Head to fascinating Prague, Czech Republic for an eye-opening winter break study abroad program! You can expect a near lifetime of cultural and academic learning, making your classroom not only in one of the oldest universities in the world, but extending to the stimulating streets of Prague. Choose among a variety of courses designed to give you local insights into what makes Prague so special while also enjoying a nice escape and earning some extra credits over winter break. While the duration of this program may seem short, you can expect to make the most of your time with abundant social and cultural activities, excursions, and support and advice from our local staff.
- Get ahead with 3 credits plus a lifetime of non-academic learning
- Enjoy exceptional staff support that will help you settle in and make the most of your time
- Study locally focused subjects for additional context and insights into Prague
- Live in campus dorms near Prague Castle with easy access to top destinations both near and far
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.
WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?
Located in the heart of beautiful Prague, Charles University is one of the oldest universities in the world (founded in 1348) and the top-ranked university in the Czech Republic. Nearly 50,000 students are enrolled in more than 300 accredited degree programmes. Renowned for its commitment to research, Charles University can boast a number of outstanding research teams which are involved in close collaboration with international research institutions. Students can also become involved in the University’s research work at each of the individual faculties.
Outside of the classroom, students can take advantage of the college’s 30+ student associations (including drama and music societies) and participate in several city-wide sports competitions alongside their Czech peers. There’s an annual team marathon, a rowing and an ice hockey competition between the city’s universities, a summer sports program for students with disabilities, and more. For those looking to sit back and relax, check out the Tuesday night film screenings in the Blue Auditorium and get sneak peeks at films before their official release!
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
Students enroll in one course. Each course provides 3 US credits. Courses planned to be offered during January 2020 are the following:
HIST 327: Czechs in the Age of Extremes
The course serves as an introductory to the modern Czech history. During the so-called age of extremes, there were two major sources of social conflicts in the area of Bohemian Lands – nationalism and dictatorships. Starting with the formation of modern Czech nationalism in the second half of the 19th century, we are going to enter a little bit longer history of the Czech 20th century. Students are going to read most significant and recently published historiographical works and they are going to have an opportunity to consider the crucial reversals of modern Czech history. We are going to debate important themes of modern European history such as nationalism, fascism, and communism but at the same time, we are going to focus on the development of modern Czech society. There are three main topics:
Formation of Modern Czech and Slovak Nation and State (1918–1938)
Nazi Occupation and Renewal of Czechoslovakia (1938–1945)
State Socialism, Czechoslovakia and Modern Society in Flux (1945–1992)
ART 313: The Story of Prague: Ten Centuries of Architectural Heritage
The course serves as an introduction to the city of Prague as a specific cultural and social milieu, seen through the lens of its artists, architects and their works. It is also intended – particularly through the reading list – to inspire an interest in the unique blend of storytelling and legend that underpins much of the city’s character and history.
The scope of the course includes the major periods of European architectural development: from medieval to modern, as well as aspects specifically reflecting the history and heritage of the Czech nation. In structuring the course according to artistic styles and movements, it is hoped that students will recognize the ways in which artists of widely varying origins and temperaments responded to, influenced, or disrupted the artistic conventions of the day, and how their work continues to reflect the social and political dynamics of the city.
Your Support Staff
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.
Travel Tip: Try that strange-looking food. Learn to navigate the city with public transportation. Interact with the locals. Pushing through what can sometimes be uncomfortable situations can be the best way to experience a culture and eventually feel at home in it.
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.
CISabroad and our site director were constantly planning fun events for us in between our travels so there was never a dull moment! CISabroad provided me with so many great memories and experiences from abroad that I will never forget. My experience in the Czech Republic was truly a once in a lifetime experience that I will forever be grateful for! Thank you!
Application DeadlineOctober 1ArrivalDecember 27DepartureJanuary 18PRICE$3,990 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
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:
- Full-time tuition and fees
- Medical and accident insurance
- CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
- Academic advising
- Financial aid counseling
- Predeparture orientation
- Airport pickup
- Survival Czech language seminar
- On-site support
- Day trips in and around Prague
- 30-day transportation pass
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Charles University official transcript
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program