Prague, Czech Republic

Central European Studies

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Information for term Central European Studies

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 7 – Dec 17, 2022 (14 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

October 1, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 24 – May 6, 2023 (15 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Explore the history and culture of this dynamic Central European nation through courses taught in English at CIEE Prague, as well as at CIEE Prague partner schools: Charles University and the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU). Choose from a wide array of courses in politics, history, media and communications, psychology, economics, art, religion and literature that are complemented with co-curricular activities to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

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Sign up for a tuition-free, optional internship! Gain hands-on work experience in a local organization and gain real-world professional skills.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

CIEE is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling on programs. Read more ›

Unique Experiences

  • MAKE YOUR VISIT

    official by traversing the Charles Bridge, constructed to cross the Vltava River in 1357.

  • LIVE IN PRAGUE

    like a local college student and partake in the city’s vibrant cultural and social scene as you learn more about the local customs.

  • HEAD TO CLASS

    with a fairy-tale castle and hundreds of church spires as your backdrop.

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  • residents in Prague

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Location & Culture

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Cobblestone streets, historical bridges, and a castle overlooking dozens of churches, squares, and green spaces all contribute to the “City of a Hundred Spires” being recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Having shed its communist past and brimming with carefully preserved monuments from every period and style in its millennial history, Prague is a truly unique European city. But there is plenty of modern architecture too, such as the Žižkov Tower, the Dancing House right by the Vltava River or the National Library of Technology, to name but a few. Easy to explore on foot and on a student budget, the city abounds with festivals, live music, galleries, food markets, cafés and much more.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Prague.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Explore the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square, the Charles University historical buildings, or Prague’s theaters and opera venues.
  • Take part in CIEE-organized excursions to learn more about the Czech Republic.
  • Participate in cultural activities organized by local college students to spark your interest in local art, film, music, sports, or cuisine, and see how Czech college students are similar and different from U.S. college students.
  • Join the Tandem Program, a language exchange program, or the Meet Czech Families Program, which invites students to get to know a local family and see how they live.

PROJECTS

  • Volunteer your time and skills helping teach English at local schools and pre-schools, assisting with projects at local NGOs, writing for a local blog, and more.
  • Gain international experience with valuable internships, working 8-10 hours per week. Following an interview, students are selected by internship providers. The internship includes a related seminar (15 hours of class time) and attendance at meetings and other events with program staff. Opportunities include internships at vibrant start-ups, advertising agencies, media outlets, think tanks, and other organizations. Don‘t miss the opportunity to boost your resume while studying abroad!

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  • HOUSING

    All housing is within a 45-minute commute to CIEE.

    Homestays: Live with a Czech family, with or without another CIEE student, and immerse yourself in the city’s culture. Each student has an individual room.

    Apartments: Students can live in apartments shared with other CIEE students. If local health and safety regulations permit, most students live in double or triple rooms. Each apartment will have shared common spaces, including kitchen and bathroom.

    Residence Halls: Students usually live with a mix of CIEE students, local and international students in dormitory-like buildings. If local health and safety regulations permit, most students live in double or triple rooms. Students usually share kitchens and common areas.
     
    Housing is tight in Prague. If we can’t accommodate your first housing choice, we’ll let you know before you arrive.

  • MEALS

    Homestay: Breakfast and dinner, on the family’s schedule, are included.

    Residence Halls and Apartments: Meals are not included.

Prague, Czech Republic

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Prague

    Vyšehrad – 15 minutes from Old Town.

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    CHARLES UNIVERSITY

    Buildings all over Prague and beyond, CIEE students attend classes downtown.

What People are Saying

  • "I had the best time and I really enjoyed my classes that were still manageable to balance along with my travels and exploration of Prague and other countries."

    Kristina H., Tufts University
  • "I think the program itself is really well organized. It takes away a lot of the stress associated with the planning process and allows students to feel well prepared so they can enjoy their time abroad."

    Katherine Z., Indiana University-Bloomington
  • "The CIEE Study Abroad program is very well organized, and all the staff is kind-hearted and knowledgable."

    Cooper N., St Lawrence University
  • "I would be likely to recommend CIEE Study Abroad to a friend or peer because of the the balance between workload and ability to travel and experience Europe."

    Peyton W., Bates College

Academics

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Academics

The Central European Studies program is designed for students to gain an in-depth understanding of the Czech Republic with coursework in English across a wide range of academic areas. Students begin the program with an onsite orientation that introduces them to various aspects of life in Prague as well as useful Czech language basics to help facilitate cultural immersion. Students choose from classes at CIEE Prague, Charles University, and the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU).

CIEE Prague is located in Vyšehrad in a beautiful park-like setting at the top of one of Prague’s highest hills about 15 minutes from the Old Town area. The CIEE Prague Center features classrooms, a library, student lounge, staff offices, café, and a large garden and patio area. Courses are taught by faculty affiliated with Charles University, Prague University of Economics and Business, the Czech Academy of Science, and the Academy of Performing Arts, among other institutions

Charles University was founded in 1348 and is the oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic, ranking in the upper 1.5 percent of the world’s best universities. The university consists of 17 colleges and enrolls more than 50,000 students. Students can take up to six semester credits in the Eastern and Central European Studies Department (ECES) at Charles University, which is located in Prague’s Old Town.

The Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) is the preeminent film school in Central Europe and the 5th oldest film school in the world. Most courses are in Czech but FAMU offers courses in English to CIEE students. Students with an interest in cinema and performing arts can take up to six semester credits at FAMU, which is located in the historical district right by the Vltava River.

GPA

2.5

Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

Students are required to take a minimum of five courses (15 semester credits), of which at least three must be CIEE courses. In addition to these, students may enroll in courses at our partner institutions, Charles University or FAMU, for up to six credits. Alternatively, students can take only CIEE courses.

Program Credit

Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 internship placement hours
  • CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100-120 research hours
  • Charles University courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • FAMU courses: typically 1.5-3 U.S. semester

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Students are expected to demonstrate a pro-active and independent approach to study. Active participation in class as well as outside of class is essential for a satisfactory academic performance and attendance is strictly enforced. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. Students are encouraged to use public libraries and take advantage of Charles University resources.

Class Format

CIEE courses are primarily offered to CIEE students, however, they are also open to Charles University students and Erasmus Program students studying in Prague. Classes meet twice a week for 90 minutes, or once a week for three hours, with class size ranging from five to twenty students. In addition to CIEE courses, students are encouraged to take classes at our partner institutions, including Charles University’s Faculty of Arts, and the Film and Television School at the Academy of the Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU).

Grading

Students receive numerical grades which are converted to the U.S. letter grades. Assessment is continuous and is based on overall performance, including class participation, homework assignments, papers, presentations, projects, and exams.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

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Course Information

Course Notes

  • All students are strongly encouraged to take an optional Czech language course while studying in Prague.

Fall 2022 CIEE Courses

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Academic Projects

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Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

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Communication, Journalism, and Media

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History, Philosophy, Religion

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Languages and Cultural Studies

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Literature, Linguistics, and Writing

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Natural Resources, Conservation, and the Environment

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Psychology

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Social Sciences

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Visual and Performing Arts

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Host Institution Courses

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FAMU CINEMA STUDIES COURSES (1.5 SEMESTER CREDITS UNLESS OTHERWISE MARKED) – TENTATIVE COURSE LIST

Participants with an interest in cinema and performing arts may take up to 6 semester credits (up to 2 courses of 3 semester credits or 4 courses of 1.5 semester credits) at FAMU. A final list of FAMU courses is available at the time of enrollment. Some FAMU courses have prerequisites. Following is a representative sample of FAMU courses that have been available in past terms.

Acting Studio  
Acting Theories  
Central European Cinemas within the Context of the World Cinema (3 credits)
Cinema Dance (3 credits)
Cinematographer’s Influence
Circulating within the Post-Modern Cinematic Image (3 credits)
Film Style and Form
Filming the Unfilmable
History of Animation
History of Avant-garde Film
Introduction to International Film/TV Production
Photographic Imaging
Script Analysis
Short Film Practical Analysis: Directing
The Realm of Montage (3 credits)
Visual Theory

CHARLES UNIVERSITY AREA STUDIES COURSES (3 SEMESTER CREDITS EACH)

Students have limited access to a select group of elective courses at Charles University. Participation in each course is limited to a few CIEE students. CIEE students may take a maximum of six semester credits outside of CIEE courses. Classes are taught at Charles University and allow CIEE students to study alongside other international students. The following list is a sample of courses that may be available to CIEE students. A final list of available courses is distributed during orientation.

Waves of the Future: Czech and Slovak New Wave Cinema
Nationalism: Origins, Theories and Consequences in Central Europe
Politics of Song: From Folklore to Hip-Hop
Construction of Czech National Identity and its Symbols
Kafka in Critical Context
Economic Decline of European Empires
Alternative Culture
Jewish History in Central and Eastern Europe
Kundera’s Fictions
Edges of Photography: Techniques, Artistry and Czech Photographers
From Thoreau to Havel: Chapters in Czech and American Struggle for Social Justice
Humor and Czech Culture
Psycholinguistics
Selected Topics in Social Psychology: Soft Skills
Sociology of Food
Urban Semiotics: Contemporary Czech Literature, Art and CultureConflicting Identities: The Influence of Germany over Central EuropeCzech Language in Everyday UseMusic between a Universal Language and Local Culture

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2022 14 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 7, 2022 Dec 17, 2022
$20,450
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $17,031

Housing = $2,925 **

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $20,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,850

International Airfare = $1,200 ††

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $100

Visa Fees = $125

Personal expenses = $2,200

Other = $75 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $5,700

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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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 by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** Meals vary by housing choice: Includes two meals per day for homestay students. No meals are included for students in apartments or residence halls. Additionally, students who opt for and are placed in single-occupancy rooms will be billed a supplemental fee of approximately $1000, 4-6 weeks after the program starts

for students residing in shared apartments; homestay students should budget $1,000 per semester for meals not included in fees

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

††† Covid test fees for entry to the US, if required

Academic year 2022-2023 14 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 7, 2022 TBD
Spring 2023 15 weeks Oct 1, 2022 Jan 24, 2023* May 6, 2023*

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

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Tuition
Housing
Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Orientation
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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