Prague, Czech Republic

Global Architecture + Design

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Information for term Global Architecture + Design

Application deadline, and cost information.

Extended Deadline

April 15, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 15, 2020
  • Dates: Sep 2 – Dec 19, 2020 (15 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

October 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 26 – May 15, 2021 (16 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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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.

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

  • first year beer was brewed at the Benedictine Brevnov Monastery

    993 AD
  • residents


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


  • 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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Daily Life

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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.

  • Meals

    Neighborhood Apartments: Meals are not included.

Prague, Czech Republic

Where You'll Study

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    Vyšehrad – 15 minutes from Old Town.

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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: 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.


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    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.


    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.


    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.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.


    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.


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Course Information

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
  • ARCHIP courses: typically 2-3 U.S. semester/3-4.5 quarter credits; 25-42 contact hours

Language of Instruction

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.

Fall 2020 CIEE Courses

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Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Semester Credit

Natural Resources, Conservation, and the Environment

Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

Semester Credit

Spring 2021 CIEE Courses

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Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Semester Credit

Natural Resources, Conservation, and the Environment

Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

Semester Credit
AHIS 3005 PRAG: Czech Architecture and Design

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
  • 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.


  • 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
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support


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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2020 15 weeks Apr 15, 2020 Sep 2, 2020 Dec 19, 2020
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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 = $17,758 **

Housing = $2,925 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $21,150

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 = $100 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $5,975

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

** 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 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.

Spring 2021 16 weeks Oct 1, 2020 Jan 26, 2021* May 15, 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, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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