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Program Overview

Program Overview

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
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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 $2,000 per student

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

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

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.

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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.

Excursions

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.

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

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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.

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 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.
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End Date
Costs
Summer Session I, II 2017 (8 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017
$8,850

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 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 *
$300
Educational Costs **
$6,183
Housing ***
$2,200
Insurance
$167

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

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

* non-refundable

** 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 *
$1,150
International Airfare **
$1,500
Local Transportation
$230
Books & Supplies
$125
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.

* additional meals (Paris) + all meals (Prague)

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure; note that students will require a multi-destination ticket

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

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.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

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 Communicative French Language and Communicative Czech Language courses. Although other courses are offered at both locations during the summer, students on this special multi-site program must adhere to the required curriculum.

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About the City

About The City

About Paris

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.

About Prague

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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Brent Keever

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.

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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

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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

Paris

The CIEE Global Institute Paris 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.

Prague

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.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

In Paris, study abroad students live either at a student residence or at a homestay In the first case, students live in a double room with their own bathroom, a shared kitchen in a common area, a gym and a pool. In the homestay option (limited), they will have their own bedroom, breakfast, and four additional meals per week. Food markets are within walking distance of each housing option. During excursions, some meals are provided.

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 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.

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 30 minutes one way. A transportation pass is included in the program fees.

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Orientations

Orientations

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.

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Internet

Internet

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. Internet access is provided in housing in both Paris and Prague.

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Culture

Culture

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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.

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Academics

Academics

The summer European Cinema 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.

Academic Culture

The program is made up of two four-week sessions. Courses typically meet every morning or afternoon, Monday to Friday, with structured outings and one required overnight excursion 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 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 European systems. 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. 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.

Grading System

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

English

Faculty

Courses are taught by faculty from a range of Paris and Prague institutions and are specialists in their respective fields.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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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 (Paris)

CINE 3002 PCSU

French Cinema

(in English)

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 cinema 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

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

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.

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