Prague, Czech Republic

Connecting Central European Art, History & Culture

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Information for term Connecting Central European Art, History & Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Extended Deadline

March 1, 2023
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: March 1, 2023
  • Dates: Jun 18 – Jul 8, 2023 (3 weeks)
$5,250

Extended Deadline

March 1, 2023
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: March 1, 2023
  • Dates: Jul 9 – 29, 2023 (3 weeks)
$5,250

Overview

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Tune into Central Europe’s arts scene and feel the thousand-year creative beat.  

Settle beautifully into Prague and marvel at its abundant architecture, painting, music, dance, film, and more. In expert-led classes, connect it all to Central Europe’s rich history and culture, learning to recognize and appreciate diverse art forms and major movements from Romanesque to Contemporary. 

Think like an art historian on tours of Gothic cathedrals and synagogues, Baroque palaces and gardens, and Art Nouveau buildings and theaters. Experience modern-day performances of drama and dance in remarkable theaters, get hands-on in workshops at a filmmaking museum, and create EDM or traditional folk music alongside Czech musicians. In groups, interpret and evaluate all kinds of creative works. 

Enjoy everything Prague has to offer. Window-shop in edgy fashion boutiques. Cruise down the Vltava River and explore Prague Castle, the world’s largest ancient castle. Get your fill of pastries in busy cafes. Meet up with Czech teens and learn local knowledge. Experience other parts of Central Europe, too, on a day trip to the fairy-tale town of Kutná Hora (a World Heritage Site) and on an overnight excursion to Vienna.

The Take-Aways

  • Real-World Experience

    View significant Central European artworks and architecture in a variety of media and styles. Come home with the ability to interpret and evaluate artwork in the context of its culture and history.

  • Credentials for your Future

    Topics for your college essays, experience to inform your future career, and a certificate of learning in art history.

  • Life Skills and New Friendships

    Return with greater self-confidence, independence, and improved communication skills. Enjoy a broader worldview and friends of different backgrounds from across the U.S.

  • HOURS OF EXPERT INSTRUCTION

    45
  • WEEKS PURSUING YOUR PASSION

    3
  • LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE

    1

Location & Culture

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Welcome to Prague, a fairy-tale city with a modern buzz. 

Prague is the Czech Republic’s capital and largest city where more than one thousand years of art history can be traced. Since the Middle Ages, Prague has been renowned as one of Europe’s most beautiful sites. Its location, right in the center of Europe, has made it a crossroads of creative ideas, attracting artists and great thinkers alike. 

Set on both sides of the Vltava River, Prague is best known for its Historic Center with remarkable architecture—Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and even Cubist—as well as its medieval Astronomical Clock that puts on an animated show every hour. Here, in this UNESCO World Heritage site, the artistry of street performers, actors, musicians, and merchants thrives. Here, old meets new—Prague is a place where you can cross the iconic, medieval Charles Bridge to enjoy the traditional Czech rolled pastry trdelnik at one of the many modern cafés nearby. 

CULTURAL AWARENESS

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.

Daily Life

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Daily Life 

Monday–Friday 

Each day offers a balance between interactive instruction and cultural activities with time on your own, too. Morning classes and afternoon activities may swap places. 

  • Breakfast at the hostel 
  • Hands-on classes with expert instructors and creative professionals 
  • Lunch with your fellow Global Navigators at a local restaurant 
  • Out and about for a Cultural Activity or Workshop 
  • Dinner at local restaurants 

Weekends 

  • Overnight or day excursions to top sites  
  • Quality time with friends 
  • Housing

    Hostel, shared rooms with other Global Navigators

  • 24/7 Support

    1 Program Leader for every 12 students and support from local staff

Activities

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Sample Activities

Just imagine all the fun you’ll have!

  • Soak in the atmosphere of a waterfront promenade and then hop on a pedal or row boat to cross the Vltava River.  
  • Feel the fairy-tale world inside medieval Karlštejn Castle, once the residence of Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. Tour centuries of architecture at Prague Castle, now the office of the President of the Czech Republic.   
  •  Enjoy drama at a Prague theater and get a private backstage tour. Participate in hands-on animation or design workshops at the museum of Karel Zeman, world-renowned filmmaker and master of visual effects. 
  •  Take a magical day trip to Kutná Hora. Visit the Gothic Sedlec Ossuary chapel—known as the bone church, St Barbara’s cathedral, and medieval silver mines. 
  • In Vienna, tour the historical city center, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Mozart's house. Then, make your way across town to see the Baroque Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens. 

Please note activities are based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when arranging activities is always to enhance your experience.

What Students Are Saying

  • “It’s a really worthwhile experience and you learn something new while having fun and making friends. I loved going to Kutná Hora and seeing the chapel full of bones.” 

    Kaidesh F., Global Navigator Alum
  • “Walking by the river with cool and breezy weather really inspired me. The city was peaceful and homey. I actually felt like a local.”

    Aolani T., Global Navigator Alum
  • “It was very eye-opening and amazing. The program has allowed me to have a new insight into what I want to do in the future. I also met interesting people and made good friends and memories that I will cherish and remember for a long time.” 

    Amandine C., Global Navigator Alum
  • “I learned a lot about the history of Prague and the Czech Republic! The classes were very diverse, and the teachers were great!”

    Karissa T., Global Navigator Alum

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

ELIGIBILITY  

  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.   
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page 

APPLICATION FEE 

$25 

Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Protection, but do not cover the cost of flights. Find additional details about what’s included with your tuition.   

More Questions? Find answers, get application support, sign up for virtual presentations or contact us! 

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Costs

Summer Session I 2023 3 weeks Mar 1, 2023 Jun 18, 2023 Jul 8, 2023

$5,250

Summer Session II 2023 3 weeks Mar 1, 2023 Jul 9, 2023 Jul 29, 2023

$5,250

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What's Included

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What's Included

Interactive Classes
Housing
3 Meals/Day
(Dietary Needs Accommodated)
All Ground Transportation
(Once In-country)
Optional Flight Chaperone
(Flight Cost Not Included)
Pre-departure Advice and Orientation
Access to Local Phone and WIFI
All Cultural Activities and Excursions
Comprehensive Medical and Travel Protection
24/7 Emergency On-site Support

Ready to change your life?