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Dates:
05/26/2014 - 06/23/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 04/30/2014
Credit:
3 - 4 semester / 4.5 - 6 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Dates:
06/23/2014 - 07/21/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 05/15/2014
Credit:
3 - 4 semester / 4.5 - 6 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Dates:
07/21/2014 - 08/17/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 06/15/2014
Credit:
3 - 4 semester / 4.5 - 6 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Dates:
05/26/2014 - 07/21/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 04/30/2014
Credit:
see credit information below
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Dates:
06/23/2014 - 08/17/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 05/15/2014
Credit:
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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Dates:
05/26/2014 - 08/17/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 04/30/2014
Credit:
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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Staggering architecture, rich cultural history, a turbulent past and exciting future – Prague is as fascinating a city as it is beautiful. Spend your summer exploring the rich cultural and social heritage of Prague, the Czech Republic, and Central Europe through the exploration of its art and architectural roots, local societies, and dynamic history.

Study abroad in Prague and you’ll have access to coursework, cultural excursions, activities, and flat buddies that give you the opportunity to make the city your own.

Study abroad in Prague and you will:

  • Spend your summer in one of Europe’s most exciting cities, and learn about a variety of Central European issues and Czech perspectives
  • Participate in experiential activities linked with coursework
  • Explore the city and study in one, two or three four-week sessions
  • Live with local students in an apartment in one of Prague’s authentic neighborhoods; get help acclimating to the city through CIEE Flat Buddies—local Charles University or FAMU students; partake in cultural activities and day/weekend excursions that augment class material
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Travel with friends to a new 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.

Expand your global perspective. Choose to spend your intercultural weekend in one of these European cities:

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Berlin, Germany
  • London, England
  • Paris, France

Coursework

In addition to a survival Czech language course, you can choose from a variety of classes on Czech culture and society including history, communications, cinema, and art. You also have the option of taking courses in acting and performance at the prestigious Theater School at the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU).

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

study abroad in the Czech Republic

Each session includes one weekend excursion within the Czech Republic, which provides an opportunity to visit exceptionally interesting and educationally valuable sites. Moreover, class excursions linked to academic themes are organized. Cultural activities are organized with the aid of CIEE Flat Buddies. Flat buddies, local Charles University students, are an integral part of student life. These buddies share day-to-day issues, help you better understand local cultural norms, and assist you with immersion into the Czech culture and Charles University student life. There is never a boring moment thanks to extracurricular student activities which are organized by buddies throughout summer sessions.

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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
Summer 2014 Session I (4 wks)
Extended to: 04/30/2014
05/26/2014
06/23/2014
$3,850

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, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,798
Housing
$650
Insurance
$102

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$850
International Airfare *
$1,200
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$450

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.

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

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Summer 2014 Session II (4 wks)
Extended to: 05/15/2014
06/23/2014
07/21/2014
$3,850

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, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,798
Housing
$650
Insurance
$102

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$850
International Airfare *
$1,200
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$450

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.

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

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Summer 2014 Session III (4 wks)
Extended to: 06/15/2014
07/21/2014
08/17/2014
$3,850

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, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,798
Housing
$650
Insurance
$102

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$850
International Airfare *
$1,200
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$450

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.

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

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Summer 2014 Session I, II (8 wks)
Extended to: 04/30/2014
05/26/2014
07/21/2014
$6,930

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, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,228
Housing
$1,300
Insurance
$102

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,700
International Airfare *
$1,200
Local Transportation
$240
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$900

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.

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

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Summer 2014 Session II, III (8 wks)
Extended to: 05/15/2014
06/23/2014
08/17/2014
$6,930

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, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,228
Housing
$1,300
Insurance
$102

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,700
International Airfare *
$1,200
Local Transportation
$240
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$900

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.

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

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Summer 2014 Session I, II, III (12 wks)
Extended to: 04/30/2014
05/26/2014
08/17/2014
$10,010

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, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$7,658
Housing
$1,950
Insurance
$102

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$2,550
International Airfare *
$1,200
Local Transportation
$360
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,350

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.

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

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3-4 semester/4.5-6 quarter hours per session, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The study abroad program is offered in three, four-week sessions. Students may participate in one, two, or three sessions. Students choose one of the courses offered in each session. A minimum number of students is required in order to offer a course, and therefore students are advised to seek pre-approval for more than one course option from their home school advisor prior to the start of the program. In addition, students can enroll in a one-credit, optional “survival” Czech language course.

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About the City

About The City

Because of its innumerable characteristic steeples, Prague is called the city of a thousand spires. This EU member is a perfect example of the steady development of a society which recently transitioned from its 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 make use of numerous neighborhoods in the city like native Praguers.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Amanda Bell

Communication Program Coordinator

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.

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Jana Cemusova

Resident Director

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 has teaching experience as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Kansas, 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.

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Roman Doric

Roman works for the CIEE Study Center in Prague as a Housing Assistant and his primal responsibilities are housing support, CIEE apartments maintenance, Flat Buddy program support, housing payments, attendance tracking, readers, syllabi, grades, database testing, and CIEE Prague Study Center building maintenance support. He started cooperation with CIEE Prague as a flat buddy.

Roman received his Masters degree in Applied Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing at Faculty of Natural Science, Charles University in Prague. He is a passionate traveler and has experience in assisting with Mobility Projects and providing customer services.

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Veronika Tobiasova

Housing Coordinator

Veronika works for the CIEE Study Center in Prague as a Housing Coordinator and she is mainly responsible for housing management (dorm, apartments, homestay), solving student issues, Flat Buddy Program, Meet Czech Families and Friends, CIEE promotion, greening, etc.

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 Peruvian Embassy.

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Eva Tomiskova

Program Coordinator

Eva Tomišková works for the CIEE Study Center in Prague as a Program Assistant 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 educational field not only in her home country but abroad as well.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

study abroad in the Czech Republic

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. Participants of DAMU theater courses will be take their classes at DAMU facilities.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. Each CIEE apartment houses three CIEE students as well as one Charles University student (CIEE Flat Buddy). Apartments consist of two bedrooms with shared areas including a fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom. Please note that meals and Internet fees are not included with this option. CIEE apartments are located in various neighborhoods and require a maximum 35 minute commute to CIEE.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Prague even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director 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 objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

An intensive mandatory on-site orientation session takes place at the beginning of the program. Orientation activities help you master the practical details of daily life in Prague. Activities include sessions on academics, cultural differences, practical matters, and safety and security, a welcome dinner, and a walking tour of downtown Prague. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Internet connections are available for free in the dormitory. You'll have access to wireless Internet and a computer lab at the CIEE Study Center. 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

Each session includes one weekend excursion within the Czech Republic that provides an opportunity to visit exceptionally interesting and educationally valuable sites. Moreover, class excursions, linked to academic themes, are organized. Cultural activities are organized with the aid of CIEE Flat Buddies. Flat buddies, local Charles University students are an integral part of student life. These buddies share day-to-day issues, help you better understand local cultural norms, and assist you with immersion into the Czech culture and Charles University student life. There is never a boring moment thanks to extracurricular student activities which are organized by buddies throughout summer sessions.

Session I Excursion—The weekend excursion during Session I includes visits to Terezin, a holding camp and prison where Czech Jews and intelligentsia suffered during World War II; and Litomerice, a town with the Ploskovice castle and historical structures reaching back to the 13th century. You'll also visit Northern Bohemia, rich with castles, fortresses, and beautiful scenery, and hike through the sandstone mountains.

Session II Excursion—The weekend excursion during Session II includes visits to Plzen, Karlovy Vary, and/or Jáchymov. In Jáchymov, the former Gulag work camp for political prisoners, you will visit the uranium mines with a survivor of the work camp. The excursion also provides the opportunity to visit Karlovy Vary, one of the Czech Republic’s UNESCO world heritage sites. The Plzen tour starts with a visit to Europe’s second largest synagogue and includes a trip to the monument of the Victims of Evil and a tour of the George Patton Museum.

Field trip destinations are subject to change each year and are based on individual faculty members and their course design and content.

CIEE Flat Buddies

CIEE arranges for local Charles University students to live with CIEE study abroad students in apartments. 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.

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Academics

Academics

This program exposes students to the rich cultural, historical, and social heritage of Prague through the exploration of its art, film, architectural roots, society, and dynamic history. This journey gives students a unique opportunity to witness the force of a society that embraces its transition from a communist past to the ever-changing political and social present, along with the opportunity to learn about Prague’s development. Students choose to enroll in either one or two three-week summer sessions.

Academic Culture

There are significant differences between the U.S. educational system and the Czech system. This new academic environment is part of the challenge of studying with Charles University professors and learning about the Czech Republic. Students must be aware that a high degree of self-motivation and self-discipline is required, and that independent learning and active participation in class are necessary for achieving satisfactory academic performance. Resources such as library holdings in English and Internet access may be limited, and students may need to seek these resources outside of the CIEE Study Center in public libraries and other Charles University faculties.

Classes are focused on the Central European region, especially Prague and the Czech Republic. Professors use both the classroom as well as the city as a direct resource for their teaching. Lectures are supplemented with class excursions and guest lectures related to class topics. Students should be prepared to spend two-thirds of each weekday in class or in class-related activities.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students. CIEE summer courses take place during an exam period at Charles University and are therefore attended solely by the CIEE program participants. Courses at DAMU are attended by both local and other international students.

Grading System

The program is rigorous and demands regular preparation outside of class. Students should expect to be active participants in their course of study. Participation constitutes part of the overall assessment, and there is a strict attendance policy. In addition, each course uses a mixture of written projects, examinations, and presentations as a means of assessment.

Language of Instruction

English (Czech for optional survival Czech language course)

Faculty

All courses are taught by faculty from reputable institutions of higher education or research, including Charles University, Czech Academy of Sciences, and the Academy of Performing Arts.

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Course Description

Course Description

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 cancelled 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.

Session I

RELI 3002 PGSU/HIST 3002 PGSU

History of the Jews in Bohemia and Central Europe
Through lecture, seminar, and excursions to historical sites, we examine the history of the Jewish community in Central Europe from the Middle Ages until modern times with a special emphasis on the role of Prague in the religious, political, and cultural life of the community.

ANTH 3001 PGSU/SOCI 3001 PGSU

Contemporary Czech Culture
Contemporary culture is studied not as the “most refined human endeavors,” but as “everyday culture.” This course utilizes the professor’s background as an urban anthropologist and examines the roots of underground and alternative cultures in the Czech Republic. Current “hot” topics—graffiti and street art, squatting, alternative music, and other alternative aspects of current Czech culture will be discussed. Students will learn about ways in which non-conformist Czechs have made use of popular culture, how they form their communities and identities, and how they have tried to join the creative stream.

COMM 3001 PGSU

Communication: Social Power of Media
This course examines the influence of media on public opinion and on the ways of social interaction in society. The emphasis will be on media such as radio and TV, which now has become a traditional form of media in comparison to the newer interactive internet-based social media. The course will explore the dynamic relationship between the development of communication technologies and the content of the disseminated messages. Prague-based Radio Free Europe (RFE/RL) - and its development from an ideological weapon against communist regimes during the Cold War to its present day mission - will be used as an example.

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 the psychodynamics of the creative process, psychoanalytic aesthetics and criticism of art, literature, and film, and the therapeutic aspect of art including the contemporary clinical practice of art therapy with special reference to the Czech scene. In addition to topics such as Czech Surrealism, fairy tales, Kafka, and Svankmajer, the course offers experiential workshops in art therapy and a chance to make a stop-motion animation film. Instructor: Joseph Dodds

Session II

AHIS 3001 PGSU

Art and Architecture of Prague
This course introduces students to the urban development of Prague and the arts of the Czech lands on the basis of the European cultural background. Students learn to recognize art and architectonic styles of Prague, Central Europe, and the Continent throughout 10 centuries of historical development. They also explore the art and architecture that were used as propaganda when Prague was behind the “Iron Curtain.”

CINE 3001 PGSU

Czech Cinema
Students learn about the most important trends and moments in the history of Czech cinematography and examine films within their historical, political, and cultural context. This course includes screenings of Czech films and discussions of film depictions of the developments of the Czech society post World War II. Instructor: Petra Dominková

JOUR 3001 PRAG

International Reporting
This hands-on, practical journalism course provides an unrivaled opportunity to learn the craft of the foreign correspondent right here in the Czech Republic. You 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. You will have a chance to fine tune your news and feature writing, reporting and interviewing skills in four well researched-articles.

PSYC 3006 PRAG

The 3rd Force: Psychology in a Central European Context
In this course we will seek to discover and understand a fairly broad and diverse stream of psychologies: existential, phenomenological, and humanistic psychology. The third force in psychology forms an alternative to the two dominant forces in 20th century psychology which are behaviorism (dominant in academic and research settings) and psychoanalysis (dominant in clinical settings). In our effort to better understand the theoretical concepts and to bring in local (Central European) content, we will consider the lives and works of several outstanding individuals, such as, Jan Patocka, Viktor Frankl, Jan Cep, Ferdinand Peroutka, Franz Kafka, and Vaclav Havel.

Session III

AHIS 3001 PGSU

Art and Architecture of Prague
This course introduces students to the urban development of Prague and the arts of the Czech lands on the basis of the European cultural background. Students learn to recognize art and architectonic styles of Prague, Central Europe, and the Continent throughout 10 centuries of historical development. They also explore the art and architecture that were used as propaganda when Prague was behind the “Iron Curtain.”

ANTH 3001 PGSU/SOCI 3001 PGSU

Contemporary Czech Culture
Contemporary culture is studied not as the “most refined human endeavors,” but as “everyday culture.” This course utilizes the professor’s background as an urban anthropologist and examines the roots of underground and alternative cultures in the Czech Republic. Current “hot” topics—graffiti and street art, squatting, alternative music, and other alternative aspects of current Czech culture will be discussed. Students will learn about ways in which non-conformist Czechs have made use of popular culture, how they form their communities and identities, and how they have tried to join the creative stream.

POLI 3001 PRAG

Nation, Power and Money: Seduction and Propaganda
The main goal of this course is to examine the role of manipulation in Central Europe in modern mass media times. Students will learn the recent history of Central Europe through the lens of media mobilization. The main focal point of the course will be to understand the role and nature of manipulation of masses during the Nazi era, Communism and in contemporary free and democratic society.

PSYC 3001 PGSU

Psychoanalysis and Society
This course seeks to explore the relation between psyche and society through an analysis of crucial contemporary and historical issues in Central and Eastern Europe, with a focus on the Czech Republic. Topics such as racism, sexuality, ecology, history, and politics are studied from a variety psychodynamic perspectives, juxtaposing the stark reality of the region’s history and culture with various psychoanalytic tools for understanding. The overarching theme of how mind and society co-evolve remains as a thread running through the course. Instructor: Joseph Dodds

DAMU Theater Electives
CIEE is pleased to offer two theater course electives. These courses take place at the Theater School at the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU). The theatre faculty of DAMU is a highly selective school that provides professional training and education in all the branches of theatre creation including acting, directing, dramaturgy, stage design, theory and criticism, arts (theater) management, authorial acting, and drama in education. Studying at DAMU is a challenge for the daring, talented, and creative individual. Many graduates find prestigious employment in the foremost theaters in Czech Republic as well as in television and film. Students may enroll in one of the following courses plus the optional CIEE survival Czech language course.

Enlivening the Performer
This course introduces students to the disciplined process of developing and training a positive potential to perform creatively on stage. Centered around (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner, a psycho-physical improvisational acting discipline unique to DAMU, students rehearse and reflect on key acting principles like paying attention, modulating physical suspense, directing action towards a partner, spontaneity, authentic response, play, and discovering and developing personal themes. The course also includes studio work in contact improvisation, pantomime, and open improvisation. The course is not limited to theater practitioners. Individuals in fields that rely on social skills, public performance, and creativity (for example, education, psychology, art, and medicine) are also welcome. This course culminates in an open class for the public. Each course includes 45 contact hours plus additional performance hours. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Presenting Performance
This course immerses students in three fundamental authorial and alternative theater forms, all of which have a particularly strong tradition at DAMU. For two weeks, students explore group site-specific and interactive theater, puppet, and object theater and solo authorial presentations, each with a different tutor. After the second week, students choose one component they wish to explore most and concentrate on it exclusively for the third week. This course culminates in a showcase performance. Each course includes 45 contact hours plus additional performance hours. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Sessions I, II, III

CZEC 1001 PGSU

Optional Survival Czech Language Course
This class is designed for students who have no or little 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.

CZEC 1002 PGSU

Optional Survival Czech Language Course
This class is designed for students enrolled in all sessions who have no or little 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: 30. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

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