Prague, Czech Republic

Summer Psychoanalysis + Culture (Prague + Paris)

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Information for term Summer Psychoanalysis + Culture (Prague + Paris)

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2018

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2018
  • Dates: May 21 – Jul 16, 2018 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 - 7 semester hours / 9 - 10.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Get a double-take on European culture and special insight into visual arts with a summer adventure in Prague and Paris. Explore how psychoanalysis changed the way we look at images, investigate common threads of creativity and madness – and round out your experience by experiencing life in two of Europe’s most beautiful and intellectual cities.

Unique Experiences

  • Explore

    the connections between psychoanalysis and art from two European perspectives.

  • Study

    Study in incredible surroundings: in Paris, steps from the Grand Boulevards, Palais Royal, and Louvre; in Prague, amidst a fairy tale castle and hundreds of church spires.

  • See

    more of France and the Czech Republic with weekend excursions that take you beyond the city.

  • visitors a year see Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

  • libraries in Paris – a world record!

  • first year of brewing at Prague’s Benedictine Břevnov Monastery


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 still brimming with carefully preserved monuments from every period and style in its millennial history. There’s plenty of quirky too, like the Žižkov 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.


If you want to visit one of the world’s most prominent centers of culture, finance, and commerce, you’ll find it in Paris. The capital of France – and its most populous city – Paris is a top tourist destination where you’ll fall in love with historic landmarks, exquisite dining, and charming architecture. The city has hosted two Summer Olympic Games and two FIFA World Cups, and each year hosts the final stage of the Tour de France bicycle race.

The Culture



  • Explore more of the region with two excursions – one day trip and one overnight trip. Destinations change annually and have included:
    • Terezín, former fortress, later Jewish ghetto and Nazi labor camp
    • Sychrov, home of a beautiful neo-Gothic castle and famous gothic fortress built in Roman times
    • Litoměřice, where the Ploskovice castle and historical structures date back to the 13th century
    • Karlovy Vary, a noted spa town
    • Mikulov, South Moravian wine destination
    • Plzeň, home of Europe’s second largest synagogue, the Victims of Evil monument, and the George Patton Museum
  • Get an insider’s view of Prague with the help of your Flat Buddy, a Charles University student who will teach you cultural norms and introduce you to Czech culture.
  • Make your visit official by traversing the Charles Bridge, constructed to cross the Vltava River in 1357.



  • Get to know the City of Light with a guided walking tour
  • See more of France with a weekend trip to Toulouse, Dijon, or Marseille
  • Take a day trip to see wonders like the baroque chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte or the Cathédrale Notre-Dame in Chartres

Daily Life

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    Shared Apartments:
    Students live in apartments in popular neighborhoods with other CIEE students and a flat buddy – a student from Charles University who introduces you to life in Prague. Students share double rooms, kitchens and bathrooms, and should expect a commute of up to 35 minutes to CIEE Prague.

    Residence Halls: 
    Students share double rooms with an en suite bathroom, a shared kitchen, gym, and pool.

    Homestays: A limited number of students can live with French families – a great opportunity to learn more language and local customs.


    Meals are not provided. Students can prepare meals in their apartments or eat out.

    Residence Halls: 
    Meals are not provided. Students prepare meals or eat out.

    Homestays: Hosts provide breakfast daily plus four meals per week.

Prague, Czech Republic

Where You'll Study

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    Vyšehrad – 15 minutes from Old Town

  • B


    Paris – Less than a minute away from the Grands Boulevards, and a 15-minute walk to the Louvre.

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What you need to know

The program details

This summer program includes separate courses on psychoanalysis and culture, allowing students to compare various aspects of these topics in two European cities renowned for rich culture.

Students begin in Prague, investigating the overlap between psychoanalysis and art, including the mutual influences, borrowings, and inspirations between the two domains.

In Paris, students examine psychoanalytic thought and critique of 20th and 21st century art, delving into the relationship between madness and creativity, and testing the limits of psychoanalysis to interpret visual art.

Courses are taught by specialists in their respective fields from a range of Paris institutions and Charles University in Prague.

CIEE Prague, where summer classes are taught, is located at Vyšehrad, at the top of one of Prague’s highest hills, within medieval castle walls in a park-like setting 15 minutes from the Old Town. CIEE courses are recognized by Charles University, the oldest university in Central Europe, founded in 1348.

In Paris, classes are held at the CIEE Global Institute - Paris, in the lively, central Sentier neighborhood in the 2nd arrondissement, less than a minute from the Grands Boulevards.


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    Students take classes only with other CIEE participants. In addition to lectures and discussions, classes may include films and outings related to the themes of the class. Students should be prepared to spend two-thirds of each weekday in class or in class-related activities.


    Prague: Assessment is based on active participation in class, essays and presentations. Paris: Assessment is based on attendance, active participation, short papers, tests, and oral presentations.


    Students are expected to demonstrate their proactive 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.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.


Program Credit

  • Total credit: 6-8 semester/9-12 quarter hours
  • Required courses: contact hours: 45; credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours each
  • Communicative Czech and French language courses: contact hours: 15; credit: 1 semester/1.5 quarter credit hours each

Students take one content course per session and can also enroll in optional Communicative Czech and French language courses, designed to help students maximize their intercultural experience through language learning.

Summer 2018 Courses

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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.

Session I - Prague

Session II - Paris


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Scholarships & Grants

In 2016, we awarded over 1,000 scholarships totaling more than $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization. This year's no different. In fact, every year we give this unrivaled amount of funding, because we’re on a mission to help YOU go abroad, too! Explore your options today.

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.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – an introduction to 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

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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Summer Session I and II 2018 8 weeks

Application Due

Apr 1, 2018

Start Date

May 21, 2018

End Date

Jul 16, 2018

Fees & Housing

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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 = $5,183 **

Housing = $2,200 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $7,850

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 = $1,150

International Airfare = $1,500 ††

Local Transportation = $230

Books & Supplies = $125

Personal expenses = $1,200

Total Estimated Costs = $4,205

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

*** includes two meals daily in Paris; no meals included in Prague

additional meals (Paris) + all meals (Prague)

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure; note that students will require a multi-destination ticket

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