Perfect for pairing with other programs.
This summer, learn firsthand about media and communication trends in Prague and Seville – two beautiful, dynamic and distinctly different European locations.
Through special courses, guest lectures and discussions, and field trips and study tours, students will gain a better understanding of the ways in which media impacts and is impacted by current societal issues, international affairs, history, and religion.
In Prague and Seville you will:
- Study Media and Communications in Europe from different historical, political, and cultural perspectives and learn firsthand from experts about the role of media in international affairs and current issues
- Explore Czech and Spanish society through CIEE overnight study tours and cultural activities
- Participate in special seminars designed to link the two summer sessions and provide opportunities for faculty and students to compare and contrast media and communications trends and issues in two different European countries and gain a better understanding of how media impacts Europe from both a domestic and international perspective
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
In Session I you’ll examine the influence of media on the public opinion and on the ways of social interaction in society. Comparing traditional and newer interactive media, explore the dynamic relationship between the development of communication technologies and the content of the disseminated messages.
Session II will challenge you to think critically and creatively about digital citizenship. In addition to exploring the tools that have been central to the development of global social movements, you’ll sample the professional skills of creative digital practice through a number of one-session workshops.
Enjoy a number of day-long visits and extended excursions to sites of interests in and around your host cities. While in the Czech Republic tour the WWII prison camp Terezin, the Ploskovice castle and Northern Bohemia. In the second session visit Cádiz and Bolonia and take a day trip to Aracena.
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.
This 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
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Summer Session I and 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 transportation pass (in Prague), local excursions, field trips, 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
*** includes all meals in Seville for homestays and all except Sunday lunch in the residencia; no meals included while in Prague
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.
* for all meals in Prague and Sunday lunch for Seville Residencia; students in the homestay in Seville need only budget $850 for meals in Prague
** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure; note that students will require a multi-destination ticket
Course contact hours for the two required courses are 45 hours and credit is 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. The optional Communicative Czech Language course has 15 contact hours for 1 semester / 1.5 quarter hours. Total credit for the program is 6-7 semester / 9-10.5 quarter hours.
Students are required to enroll in the Communication: Social Power of Mediacourse in Prague during Session I and in the Contemporary Digital and Visual Culture in Context course in Seville during Session II. Students may also choose to enroll in the optional Communicative Czech Language course during Session I. Although other courses are offered at both locations during the summer, students on this special multi-site program must adhere to the required curriculum.
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.
Capital of Andalusia, Seville was one of the last footholds of the Moorish empire that ruled the Iberian Peninsula. It is home to the ingenious Barber of Seville and the tempestuous Carmen. The great Renaissance painters Velázquez and Murillo were born here, and Ferdinand and Isabel ruled Spain from the royal apartments in the Alcazar Palace. Though the city preserves its past, modern Seville is the commercial hub of Andalusia. For a city of fewer than 800,000, Seville offers amazing cultural activities, from flamenco to classical, pop, and jazz concerts.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Óscar Ceballos is a native of Seville and has been working for CIEE for over 15 years. He obtained a B.A. from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Seville and an M.A. from the University of Seville in Philosophy and Aesthetics. Óscar has pursued post-graduate studies in design and editorial projects from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in communications and aesthetics.
In the book Ocnos (1942), the Sevillian poet Luis Cernuda remembered his hometown from exile: “Farther away, on the other margin, laid the city, the aerial silhouette of its clear buildings, that the light, veiling them in the distance, fused into a gray-silvery hue. Above all the houses stood proud the cathedral, and above it the tower, slender like a palm tree. At the foot of the city sprouted from the river the sails of the anchored boats. (...) Everything flickered on the reflected surface: meadow, river and city, sweetly trembling as if asleep. And the sound of the cathedral bells’ that reached us pure and light through the air, was like the very breath of a dream.”
Seville has been dreamt, loved (and sometimes even hated), by complex figures in our culture: Cernuda, Bartolomé de las Casas, Miguel de Cervantes, Diego Velazquez, Blanco White, Cecilia Böhl de Faber or Pablo de Olavide. Seville makes as big an effort to cultivate its myths and traditions as to add to the development of a more humane and inhabitable world, and it will help you study, think, live, and create with just as much intensity.
— Óscar Ceballos, Resident Director
Jose Luis Martinez
José Luis Martinez has a B.A. in Hispanic Philology and an M.A. in Spanish Literature (Theater) from the Universidad de Seville. He has been working with CIEE since 2002. Jose Luis is also Resident Director for the Advanced Liberal Arts Program.
A pesar de ser una de las ciudades de España de mayor tamaño, es curiosa la percepción de nuestros estudiantes cada semestre; el hecho de poder abarcarla en pocas semanas, la hacen cercana y familiar. Sin duda la razón está en el carácter de las personas que la habitan y en el trazado histórico de la ciudad, con uno de los cascos históricos y monumentales mayores de Europa, excelente para recorrer a pie, acompañados por la bonanza de su clima. Espero que en tu estancia tú también llegues a percibir la misma sensación de familiaridad y cercanía con Sevilla.
— José Luis Martinez, Resident Director
Olga Merino is a native Sevillana and has a B.A. in English from the Universidad de Sevilla. Olga has worked with CIEE for over ten years. She is pursuing her M.A. in the area of cross-cultural communication and education. Olga is also the Resident Coordinator for the Liberal Arts and Teaching Development programs. She is also one of the Coordinators of the Summer Language and Culture program.
When you come to Seville you will feel flooded with a very special light because the sun shines here with such intensity, and that is what makes the Sevillanos open, festive, and passionate people. The history pervades our streets and surrounds us in the form of buildings, fountains, and plazas. Each corner, each tree can hold a secret, a legend of a love story, because you will live in the city of Don Juan Tenorio, and everything is possible here. After leaving Seville, you will have so much to tell.
— Olga Merino, Resident Coordinator“”
Lenka has worked at the CIEE Study Center in Prague since June 2014. She is mainly responsible for housing management (dorms, apartments, residences and homestays), housing assignments, housing-related issues, and the Flat Buddy and Resident Assistant 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
All CIEE summer courses are held at the CIEE Study Center, located in the scenic and historic neighborhood of Vyšehrad. Although the CIEE Study Center is not located in a CU building, CIEE courses are recognized by Charles University and taught by faculty from various Charles University faculties and institutes. Founded in 1348 by the Czech King Charles IV, CU is the oldest university in Central Europe. It has 17 schools, 3 institutes, 4,000 teaching/research staff, and 42,400 enrolled students.
The CIEE Study Center is located in a beautifully renovated Sevillano palace built in 1725. It is centrally located close to the Puerta de la Carne and about 10 minutes by foot from the main Universidad de Sevilla building (the Tabacalera). CIEE student services and CIEE administration are housed here. In addition, CIEE professors have offices in the CIEE Study Center, so that students may speak with them privately about issues related to their progress in class.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the program fee.
While in Prague, students reside in apartments in the 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 and Internet service are not included and are the responsibility of the student during Session I. Students can purchase food supplies and prepare meals in the apartment kitchens. They may also be able to arrange Internet service for an additional fee in cooperation with their Flat Buddy.
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 thirty minutes one way. A transportation pass is included in the program fees.
In Seville during Session II, study abroad students can choose to live in either Spanish homestays or in a student residencia (residence hall) with other Spanish and international students.
The vast majority of students opt to live in a homestay, which represents both a great opportunity to practice and improve language skills, as well as feel a part of the local culture. The homestay option includes an individual bedroom, 3 meals per day, internet, weekly cleaning/laundry and fan.
Living in the student residence hall presents both unique opportunities for independence and comfort. The student residence hall offers students an individual bedroom and bathroom, tv/internet, A/C and weekly cleaning/linen change. Meals and laundry are at the students’ expense, for which students have their own kitchen or can eat in the cafeteria, and use the coin-operated laundry facilities on the premises.
While most of the homestays are centrally located, the residence hall is located within 30 minutes, by public transportation, of the CIEE Study Center.
An intensive mandatory multi-day study abroad orientation session takes place at the beginning of both Session I and Session II. Orientation activities help students master the practical details of daily life in Prague and Seville. Activities include welcome dinners; walking tours of downtown Prague and Seville; and sessions on practical matters, cultural differences, safety, and academics. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
Wireless Internet access is available at the CIEE Study Center in both Prague and Seville, so students are strongly encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops. Students are allowed to use the desktop computers at both the CIEE Prague and Seville Study Centers for academic purposes only. Internet is provided in Prague housing. Students can also access the Internet at numerous cyber cafés throughout Seville and Prague.
Session I in the Czech Republic includes visits to Terezin, a holding camp and prison where Czech Jews and intelligentsia suffered during World War II; and Litomerice, a town with the Ploskovice castle and historical structures reaching back to the 13th Century. Students also visit Northern Bohemia, rich with castles, fortresses, and beautiful scenery, and hike through the sandstone mountains.
Session II of the Communications and new Media multi-site program includes a weekend excursion to Cádiz and Bolonia and a day trip to Aracena, as well as class excursions that are linked to academic themes. Field trip destinations are subject to change each year and are based on individual faculty members and their course design and content.
Both sessions include a variety of local cultural activities.
Field trip destinations in both locations are subject to change each year and are based on individual faculty members and their course design and content.
The summer Communications and New Media multi-site study abroad program involves two 4 week academic sessions and is designed for students with an interest in media and communication studies and the ways in which history, politics, and culture impact and are impacted by various traditional and modern media. The program combines separate courses that highlight and explore both local Czech and Spanish media while providing an over-arching comparative examination of media in Europe today.
During Session I, students on this program will study alongside students enrolled in the Prague Communications, New Media + Journalism summer program. 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.
During Session II, students on this program will study alongside students enrolled in the Seville Language and Culture summer program. This summer program focuses on two interwoven areas: Spanish language and Spanish culture and history. Special emphasis is placed on Andalusia and Seville within a European context.
The program is made up of two four-week sessions. Courses typically meet every morning or afternoon, Monday to Friday, for three hours, with structured outings and one required overnight study tour each session. The courses are designed for U.S. undergraduates, so the teaching and learning methods will be familiar to participants. Moreover, all professors in the summer program are accustomed to teaching U.S. students.
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. Resources such as library holdings in English and Internet access may be limited, and students may need to seek these resources outside of the CIEE Study Center in public libraries and other Charles University faculties. 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.
The Seville portion of the program includes dates for obligatory course trips scheduled out of Seville. These hands-on learning experiences contribute greatly to the student’s experience abroad. Instruction is interactive and dynamic. Many lectures take place in situ, so that the student can feel a part of the fascinating culture they are studying.
Nature of Classes
Students enroll in courses with other CIEE students only.
Assessment for the course in Prague is based on participation, short papers, tests, and oral presentations. Papers require students to conduct independent research and/or independent analysis of texts and material covered in class. Attendance and punctuality in all classes weigh heavily in student evaluations.
Assessment for the course in Seville is based on student projects, presentations, and a final exam. Attendance is mandatory and unexcused absences are reflected in the student’s final grade.
Language of Instruction
Courses are taught by faculty from a range of Prague and Seville institutions and are specialists in their respective fields.
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
To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.
COMM 3001 PGSU
Communication: Social Power of Media
The course will examine the influence of media on the public opinion and on the ways of social interaction in society. The emphasis will be on media such as radio and TV, which now has become traditional in comparison to the newer interactive internet-based social media. The course will explore the dynamic relationship between the development of communication technologies and the content of the disseminated messages. Prague-based Radio Free Europe (RFE/RL) and its development from the ideological weapon aimed against the communist regimes during the Cold War to its present day mission will be used as example. It will be compared to the development of two other Prague-based media: Czech Public Radio and Czech Public TV. Students will learn how the traditional media is adapting to the new media situation and what effect this adaptation has on the practice of journalism. Students will be able to get a close-up view of the people and news process at RFE/RL and the two other media companies. Special attention will be given to the coverage of religious, ethnic and other emotionally sensitive issues in Central-European context and how the representation of these issues shape public attitudes and policies.
CZEC 0001 PRAG
Communicative Czech Language Course (optional)
This class is designed for students who have little or no 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. Credit: 1 semester/1.5 quarter hours.
Session II— Seville
COMM 3001 SESU
Contemporary Digital and Visual Culture in Context
Digital and visual media are ubiquitous. They are the tools with which we communicate, the sources from which we derive information, the instruments that uphold so much of our culture. As such, they elude definition. By observing the history, technology, economy, politics and metaphysics of digital and visual media, this course will attempt to provide a theoretical framework from within which to address the subject critically, drawing from inspiration on a wide variety of sources, from the ancient Greeks to the modern geeks.
This course is additionally designed to foster the students’ creativity and critical thinking about digital citizenship, allowing them to sample the professional skills of creative digital practice through a number of one-session workshops spread during its three weeks.
The role that digital media is playing in structuring and spreading social movements across the world, from the Arab Spring to the 20th of May Movement in Spain, will be discussed in detail through the observation of social media applications that have been key in the development of such social movements.
This course initially has 45 contact hours, which include presentations, workshops, and tutorials. Some exercises and activities will be conducted outside of contact hours in different locations of the city. Each regular contact hour not spent in the classroom will be the equivalent of 3 hours of out-of-class activities.