?

Pheobo
Apr 2nd, 2006, 10:04 PM
Prague is such a beautiful city. Please go there!

Josh
Apr 2nd, 2006, 10:53 PM
As far as the academics go, I'd either be at the CIEE Study Center in Brussels or Charles University in Prague. From what I've heard, they're both good institutions. I don't know which is better. However, the courses generally tend to be easier for Americans studying abroad in many of these places because they really want you to have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and not be trapped in your room studying.

I've heard that Belgium is slightly more conservative in Prague, but the entertainment factor is pretty equal in both (although in different respects). And although I could get around more easily in Prague, flights to European countries can be found for reasonable prices. There's also a bunch of Czech cities I'd love to check out (Brno, Olomouc, Karlovy Vary, Ceske Krumlov).

Anybody have an idea of what they gay scene is like in these places? Tolerance factor? Also, are there clubs where I could play tennis and find people to hit with?

One of the issues I'm concerned with is language. Learning foreign languages is not my speciality, so I intend on taking one of those two week crash courses (for eight hours a day...ughh...) before I go. I'm sure I could at least get by with French, but learning Czech seems intimidating. Not only learning a new language, but a new alphabet? I would like to be able to at least get by in the language of that country. I don't want to be the bimbo American tourist;) . But is it possible to pick up Czech quickly or would I be screwed?

The CIEE study center in Brussels is at the Vesalius College right? It's part of the VUB, the Dutch speaking university of Brussels but I think you can also follow a few courses at the French speaking university. Anyway the college is located next to the VUB and ULB campusses so the area is pretty crowded with students. Concerning nightlife though, you'll be better off in the city centre. If you wanna play tennis, there are indoor and outdoor courts at the VUB campus right across the street or you can take the bus to the ULB sports centre which is a few miles away but also offers indoor and outdoor courts (clay, hard, grass, carpet). There's also a couple of "real" tennis clubs in the city but they are more expensive of course. I'm sure you can find a tennis partner real quick if you leave a note ad valvas at the university.

If you choose Brussels, you'll be also near all EU and other international institutions so you'll find the city to be very cosmopolitan and you'll get to meet many people from all over Europe and the world.

About the gay scene, there's a few places in the city centre and there's also a party called "La Déménce" which takes place once every month and attracts people from all over Europe.

Concerning the language, English will get you everywhere in Brussels but if you wanna do an effort speaking French or Dutch most people will appreciate. Most likely they will answer you in English though so if you want them to answer in Fr/Du, just tell them.

Come-on-kim
Apr 3rd, 2006, 06:36 PM
The CIEE study center in Brussels is at the Vesalius College right? It's part of the VUB, the Dutch speaking university of Brussels but I think you can also follow a few courses at the French speaking university. Anyway the college is located next to the VUB and ULB campusses so the area is pretty crowded with students. Concerning nightlife though, you'll be better off in the city centre. If you wanna play tennis, there are indoor and outdoor courts at the VUB campus right across the street or you can take the bus to the ULB sports centre which is a few miles away but also offers indoor and outdoor courts (clay, hard, grass, carpet). There's also a couple of "real" tennis clubs in the city but they are more expensive of course. I'm sure you can find a tennis partner real quick if you leave a note ad valvas at the university.

If you choose Brussels, you'll be also near all EU and other international institutions so you'll find the city to be very cosmopolitan and you'll get to meet many people from all over Europe and the world.

About the gay scene, there's a few places in the city centre and there's also a party called "La Déménce" which takes place once every month and attracts people from all over Europe.

Concerning the language, English will get you everywhere in Brussels but if you wanna do an effort speaking French or Dutch most people will appreciate. Most likely they will answer you in English though so if you want them to answer in Fr/Du, just tell them.

Where is the CIEE study center?

Well, I think that Josh's post is a good one ;) I agree completely with him... except that maybe I'd say that the Brussels gay scene is just not only about "La Démence" :p There're many other nice places to go out in Brussels for gay people.

I'd also add that gay people are extreamly good accepted in Brussels. Gays can walk hand-in-hand in the street, I remark that more and more lately.