Perfect for pairing with other programs.
Contemporary culture is studied not as the “most refined human endeavors,” but as “everyday culture.”
Spend this summer exploring contemporary culture in two of Europe’s most creative and dynamic cities. Begin in Prague, where you’ll examine the roots of underground and alternative cultures. Through discussions of street art, squatting non-conformist Czechs have made use of popular culture and form their own communities and identities. Next, you’ll study the global urban movement through the lens of Barcelona, a city whose landscape is being perpetually redefined by the contemporary arts.
Study abroad in Prague and Barcelona and you will:
- Develop the tools to examine contemporary urban culture through an anthropological lens
- Analyze graffiti, video, and graphic art that incorporates local and international themes
- Explore the districts of both cities where these cultural forms are thriving
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, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
In this program, explore contemporary culture in two of Europe’s most creative and dynamic cities.
Beginning in Prague, you will examine the roots of underground and alternative cultures. Through discussions of street art, squatting nonconformist Czechs have made use of popular culture and form their own communities and identities. Students may enroll in an optional Communicative Czech language course (1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours).
In Barcelona, you will examine the global urban art movement through the lens of Barcelona, a city whose landscape is being perpetually redefined by the contemporary arts. In both locations, field trips and overnight excursions supplement course content.
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.
The program fee includes:
- 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.
Summer Session I, II 2017 (8 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 (in Prague), 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
*** No meals are included while in Prague, nor in the Residencia option in Barcelona. Students selecting the homestay option in Barcelona have two meals per day included while in Barcelona.
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.
* Estimated amount for all meals for students staying in apartments in Prague plus the Residencia in Barcelona. Total estimated meals cost for students living in homestays in Barcelona (for lunches) in addition to all meals while in Prague, is $900.
** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure; note that students will require a multi-destination ticket
Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per session; 6 semester/9 quarter hours for both sessions. The optional Survival Czech Language course in Session I has 15 contact hours for an additional 1 semester / 1.5 quarter credit hours.
Students must take one course during each session. In Prague students will take Contemporary Czech Culture: Art, Literature, Music & Lifestyles followed up in Barcelona with Urban Culture in Contemporary Barcelona.
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 EU, Prague is a perfect example of the steady development of a society, recently transitioning from its communist past. With a population of only 1,200,000, 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.
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain with its own distinctive history, culture, and language. Set between mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, the city's population is 1.6 million, with a total of 4.5 million in the greater metropolitan area. Walking though the city, one can observe 2,000 years of architectural history—Roman remains, the network of narrow streets in the Old Town, the 19th Century Eixample district with its original examples of Modernist architecture—contrasting with the ultramodern showpieces that continue to redesign its skyline.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Magda Bernaus is the Center Director. Her professional experience is varied and spans the touristic, cultural, and education sectors. She has worked in international education since 1999, and she has been the CIEE Study Center Director since 2012. Her academic area of expertise is medieval architecture, and she has extensive experience designing and teaching art and architectural history courses for both Spanish and North American universities in Spain. She holds a degree in tourism management (Escola de Turisme - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), a degree in art history (Universitat de Barcelona), and a Ph.D. in art history (Universitat de Barcelona).
Few cities in the world offer modern art, architecture, and design lovers as engaging a combination of assets as Barcelona. Like an artist’s muse—“the great enchantress,” as art critic R. Hughes calls it—Barcelona has provided inspiration to many, from Catalan-born architect Antoni Gaudí, to Andalusian painter Pablo Picasso or Valencian designer Javier Mariscal. Their work, like that of so many others, is inextricably linked to Barcelona.
Barcelona’s welcoming and, as a consequence, cosmopolitan character doesn’t end there. In the last 20 years, the city has experienced a radical change in many aspects, and some of the most renowned international artists and architects—Roy Lichtenstein, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, and Jean Nouvel—have played a leading role in the reshaping of the city’s image. They have all left an unmistakable trace in the city. I am sure this is exactly the kind of lasting imprint Barcelona will leave on you.
— Magdalena Bernaus, Center Director
Fernando Janeiro is a native of Galicia in western Spain. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Univesidade de Vigo in 2002, he moved to Barcelona and completed a second bachelor’s degree in Humanities (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2007), and then an M.A. in Comparative Studies (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2009), and a Teaching Certificate for Spanish as a Second Language (International House / IL3 Universitat de Barcelona, 2014). Nando has extensive experience teaching language and humanities courses in both Spanish and English. In addition to teaching, during the academic year Nando coordinates the semester Architecture and Design programs. Nando is a self-educated illustrator and designer, and he recently published his first comic book, “Rufino y Escrutinio: problemas en los márgenes”.
Lenka joined CIEE in 2014, and is mainly responsible for housing management (dorms, apartments, residences and homestays), housing assignments, housing-related issues, and the Flat Buddy and Homestay Buddy Programs. Lenka graduated from University of Hradec Králové with a bachelor in management of tourism. During her studies, she was an exchange student at Chang Jung Christian University located in southern Taiwan for a semester. She also studied at Universidade de Coimbra in Portugal. Her previous working experience was abroad in Canada working in administrative field and in Portugal where Lenka gained experience in customer service working for IBM. During her studies Lenka volunteered as a buddy for the Erasmus study abroad program.
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, the oldest university in Central Europe, to deliver courses to students at the CIEE Study Center in Prague. All CIEE study abroad courses are held at the CIEE Study Center, located at the historical site of Vyšehrad. Although the CIEE Study Center is not located in a Charles University building, CIEE courses are recognized by Charles University and taught by faculty from various Charles University faculties and institutes.
The CIEE Study Center in Barcelona, Spain, is located in two adjoining historic buildings on Passatge Permanyer, near Passeig de Gràcia and Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona’s main square. This historic passageway provides a quiet haven in the city center and houses CIEE classrooms, a computer lab, and student lounges.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
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.
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 30 minutes one way. A transportation pass is included in the program fees.
Study abroad students can choose to live in either Spanish homestays (there is an option to live in a homestay along with another CIEE student in individual rooms), in a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students in individual rooms sharing kitchen, or in a shared apartment typically in double or single rooms.
Students living in a homestay will have breakfast and dinner provided at home, while lunch is at the students’ expense. Kitchen space is allowed to students should they wish to make lunch to bring to campus. Students in homestays will have their laundry done for them once a week. Meals and laundry are not included in the student residencia or shared apartment option, but students share fully equipped kitchens where they can prepare their own meals, and laundry facilities are available. All homestays, residencias and shared apartments are located in the city of Barcelona and within 30 minutes, by public transportation, of the CIEE Study Center.
As slots in residencies and shared apartments may be limited, students who are not assigned the housing option of their choice are notified by the resident staff prior to arriving in Barcelona.
An orientation session conducted at the beginning of the study abroad program introduces students to the country, culture, and the academic program, as well as providing practical information on living in the Czech Republic and Spain, in particular, Prague and Barcelona. Themes such as an introduction to Catalonia, health and safety, banking, cultural adaptation, and many others are covered. Orientation also includes structured cultural activities and guided tours. Ongoing support is provided by center staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
Students can use the computer room or wifi at both the Prague and Barcelona CIEE Study Center. Students are therefore encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.
Nature of Courses
Participants will learn alongside other CIEE and international students.
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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Session I - Prague
ANTH 3001 PGSU | SOCI 3001 PGSU
Contemporary Czech Culture
Contemporary culture is studied not as the “most refined human endeavors,” but as “everyday culture.” This course utilizes the professor’s background as an urban anthropologist and examines the roots of underground and alternative cultures in the Czech Republic. Current “hot” topics—graffiti and street art, squatting, alternative music, and other alternative aspects of current Czech culture will be discussed. Students will learn about ways in which non-conformist Czechs have made use of popular culture, how they form their communities and identities, and how they have tried to join the creative stream.
CZEC 1001 PGSU
Optional Survival Czech Language Course
This class is designed for students who have no or little previous knowledge of the Czech language and wish to learn basic communications skills. The course provides a simplified introduction to the fundamentals of Czech grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, and practice using language in everyday situations through role-playing. Contact Hours: 15. Recommended credit: 1 semester/1.5 quarter hours.
Session II - Barcelona
HIST 3004 BARU
Urban Culture in Contemporary Barcelona
Barcelona is well known as a prototype for the creative city, where different forms of urban culture are constantly growing up, reinventing the city itself. Contemporary arts, alternative literature, and music styles are redefining the urban landscape of Barcelona in the 21st century, blending together local and international references. This course aims to explore and analyze the urban culture of contemporary Barcelona in the context of the global urban movement. Graffiti artists, skateboarders, multifunctional art-galleries, electronic and techno music festivals, video artists, and comic books writers are just some of the aspects discussed in class. A series of field-trips will allow the students to create topography of the new Barcelona, exploring the districts and locations where these contemporary cultural forms are taking place.