This summer, embark on a study of psychoanalysis in two of Europe’s greatest cultural and intellectual capitals.
In Prague you’ll investigate the relationship overlap between psychoanalysis and art, including the mutual influences, borrowings, and inspirations between these two supposedly separate domains. In Paris you’ll examine psychoanalytic thought and critique in the field of 20th and 21st century art, exploring the relationship between madness and creativity, and testing the limits of psychoanalysis to interpret the visual arts.
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 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:
To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Intercultural Comparative Experience
Travel to another European city to explore history, art, architecture, culture, and social challenges. Part of every short-term program, our three-day Intercultural Comparative Experiences are an ideal way to highlight cultural differences and sharpen critical thinking skills.
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
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Summer 2015 Session I, II (8 wks)
Program Date Notes
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, cultural activities, local transportation pass (in Prague), local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
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 $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
*** includes two meals daily in Paris; no meals included in Prague
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee *
International Airfare **
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.
* additional meals (Paris) + all meals (Prague)
** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure; note that students will require a multi-destination ticket
Course contact hours for each of the two required courses are 45 hours and credit is 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. The optional Survival Czech Language course has 15 contact hours for 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours. Total credit for the program is 6-7 semester / 9-10.5 quarter hours.
Students are required to enroll in the Psychoanalysis and Art course during Session I and in The Unconscious Eye: Psychoanalysis and the Visual Arts course in Paris during Session II. Students may also choose to enroll in the optional Survival Czech Language course during Session I. Although other courses are offered at both locations during the summer, students on this special multi-site program must adhere to the required curriculum.
About the City
About The City
Because of its innumerable characteristic steeples, Prague is called the “Hundred-Towered City” and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. A member of the EU, Prague is a perfect example of the steady development of a society, recently transitioning from its communist past. With a population of only 1,200,000, Prague has an unusually rich cultural life, including festivals, operas, concerts, and cultural programs, many of which are accessible to students on a budget. CIEE students experience life similar to that of Czech students and make use of the city’s numerous neighborhoods just like native Praguers.
Paris, the capital of France, is a major world metropolis. The Seine River traverses the city; its waterways, quays, and bridges are major thoroughfares, as well as ways to see the city’s most famous monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, and the Notre Dame cathedral. The city is known for its cafés (one for every 200 inhabitants); its parks (Bois de Boulougne, Jardin de Luxembourg, and Bois de Vincennes); and its street life and markets. Paris is also known as a center for culture, art, fashion, gastronomy, and intellectual life.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Brent Keever, Ph.D., received his B.A. in English and literary criticism from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in English and modern studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has taught and lectured all over the United States and France, on such topics as satire and humor, the literary and cinematic representations of sound, mysticism, and technology, and ethics in cartoons. His research interests include the history of critical theory and criticism, film studies, musicology, and modernist poetry and prose. An avid translator and film sub-titler, he has worked with the French children’s literature group, l’école des loisirs, as well as with French politicians. He is currently working on a project that throws into question certain theories about listening and sharing.
Souvent considéré comme un musée habité, Paris se démarque plutôt comme un carrefour où se rencontrent multiples cultures, croyances, langues et histoires. L’un des objectifs principaux du programme des études critiques et francophones est de vous faire vivre ce mélange énergique qui alimente l’expression artistique et littéraire, la pensée critique et le débat social et politique depuis des siècles. En puisant dans les arènes de l’univers culturel parisien et en suivant des cours proposés à notre centre et à l’Université de Paris, vous pourrez apprendre à négocier ce croisement qui libère et qui encadre les corps et les esprits, les mots et les choses.
— Brent Keever, Resident Director
Amanda Bell received her B.A. in cultural anthropology from Michigan State University. Amanda first lived in the Czech Republic as a Rotary Youth Exchange scholarship recipient and has lived and worked in Prague for several years.
Jana Čemusová heads the CIEE Study Center in Prague, leading study abroad programs, customized partnerships with Charles University and other educational institutions. She served as a student services director from 2008 to 2011. Prior to joining CIEE in a full-time position, Jana gained extensive experience with CIEE students through her many years of teaching and leading Czech language instruction through the CIEE Study Center at Charles University.
Jana was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Kansas and has expertise in training language teachers and leading projects in immigrant communities. She served as a chair of Association of Czech Teachers Teaching Czech as a Foreign Language in 2003–2009.
Jana is a double graduate at the Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Philosophy, where she studied theory of culture (anthropology) and Czech language and creative studies at the Faculty of Education.
Veronika Tobiasova is responsible for managing housing in dorms, apartments, and local homes. She also manages solving student issues, the Flat Buddy program, Meet Czech Families and Friends, CIEE promotion, and study center greening. Veronika received her master’s degree in English and American studies and Spanish philology at Charles University in Prague, with specialization in American and Argentinean literature. During high school, she was an exchange student in Madison, WI for one year. She also studied at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain for a year. Her previous working experience includes teaching both English and Spanish in different language schools and a high school in Prague. She also worked for a trade promotion agency and the Peruvian Embassy.
Eva Tomišková works as a program coordinator and her main responsibilities involve orientation, academic trips planning, volunteering program coordination, site visit planning, catering and overall office management. Eva is a graduate of The Technical University in Liberec, the Faculty of Education, with major in social studies and English language. Prior to joining CIEE, Eva gained extensive experience in human recourses and education in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
CIEE works closely with Charles University, the oldest university in Central Europe, to deliver courses to students at the CIEE Study Center in Prague. All CIEE courses are held at the CIEE Study Center, located at the historical site of Vyšehrad. Although the CIEE Study Center is not located in a Charles University building, CIEE courses are recognized by Charles University and taught by faculty from various Charles University faculties and institutes.
The CIEE Study Center in Paris, known as the Paris Center for Critical Studies, is on the rue du Sentier in the lively, central Sentier neighborhood, in the 2nd arrondissement. The Center is less than a minute away from the Grands Boulevards, a 10-minute walk to the Palais Royal, and a 15-minute walk to the Louvre.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. While in Prague, students reside in apartments in popular neighborhoods with fellow CIEE participants and a CIEE Flat Buddy—a Charles University student who helps CIEE students adjust to student life in Prague. Students share double rooms and kitchen and bathroom facilities. Meals and Internet service are not included and are the responsibility of the student during Session II. Students can purchase food supplies and prepare meals in the apartment kitchens. They may also be able to arrange Internet service for an additional fee in cooperation with their Flat Buddy.
Apartments are located throughout Prague and commuting times and distances vary. It’s important for students to be aware that commuting is part of daily life in Prague, and the location of most apartments requires daily use of public transportation. It is common for the student commute, including public transportation and walking, to take up to 35 minutes one way. A transportation pass is included in the program fees.
In Paris, students live either with a Parisian host or in hotel apartments. Staying with a host is strongly encouraged as this allows students to fully experience the local culture and practice speaking French every day. The program fee includes breakfast every day and one light lunch every day of the week. All other meals are the responsibility of the student. Each housing includes a kitchenette and food markets are within walking distance. During excursions, all meals are provided. Students with disabilities that need more information about the residence hotel and the neighborhood, or students who wish to communicate supplementary information about their needs should contact CIEE prior to the program.
Local consultants communicate directly with students with disabilities to ensure that they have full information about accommodations.
Students have internet access on campus and at their residences and are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop.
Classes are held at the CIEE Study Center, and they are designed to follow U.S. academic culture. There are no more than 15 students per classroom.
Nature of Classes
Participants take classes with CIEE students only.
In Prague, assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including coursework, presentations and essays. Please see the syllabi for detailed course requirements. Students must check with their professors to find out exam and project presentation dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter deadlines or exam dates for students who have made conflicting travel plans.
In Paris, assessment is based on participation, short papers, tests, and oral presentations. Attendance and punctuality in all classes weigh heavily in student evaluations.
Language of Instruction
In Prague, courses are taught by qualified lecturers from various institutes of higher learning. While in Paris courses are taught by faculty from a range of Paris institutions and are specialists in their respective fields.
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.
Sessin I - Prague
PSYC 3002 PGSU: Psychoanalysis and Art
This course studies the area of overlap between psychoanalysis and art, including the mutual influences and inspirations between these two domains. It includes a look at the psychodynamics of the creative process and what motivates us to do art. It looks at the aesthetic experience, how psychoanalysis can help us understand the powerful phenomenon of being confronted with a work of art, art taken in its broadest sense. This leads us to study developments in psychoanalytic aesthetics, explored with various examples from painting, literature and film. The course also looks at the therapeutic aspect of art and at the contemporary clinical practice of art therapy.
CZEC 1001 PGSU: Optional Survival Czech Language Course
This class is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of the Czech language and wish to learn basic communications skills. The course provides a simplified introduction to the fundamentals of Czech grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, and practice using language in everyday situations through role-playing. Contact Hours: 15. Recommended credit: 1 semester/1.5 quarter hours.
Session II - Paris
The Unconscious Eye: Psychoanalysis and the Visual Arts
This course will explore psychoanalytic thought and critique in the field of 20th and 21st century visual art. Beginning with Surrealist film and painting, we will discover how psychoanlaysis, particularly in France, changed the way we think about what it means to look at an image, particularly the moving image. We will also explore the various links between madness and creativity, testing the limits of psychoanalysis’ ability to interpret the visual arts. Artists and thinkers such as Breton, Magritte, Bunuel, Artaud, Lacan, Metz, Rose, Doane, Deleuze and Guattari, and Zizek may be considered.