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 5 – Dec 22, 2018 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

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

Application Deadline

October 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: October 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jan 21 – May 12, 2019 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Prague’s rapidly evolving media landscape makes it an ideal place to explore global communication trends while you learn about the city’s complex culture and rich history. Study at Prague’s most prestigious university and include a hands-on internship to create a rich learning experience. You’ll find inspiration all around you, with 1,000 years of magnificent art and architecture from every period.

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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  • residents in Prague

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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 7-10 onsite work hours per week. Students interview to be selected by the internship sponsors, take a related seminar, and attend biweekly meetings with their instructor to learn about Czech work environments, culture, and career development.  

Daily Life

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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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What you need to know

The program details

Based at CIEE Prague - Vyšehrad, this program allows students to select courses offered by CIEE, the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU), and prestigious Charles University – the oldest university in central Europe - to further their studies in journalism, media, and communications while they learn about Czech culture.

Students begin with a two-week orientation session, which includes a week-long survival Czech language course.

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

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    CIEE courses are generally taken by CIEE students only, although they are listed at Charles University as well and open to Czech students. Charles University 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

    Grades A-F are assigned based on mid-term and final exams, research papers, class presentations, and additional assignments depending on the course. Class attendance is mandatory and is factored into the final grade with class participation. The internship and some elective media and communications courses may require a final project, website, radio production, published article, or other media-focused project.

  • Academic Culture

    Students are expected to demonstrate their 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. 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.
  • Contact hours: CIEE courses: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, FAMU and Charles University FSV courses: 24; credit – 1.5 semester/2.25 quarter hours.
  • Students are highly encouraged to take courses outside of CIEE at Charles University 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 and 7-10 hours of weekly on-site work.
  • 6 credits of core courses focusing on media, communication, or journalism (chosen from CIEE CNMJ-focused courses, FAMU, and/or Charles University courses).
  • 6 credits of elective courses chosen from CIEE, FAMU, and/or Charles University 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 2019 COURSES

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REQUIRED COURSE

  • INSH 3003 PRAG: Internship - Work Experience and Seminar

ELECTIVE CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

  • CZEC 1001 PRAG: Beginning Czech Language, I
  • CZEC 1002 PRAG : Beginning Czech Language, II
  • CZEC 1101 PRAG: Beginning Czech Language, Fast Track
  • CZEC 2001 PRAG: Intermediate Czech Language, I
  • CZEC 3001 PRAG: Advanced Czech Language I

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)

  • CEAS 3004 PRAG/ COMM 3001 PRAG: Media Impact in Central Europe: Past and Present
  • CEAS 3006 PRAG / COMM 3002 PRAG: Ethnic and Religious Identity and Prejudice in a Central European Context
  • CINE 3012 PRAG: Uses and Misuses of Propaganda in European Film
  • COMM 3004 PRAG: American Media's Impact on Post-Communist Czech Media
  • COMM 3301 PRAG: Intercultural Communication and Leadership
  • JOUR 3004 PRAG: Social Media’s Revolutionary Impact on Journalism and Society
  • RELI 2001 PRAG: World Religions and the Media

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

 (3 SEMESTER CREDITS EACH)

  • AHIS 2001 PRAG: Prague’s Art and Architecture Throughout the Centuries
  • AHIS 3003 PRAG: Modern Czech Art
  • AHIS 3005 PRAG: Czech Architecture and Design
  • AHIS 3006 PRAG: Czech Art in the Age of the Internet
  • ANTH 3001 PRAG: Anthropology of Czech Society and Culture
  • ANTH 3005 PRAG: Identity, Culture and Cultural Misunderstanding in the Czech Context
  • ARTS 3001 PRAG / POLI 3019 PRAG: Communism and Nazism Reflected in the Arts
  • BUSI 2001 PRAG: Responsibility in Business and the Decision Making Process
  • CEAS 3002 PRAG: Contemporary Czech Culture: Alternative Literature, Music and Lifestyles
  • CEAS 3008 PRAG: Jewish Culture in Central Europe
  • CINE 3006 PRAG: History through Film: Search for Identity: Europe between Hitler and Stalin
  • CINE 3009 PRAG: Czech Cinema
  • CINE 3011 PRAG: East European Cinema
  • ECON 3003 PRAG: Comparative European Economic Systems
  • ECON 3004 PRAG: The Economics of the European Union
  • ECON 3005 PRAG: Economies in Transition
  • ENVI 3001 PRAG: European Environmental Studies
  • FILM 3002 PRAG: The Holocaust in the Films and Literature of Arnost Lustig
  • FILM 3003 PRAG: Hollywood and Europe
  • FILM 3004 PRAG: The Feminine Aura
  • FILM 3005 PRAG: Eyes, Ears, and Testimonies: Czech Documentary
  • GEND 3002 PRAG: Gender in the Czech Republic and Europe
  • HIST 2001 PRAG: History of the Czech Lands in the Central European Context
  • HIST 3003 PRAG: Tribal Myths and Traditions of the Czechs
  • HIST 3005 PRAG: Mitteleuropa – Germany and East Central Europe from 1848 to 2004
  • HIST 3006 PRAG / POLI 3014 PRAG: Cold War Confrontations, 1941–1989
  • HIST 3008 PRAG: The Habsburg Empire: A Political and Cultural History
  • HIST 4001 PRAG: Racism and Anti-Semitism in Western History
  • INRE 3001 PRAG / HIST 3001 PRAG: Europe and the U.S.: Transatlantic Relations Past and Present
  • LITT 3001 PRAG: Modern Czech Literature
  • LITT 3002 PRAG / ANTH 3002 PRAG : Interpretation of Czech Fairytales
  • LITT 3003 PRAG: Prague-German Literature: Passion, Madness, Murder, and Memory
  • LITT 3004 PRAG: Franz Kafka: A Prague Writer
  • PHIL 3001 PRAG / CEAS 3005 PRAG: Technology, Totalitarianism, and the Individual
  • PHIL 3002 PRAG: Applied Contemporary Ethics
  • POLI 3001 PRAG/ PSYC 3001 PRAG: Psychology of Transition and Transformation
  • POLI 3002 PRAG: Czech Politics (Relearning Democracy)
  • POLI 3003 PRAG: The Rise and Fall of Central European Totalitarianism
  • POLI 3005 PRAG: The Politics and Economics of the European Union
  • POLI 3006 PRAG: Central European Politics
  • POLI 3015 PRAG: Nationalism, Democracy and Conflict in Central Europe: The Czech Case
  • POLI 4001 PRAG: Eurostory, or The Rise of Populism in Neoliberal Times
  • PSYC 3004 PRAG: Psychoanalysis and Art
  • PSYC 3005 PRAG: Psychoanalysis and Society
  • PSYC 3007 PRAG: Cultural Psychology: Czech and American Perspectives
  • PSYC 3008 PRAG: Theory of Mind: Psychology of Social Insights
  • RELI 3002 PRAG: History of the Jews in Bohemia and Central Europe
  • RELI 3003 PRAG: Introduction to the Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism
  • SOCI 2001 PRAG: Czech Sports History and Outdoor Culture
  • SOCI 3001 PRAG: Civic Engagement and Social Issues: Central European Perspectives
  • SOCI 3003 PRAG: Women and Leadership

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 2018 Courses

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CIEE REQUIRED COURSE (3 SEMESTER CREDITS)

CNMJ-FOCUSED CIEE COURSES (3 SEMESTER CREDITS EACH)

CNMJ-FOCUSED FAMU COURSES (1.5 SEMESTER CREDITS EACH, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED) - TENTATIVE COURSE LIST

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

CNMJ-FOCUSED COURSES AT THE FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES (FSV) AT CHARLES UNIVERSITY (1.5 SEMESTER CREDITS EACH, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED) - TENTATIVE COURSE LIST

  • Audiovisual Interpreting the Reality
  • Comics as a medium
  • Competencies and Skill for International Academia and Consultancy
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • 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

CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES (3 SEMESTER CREDITS EACH)

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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

Program

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 15 weeks Sep 5, 2018 Dec 22, 2018
$18,850
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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 = $15,458

Housing = $2,925 **

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $18,850

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 $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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

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. Additional meals for students in apartments or residence halls are estimated at $1,850 per semester.

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

††† average cost

†††† Required Czech insurance

Spring 2019 16 weeks Oct 1, 2018 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 $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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

Fall 2019 16 weeks Apr 1, 2019 TBD* TBD*

*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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