Prague, Czech Republic

Global Architecture + Design

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Information for term Global Architecture + Design

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 27 – Dec 22, 2018 (17 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

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 26 – Dec 21, 2019 (17 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

  • Dates: Jan 22 – May 19, 2019 (17 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Welcome to our cutting-edge studio in the heart of Prague, where you’ll experiment integrating methods of simulation, computational design, and programming as well as social sciences to push current technological advancements further. Challenge yourself to make the most of natural and built resources, reduce the environmental footprints of our buildings, and provide healthy environments. All the while, you’ll be inspired by 1,000 years of remarkable design in every style – everywhere you look.

Unique Experiences

  • Study

    at the Architectural Institute (ARCHIP) in Prague. The first international school of its kind, ARCHIP is located in a building at Prague 7, which is also a part of the Center for Contemporary Art. ARCHIP offers an opportunity to take classes with students from more than 35 countries around the world!

  • Explore

    Prague’s impressive range of architectural styles that include Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Cubism, and more.

  • Participate

    in a ground-breaking design project intended to improve city living.

  • nationalities represented at the Architectural Institute in Prague

    35
  • first year beer was brewed at the Benedictine Brevnov Monastery

    993 AD
  • residents

    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 by Frank Gehry. 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

  • Explore Prague Castle, Old Town, the modern Vila Muller, the theater, and opera.
  • Investigate particularly interesting places, like a gentrification pattern that stretches to the suburbs, a natural corridor that includes old port structures, and the city’s largest Asian market.
  • Visit a mining town that’s being reconstructed with a new identity.
  • Take an overnight trip to a city like Brno, Vienna or Copenhagen, and get a sense of how the architecture and culture is different from Prague.
  • Travel even more with optional trips organized by an international student travel company to Berlin, Krakow, and Vienna (additional fees apply).

PROJECTS

  • Collaborate on design projects in small groups with people from diverse backgrounds, including Czech students and architects.
  • Meet and learn from visiting faculty and professionals via lectures and critiques.
  • Connect virtually with other CIEE students as they tackle the same design issues in other cities.
  • Travel together with CIEE GAD students from other cities to exchange ideas and experiences.
  • Join a student group that sparks your interest in art, community service, film, music, sports or theater, and see how Czech students are similar and different from U.S. students.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Apartments: 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.

    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.

     

  • Meals

    Meals are not included and are the responsibility of the student. Students can purchase food supplies and prepare meals in the apartment kitchens.

Prague, Czech Republic

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE PRAGUE

    Vyšehrad – 15 minutes from Old Town.

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    ARCHITECTURAL INSTITUTE OF PRAGUE

    Prague

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What you need to know

The program details

CIEE designed this program with Maria Aiolova, an award-winning educator, architect, and urban designer based in New York City. She is co-founder of Terreform ONE and chair of the ONE Lab NY School for Design and Science.

Based at the Architectural Institute in Prague (ARCHIP), the program has three main components: A Future Cities Design Studio; a seminar; and science, engineering, and technology workshops. Instruction takes place in Prague and in other parts of the Czech Republic as well. A small school size of 60 to 85 students per year allows faculty and students to openly communicate and creatively collaborate during instruction, tutoring, and evaluation of student works.

Courses are taught in English by CIEE-contracted faculty who also facilitate collaborative projects with local professionals and peers. Field trips to visit historical sites, new buildings, and environmental initiatives enhance understanding of cities in transition.

The program goal is to develop a language of technological design that creates immediacy between individual responsibility and the global environmental crisis, through close study of specific places, cities, and cultures. In Prague, we work with elements of history and tradition and take full advantage of new technologies and opportunities for global exchange.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Students begin with a four-day orientation session, which is followed by a two-week intensive language program, designed to equip students with the basics of Czech and to facilitate cultural immersion. Classes include CIEE students and international ARCHIP students. The ARCHIP program is based on studio instruction; other professional courses relate to it and complement it. Lectures in theory complement practice-oriented seminars, excursions, and workshops; practical instruction is fundamental in the study program.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Students are encouraged to inquire, debate, collaborate, conduct experiments, and consider the role of today’s architects and designers. A small school size of 85 students per year allows faculty and students to openly communicate and creatively collaborate during instruction, tutoring, and evaluation of student works.

  • GRADING

    Assessment is varied and includes mid-term and final exams, faculty assessment of final architecture project, participation in studio, seminars, workshops, and other program activities. Students receive numerical grades which are converted to the U.S. letter grades.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    Students must be: Majors in Architecture, Environmental Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Sustainability Studies, Urban Design or minors in one of the areas listed above, with 2-3 semesters of design studio or project-based courses in their major.

Curriculum

Program Credit

Total credit: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours

Students are required to take the following three courses, and can also add a CIEE and/or ARCHIP elective course(s) to their registration in order to fulfill the 15-18 credit enrollment requirement.

  • ARCH 3001 CGAD - Future Cities Design Studio (6 credits)
  • ARCH 3002 CGAD - Future Cities Seminar (3 credits)
  • ARCH 3003 CGAD - Science, Engineering and Technology Workshops (3 credits)

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.

Fall 2018 Courses

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CIEE REQUIRED COURSES

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

CIEE LANGUAGE COURSE
During the first two weeks, students study the Communicative Czech language. Students then have the option to continue the language study with classes throughout the semester for no credit.

ARCHIP ELECTIVE COURSES

History of Architecture 1
History of Architecture 3
History of Art
Landscape Design
Modern Architecture
Sculpture and Modeling

Spring 2018 Courses

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CIEE REQUIRED COURSES

 

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES (3 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
  • CEAS 3004 PRAG/ COMM 3001 PRAG: Media Impact in Central Europe: Past and Present
  • COMM 3301 PRAG: Intercultural Communication and Leadership
  • ENVI 3001 PRAG: European Environmental Studies

CIEE LANGUAGE COURSE
During the first two weeks, students study the Communicative Czech language. Students then have the option to continue the language study with classes throughout the semester for no credit.

ARCHIP REQUIRED COURSES

DE-ARCHIP HA2: History Of Architecture 2
DE-ARCHIP HA4: History Of Architecture 4
DE-ARCHIP HT2: History Of Art 2
DE-ARCHIP CA: Contemporary Architecture
DE-ARCHIP D: Drawing

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 17 weeks Aug 27, 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 = $450

Visa Fees = $125 †††

Personal expenses = $2,200

Other = $145 ††††

Total Estimated Costs = $6,020

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

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** 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 17 weeks Jan 22, 2019 May 19, 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 = $450

Visa Fees = $125

Personal expenses = $2,200

Other = $145

Total Estimated Costs = $6,020

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

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** 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 17 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Aug 26, 2019* Dec 21, 2019*

*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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