Prague, Czech Republic

Communications, New Media + Journalism

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Information for term Communications, New Media + Journalism

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Sep 4 – Dec 21, 2021 (15 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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With a rapidly evolving start-up scene and multiple well-established corporations, advertising agencies, NGOs, and English-speaking media outlets, Prague is the ideal place to explore global communication trends while learning about the city's rich culture and complex history. Combine your classes at CIEE with studying at Prague's most prestigious university and CIEE’s partner schools, Charles University and the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU). Is this not enough? Sign up for a tuition-free optional internship, gain hands-on work experience in a local organization and create a truly rich learning experience.

Unique Experiences

  • Satisfy your curiosity

    with a guest lecture series featuring local artists, filmmakers, political figures, and philosophers discussing contemporary, issues, art, and media topics.

  • Take classes

    at the Charles University Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism, and/or the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), in addition to media classes at CIEE Prague.

  • Put your skills

    and knowledge to work with a three-credit internship placement and earn 7 to 10 hours of experience per week.

  • daily newspapers in the Czech Republic

    75
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    993 AD
  • residents in Prague

    1.2M

Location & Culture

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Cobblestone streets, ancient bridges, and a hilltop castle help lend the City of a Hundred Spires its reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful. Prague is unique in Europe, having shed its Communist past and brimming with carefully preserved monuments from every period and style in its millennial history. There’s plenty of quirky, too, like the Zizkov Tower adorned with climbing babies, and the distinctly nontraditional Dancing House. Easy to explore on foot, the city boasts a rich cultural life that includes concerts, festivals, operas, and more – many of which you can access on a student budget.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Go behind the scenes at radio stations and media companies to see communications and journalism in action.
  • Travel overnight to explore Czech media and culture beyond Prague.
  • Participate in excursions, and weekly cultural and social activities to immerse yourself in Czech culture, and get to know other students.
  • Explore Prague Castle, Old Town, historic halls of Charles University, the theater, and opera.
  • Join a language exchange program.
  • Meet a Czech family.
  • Live in Prague like a Czech student, with a Czech flat buddy to show you around and explain local customs.
  • Volunteer at a children’s home or school, or put your communication skills to work on CIEE blogs.

INTERNSHIPS

Gain international experience with valuable internships that require 8–10 onsite work hours per week. Students interview to be selected by the internship providers, take a related seminar (15 hours of class time), and attend meetings and other events with the program staff. You could intern at vibrant start-ups, advertising agencies, media outlets, think tanks, and other organizations. Do not miss the opportunity to boost your resume while studying abroad!

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  • HOUSING

    Homestay: Live with an English-speaking Czech family, with or without another CIEE student, and immerse yourself in the city’s culture. Each student has their own room and internet is provided. Whether you’re placed with an individual host or a family with children, breakfast and dinner on the host’s schedule are included.
     

    Student Residence Buildings: Students live in buildings dedicated to housing students – other CIEE students or also international students. Students have shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, and common area. The buildings may be dormitory-style or traditional apartment buildings converted to student residences.
     

    Neighborhood Apartments: Students live with other CIEE students in an apartment in a residential building. There is usually one CIEE apartment per building, with one or more CIEE apartments in other buildings in the same neighborhood. Students have shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, and usually a common area. Each apartment is different but they have similar market value.
     

    A neighborhood apartment is a good choice for independent, resourceful students who can be good neighbors and who want to experience residential living in the city.
     

    Czech Buddies: CIEE students can request a “Czech Buddy” as one of their roommates – a local university student who assists with student activities and can serve as an informal guide to local resources.
     

    Location: Student Residence Buildings and Neighborhood Apartments are within 30 minutes of the CIEE Center by tram, metro, and walking. Homestays may be up to 45 minutes from the CIEE Center.

  • MEALS

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

    Student Residence Buildings and Neighborhood Apartments: Meals are not included.

Prague, Czech Republic

Where You'll Study

  • A

    CIEE PRAGUE

    Vyšehrad – 15 minutes from Old Town.

  • B

    CHARLES UNIVERSITY

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

  • C

    THE ACADEMY OF THE PERFORMING ARTS

    Downtown

Academics

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Academics

The Communications, New Media, and Journalism program is designed to advance students’ studies in journalism, media, and communications while they learn about Czech culture and gain real-world work experience.

The program begins with a week-long orientation, which also includes internship interviews and a brief Czech language course to help you in everyday situations.

Students may combine this program with a semester of the Central European Studies or Film Studies program to stay in the Czech Republic for a full academic year.

GPA

2.5

Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Through the Spring 2020 semester: 2 or more courses beyond introductory level in communications, journalism, media, or international affairs.

Program Requirements

All students take the following course load:

  • 6 credits of core courses focusing on media, communication, or journalism (chosen from CIEE, FAMU, and/or Charles University courses)
    • Students are strongly encouraged to enroll one course at Charles University and/or FAMU.
  • 9 - 12 credits from elective courses chosen from CIEE, FAMU, and/or Charles University offerings.
    • Through the Spring 2020 semester, all student must take the CIEE Internship (3 credits); it becomes an elective from the Fall 2020 semester forward.

 

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/2.25-4.5 quarter credits; 24-45 contact hours

Academic Culture

Students are expected to demonstrate a proactive 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. A class structure typically includes lectures as well as discussions and group projects.

Class Format

CIEE courses are primarily taken by CIEE students, however, they are also open to Charles University and the Erasmus Program students studying in Prague. FAMU and Charles University’s Faculty of Social Sciences (FSV) courses are open to local and international students. All required and elective communications, new media, and journalism courses are taught in English.

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. The internship and some elective media and communications courses may require a final project, website, radio production, published article, or other media-focused projects.

Language of Instruction

English

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Course Notes

  • All students are strongly encouraged to take an optional Czech language course while studying in Prague.
  • There are many volunteer opportunities available to students in Prague. A catalog of available opportunities is provided to students prior to the beginning of the program.

Host Institution COURSES

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The following lists are a sample of course offerings and are subject to change. Final course lists and schedules will be available to students prior to the start of each semester.

 

CNMJ-FOCUSED COURSES AT FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES (FSV), CHARLES UNIVERSITY

(typically 1.5 semester credits)

Audiovisual Interpreting the Reality
Comics as a Medium
Competencies and Skill for International Academia and Consultancy
Consumer Behavior
Cultural Studies
Intercultural Communication Management
Cross-Cultural Studies 
Introduction to Photojournalism
Media and Society: An Introduction
Media and the Children
Media Sociology
New Media and Entrepreneurship
Popular Culture

CNMJ-FOCUSED COURSES AT FAMU (TYPICALLY 1.5 SEMESTER CREDITS) –TENTATIVE COURSE LIST

Acting Studio  
Acting Theories  
Central European Cinemas within the Context of the World Cinema (3 credits)
Cinema Dance (3 credits)
Film Style and Form
Filming the Unfilmable
History of Animation
Introduction to International Film/TV Production
Photographic Imaging
Script Analysis
Short Film Practical Analysis: Directing
The Realm of Montage (3 credits)
Visual Theory

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.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in 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:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI 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.

Program

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Start Date

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2020 15 weeks Deadline Passed Aug 26, 2020 Dec 12, 2020
$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 = $17,058

Housing = $2,925 **

Insurance = $167

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 = $50

Books & Supplies = $100

Visa Fees = $125

Personal expenses = $2,200

Other = $100 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $5,625

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

††† Covers local insurance required for issuance of visa; paid for by CIEE and reimbursed by the student on-site.

Fall 2021 15 weeks Apr 1, 2021 Sep 4, 2021* Dec 21, 2021*

*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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