Prague, Czech Republic

January in Prague

Study Program



3 weeks



3 semester hours

4.5 quarter hours


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Students of all majors are invited to spend January earning credits in one of Europe’s most beautiful, historic, and vibrant capital cities! Immerse yourself in an intensive three-week course taught in English, while outside the classroom, you'll broaden your understanding of the local culture by participating in exciting co-curricular activities organized by CIEE to enhance classroom learning. You won't want to miss what this three-week winter program has to offer in the heart of Europe. 

Unique Experiences


like a local college student and partake in the city’s vibrant cultural and social scene as you learn more about the local customs.



at one of the world's most pristine and varied collections of architecture. The city boasts architecture representing the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Cubist, Neo-Classical, and Modern design styles.


the picturesque setting of many Hollywood movies such as Mission Impossible, Alien vs. Predator, Van Helsing, Chronicles of Narnia, and Hellboy.



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  • Prague group of students standing in front of Astral Clock
  • prague rooftops and spires

Your Destination

Cobblestone streets, medieval bridges, and a castle overlooking dozens of churches, squares, and green spaces all contribute to the “City of a Hundred Spires” being recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Having shed its communist past and brimming with carefully preserved monuments from every period and style in its millennial history, Prague is a truly unique European city. Easy to explore on foot and on a student budget, the city abounds with festivals, live music, galleries, food markets, cafés, and much more. 

CIEE Prague is located in the central neighborhood of Vyšehrad in a beautiful park-like setting atop one of Prague’s highest hills about 15 minutes from the Old Town area. 

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Prague.

The Culture

prague national theater

Excursions & Activities

  • Spend the day at Prague Zoo, listed by Forbes Traveler and TripAdvisor as one of the world's best zoos. 
  • Take a day trip to Terezín (Theresienstadt), a former Jewish ghetto and Nazi labor camp. 
  • Visit Sychrov, a beautiful Neo-Gothic castle. 
  • Stop by Karlštejn, the famous gothic fortress built by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV.

Program Blogs


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By College Study Abroad at CIEE

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How to Adapt to Public Transport Abroad: Prague Edition

By College Study Abroad Ambassador at CIEE

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During the January in Prague program, students spend three weeks taking a full credit course complemented with co-curricular activities to immerse students in the culture and facilitate intercultural learning. 

CIEE Prague is located within the Vyšehrad national monument complex and features classrooms, a library, a student lounge, staff offices, a café, and a large garden and patio area.



Language Requirements

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


All students take one required course.

Program Credit

Total credit: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits

Course Credit

CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

The program is made up of three weeks of classes with an intensive orientation beforehand. CIEE classes are designed to follow U.S. academic culture. Students should be aware that a high degree of self-discipline is required, and that independent learning and active participation in class are necessary for achieving satisfactory academic performance. Professors use both the classroom and the city as resources for their teaching. Lectures are supplemented with class excursions and guest lectures. Students should be prepared to spend two-thirds of each weekday in class or in class-related activities. Class attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions.

Class Format

Courses taught at CIEE Prague are for CIEE students only. Courses are taught Monday – Friday. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.


The program is rigorous and demands regular preparation outside of class. Participation constitutes part of the overall assessment, and there is a strict attendance policy. Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including essays, coursework, and final examinations or papers. Students must check with their professors to find out exam and project presentation dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter deadlines or exam dates for study abroad students who have made conflicting travel plans. The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction


Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


Course Information

Visual and Performing Arts

Semester Credit


Semester Credit

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Dates & Fees

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.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program January 2025 3 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $4,150

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, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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 protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $2,845**

Housing = $925***

Insurance = $80

Total Fees = $4,150

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 = $89

International Airfare = $1,000††

Books & Supplies = $25

Personal expenses = $140†††

Total Costs = $1,254

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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*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals a day. For students in residence halls/apartments, you should budget approx. $307 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††r?ound-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

What's Included



Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet


Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Excursions and/or Study Tours

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support


Our Staff

Will Barnard


Will Barnard heads CIEE Prague. Originally from the U.S., Will has lived and worked in the Czech Republic for over twenty years. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University...

Petra Key


Petra Key is in charge of CIEE Prague course portfolio. She manages the CIEE Prague faculty and courses, and is responsible for the cooperation with academic partner institutions. Petra Key...

Michaela Neužilová


Michaela has been a Program Coordinator with CIEE since 2016. She earned her degree at the University of Sheffield (UK) and studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia and Rennes, France.

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