Paris, France

Summer European Cinema (Paris + Prague)

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This summer, soak up magnificent art and architecture from every period in two of Europe’s most beautiful cities – Paris and Prague. With guided tours and excursions that add color and context to coursework, this an exciting opportunity to compare French and Czech styles and cultures you won’t want to miss.  

Unique Experiences

  • Explore

    art and architecture from different historical, political, and cultural perspectives.

  • Study

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

  • Get a different perspective

    on 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 – that’s a world record!

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


Location & Culture

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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.


Cobblestone streets, ancient bridges, and a hilltop castle make Prague absolutely stunning. 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. Easy to explore on foot, the city has a rich cultural life that includes concerts, festivals, and operas.

The Culture



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


  • Travel for a weekend to Plzen, home of Europe’s second largest synagogue, the Victims of Evil monument, and the George Patton Museum – or Jáchymov, a former Gulag work camp for political prisoners.
  • Get to know Czech peers and culture with group activities in Prague.

Daily Life

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    Residence hall
    Students live share doubles with their own bathroom, a shared kitchen, gym and pool.

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


    CIEE-administered 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 30 minutes. Transportation pass and Internet access provided.


    Residence halls: Meals are not provided. Students prepare meals or eat out. Homestay: Hosts provide breakfast daily plus four meals per week.

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

Paris, France

Where You'll Study

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

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    Vyšehrad – 15 minutes from Old Town.

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What you need to know

The program details

This multi-site summer program includes two four-week academic sessions and is designed for students with an interest in European architecture, art history, and art. It combines separate courses focusing on French and Czech art and architecture, allowing students to compare and contrast architectural styles and art movements, and explore how French and Czech architecture and art have impacted urban landscapes.

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

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.

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


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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.


    Assessment is based on participation, short papers, tests, and oral presentations. Attendance is mandatory.


    Courses are designed for U.S. undergrads and taught by professors who are used to teaching U.S. students, so teaching and learning methods will be familiar. CIEE courses are intellectually rigorous, and students are expected participate in discussions and keep up with daily reading assignments.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.


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


  • Session 1: Paris Collage
  • Session 2: Art and Architecture of Prague
  • Students can also enroll in optional Communicative French and Czech language courses, designed to help them maximize this experience.


Summer 2017 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.




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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:

  • 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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