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Program Overview

Home to a rapidly evolving media landscape, Prague is the perfect city to examine the changing nature of contemporary media culture.

Enrolling directly at the most prestigious university in Prague you’ll develop a deeper literacy about global communication trends, while exploring the complexities of contemporary life in the Czech Republic.

Study abroad in Prague and you will:

  • Enjoy course excursions to local media outlets, such as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
  • 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:

  • 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 $1,500 per student

  • CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship
  • CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship

    CIEE and Mobility International USA are partnering to give more U.S. college students with disabilities the chance to study abroad! See

    http://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/miusa/

    for more information, including the additional application required to be considered for this award.

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

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Expand your global perspective and sharpen your cultural awareness in another international city during a three-day Intercultural Comparative Experience. With other CIEE students, you’ll visit museums and architectural wonders, attend a performance, take part in service-learning projects, and more.

2016 Destinations*:

  • Session I: Warsaw
  • Session II: Berlin
  • Session III: Amsterdam

*Note: Locations are subject to change.

COURSEWORK

Take your pick from a variety of courses that investigate society and communication in both national and global contexts. Look at exciting developments and challenges of International Reporting; or explore the role and impact of international and domestic media on political developments in Central Europe, in Communications: Social Power of Media

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

Each session includes one day and one overnight 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 help you better understand local cultural norms, and assist you with immersion into the Czech culture and Charles University student life.

Day excursions—Day excursions will take place on Wednesday during the first week of each session. Destinations are carefully chosen to show students the most important site connected to Czech history and culture. In previous semesters day trips were organized to Terezín, former Jewish ghetto and Nazi labor camp, where students visited museum and memorial to the victims. Amongst other destinations was Sychrov, beautiful Neo-Gothic castle and Karlštejn, famous gothic fortress built by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV.

Overnight excursions—Overnight excursions will take place on Wednesday-Thursday during second week of each session. They will be led by CIEE staff. In the past students travelled to Karlovy Vary, famous spa town, Plzen and/or Jáchymov. In Jáchymov, the former Gulag work camp for political prisoners, students visited the uranium mines with a survivor of the work camp. 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.

Please note that field trip destinations are subject to change each year.

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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 Session I 2016 (4 wks)
04/15/2016
05/23/2016
06/20/2016
$4,450

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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 **
$3,082
Housing
$950
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

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$600
International Airfare *
$1,350
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$600

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 Session I, II 2016 (8 wks)
04/15/2016
05/23/2016
07/18/2016
$8,010

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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 **
$5,692
Housing
$1,900
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

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,200
International Airfare *
$1,350
Local Transportation
$240
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$1,200

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 Sessions I, II, III 2016 (12 wks)
04/15/2016
05/23/2016
08/14/2016
$11,570

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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 **
$8,302
Housing
$2,850
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

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,800
International Airfare *
$1,350
Local Transportation
$360
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,800

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 Session II 2016 (4 wks)
05/15/2016
06/20/2016
07/18/2016
$4,450

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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 **
$3,082
Housing
$950
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

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$600
International Airfare *
$1,350
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$600

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 Session II, III 2016 (8 wks)
05/15/2016
06/20/2016
08/14/2016
$8,010

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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 **
$5,692
Housing
$1,900
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

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,200
International Airfare *
$1,350
Local Transportation
$240
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$1,200

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 Session III 2016 (4 wks)
06/15/2016
07/18/2016
08/14/2016
$4,450

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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 **
$3,082
Housing
$950
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

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$600
International Airfare *
$1,350
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$600

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 Session I 2017 (4 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
06/19/2017

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

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Summer Session I, II 2017 (8 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

More Information
Summer Sessions I, II, III 2017 (12 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
08/13/2017

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

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Summer Session II 2017 (4 wks)
05/15/2017
06/19/2017
07/17/2017

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

More Information
Summer Session II, III 2017 (8 wks)
05/15/2017
06/19/2017
08/13/2017

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

More Information
Summer Session III 2017 (4 wks)
06/15/2017
07/17/2017
08/13/2017

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, per session; 6 semester/9 quarter hours for two sessions, and 9 semester/13.5 quarter hours for three sessions. Students may also enroll in the optional Survival Czech Language class for an additional 15 contact hours and 1 semester / 1.5 quarter credit hours per session.

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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 and/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 “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..

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Tereza Hloužková

Housing Assistant

Tereza is responsible for maintenance of apartments, dorms and residences, the Flat Buddy program, and housing-related issues. Tereza studied at Charles University, where she also gained wide experience with international students through her cooperation with the International Office on Erasmus study abroad program. She also spent several months in Jakarta, Indonesia, as an intern in local language schools. Tereza first came to know CIEE through her participation on the Flat Buddy program.

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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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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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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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Tereza Vicková

Short Term Programs Coordinator

Tereza joined the CIEE Prague team in January 2016 and is in charge of coordinating CIEE summer and January-term programs. She is also responsible for the promotion of the Flat Buddies, Homestay Buddies and Homestay Families programs. Tereza is currently finishing her bachelor degree in International Area Studies at Charles University. Prior to joining the CIEE team, Tereza worked as a Program Coordinator in exchange study programs and also acted as a Flat Buddy at CIEE for three years.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

CHARLES UNIVERSITY

CIEE works closely with Charles University to deliver courses to students at the CIEE Study Center in Prague. All CIEE courses are held at the CIEE Study Center, located in Vyšehrad. Although the CIEE Study Center is not located in a CU building, CIEE courses are recognized by CU and taught by faculty from various CU faculties and institutes. The oldest university in Central Europe (founded in 1348 by the Czech King Charles IV), CU has 17 schools, three institutes, 4,000 teaching/research staff, and 42,400 enrolled students.

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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. 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.

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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.

A mandatory orientation session 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. You will be introduced to program faculty and extra-curricular options during this period.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to a bring wireless-enabled laptop. Internet connections may be available in the apartments for an additional fee; service is often shared with CIEE flat buddies and other roommates. You will have free access to wireless connections and a computer laboratory 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

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.

Weekend Excursions

Weekend excursions for each session vary. They are connected to your courses and will be led by CIEE faculty and staff. In the past, we have visitied Terezin during Session I , 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.

An example of a weekend excursion during Session II has included visits to Plzen and/or Jáchymov. In Jáchymov, the former Gulag work camp for political prisoners, we visited the uranium mines with a survivor of the work camp. 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.

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 many sides of media, journalism and communication within the Czech lands. 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 or three 4 week summer sessions.

Academic Culture

There are significant differences between the U.S. educational system and the Czech system. 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. CIEE Prague has 5,000 plus holdings in its library, which suffices most students for research; if students need to seek resources outside of the CIEE Study Center, there are public libraries students can use for reference materials. 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.

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.

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. Please see the syllabi for detailed course requirements.

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.

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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.

Session I

COMM 3001 PGSU

Communication: Social Power of Media
The course will examine the influence of media on the public opinion and the ways of social interaction in society. The emphasis will be on media such as radio and TV, which has become traditional 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 Instructor: Peter Zvagulis

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JOUR 3001 PCMJ

International Reporting
Your turn as a foreign correspondent!
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. We will continuously review current foreign reportage in a variety of medias 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 BBC. There will be visits to political hot spots (Parliament, Radio Free Europe) and possibly other sites representing journalistic areas of interest. The class is covered via lectures, reading material, class speakers, discussion and exciting field trips.

Session III

POLI 3001 PCMJ

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.

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.

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