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The Global Architecture + Design program invites design, architecture, or sustainability majors or minors to create model cities that address climate change by reducing the environmental footprint of buildings. All courses are taught in English, and students take the required Future Cities Seminar; Future Cities Design Studio; and Science, Engineering, and Technology Workshop at CIEE Prague, and choice of electives at CIEE Prague and our partner institution, Architectural Institute in Prague (ARCHIP). Hands-on workshops with cutting-edge technology are led by experts from Prague’s architecture and design community. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.
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!
Prague’s impressive range of architectural styles that include Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Cubism, and more.
in a ground-breaking design project intended to improve city living.
nationalities represented at the Architectural Institute in Prague35
first year beer was brewed at the Benedictine Brevnov Monastery993 AD
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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.
EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
- Explore Prague Castle, Old Town, the modern Villa Winternitz, the theater, and opera.
- Investigate interesting phenomena - like a gentrification pattern that stretches to the suburbs and a natural corridor that includes old port structures.
- Visit the city’s largest Asian market.
- Take an overnight trip to a city outside Prague and get a sense of how the architecture and culture is different from Prague.
- Collaborate on design projects in small groups with people from diverse backgrounds, including Czech and international students and architects.
- Meet and learn from visiting faculty and professionals via lectures and critiques.
- Practice your language skills with weekly activities organized by CIEE around the neighborhood, including cooking events, film nights, museum visits, and more.
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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 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: 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.
Neighborhood Apartments: Meals are not included.
Prague, Czech Republic
Where You'll Study
Vyšehrad – 15 minutes from Old Town.
ARCHITECTURAL INSTITUTE OF PRAGUE
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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: Future Cities Design Studio; Future Cities Seminar; and Science, Engineering, and Technology Workshops. Instruction takes place in Prague and in other parts of the Czech Republic. A small student population of 60 to 85 Czech and international 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.
There are no specific language requirements for this program.
Students must be: Majors or minors in Architecture, Environmental Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Sustainability Studies, or Urban Design with 2-3 semesters of design studio or project-based courses in their major.
All students enroll in following courses:
- 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)
Students must also take a CIEE and/or ARCHIP elective(s) worth at least 3 credits.
Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits
- CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
- ARCHIP courses: typically 2-3 U.S. semester/3-4.5 quarter credits; 25-42 contact hours
Students are encouraged to inquire, debate, collaborate, conduct experiments, and consider the role of today’s architects and designers. A small student population 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.
Students begin with a four-day orientation session. 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.
Assessment is varied and includes midterm 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 U.S. letter grades.
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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.
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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.See more scholarship info
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Dates & Fees
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