Program Overview

Gain hands on internship experience in one of Europe’s best and most affordable cities. You’ll take 3 weeks of Czech language, while also interning for 8 or 12 weeks in one of many fields. Our Site Director will lead you on a cultural orientation that will take you all over the city and help you feel like a local in no time. Prague boasts more than ten major museums, along with countless theaters, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. Amazingly, much of the city survived the violence and destruction of twentieth century Europe. Amble among Gothic buildings, stroll along the Vltava River, and pop into the city’s countless restaurants that offer a cozy atmosphere. By the end of your time in this romantic city, you’ll have had a great experience that connects your studies to professional experience – boosting your resume to the next level.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Summer 2019 - Session I: February 15
Summer 2019 - Session II: March 15
Avg Course Load
Language(s) of Instruction
English

Key Program Highlights

  • Live in one of Europe’s most beautiful capital cities
  • Czech Language classes included as a part of the program
  • Many International Business placement options available as well as other fields in this growing city
  • Easy access to other European countries, especially Hungary, Germany, Austria, and Poland
  • Amazing Site Director and on-site support
  • Frequent group social activities and excursions
  • Weekend excursions with a meal included

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

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Pilsen and the Pilsner Brewery

The Pilsen Historic District is forever associated with a centuries-old tradition of beer brewing, a beverage the Czechs call their “liquid bread.” This day trip to the birthplace of Czech Republic's most famous export will also include a short detour to the Ruckl Crystal Factory, where you'll see artisans at work and have a chance to buy crystal directly from the factory at a discounted price.

Vltava River Cruise

Take a scenic, three-hour dinner or lunch cruise on the Vltava River, where you can view Prague's most famous landmarks from the comfort of this popular tourist activity and local mode of transportation.

Cesky Krumlov

Český Krumlov is a town bistected by the Vltava River known for its Renaissance architecture, preserved castle, maze-like alleyways, and floral gardens. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Life in Prague

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university/CESP (Central and East European Studies Program) and CISabroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Prague like how to use public transportation, how to stay safe, and where to shop. On arrival day your “Czech Buddy” will pick you up from the airport followed by a visit to the dorms by your Site Director. After an informal dinner you will take a short trip to the centre where you can pick up a local SIM card and basic necessities for dorm living. Your CISabroad orientation will include a walking tour, beer and food night, as well as a City Scavenger Hunt!

Farewell and Re-entry Program

After your summer or semester of living the “Bohemian” life, returning home and re-entering your home culture can be shocking to the system. Many of you will have embraced the Czech way of life and as a result, you will have reexamined your values, priorities and what you think of yourself and the United States. This is good! While it might feel daunting, we are here to help you understand the signs of reverse culture shock and provide some tips and guidance for coping with re-entry.

Housing Options

You’ll live alongside other CISabroad interns and students in a student residence hall in Prague. The accommodation is suite-style dorms with shared bedrooms and living space.

Local Life

  • Farmers Markets: Visit any one of the numerous farmers markets that take place around the city most weekends in the warmer months. Or venture out to Naplavka, the recently renovated riverbank close to the city center where you’ll find crowds of locals, expats and tourists alike out for a walk, bike ride or shopping. Even if you’re just relaxing with a drink and taking in an open air concert, Naplavka is always great fun.
  • Sports events: Take in a hockey or football game by Prague's local team, “Sparta Praha.”
  • Escape Room: A popular pastime all over the world, this new trendy game involves working as a team to solve puzzles and decoding hints to escape/exit the room before the hour is up.
  • Cooking classes: Learn to cook a traditional three-course Czech meal and then feast on it with your fellow cooks!
  • Beer Garden: There is no shortage of these popular “watering holes” both inside and outside Prague. However, arguably, the best beer garden in Prague with views overlooking the city is Letna Beer Gardens. The beer garden offers plentiful seating, picnic tables under the trees and under canopies beside Letenske Zamecek. They have both beer and cider on tap as well as hot food and snacks.

More About Prague

The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is the seat of the Czech parliament and government. Moreover, Prague is among the oldest capitals of Europe and enjoys being a cultural and economic leader for the surrounding area. Its medium size of just over one million residents means there's plenty to explore, but not too much to overwhelm.

Home to historic sites such as Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge, Prague boasts a number of famous cultural attractions. In fact, there are more than ten major museums, along with countless theaters, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. Amazingly, much of the city survived the violence and destruction of twentieth century Europe. Amble among Gothic buildings, stroll along the Vltava River, and pop into the city's countless restaurants that offer a cozy atmosphere. You will notice several architectural styles that grace the city. Art Noveau, Baroque, Gothic, Renaissance, Roman and 20th-century styles all intermingle to give the city its unique character. With all these great attractions, Prague has become a leading tourist destination over the past few years due to growing interest and affordable travel options.

Immerse yourself in the rich artistic history of Prague. Don't forget that Prague has been home to many musicians, writers, and artists over its long history. Some of the most prominent names are Dvořák, Kafka, Kundera, Mozart, and Smetana.

It may be true that Melbourne, Australia, has the longest tram length in the world. However, Prague's tram network is the biggest by other measures. It runs more trams (900 against 500 in Melbourne), has more routes (33 against 28) and carries more passengers (356 million against 178 million). You’ll never have trouble with transportation and will always have something to do in Prague. More than that, the whole European continent is just a train ride away!

Student Feedback

The adventures were insane and I couldn’t have done them anywhere else besides Costa Rica. And the people I met will forever hold a special place in my heart. I became so close with some students and my housemates, but I also met “Ticos” (Costa Ricans) that it almost broke my heart to leave them.

Moeryae Smith, Semester in Costa Rica - Universidad Veritas, University of Central Missouri, Professional Photography

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Shaun Crozier, Summer in Japan – Seisen University, Luther College

“Through CISabroad, I still have a few friends I made and we catch up till this day, which makes me so grateful for this experience.”

Lucas Snow, Summer in Barcelona - Summer 2017, Westchester University of Pennsylvania

Your Support Staff

Leah Takata
Site Director in Czech Republic

Travel Tip: Whether ordering from an open air stall or a restaurant, always remember to say good day (dobrý den) and thank you (děkuji). Czechs will welcome your effort and will be more helpful and perhaps even give you a smile.

Learn more about Leah

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Michelle Everard
Internships Program Manager

Travel Tip: Journal, journal, journal! Write down the little things, the strange details & whatever made you laugh. It’s the little things that make a trip amazing and are easily the most forgotten.

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Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2019
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    Arrival
    June 5
    Departure
    August 3
    PRICE
    $4,990
  • Fall 2019 - Session 1
    Application Deadline
    June 1
    Arrival
    September 4 (Estimated)
    Departure
    November 2 | November 30 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $4,990 - $5,690
  • Fall 2019 - Session 2
    Application Deadline
    July 1
    Arrival
    October 2 (Estimated)
    Departure
    November 30 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $4,990

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Internship Placement and related fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Excursions and Cultural Activities
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site orientation and 24/7 emergency support
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program