Not only is Prague a gorgeous destination made up of historic buildings, charming nooks, and a picturesque river, it’s home to a rapidly evolving media landscape, making it the perfect place to examine contemporary media culture. CIEE’s January Communications, New Media, and Journalism program takes you from the classroom into the field, opening your eyes to what it’s like to work at media companies and helping you to discover what makes Prague so special.
Study abroad in Prague and you will:
- Enjoy excursions relevant to your coursework
- Deepen your understanding of the Czech Republic with various historic and cultural excursions around Prague and the surrounding area
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
You’ll get an inside look into how local media really works by exploring
Prague and the surrounding areas. You’ll visit media companies and radio stations,
and go on an overnight trip with a specific focus on communications and
the Czech film industry. You’ll also explore sites of historical and cultural
importance in Prague, such as Prague Castle, Old Town, and the historical
halls of Charles University.
In the course, Communications: Social Power of Media, you’ll investigate society and communication in both national and global contexts while exploring the role and impact of international and domestic media on political developments in Central Europe.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
January 2017 (3 wks)
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, local transportation pass, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
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.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee
International Airfare *
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours and 45 contact hours.
Students take the required course, Communication: Social Power of Media.
About the City
About The City
Because of its innumerable characteristic steeples, Prague is called the “Hundred-Towered City” and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. A member of the European Union, Prague is a perfect example of the steady development of a society, recently transitioning from its communist past. With a population of only 1.2 million, Prague has an unusually rich cultural life, including festivals, operas, concerts, and cultural programs, many of which are accessible to students on a budget. CIEE students experience life similar to that of Czech students and make use of the city’s numerous neighborhoods just like native Praguers.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Jana Čemusová heads the CIEE Study Center in Prague, leading study abroad programs, customized partnerships with Charles University, Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU), and other educational institutions. She served as a Student Services Director from 2008 to 2011. Prior to joining CIEE in a full-time position, Jana gained extensive experience with CIEE students through her many years of teaching and leading Czech language instruction through the CIEE Study Center at Charles University. She is teaching Intercultural Communication and Leadership course now.
Jana was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Kansas and has expertise in training language teachers and leading projects in immigrant communities. She served as a chair of Association of Czech Teachers Teaching Czech as a Foreign Language in 2003–2009.
Jana is a double graduate at the Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Philosophy, where she studied theory of culture (anthropology) and Czech language and creative studies at the Faculty of Education.
Tereza joined the CIEE Prague team in January 2016 and is in charge of coordinating CIEE summer and January-term programs. She is also responsible for the promotion of the Flat Buddies, Homestay Buddies and Homestay Families programs. Tereza is currently finishing her bachelor degree in International Area Studies at Charles University. Prior to joining the CIEE team, Tereza worked as a Program Coordinator in exchange study programs and also acted as a Flat Buddy at CIEE for three years.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
CIEE works closely with Charles University (CU) to deliver courses to students at the CIEE Study Center in Prague. All CIEE courses are held at the CIEE Study Center, located in Vyšehrad. Although the CIEE Study Center is not located in a CU building, CIEE courses are recognized by CU and taught by faculty from various CU faculties and institutes. The oldest university in Central Europe (founded in 1348 by the Czech King Charles IV), CU has 17 schools, three institutes, 4,000 teaching/research staff, and 42,400 enrolled students.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the study abroad program fee.
While in Prague, students reside in apartments in popular neighborhoods with fellow CIEE participants and a CIEE Flat Buddy – a Charles University student who helps CIEE students adjust to student life in Prague. Students share double rooms and kitchen and bathroom facilities. Meals are not included and are the responsibility of the student. Students can purchase food supplies and prepare meals in the apartment kitchens. The Internet is included.
Apartments are located throughout Prague and commuting times and distances vary. It’s important for students to be aware that commuting is part of daily life in Prague, and the location of most apartments requires daily use of public transportation. It is common for the student commute, including public transportation and walking, to take up to 35 minutes one way. A transportation pass is included in the program fees.
You'll begin your study abroad experience in Prague even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple – to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.
A mandatory orientation session is conducted in Prague at the beginning of the study abroad program and introduces you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provides practical information about living in the Czech Republic. Tours of the vicinity and cultural activities are also arranged. You will be introduced to program faculty and extra-curricular options during this period.
You are encouraged to a bring wireless-enabled laptop. You will have free access to wireless connections and a computer laboratory at the CIEE Study Center as well as in your apartments. In addition, Prague offers a good network of Internet cafés for a small fee.
Cultural Activities and Field Trips
Students will participate in field trips and a weekend excursion within the Czech Republic that provides an opportunity to visit exceptionally interesting and educationally valuable sites.
Cultural activities are organized with the aid of CIEE Flat Buddies, local Charles University students who are an integral part of student life. Flat Buddies share day-to-day issues, help you better understand local cultural norms, and assist you with immersion into the Czech culture and Charles University student life.
Get out and see other parts of the Czech Republic. Past sessions have included field trips to Český Krumlov or Terezín.
Field trip destinations are subject to change each year and are based on individual faculty members and their course design and content.
This program exposes students to the many sides of media, journalism, and communication within the Czech lands. This journey gives students a unique opportunity to witness the force of a society that embraces its transition from a communist past to the ever-changing political and social present, along with the opportunity to learn about Prague’s development.
There are significant differences between the U.S. educational system and the Czech system. Students must be aware that a high degree of self-motivation and self-discipline is required, and that independent learning and active participation in class are necessary for achieving satisfactory academic performance. CIEE Prague has 5,000-plus holdings in its library, which suffices most students for research. If students need to seek resources outside of the CIEE Study Center, there are public libraries students can use for reference materials. Professors use both the classroom as well as the city as a direct resource for their teaching. Lectures are supplemented with class excursions and guest lectures related to class topics. Students should be prepared to spend two-thirds of each weekday in class or in class-related activities.
Nature of Classes
Participants take classes with other CIEE students.
The program is rigorous and demands regular preparation outside of class. Students should expect to be active participants in their course of study. Participation constitutes part of the overall assessment, and there is a strict attendance policy. In addition, the course uses a mixture of written projects, examinations, and presentations as a means of assessment. Please see the syllabi for detailed course requirements.
Language of Instruction
All courses are taught by faculty from reputable institutions of higher education or research, including Charles University.
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.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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COMM 3001 PGSU
Communication: Social Power of Media
The course will examine the influence of media on public opinion and the ways of social interaction in society. The course will explore the dynamic relationship between the development of communication technologies and the content of the disseminated messages.