Prague, Czech Republic

Communications, New Media + Journalism

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Information for term Communications, New Media + Journalism

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 4 – Dec 21, 2019 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 21 – May 12, 2019 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

October 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 20 – May 9, 2020 (16 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 studying at Prague's most prestigious university and CIEE’s partner schools, Charles University and the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU), with a hands-on internship to create a rich learning experience. Throughout your time, you’ll discover Prague's 1,000 years of magnificent art and architecture that will fill you with awe.

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.

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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.
  • Explore Prague Castle, Old Town, historic halls of Charles University, the theater, and opera.
  • Join a student group that sparks your interest, in art, community service, film, music, sport or theater, for example, and see how Czech students are similar and different from U.S. students.
  • 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, explain local customs, and organize weekly activities in politics, sports, film, music, and more.
  • Volunteer at a children’s home or school, or put your communication skills to work on CIEE yearbook and 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: This option provides an excellent opportunity for immersion into the local culture, and is strongly recommended for students who wish to take full advantage of their Czech experience. A single room and internet is provided.

    CIEE-Administered Apartments: The apartments are located in the buildings where other tenants/citizens live. Students are sharing the apartment with a flat buddy who is a local Charles University student. The flat buddy is responsible for apartment maintenance and also helps with Czech immersion while organizing activities for students. Internet is provided.

    CIEE-Administered Residence: There are two CIEE Administered Residences. The residence consists of apartments where only CIEE students and Resident Assistants (RA) live. The RAs are Charles University students and live in separate apartments in the building. Their task is to help during the orientation, organize activities for students, and help them with daily issues. Internet is provided.

  • MEALS

    Homestay: Dinner and breakfast, on the family’s schedule, are included.

    Apartments: Please note that meals are not included with this option.

    Residence:  Please note that meals are not included with this option.

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

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

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. Students choose from a wide range of courses at CIEE Prague, Charles University, and the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU).

The program begins with a two-week orientation, which includes internship interviews and a 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.

Charles University is the oldest and largest university in Prague, founded in 1348, and ranks 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 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 historic district.

CIEE Prague is located in Vyšehrad, at the top of one of Prague’s highest hills, in a beautiful park-like setting about 15 minutes from the Old Town area. It features classrooms, a library, student lounge, staff offices, café, and a large garden and patio area.

Academics

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Academics

  • 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. Charles University’s FSV and FAMU courses are open to local and international students. All required and elective communications, new media, and journalism courses are taught in English. As students gain proficiency in Czech, our staff encourages them to use their language skills in everyday settings.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    2 or more courses beyond introductory level in communications, journalism, media, or international affairs.

Curriculum

PROGRAM CREDIT

  • Total credit, semester: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours.
  • CIEE courses: contact hours: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours
  • Most FAMU courses: contact hours: 24; credit – 1.5 semester/2.25 quarter hours
  • Charles University’s FSV courses: range between 1.5–3 credits/2.25–4.5 quarter hours
  • Students are highly encouraged to take courses outside of CIEE – at Charles University’s Faculty of Social Sciences (FSV) or FAMU and can enroll in up to 6 total semester credits at these institutions.

Students take the following courses:

  • Required CIEE internship that includes a seminar (15 hours of class time per semester) and 8-10 hours of weekly onsite work.
  • 6 credits of core courses focusing on media, communication, or journalism (chosen from CIEE CNMJ-focused courses, FAMU, and/or FSV courses).
  • 6 credits of elective courses chosen from CIEE, FAMU, and/or FSV course offerings.

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.

SPRING 2020 COURSES

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REQUIRED COURSE

ELECTIVE CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

ELECTIVE COURSES

The following is a sample list of courses offered by CIEE, FAMU, and Charles University (Faculty of Social Sciences). Final course lists and schedules will be available to students prior to the start of each semester.

CNMJ-FOCUSED COURSES AT CIEE (3 SEMESTER CREDITS EACH)

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

 (3 SEMESTER CREDITS EACH)

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
Introduction to 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 2
Acting Theories 1,2
Central European Cinemas within the Context of the World Cinema
Cinema Dance (3 credits)
Film, Form and Style
Filming the Unfilmable
History of Animation
Introduction to International Film/TV Production
Photographic Imaging
Script Analysis 2
Short Film Practical Analysis: Directing 2
The Realm of Montage 2
Visual Theory 1, 2

Fall 2019 Courses

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REQUIRED COURSE

ELECTIVE CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

ELECTIVE COURSES

The following is a sample list of courses offered by CIEE, FAMU, and Charles University (Faculty of Social Sciences). Final course lists and schedules will be available to students prior to the start of each semester.

CNMJ-FOCUSED COURSES AT CIEE (3 SEMESTER CREDITS EACH)

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES (3 SEMESTER CREDITS EACH)

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
  • Creative Workshop Photo
  • 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
  • Tourism Marketing

CNMJ-FOCUSED COURSES AT FAMU (typically 1.5 semester credits) –TENTATIVE COURSE LIST

  • Acting Studio 1
  • Acting Theories 1
  • Central European Cinemas within the Context of the World Cinema
  • Cinema Dance (3 credits)
  • Cinematographer’s Influence
  • Circulating within the Modern Cinematic Image (3 credits)
  • History of Avantgarde and Experimental Film
  • Film Style and Form
  • Filming the Unfilmable
  • History of Animation
  • Introduction to International Film/TV Production
  • Photographic Imaging
  • Script Analysis 1
  • Short Film Practical Analysis: Directing 1
  • Soundtrack Aesthetic
  • The Realm of Montage 1
  • Visual Theory 1

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

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, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & 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.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – an introduction to Czech culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees

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Fees & Housing

Spring 2019 16 weeks Jan 21, 2019 May 12, 2019
$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 = $145

Total Estimated Costs = $5,670

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 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

** 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

Fall 2019 15 weeks Sep 4, 2019 Dec 21, 2019
$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 = $145 ††††

Total Estimated Costs = $5,670

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.

See Scholarships

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

** 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 in apartments. Students placed in homestays are provided with breakfast and dinner; additional meals for homestay students are estimated at $550 per semester. Students placed in the dormitory are provided with breakfast only; additional meals for dormitory students are estimated at $1,500 per semester.

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

††† average cost

†††† Required Czech insurance

Spring 2020 16 weeks Oct 1, 2019 Jan 20, 2020* May 9, 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 = $145 ††††

Total Estimated Costs = $5,670

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.

See Scholarships

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

** 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 in apartments. Students placed in homestays are provided with breakfast and dinner; additional meals for homestay students are estimated at $550 per semester. Students placed in the dormitory are provided with breakfast only; additional meals for dormitory students are estimated at $1,500 per semester.

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

††† average cost

†††† Required Czech insurance

*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, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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