Study Abroad

CIEE Prague: Central European Studies

  • Location: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors

Introduction

Prague is one of the best-preserved historical cities in Europe.  Since the 9th century, when it became the capital of Bohemia, Prague has passed through several distinct transformations which have inscribed it with its unique character.  The original Romanesque city core was expanded considerably in Gothic style, especially during the reign of Charles IV who also established the University of Prague in 1348.  The Counter Reformation of the seventeenth century and eighteenth century added a thick Baroque layer to the physiognomy of the city. Because of its innumerable characteristic steeples, Prague is called the city of a thousand spires. With a population of only 1.2 million, Prague has an unusually rich cultural life—festivals, operas, concerts, and cultural programs, many of which are accessible on a student budget. Study abroad students experience life similar to that of Czech students and make use of numerous neighborhoods in the city like native Praguers.

  • Visa:

    Required. Students must apply for the Long-Stay Czech visa at least 90 days prior to their departure.

    Non-US citizens should consult with CIEE and Denise Allison, Director of International Student Services, before applying to the program.
    DAllison@haverford.edu
    610-896-2960

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payment to the program. Students pay room and board fees directly to CIEE.
Requirements

Previous Czech language study is not required. Study abroad students are required to take one Czech language course (including one and a half weeks of intensive language training during orientation) and four area studies courses. One semester of college-level European (especially Central European) studies is recommended (i.e., history, sociology, economics, political science, language, or literature).

Academic Credit

Students are expected to take 16-18 semester credit hours per semester to receive 4 Haverford credits. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.

Study abroad students are required to take one Czech language course (including one and a half weeks of intensive language training during orientation) and four area studies courses. All area studies courses are taught in English.

The Beginning Czech Language I language course will fulfill the language requirement. Students who have already fulfilled their language requirement have the option of enrolling in the Beginning Czech Language Fast Track course.

Students take a minimum of two CIEE courses, and may be able to enroll in up to six credits outside of CIEE courses at FAMU or Charles University. Students may also take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Prague for an extra two credits.

Curriculum

Art History, Anthropology, Central European Area Studies, Cinema, Communications, Cultural Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, and Theater. Students may take courses at Charles University (CU) and the Prague Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU).

Qualified students choose from several pre-screened internship positions with local, mostly non-governmental organizations, which may be involved in education, film, organization of international political conferences, local and global human rights issues, and library and administrative work in the field of economics. Students record their experiences in a journal, which is evaluated weekly during the internship, and complete a final research paper. Evaluation is by assigned CIEE faculty, the internship supervisor and the Resident Director. Pre-approval must be obtained from the Resident Director and the student’s home institution.

Students are expected to take a minimum of two courses at CU or FAMU. All students are required to enroll in an appropriate level Czech language course.  The Beginning Czech Language I course will fulfill the language requirement. The “fast track” option will NOT fulfill the language requirement.

Course Highlights

Art History, Anthropology, Central European Area Studies, Cinema, Communications, Cultural Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, and Theater.

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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Orientation

Students participate in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation before departure. A mandatory three-week orientation session, which includes an intensive language program, is conducted in Prague at the beginning of the program and will introduce students to the academic program, country, culture, extracurricular options, and program faculty as well as provide practical information about living in the Czech Republic. Students receive ongoing orientation on aspects of Czech culture through the elective course and individual appointments with the resident director.

Number of Students

Per semester, Approximately 150 students attend the Central European Studies Program.

Housing/Meal Plans

Students pay housing fees directly to CIEE. Provision of meals depends on the housing option. Students are encouraged to choose housing wisely as the costs differ for each option.

  • Homestay with a Czech Family—This is the best option for students looking to fully immerse themselves in the Czech culture. Dinner and breakfast, on the family’s schedule, are included as is a single room. Homestays are typically located in residential areas, so students will have up to a 45 minute commute to the CIEE Study Center.
  • CIEE-Administered Apartments—CIEE apartments are located in the buildings where other tenants/citizens live. Students are sharing the apartment with a flat buddy who is a local Charles University student. The flat buddy is responsible for apartment maintenance and also helps with Czech immersion while organizing activities for students. Internet is provided. CIEE apartments are located in various neighborhoods. Students on the Film Studies track must choose this option and are housed with other CIEE as well as local film students.

Haverford students may not opt for independent off-campus housing – that is, housing not arranged by the program.

Notes

Gain Travel Grant – The CIEE Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grant helps cover airfare to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate financial need. Pell-eligible students are guaranteed a GAIN Grant if they submit their CIEE scholarships application by October 15 for spring programs, or by April 1 for fall programs. GAIN Grants are available on a first-come first-served basis to students with a wider range of need. Students can be awarded $750-$2,000 toward airfare. The award amount depends on CIEE program location.

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Dates

  • Semester I: Early September to mid-December
  • Semester II: Late January to mid-May

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 15
  • Semester II: September 22

Faculty Contact

Darin Hayton