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Program Overview

Program Overview

This summer, follow your interest in psychology to one of the most beautiful cultural and intellectual capitals in Europe.

In Prague, you’ll use compelling coursework and engaging cultural activities to explore the development of modern psychology, its relationship to politics and art; and its and its role in Central Europe’s turbulent past.

Study Psychology in Prague and you will:

  • Take advantage of city’s central location in order to see the many cultural sites of Czech Republic and other European cities such as Budapest, Vienna, Krakow, or Berlin which are just a train or bus ride away
  • Enroll in courses taught by faculty from the renowned Charles University
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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:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-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.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

In addition to a survival Czech language course, you can choose from a variety of classes about psychology.

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

Each session includes one day and one overnight excursion within the Czech Republic that provides an opportunity to visit exceptionally interesting and educationally valuable sites. Moreover, class excursions, linked to academic themes, are organized. Cultural activities are organized with the aid of CIEE Flat Buddies. Flat buddies, local Charles University students are an integral part of student life. These buddies help you better understand local cultural norms, and assist you with immersion into the Czech culture and Charles University student life.

Day excursions—Day excursions will take place on Wednesday during the first week of each session. Destinations are carefully chosen to show students the most important site connected to Czech history and culture. In previous semesters day trips were organized to Terezín, former Jewish ghetto and Nazi labor camp, where students visited museum and memorial to the victims. Amongst other destinations was Sychrov, beautiful Neo-Gothic castle and Karlštejn, famous gothic fortress built by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV.

Overnight excursions—Overnight excursions take place during the second week of each session, led by CIEE staff. In the past students have travelled to Karlovy Vary, Plzen and/or Jáchymov. In Jáchymov, the former Gulag work camp for political prisoners, students visit the uranium mines with a survivor of the work camp. The Plzen tour starts with a visit to Europe’s second largest synagogue and includes a trip to the monument of the Victims of Evil and a tour of the George Patton Museum.

Please note that field trip destinations are subject to change each year.

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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.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer Session I 2017 (4 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
06/19/2017
$4,650

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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 *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,233
Housing
$950
Insurance
$167

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$600
International Airfare *
$1,350
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$600

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

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Summer Session I and II 2017 (8 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017
$8,350

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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 *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,983
Housing
$1,900
Insurance
$167

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,200
International Airfare *
$1,350
Local Transportation
$240
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$1,200

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

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Summer Sessions I, II and III 2017 (12 wks)
04/01/2017
05/22/2017
08/13/2017
$12,050

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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 *
$300
Educational Costs **
$8,733
Housing
$2,850
Insurance
$167

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,800
International Airfare *
$1,350
Local Transportation
$360
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,800

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

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Summer Session II 2017 (4 wks)
04/01/2017
06/19/2017
07/17/2017
$4,650

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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 *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,233
Housing
$950
Insurance
$167

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$600
International Airfare *
$1,350
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$600

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

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Summer Session II and III 2017 (8 wks)
04/01/2017
06/19/2017
08/13/2017
$8,350

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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 *
$300
Educational Costs **
$5,983
Housing
$1,900
Insurance
$167

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,200
International Airfare *
$1,350
Local Transportation
$240
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$1,200

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

More Information
Summer Session III 2017 (4 wks)
05/01/2017
07/17/2017
08/13/2017
$4,650

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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 *
$300
Educational Costs **
$3,233
Housing
$950
Insurance
$167

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$600
International Airfare *
$1,350
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$600

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

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, per session; 6 semester/9 quarter hours for two sessions, and 9 semester/13.5 quarter hours for three sessions. Students may also enroll in the optional Survival Czech Language class for an additional 15 contact hours and 1 semester / 1.5 quarter credit hours per session.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The study abroad program is offered in three, four-week sessions. Students may participate in one, two or three sessions. Students choose one of the courses offered in each session. A minimum number of students is required in order to offer a course, and therefore students are advised to seek pre-approval for more than one course option from their home school advisor prior to the start of the program. In addition, students can enroll in a one-credit, optional “survival” Czech language course.

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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.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Tereza Hloužková

Housing Assistant

Tereza is responsible for maintenance of apartments, dorms and residences, the Flat Buddy program, and housing-related issues. Tereza studied at Charles University, where she also gained wide experience with international students through her cooperation with the International Office on Erasmus study abroad program. She also spent several months in Jakarta, Indonesia, as an intern in local language schools. Tereza first came to know CIEE through her participation on the Flat Buddy program.

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Vendula Kobertová

Office Assistant

Vendula Kobertová manages reception and assists in the overall administration of the Study Center. She also advises students on cross-cultural and personal issues inherent in the study abroad experience. Vendula is a graduate of Silesian University in Opava. During her studies, she was an Erasmus student at University of Opole in Poland.

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Lenka Osicková

Housing Coordinator

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.

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Tereza Vicková

Short Term Programs Coordinator

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.

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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 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.

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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.

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.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Prague even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation during which the center director will share information about the program and site. A mandatory orientation session is conducted in Prague at the beginning of the program and will introduce you to the academic program, country, culture, extra-curricular options, program faculty, and provide practical information about living in the Czech Republic.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to a bring wireless-enabled laptop. Internet is provided in the apartments, and you will have free access to wireless connections and a computer laboratory during the week at the CIEE Study Center. In addition, Prague offers a good network of Internet cafés for a small fee.

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Culture

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

Cultural activities are organized with the aid of CIEE Flat Buddies. Flat buddies, local Charles University students are an integral part of student life. These 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.

Weekend Excursions

Each session includes one overnight excursion within the Czech Republic that provides an opportunity to visit exceptionally interesting and educationally valuable sites. Weekend excursions for each session vary. They are connected to your courses and will be led by CIEE faculty and staff. In the past, we have visitied Terezin during Session I , 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.

An example of a weekend excursion during Session II has included visits to Plzen and/or Jáchymov. In Jáchymov, the former Gulag work camp for political prisoners, we visited the uranium mines with a survivor of the work camp. The Plzen tour starts with a visit to Europe’s second largest synagogue and includes a trip to the monument of the Victims of Evil and a tour of the George Patton Museum.

Field trip destinations are subject to change each year and are based on individual faculty members and their course design and content.

CIEE Flat Buddies

CIEE arranges for local Charles University students to live with CIEE study abroad students in apartments. These flat buddies share day-to-day issues, help you better understand local cultural norms and standards, and assist you with immersion into the Czech culture and Charles University student life.

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Academics

Academics

This program exposes students to the many facets of psychology within a Central European context. 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. Students choose to enroll in either one or two or three 4 week summer sessions.

Academic Culture

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.

Classes are focused on the Central European region, especially Prague and the Czech Republic. 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 study abroad students. CIEE summer courses take place during an exam period at Charles University and are therefore attended solely by the CIEE program participants.

Grading System

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, each 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

English (Czech for optional Communicative Czech language course)

Faculty

All courses are taught by faculty from reputable institutions of higher education or research, including Charles University.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

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.

Session I

PSYC 3002 PRAG

Psychoanalysis and Art
This course studies the area of overlap between psychoanalysis and art, including the mutual influences and inspirations between these two domains. It includes the psychodynamics of the creative process, psychoanalytic aesthetics and criticism of art, literature and film, and the therapeutic aspect of art including the contemporary clinical practice of art therapy with special reference to the Czech scene. In addition to topics such as Czech Surrealism, fairy tales, Kafka, and Svankmajer, the course offers experiential workshops in art therapy and a chance to make a stop-motion animation film.

PSYC 3006 PRAG

The Third Force Psychology in a Central European Context
Environmental and biological naturalism have been the most prominent philosophy of science in the last hundred years. According to naturalism, human behavior and experience should be studied just like any other phenomena in the nature (e.g. living cell, chemical molecules or physical forces). Contrary to this belief, humanistic and existential psychologists insist that the study of human beings needs to be approached in a different way. The fact that human beings are largely aware of themselves and of their living situations make them a unique subject of study. In this course we will look at the necessary philosophical and psychological concepts and theories, such as limit situations, but we will connect them with real stories of people who lived in the Central European context in last 60 years. It will be our effort to understand the psychology of dissent and opposition towards totalitarian forces within society and individuals.

Session II

POLI/PSYC 3001 PRAG

Psychology of Transition and Transformation
What happens when you suddenly find yourself in the society of unknown rules and when most of your previous knowledge is useless? What are the psychological pre-conditions but also consequences of the political changes of the nineties and how can we account for them in psychological terms? We will discuss issues related to social psychology, socialization in the totalitarian regime, the demands political changes towards democracy put on individuals in Czech society and whether we can find traces of these unique experiences in the current society.

Session III

PSYC 3005 PRAG

Psychoanalysis and Society
This course seeks to explore the relation between psyche and society through an analysis of crucial contemporary and historical issues in Central and Eastern Europe, with a focus on the Czech Republic. Topics such as racism, sexuality, ecology, history, and politics are studied from a variety psychodynamic perspectives, juxtaposing the stark reality of the region’s history and culture with various psychoanalytic tools for understanding. The overarching theme of how mind and society co-evolve remains as a thread running through the course.

Sessions I, II, III

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.

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