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Study Abroad in Prague
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Staggering architecture, rich cultural history, a turbulent past and exciting future – Prague is a fascinating city. And given the country’s rapidly evolving media landscape, it’s also the perfect site to examine the transforming nature of contemporary media culture. Develop a deeper literacy about global communication trends, and analyze the complexities of contemporary life in the Czech Republic during courses at the most prestigious university in Prague and internships with media organizations.

Study abroad in Prague and you'll:

  • Enroll directly in classes at Charles University (Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism) and/or The Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) in addition to media classes at the CIEE Study Center
  • Take a 3-credit internship forcused on media and communication, and work 7 to 10 hours per weekin an internship placement.
  • Enjoy a guest lecture series featuring local artists, filmmakers, political figures, and philosophers discussing contemporary, issues, art, and media topics
  • Deepen your understanding of the Czech Republic with various historic and cultural excursions around Prague and the surrounding area
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study. $2,500 per student.

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $2,000 per student

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

The Communication, New Media, and Journalism program at the CIEE Study Center in Prague, Czech Republic enhances students’ knowledge of contemporary media culture and production from a national and global perspective. The program combines theory and practice and gives students the opportunity to learn firsthand about communication and media issues in Central Europe.

Excursions

study abroad in the Czech Republic

Get out and see communications, journalism, and media in action during visits to media companies, radio stations, and more.You’ll take an overnight trip outside Prague during one of your weekends. The trip is focused on media and cultural immersion and is part of the program fee. You will also participate in day trips designed to expand on your classroom learning.

Cultural Immersion

We make it easy to immerse yourself in Prague culture and society. Use your communications skills during volunteering opportunities at local schools or a children’s home, or by helping with CIEE’s yearbook or blog. Make friends by taking part in an array of student-to-student programs, from sharing an apartment with a Czech student to participating in exciting extracurricular activities, tandem language exchanges, and a unique “Meet Czech Families” program.

Internships

All CNMJ students must complete at least 100 hours at internship sponsor and enroll in Internship: Work Experience and Seminar course. Students undergo a selective process through interviews at internship sponsors and are encouraged to accept a position after thorough consideration. Students work 7-10 hours per week from Monday to Friday based on their schedule and agreement with the mentor. Apart from the onsite work students have biweekly meetings with the CIEE course instructor and learn about Czech work environment, organization culture, and future career development. As part of the internship course, students are required to write a final paper on a topic that is related to some aspect of the student´s internship.

This internship opportunity responds to a clear necessity among multicultural societies: the need to educate young people abroad by offering them an opportunity to gain professional experience to complement their academic experience.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (16 wks)
04/15/2016
08/29/2016
12/17/2016
$18,150

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, local transportation pass, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs
$14,807
Housing **
$2,925
Insurance
$118

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** Meals vary by housing choice: Includes two meals per day for homestay students. Breakfast is included for dormitory students. No meals are included for students in apartments. Additionally, students who opt for and are placed in single-occupancy dorm or apartment rooms will be billed a supplemental fee of approximately $500, 4-6 weeks after the program starts.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,850
International Airfare **
$1,200
Local Transportation
$50
Books & Supplies
$100
Visa Fees ***
$125
Personal expenses
$2,200
Other ****
$145

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* For students in apartments. Students placed in homestays are provided with breakfast and dinner; additional meals for homestay students are estimated at $550 per semester. Students placed in the dormitory are provided with breakfast only; additional meals for dormitory students are estimated at $1,500 per semester.

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** average cost

**** Required Czech insurance

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Spring 2017 (16 wks)
10/15/2016
01/23/2017
05/14/2017
$18,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, local transportation pass, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs
$15,458
Housing **
$2,925
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** Meals vary by housing choice: Includes two meals per day for homestay students. Breakfast is included for dormitory students. No meals are included for students in apartments. Additionally, students who opt for and are placed in single-occupancy dorm or apartment rooms will be billed a supplemental fee of approximately $500, 4-6 weeks after the program starts.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,850
International Airfare **
$1,200
Local Transportation
$50
Books & Supplies
$100
Visa Fees ***
$125
Personal expenses
$2,200
Other ****
$145

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* For students in apartments. Students placed in homestays are provided with breakfast and dinner; additional meals for homestay students are estimated at $550 per semester. Students placed in the dormitory are provided with breakfast only; additional meals for dormitory students are estimated at $1,500 per semester.

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** average cost

**** Required Czech insurance

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
  • Minimum of 2 courses beyond the introductory level (200 level and above) in Communications, Journalism, Media, or International Affairs.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

CIEE area studies courses have 45 contact hours and credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course. CIEE language courses have 60 contact hours and credit is 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

FAMU and Charles University FSV courses have on average 24 contact hours and credit is 1.5 semester/2.25 quarter hours per course. Students are highly recommended to take courses outside of CIEE at FSV or FAMU. However, they may enroll in up to 6 total semester credits at these two institutions.

Total credit for the semester is 16–18 semester/24–27 quarter hours.

Students may combine this program with a semester on the CIEE Prague Central European Studies or Film Studies program in order to spend a full academic year in the Czech Republic.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All participants are required to enroll in the CIEE internship; at least four additional elective courses, with focus on communications, media, or journalism are required.

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About the City

About The City

Because of its innumerable characteristic steeples, Prague is called the "City of a Hundred Spires" and is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This European Union member, and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a perfect example of the steady development of a society that recently transitioned from a communist past. With a population of only 1.2 million, Prague has an unusually rich cultural life – festivals, operas, concerts, and cultural programs, many of which are accessible on a student budget. Study abroad students experience life similar to that of Czech students and frequent numerous neighborhoods in the city like native residents of Prague. Prague also offers a unique symbiosis of carefully preserved monuments of all periods and styles.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Martina Brenová

Office Manager

Martina leads the Communications, New Media and Journalism program and facilitates placement of students in internships. Also, she teaches the internship seminar and leads cultural workshops.

Martina earned her M.A. in International Development from Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, and received a certificate in the teaching of geography at the secondary school level. Martina’s interests include culture and international business.

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Jana Cemusová

Center Director

Jana heads the CIEE Study Center in Prague, leading study abroad programs through partnerships with Charles University, the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU), and other local educational institutions. Jana is a double graduate of Charles University in Prague, where she studied theory of culture (anthropology) and Czech language and creative studies. Jana was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Kansas and has expertise in training language teachers and leading projects in immigrant communities. Prior to being named Center Director in 2011, Jana served as CIEE Student Services Director for three years. Before that, she taught and led Czech language instruction through the CIEE Study Center at Charles University. In addition to her duties as Center Director, Jana currently teaches the Intercultural Communication and Leadership course. She served as a chair of Association of Czech Teachers Teaching Czech as a Foreign Language in 2003–2009.

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Vendula Kobertová

Office Assistant

Vendula Kobertová manages reception and assists in the overall administration of the Study Center. She also advises students on cross-cultural and personal issues inherent in the study abroad experience. Vendula is a graduate of Silesian University in Opava. During her studies, she was an Erasmus student at University of Opole in Poland.

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Alicja Nemoudry

Program Coordinator

Alicja, who joined CIEE in 2014, assists in the overall management of the Central European Studies program and is primarily responsible for the day-to-day operations of the CIEE Study Center, program support, academic day and overnight field trips, excursions, volunteering program as well as administrative and editorial support. As a part of regional CIEE team, provides front line services to students and faculty. Prior to joining CIEE Alicja has spent several years living and working abroad. Alicja has an undergraduate degree in History of Art and postgraduate diploma in Art and Business from the University of Aberdeen. She has several years of experience in customer service sector, which she gained during her work in the Scottish art galleries and auction house.

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Lenka Osicková

Housing Coordinator

Lenka joined CIEE in 2014, and is mainly responsible for housing management (dorms, apartments, residences and homestays), housing assignments, housing-related issues, and the Flat Buddy and Homestay Buddy Programs. Lenka graduated from University of Hradec Králové with a bachelor in management of tourism. During her studies, she was an exchange student at Chang Jung Christian University located in southern Taiwan for a semester. She also studied at Universidade de Coimbra in Portugal. Her previous working experience was abroad in Canada working in administrative field and in Portugal where Lenka gained experience in customer service working for IBM. During her studies Lenka volunteered as a buddy for the Erasmus study abroad program.

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Ivana Petrželová

Students Services Assistant

Ivana joined CIEE in 2015 and assists with enrollment, visa processing, course registration, and interest group activities. Ivana is a graduate of Charles University, with a bachelor’s degree in Czech language and literature. Prior to joining CIEE, Ivana worked for three years at Charles University as a program coordinator for international and exchange students, gaining valuable insight and experience in the field of international education.

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Richard Stock, Ph.D.

Academic Director

Rick is originally from the Chicago area, but has lived in the Czech Republic since 1998. Rick received his B.A. in Teaching of English and his M.A. in Literature and Theory from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Rick defended his Ph.D. dissertation at the Charles University Faculty of Arts, and is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of South Bohemia. His research and teaching interests are in contemporary American literature and literary theory. Prior to joining CIEE as Academic Director in 2015, Rick worked at CERGE-EI in Prague as Assistant Professor and Head of the Academic Skills Center, Director of the Ph.D. program, and most recently built the MAE program. Rick also has taught in other private, English-language universities in Prague, and at CIEE teaches a course on Franz Kafka.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

CIEE classes are held in the CIEE Study Center. CIEE students can also take courses at FAMU and Charles University. FAMU classes are held in the FAMU building downtown. Charles University classes are held at various locations downtown. Charles University in Prague, the oldest in Central Europe, was founded in 1348 by King Charles IV of Bohemia. It was open to all nationalities with instruction in Latin. One of the original Gothic buildings remains and is known as the Karolinum. Charles University doesn’t have a campus proper; its buildings are spread all over Prague and in towns outside of Prague.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. Provision of meals depends on the housing option. Students have several housing choices and it is mandatory to select an option prior to departure in the housing survey.

Homestay with a Czech Family — This option provides an excellent opportunity for immersion into the local culture, and is strongly recommended for students who wish to take full advantage of their Czech experience. Dinner and breakfast, on the family’s schedule, are included, as is a single room. While families will help students practice their Czech language skills, many family members also have basic English communication skills. Homestays are typically located in residential areas, so students will have up to a 45 minute commute to the CIEE Study Center. Internet is provided.

Charles University Dormitory — Students who choose this option reside in single or double rooms (singles are limited and at an additional fee). This dormitory houses CIEE and local students (CIEE Dorm Buddies). Vyšehrad dormitory is located in a residential neighborhood with a number of local restaurants. Dormitory facilities include Internet access and modest kitchenettes. A simple breakfast is included in the dormitory option. The dormitory is a 10 minute walk from the CIEE Study Center. Internet is provided.

CIEE-Administered Apartments — CIEE apartments are located in the buildings where other tenants/citizens live. Students are sharing the apartment with a flat buddy who is a Charles University student. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared with apartment mates. Please note that meals are not included with this option. CIEE apartments are located in various neighborhoods and require a maximum 35 minute commute to CIEE. Internet is provided.

CIEE-Administered Residence Hall — There are two CIEE Administered Residences. The residence consist of apartments where only CIEE students and their flat buddies live. There are two options in the residence: one-bedroom apartments for two CIEE students and two/three-bedroom apartments that house three to five CIEE students as well as Charles University student (Flat buddy arranged by CIEE). Singles are typically very limited and available for an additional fee. The commute for residence hall students to CIEE is a maximum of 35 minutes; the downtown area can be reached in 10-20 minutes. Internet is provided.

It is important for students to be aware that commuting is a part of daily life in Prague and most housing options require daily use of public transportation. A transportation pass is provided by the program. While every effort is made to fulfill the student’s housing preference, alternative housing may be assigned due to capacity limitations. Housing is not co-ed and housing allocations are made on a first come, first served basis. Students from the same institution are not put in the same housing as students requesting to live with friends are not allowed.

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Orientations

Orientations

Online Pre-Departure and On-Site Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Prague even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions.

The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

study abroad in the Czech Republic

A mandatory three-week orientation session, which includes an intensive language program, is conducted in Prague at the beginning of the study abroad program and introduces you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provides practical information about living in the Czech Republic. Tours of the vicinity and cultural activities are also arranged. During orientation, you'll spend four hours per day in Czech language classes, including special lunch sessions and afternoon activities. You will be introduced to program faculty and extra-curricular options during this period. The intensive language program is under the direction of Charles University’s Institute of Language and Professional Preparation (UJOP).

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Internet connections are available for free in the homestay, dormitory, and are available in the apartments, residences too. You will have free access to wireless connections and a computer laboratory during the week at the CIEE Study Center and at other Charles University facilities. In addition, Prague offers a good network of Internet cafés for a small fee.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

study abroad in the Czech Republic

The study abroad program includes visits to sites of historical and cultural importance in Prague such as Prague Castle, Old Town, the historical halls of Charles University, theater, and opera. In addition, academically coordinated field trips to locations in Bohemia and Moravia are arranged, allowing you to gain a wider perspective of the region and a greater understanding of studied academic topics and Czech culture. Special highlights of this program include visits to media companies, radio stations, and an overnight excursion with a specific focus on communications and the Czech film industry. CIEE also organizes optional guided field trips to Berlin, Krakow, and Vienna with CIEE professors at an additional cost.

Flat Buddies

CIEE recruits and trains a group of local Charles University students who live with CIEE study abroad students in apartments and the dormitory. These flat buddies share day-to-day issues, help you better understand local cultural norms and standards, and assist you with immersion into the Czech culture and Charles University student life. These local students also help CIEE Prague staff with orientation, social events, and activities throughout the semester.

Interest Groups

Interest groups help smaller groups of students become more integrated into Prague culture and society. These groups include politics, economy, and society, sport, film and theater, music, and art. All groups are organized by Flat Buddies.

Volunteering

Volunteer options are numerous, from teaching English at a local elementary school to working at various film festivals. Internships are an option if you are looking to get involved with Czech nonprofit or non-governmental organizations. They can be highly competitive. Students have volunteered at film companies, schools, and English language training programs. You can choose from several pre-screened volunteering positions with local, mostly non-governmental organizations, which may be involved in education, organization of international political conferences, local and global human rights issues, or library and administrative work in the field of economics.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Program

The program is based at the CIEE Study Center in Prague and allows students the opportunity to combine courses offered by CIEE, FAMU, and Charles University. All students enroll in a CIEE internship, and four elective courses taken from amongst CIEE, FAMU, and Charles University (FSV) course offerings. At least two of the four courses must focus on media and communications. Two elective may be selected from courses offered through the CIEE Prague CES program in areas such as history, economics, psychology, international affairs, or architecture. Students are highly encouraged to take the CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership class as one of their elective courses.

Academic Culture

CIEE courses are generally taken by CIEE students only, although they are listed as official Charles University courses and open to local Czech students. Charles University and FAMU courses are open to local and international students.

Language Environment

All of the required and elective communications, new media, and journalism courses are taught in English. As study abroad students gain proficiency in Czech, resident staff encourages them to use their language skills in everyday settings. The more students participate, the more a community that contributes to Czech language proficiency and understanding of Czech society develops. Therefore the Czech language course is highly recommended to all students.

Nature of Classes

CIEE classes are predominantly with other CIEE students. Occasionally there may be a local or international student in the class as part of the Bridging Perspectives program. CIEE students take classes with Charles University and FAMU students, allowing all students involved to get a more international perspective.

Grading System

Grades (A-F with pluses and minuses) are assigned based on mid-term and final exams, research papers, class presentations, and/or additional assignments depending on the course. Class attendance is mandatory and is factored together with class participation into the final grade. The CIEE internship and some of the other elective media and communications courses may require students to submit a final project, website, radio production, published article, or other media-focused projects.

Language of Instruction

English
Czech (language course only)

Faculty

Courses are taught by Charles University and FAMU faculty and other local professionals and practitioners.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required Course:

INSH 3003 PRAG

Internship: Work Experience and Seminar

This three-credit course combines both on-site work experience and a required seminar to meet both the needs of today’s university students and satisfy the academic requirements of CIEE and Charles University.

The Council on International Educational Exchange offers an internship opportunity for its students through the Central European Studies Program and the Communications, New Media, and Journalism Program. This internship opportunity responds to a clear necessity among multicultural societies: the need to educate young people abroad by offering them an opportunity to gain professional experience to complement their academic experience. The core of this education is a significant on-site work experience, both in terms of time spent and the tasks completed.

Apart from the on-site work experience, this internship program has a strong and challenging academic component that exposes students to the world of non-governmental organizations, education, social services, and the media industry in the Czech Republic and the European Union. The aim of the seminar is to broaden students’ perspectives of their international professional experience through a series of guided discussions, a professional journal, a final project and presentations, in addition to required reading and other classroom activities. The seminar helps students to evaluate their development in the workplace during their on-site work experience, through discussions of organizational theory and intercultural skills for business.

CIEE Courses

CZEC 1001 PRAG

Beginning Czech Language, I

This course is designed to develop students’ practical knowledge of Czech language. The successful student will learn to function in everyday situations, (i.e. restaurants, grocery stores, ticket inspections, dorm, etc.), so as to allow greater integration with Czech culture and society, gain greater confidence in speaking the Czech language, Students will develop the most basic foundation necessary for gaining conversational ability, focusing on situations, pronunciation, and understanding basic phrases. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Students who have previously studied Czech language will have the opportunity to take Intermediate or Advanced level language, as determined by prior study and proficiency.

Elective Courses

The following is a sample list of courses offered by CIEE, FAMU, and Charles University (FSV). Final course lists and schedules will be available to students prior to the start of each semester.

CNMJ focused courses at CIEE (3 semester credits each)

CEAS 3006 PRAG/COMM 3002 PRAG - Ethnic and Religious Identity and Prejudice in a Central European Context
CINE 3012 PRAG – Uses and Misuses of Propaganda in European Film
COMM 3001 PRAG/CEAS 3004 PRAG - Media Impact in Central Europe: Past and Present
COMM 3301 PRAG - Intercultural Communication and Leadership
JOUR 3001 PCMJ - International Reporting
JOUR 3004 PCMJ - Social Media’s Revolutionary Impact on Journalism and Society

CNMJ focused courses at FSV, Charles University (1.5 semester credits unless otherwise marked)

JJM233 - Intercultural Communication Management
JJM117 - Popular culture
JJM234 - Media and Society: An Introduction
JJM240 - Cultural Studies
JJM232 - Globalization of Media Industry
JJB154 - Introduction to Photojournalism (your own film camera is needed)
JJB282 – Marketing Strategy Planning
JJB148 – Audiovisual Interpreting the Reality
JJB086 – Managing Multimedia Project
JJM235 – New Media and Convergence Culture
JJM239 – Sociology of Media
JJM242 – Comics as a medium
JJM191 – Children and the media

CNMJ focused courses at FAMU (1.5 semester credits unless otherwise marked) - tentative


Acting Studio

Central European Cinemas in a Central European Context
Circulating within the Modern Cinematic Image – 3 semester credits
European Film Analysis
Film Adaptations of Literary Sources
Film Style and Form 1 – 3 semester credits
History of Animation
Introduction to International Film/TV Production
Nature and City in the Cinema
Photographic Imaging 1
Realm of Montage
Short Film Practical Analysis: Directing
Visual Theory 1

CIEE Elective Courses (3 semester credits each)

AHIS 3001 PRAG - Art and Architecture of Prague
AHIS 3003 PRAG - Modern Czech Art
AHIS 3005 PRAG - Czech Architecture and Design
ANTH 3001 PRAG - Anthropology of Czech Society and Culture
ARCH 3001 PRAG – Architecture and Design in the Czech Republic from 1945
ARTS 3001 PRAG / POLI 3019 PRAG – Communism and Nazism Reflected in the Arts
CEAS 3001 PRAG - Czech and Central European History
ANTH 3003 PRAG - Anthropological Perspectives on Czech and Slovak Roma
CEAS 3002 PRAG - Contemporary Czech Culture: Alternative Literature, Music, and Lifestyles
CINE 3009 PRAG - Czech Cinema
CINE 3011 PRAG - East European Cinema
CINE 3012 PRAG – Uses and Misuses of Propaganda in European Film
ECON 3003 PRAG - Comparative European Economic Systems
ECON 3004 PRAG - Economics of the European Union
ECON 3005 PRAG – Economies in Transition
ENVI 3001 PRAG - European Environmental Studies
FILM 3002 PRAG - The Holocaust in the Films and Literature of Arnost Lustig
FILM 3003 PRAG - Hollywood and Europe
FILM 3004 PRAG - The Feminine Aura in Film
FILM 3006 PRAG – History through Film of Europe between Hitler and Stalin: A Search for Identity
GEND 3002 PRAG - Gender in the Czech Republic and Europe
HIST 3003 PRAG - Tribal Myths and Traditions of the Czechs
HIST 3005 PRAG - Mitteleuropa: Germany & Central and Eastern Europe from 1848 to 2004
HIST 3006 PRAG / POLI 3014 PRAG - Cold War Confrontation: 1941-1989
HIST 3007 PRAG / RELI 3004 PRAG – Towards the Final Solution: Racism and Anti-Semitism in Western History
INRE 3001 PRAG / HIST 3001 PRAG - Europe and the United States: Transatlantic Relations Past and Present
LITT 3001 PRAG - Modern Czech Literature
LITT 3002 PRAG / ANTH 3002 PRAG - Interpretation of Czech Fairy Tales
LITT 3003 PRAG – Language, Space, Identity: German Literature in the Czech Lands
LITT 3004 PRAG – Franz Kafka: A Prague Writer
PHIL 3001 PRAG / CEAS 3005 PRAG - Technology, Totalitarianism, and the Inpidual
POLI 3003 PRAG – Rise and Fall of Central European Totalitarianism
POLI 3005 PRAG - Politics and Economics of the European Union
POLI 3006 PRAG - Central European Politics
POLI 3011 PRAG - Political History of Europe after World War 2
POLI 3015 PRAG - Nationalism, Democracy, & Conflict in Central Europe: The Czech Case
PSYC 3005 PRAG - Psychoanalysis and Society
PSYC 3004 PRAG - Psychoanalysis and Art
PSYC 3006 PRAG - Third Force Psychology in a Central European Context
RELI 3002 PRAG - History of the Jews in Bohemia and Central Europe
RELI 3003 PRAG - Introduction to the Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism
SOCI 3001 PRAG - Civic Engagement and Social Issues: Central European Perspective
SOCI 3002 PRAG / ANTH 300 PRAG – Migration and Mobility in Central and Eastern Europe

CIEE CNMJ Electives

CEAS 3006 PRAG/COMM 3002 PRAG

Ethnic and Religious Identity and Prejudice in a Central European Context

The course will examine the role of ethnic/religious identity in group prejudice in Central European context and its geopolitical, cultural, ideological and ethical implications. It will explore the function of communication in large groups and in mass movements and the opportunities it provides for social research. Comparison of the Anglo-American and Continental European traditions of social research will provide insights into complementarities of the two approaches and potential richness for new methodological approaches in the field of communication research. Exploring the historical circumstances in which particular social research scholarship has developed will provide students with more realistic understanding of the scientific process. The course will also discuss the mutual influence of society and social research and the benefits and dangers of this dynamic for democracy. The students will learn how to identify research problems and build adequate research methodologies. They will be given opportunity to design their own research methodology. This course will enhance students´ critical thinking and provide them with the understanding of decisive role of connecting the theory and praxis. The theoretical knowledge and research skills acquired in this course will help the students to make competent decisions in their future careers, directly or indirectly dependent on social research: media, advertising, business management, politics, intelligence and law enforcement, and sociological research institutions – to name just a few.

CINE 3012 PRAG

Uses and Misuses of Propaganda in European Film

It could be said that all films are propaganda because they convey messages consciously or unconsciously. However, this course, through the use of a wide range of clips, and relevant texts, will look at two kinds of propaganda in films, the overt and the covert, and the different categories within each type. Thus there is a distinction to be made between the Propaganda film that does not disguise its intentions to influence and even to convert audiences, and those films that have an ideology embedded in it, be it a western, thriller, comedy or melodrama. The course, which will be mainly structured chronologically, will take a contextual and intertextual approach to the subject, while seeking out the specificity of cinema. The course will be supplemented and illustrated by the use of clips from films, and one or two complete feature films, to which the students will be expected to apply historical and critical analyses, seeing films from different perspectives. In other words, students will be required to learn how to ‘read’ films. They will also be expected to contribute to in-class discussions.

COMM 3001 PRAG/CEAS 3004 PRAG

Media Impact in Central Europe: Past and Present

This course examines the role and impact of international and domestic media on political developments in Central Europe, examining the way of doing journalism at Prague-based Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and comparing it to the approaches of other media companies. The course looks at journalism, technology, and logistics used by RFE/RL during the Cold War, and at its current ways of providing information to areas of the world where the press is restricted or tightly controlled. Journalists from RFE/RL and other media are frequent guest speakers. A key aspect of the course is the focus on coverage of religious, ethnic, and other emotionally sensitive issues, and students gain special insights into coverage of current events. They learn about the dynamics of social tensions in transitional and post-communist societies, and how the media is contributing to shaping the history of countries faced with their legacy and with the new challenges of EU membership.

COMM 3004 PRAG

American Media’s Impact on Post-Communist Czech Media

This course examines the influence of the American media model on media in the Czech Republic. The course will in this context mostly focus on the Television news. Students will get an introduction to American cultural influence in Europe and how this developed after the end of World War II, but specifically in Central Europe after 1989. The course will then focus on the existing various media models and will in detail analyze the American, or North American media model. Through studying Television news items in both the United States and the Czech Republic students are challenged to answer questions such as: In what way is there an American cultural influence in Europe, specifically in Central Europe? What falls under the definition of the (North) American Media Model? Has this media model influenced the (Television) news in the Czech Republic? What effect does this influence have on the Czech news? Does the Czech news have its own identity? If so, how can it be described? Is this identity in danger because of American influence? Is this a one-way influence, or is the American media influenced by European factors as well?

COMM 3301 PRAG

Intercultural Communication and Leadership

In this class, you will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help you communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in [host city] as well as in other intercultural contexts. We will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of your experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that you can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. You will increase your own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help you become more effective in an interdependent world.

JOUR 3001 PRAG

International Reporting

This is a practical journalism course that provides students with an unrivaled opportunity to learn the craft of the foreign correspondent right in the Czech Republic. Students will discover what makes foreign reporting different from domestic reporting by doing it. That means focusing on the issues foreign reporters frequently cover in the Czech Republic and other transitional countries including education, health, gender, history, the arts, corruption, politics, drugs, minorities, tourism and intriguing personalities. Students will have a chance to fine tune their news and feature writing skills and interviewing tactics in four well researched-articles. We will continuously review current foreign reportage in a variety of media to see what we can glean from the best and the worst. Stimulating debates on style, ethics and story structure are guaranteed. Guest speakers will be real, live foreign correspondents from outlets such as Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. There will be visits to political hot spots (Parliament, Radio Free Europe) and other sites representing journalistic areas of interest.

JOUR 3004 PRAG

Social Media's Revolutionary Impact on Journalism and Society

This course will examine the tremendous impact of social media on many walks of life, with a special emphasis on how social media have been transforming the profession of journalism and how the public now consumes news and information. We will, however, look beyond the field of journalism to consider how social media and online communities are profoundly affecting the ways in which young people form their identities and then how those identities develop later in life. Special sessions will tackle the influence of social media on relationship building and gender differences; race relations and racial identity; activism; the law; and marketing. We will look at many of these issues in the context of Central and Eastern Europe and compare the “Western” experience of social media with the situation in the post-communist world.

FSV Electives

JJB154

Introduction to Photojournalism

The aim of this class is to master practical basics of photography. Students will learn technical and creative basics of photography, darkroom process and make their own BW enlargements. Important part of the class is analysis of pictures and achieving of greater visual literacy of students. Students should be interested in visual culture and photography. Please note you will need a film camera for this course.

JJB165

Context of Television

The students get complex information about television as a medium, communication principle, institution, space for creativity (role of author´s in a factory principles, genres) and a short historical context. The lecturer puts a question about existence of television in our digital era of cyberspace and tries to draft the future of it.

JJB274

Intercultural Communication and International Marketing

This seminar focuses on intercultural communication with a special regard to international marketing and advertising. The aim of the intercultural communication is to share the information across different cultures and various social groups. Intercultural communication is synonymous to cross-cultural communication, and it's closely bound to other social sciences, such as media studies, cognitive linguistics, cultural anthropology, sociology, psychology and philosophy. We will derive from Geert Hofstede's understanding of cultural dimensions, and we well first define culture in all aspects of human life (rituals, food, entertainment, education, relationships, religion, art, science etc.). We will then work with intercultural specifics and examine how to communicate them in international marketing and advertising. We will talk about globalization and localization of campaigns, and analyze specific examples. The aim of this seminar is to understand the important and deeply rooted role of culture in social communication. After completing the course the students will be able to better understand and predict barriers or misunderstanding which can emerge in international marketing and communication.

JJB287

Campaigns and Propaganda

The course focuses on modern propaganda, persuasion and their role in electoral campaigns. We will analyze propaganda, persuasion and campaigning from theoretical, historical and practical approach. Students will also learn how to analyze the contemporary campaign techniques and distinguish among propaganda and persuasion. Concurrently it will also explain the key concepts and term. Additional aim is to understand how campaigning and modern communication in Central and Eastern Europe The aim of the course is to provide students with a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of the region and campaigning style. We will distinguish between "modern and democratic campaigning style" and bring awareness how propaganda has permeated the political and daily life and consequently influenced campaigning (in the former Czechoslovakia, in the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland, Hungary and other countries). The course is taught in English.

JJB505

Democracy, Freedom, Human Values

Using writings from Thomas Jefferson, Henry David Thoreau and Vaclav Havel, we will do a phenomenology of democracy in practice. We will intertwine therein the questions of freedom, both inpidual and in a democratic society, as well as the question of the responsibility of free citizens in a society. Within this context we will also look at the shared human values that a free democracy entails.

The students should think of democracy, how it works, how it happens “in experience,” and they should ask the questions: What principles are essential to a democracy? And what actions are necessary to develop and to preserve the institution of democracy. Intertwined with those questions is the issue of freedom, which includes inpidual freedom and the possibility and necessity of civil disobedience. What is responsible civil disobedience?

JJM009

Future Media Experiences

The aim of the course is to provide students with a thorough grounding in evolving media experiences. The unit frames the latest debates and trends in media consumption and creative production in relation to current and future media platforms and environments. Students will be exposed to emergent issues surrounding a more fluid relationship between hitherto perceived distinct media platforms blending into a one continuous and holistic experience within a complex and perse media environment. By the end of semester students will acquire valuable conceptual frameworks for thinking critically and reflectively about past, current and future media experiences and their potential (professional and personal) role within them.

JJM120

Popular Culture

How many movies have you seen in the last 12 months? How many commercials have you seen on TV? How many songs have you heard on the radio, or in a club? How many magazines have you read? Why? Because these sorts of things form the world we live in, make our environment. We humans enjoy making meanings and sharing them with others. And these meanings have a lot of power to influence us, sometimes in ways we don’t even notice. What is the best way to understand popular culture and the media? This course will introduce you to several thinkers - some philosophers, some psychologists (at least one), some anthropologists, and others - who have thought long and hard about the media and popular culture. They have different answers about what is culture and media, how do they make meaning, what is the best ways to interpret their messages? And what do these theories tell us about what it means to be human, what is really real? If these kinds of questions interest you, and you would like know more about the media and popular culture and what it all means, then this course is for you. In this course, we shall focus upon theories of popular culture and media that characterize the postmodern era (late 1950s to the present).

JJM187

Introduction to Cross-Cultural Studies

The seminar is concerned with some classic as well as new perspectives in cross-cultural studies. We will get familiar with some concepts of Modernization Theory (Ronald Inglehart, Gert Hofstede, and others) that basically understand "culture" as a value-system. In the seminar we will work on these concepts trying to reveal their basic thoughts and conclusions. Thereby, we will exercise ourselves in preparing presentations that in a short and clear manner summarize the main topics of a theoretical concept and become able to assess their advantages and disadvantages from a comparative perspective. Thus, we will find out which criteria a "good theory" should meet. Another basic subject of the seminar is the process of scientific research itself. We will work on the single steps of an empirically based cross-cultural research going from a concrete empirical observation over methods (content analysis) of its description up to its explanation by a theory. Together we will create some research projects in cross cultural studies. In the seminar we work in groups, a presentation should be worked out by a team of two students

JJM218

Media and Culture Reading – Popular Culture

This course focuses on the recent changes in media cultures across the globe. User participation, fan communities and social networks are starting to play a major role in news, entertainment and business, and the traditional media are trying to accommodate to the situation and exploit them. The course traces the origins and tracks the development of the convergence between niche and mainstream, commercial and non-commercial, user-generated and professional contents and services. The course is based on readings from contemporary media theorists and critics.

Session plan:
  1. Introduction
  2. Participation in the pre-digital era
  3. Designing digital media
  4. Peer participation on the early Internet
  5. Collective intelligence
  6. Transmedia storytelling
  7. The so-called Web 2.0
  8. User generated content and the critique of Web 2.0 economics
  9. Sharing and piracy
  10. Spreadable media
  11. Social networks
  12. New media and democratic participation

JJM233

Intercultural Communication Management

This course will focus on acquiring and developing intercultural communication competences, which means in the first part of the seminar an introduction to Geert Hofstede´s concept of "Cultural dimensions". We will try to analyze and understand our cultural and communicative specific behavior, search for and explain cultural differences. By encouraging our cultural sensitivity we will develop an attitude that sees persity as an opportunity rather than a danger. In the second part of the seminar we will develop more conscious communicative behavior by means of discussing so called "case studies", group work and role-plays, teamwork and plenary discussions.

JJM237

Czech Media System in European Comparison

Subject Czech media system in European Comparison will provide basic outline of Czech media landscape. Students will learn basic trends of the development of Czech media in last twenty years and will understand key frameworks of functioning of Czech media; principles of regulation and economical and cultural conditions of Czech media. Subject will provide actual situation in print media, radio, television and internet markets. Students will learn the position of key media entrepreneurs within both audience and advertising markets. Czech media landscape will be introduced in comparison with key European media markets (Great Britain, Germany, and France). Understanding of the specifics and similarities of Czech media with European media systems will be one of the outcomes of the subject.

JJM238

Memory, History and Cinema

In this course, students will interrogate representations of the past on cinematic screen. Historical films constitute one the most popular as well as critically acclaimed genre of the cinematic industry. As such, it has had an immense impact on collective memory and people’s imagination of historical events. Sometimes, historical films even become an object of current controversies about the interpretation of the past. Students will become acquainted with theoretical debates about the epistemological status of historical films. They will also acquire a set of concepts and analytical skills specifically suited for visual narratives about the past. The classes will combine discussion of academic texts with examples taken from world and Czech cinemas.

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