Spend your summer studying film in two dynamic European cities, renowned for their contributions to cinema.
The Paris+Prague European Cinema Multi-Site program offers you the opportunity to explore French and Czech cinema and the impact both countries have had – and continue to have – on the world of cinema today. Through specialized coursework, film screenings, and cultural activities, you’ll be able to compare and contrast French and Czech cinema and articulate the ways in which culture, history, and politics have influenced the movements and techniques of each.
In Paris+Prague you will:
- Study European Cinema from different historical, political, and cultural perspectives and participate in film screenings and discussions linked with coursework
- Explore French and Czech society through CIEE overnight study tours and cultural activities
- Participate in special seminars designed to link the two summer sessions and provide opportunities for faculty and students to compare and contrast French and Czech cinema and gain a better understanding of how these two cinematic hubs have influenced films today
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.
In Paris, the birthplace of film, you’ll explore the history, and current status of French cinema, with a particular focus on Parisian cinema culture.
In the second session you’ll learn about the most important trends and moments in the history of Czech cinematography and examine films within their historical, political, and cultural context, in particular film depictions of the developments of the Czech society post World War II.
In addition to film screenings throughout the program, take part in a number of day trips and extended outings to relevant sites and points of interests in and around your host cities. In Session I past destinations for weekend trips have included Toulouse, Dijon, and Marseille, while Session II destinations have included Plzen, and Jáchymov.
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.
This 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 cinema 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 French Cinema course in Paris during Session I and in the Czech Cinema course in Prague during Session II. Students may also choose to enroll in the optional Survival Czech Language course during Session II. 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
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.
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.
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.
We all know Paris—or think we do. For many of us, Paris holds a place in our dreams, as the city of love, or of the arts, or of the mind. But what does it take to experience some small part of real, daily life in Paris today? The idea of the summer program is for students at all levels of their French language studies and with many disciplinary approaches to find a way to deepen their knowledge of things French. For some, this may mean working hard on their language skills, whether beginner or advanced; for others, a plunge into the history of art; for others, an in-depth look at classic literature, or a study of Francophone culture. Focused themes can also be approached, through special in-depth classes on disability studies and on contemporary philosophy. One way or another, we, the CIEE staff, hope to make it possible for you to explore what intrigues you about France, and also to discover new facets of the city of Paris.
—Brent Keever, Center 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
The CIEE Study Center in Paris, known as the Paris Center for Critical Studies, is located on the rue du Sentier in the lively, central Sentier neighborhood in the 2nd arrondissement. It is less than a minute from the Grands Boulevards—a 10-minute walk to the Palais Royal, a 15-minute walk to the Louvre, and a 15-minute walk to the Opéra Garnier.
All CIEE summer courses are held at the CIEE Study Center, located in the scenic and historic neighborhood of Vyšehrad. Although the CIEE Study Center is not located in a CU building, CIEE courses are recognized by Charles University and taught by faculty from various Charles University faculties and institutes. Founded in 1348 by the Czech King Charles IV, CU is the oldest university in Central Europe. It has 17 schools, 3 institutes, 4,000 teaching/research staff, and 42,400 enrolled students.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. 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.
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.
An intensive mandatory multi-day study abroad orientation session takes place at the beginning of both Session I and Session II. Orientation activities help students master the practical details of daily life in Paris and Prague. Activities include welcome dinners; walking tours of downtown Paris and Prague; and sessions on practical matters, cultural differences, safety and security, and academics. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
Wireless Internet access is available at the CIEE Study Centers in both Paris and Prague, so students are strongly encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops. Students can also access the Internet at numerous cyber cafés throughout Paris and Prague.
Session I in Paris includes one weekend class trip and one day trip. Past destinations for weekend trips have included Toulouse, Tours, Dijon, Nîmes, and Marseille. Weekend trips are led by professors and are linked to the themes of the class. Participation is mandatory. Past destinations for day trips have included Vaux-le-Vicomte and Chartres. One guided walk of Paris is included in each session.
Session II in Prague includes one weekend excursion, as well as class excursions that are linked to academic themes. Cultural activities are organized with the aid of Charles University students. The weekend excursion during Session II includes visits to Plzen, and/or Jáchymov. In Jáchymov, the former Gulag work camp for political prisoners, students visit 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.
Both sessions include film screenings and cinema-related discussions, as well as other local cultural activities.
The summer European Studies multi-site program involves two four-week academic sessions and is designed for students with an interest in film studies and the ways in which history, politics, and culture have impacted various European films and film movements. The program combines separate courses focusing on French and Czech cinema and allows students to compare and contrast film movements, techniques, and subjects in these two European cinema hubs.
During Session I, students on this program will study alongside students enrolled in the Paris Language and Culture summer program. Established in 2004, the Paris Language and Culture summer program is designed for students who want to improve their knowledge of French language and culture, while learning about Paris and France through classes, activities, and excursions, or who wish to explore certain focused themes including philosophy, art history, Francophone culture, cinema, and French sign language.
During Session II, students on this program will study alongside students enrolled in the Eastern European Cinema St.Petersburg-Prague multi-site program. 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.
The program is made up of two four-week sessions. Courses typically meet every morning or afternoon, Monday to Friday, for three hours, with structured outings and one required overnight study tour each session. The courses are designed for U.S. undergraduates, so the teaching and learning methods will be familiar to participants. Moreover, all professors in the summer program are accustomed to teaching U.S. students.
CIEE Paris courses are intellectually rigorous, and students should expect to be active participants in all aspects of the class, keeping up with daily reading assignments and participating in class discussions. In addition to lectures and discussions, classes may include film viewings and outings related to the themes of the class.
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.
Nature of Classes
Students enroll in courses with other CIEE students only.
Assessment for content classes is based on participation, short papers, tests, and oral presentations. Papers require students to conduct independent research and/or independent analysis of texts and material covered in class. Attendance and punctuality in all classes weigh heavily in student evaluations. Please see the syllabi for detailed course requirements.
Language of Instruction
Courses are taught by faculty from a range of Paris and Prague 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
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Session I (Paris)
CINE 3002 PCSU
This course focuses on French cinema, its history and current status, as well as Parisian cinema culture. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of social issues, as well as on the analysis of cinema-going as it falls in the cultural terrain of contemporary life in Paris. Major trends in the history of French cinema, as well as the influence of European cinema on French cinema, will be explored. This course integrates screenings and outings to the vast array of cinematic sites that Paris, the birthplace of film, has to offer. Instructor: Franck Le Gac
Session II (Prague)
CINE 3001 PGSU
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
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.