Type of Program: Semester Programs
Cost: See Program Costs page
The Prague program is ideal for students interested in studying and living in an extraordinary medieval city. Prague is an open textbook of modern and traditional literature, art, architecture and culture surrounded by the beautiful architecture of the city, its walls, castles and frescoes. You will learn the basics of the Czech language in a one-week Czech Intensive course offered at the beginning of each semester. Each semester also includes at least two one-day field trips and an optional 1-credit Vienna and Budapest Field Study course. These are exceptional opportunities to discover the cultural and historical richness of Prague and Central Europe. You may also choose to complete an internship, which provides an unmatched opportunity to practice your language skills and gain international business experience.
You may choose from a wide range of courses with a focus on Central Europe and the Czech Republic. Classes and offices are located at the Charles University Foreign Language Center. Charles University is one of the oldest universities in Europe, founded in 1348. You may take courses in politics, literature, history, business, psychology, sociology and the arts. However, the academic courses are only a part of the intended value of a semester abroad. Participation in formal and informal activities, such as field trips to local castles and historical sites, form an integral part of the program.
Students live in double occupancy rooms at apartments in the central areas of Prague. Classes are held at the USAC Study Center, only 15 minutes away by public transportation. The Prague program has a Resident Director who oversees the USAC office abroad and is responsible for the overall operations of the program: securing appropriate student housing, hiring outstanding faculty, organizing exciting field trips and optional tours, and overseeing your general well-being. Jan Stodola, a Prague native, is the Resident Director for the Prague program. Jan will meet you at the airport and provide an on-site orientation as well as additional support and resources while you are on the program. Please inquire in Office of International Studies for detailed program description.
2015 Academic Dates
Spring 2015: January 16 - May 9
Fall 2015: Early September - Mid December
Eligibility and Prerequisites
Students must have declared a major and taken prerequisite courses. Students must have completed three semesters in college-level residence. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher to apply.
A Great Destination for Study Abroad
Czech out the Heart of Europe: Study Abroad in the Czech Republic
The pun in that headline might be clichéd, but the Czech Republic is about as far from the typical as you can get. Its unique charm and character entice thousands of students to flock to study abroad there every year.
And with its historical past paving the way for an exciting future, you should consider joining all of them. That is, unless you don't like medieval architecture, interesting culture and top-notch education. Or, to put it a more clichéd way: if you don't like to have your cake and eat it too.
Get with the Program
The Czech Republic is one popular study abroad destination these days-particularly when it comes to its famous capital city of Prague. But students have chosen to study abroad in the Czech Republic for hundreds of years, as the Central European country has long been known for its academic reputation, rich culture and sophisticated population. In fact, one could say (and I'm about to) that the Czech Republic has always been where it's at.
Aside from getting a great educational experience (which will make Mom happy), a study abroad program in the Czech Republic will immerse you in a culture that, despite its region's land disputes, proves that the Czechs don't have any identity issues. They are friendly, well-educated, fun-loving people who will make sure you enjoy your study abroad experience and become more international in the process. You'll get the perfect blend of academic and entertainment opportunities.
Study What You Want-Really!
Much of the draw of the Czech Republic is the amount of choice given to international students when it comes to what they can study. Say your thing is history. Well, there aren't too many countries with a history as interesting as the Czech Republic-take Prague's old Jewish Quarter, for example. Into literature? Study abroad in the Czech Republic and discover such literary greats as Franz Kafka, Milan Kundera and Václav Havel.
Of course, every country has its specialties, and the Czech Republic is no exception. Students interested in architecture and design will find no study abroad program more fascinating than one in the Czech Republic. The country is known the world-over for its gifts in the fields of architecture and design, and students whose passion lies in these areas may already know this based on the famous Prague modern design event known as Designblok.
Architecture and design students who choose a study abroad program in the Czech Republic will discover:
- The cubist architecture of Prague's House of the Black Madonna, built by Josef Gočár, as well as Emil Králíček's impressive Diamant House;
- The art nouveau-styled Prague Municipal House and Prostějov Theatre, as well as Emil Přikryl's Benedikt Rejt Gallery in Louny;
- The work of contemporary designers such as Jiří Pelcl, Michal Froněk and Bořek Šípek, and the interior design expertise of Barbora Škorpilová.
Design and engineering students who enroll in Czech Republic study abroad programs can also learn about the famous designer Otakar Diblík's transportation revolution, the construction of the famous Charles Bridge and the graphic design leadership of Aleš Najbrt. Or, if you're more interested in saving the earth than building on it, a study abroad program in the Czech Republic will work perfectly. Students of environmental studies and zoology can, among other things:
- Explore the many zoological gardens and spot wildlife including wild boar, lynx, wolves, grouse and mink, to name a few;
- Visit one of the Czech Republic's abundant protected areas, such as the Slavkov Forest, Bohemian Forest, Broumov Highlands and the Poodří ecosystems;
- Study the incredible UNESCO biosphere reservations that are changing the face of environmental science as you read this.
Students can also visit one of several well-known national parks, such as the Bohemian Switzerland National Park. And whether you choose to learn the interesting Czech language while studying abroad in the Czech Republic or another study field, you will surely want to visit such great museums as the National Gallery, the National Museum and the Municipal Gallery, all located in Prague.
Clearly, a study abroad program in the Czech Republic has a great deal to offer just about any type of student. As the economy continues to go global and the world moves ever closer together, students will want to have as many experiences abroad as they can get. And where better to begin than the Czech Republic, where you're in the middle of it all? Mmm, cake never tasted so good.
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