CIEE Central European Studies Program
Prague, Czech Republic
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About the Program
CIEE works closely with Charles University to deliver courses to students at the CIEE Study Center in Prague. All CIEE courses are held at the CIEE Study Center, located in Vyšehrad. Although the CIEE Study Center is not located in a CU building, CIEE courses are recognized by CU and taught by faculty from various CU faculties and institutes. The oldest university in Central Europe (founded in 1348 by the Czech King Charles IV), CU has with 17 schools, three institutes, 4,000 teaching/research staff, and 42,400 enrolled students.
In addition to Czech language and CIEE content courses, students on the CIEE Prague Central European Studies program may also choose from a wide selection of courses at Charles University on Czech culture and society including history, media, art, religion, literature, and politics. If you’re interested in cinema or the performing arts, you may elect to take up to four courses from among those offered to international students by FAMU, Central Europe’s preeminent film school.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is one of the best preserved medieval cities of Europe and it is often called "The City of a Hundred Spires". Prague offers a wide selection of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Cubist and Socialist-Realist architecture. On any given evening, visitors may choose to see one of dozens of concerts, operas, or theater presentations. Museums boast world-class collections of art and host international exhibitions. The Czech countryside has hundreds of castles, chateaux, and historic ruins. Moreover, there are thousands of kilometers of marked trails for hiking through beautiful landscape to visit these historical landmarks. The dreamlike quiet of an older, slower-paced Europe lures visitors from all over the world, and studying abroad in Prague gives students the chance to develop a genuine feel for the city and its history at a leisurely pace.
To become lost in the winding streets of Prague is a wonderful experience. The city itself is a museum, filled with a rich collection of musical heritage, cultural activities, and history. There was no radical rebuilding of the city center during the industrial revolution, so the city has maintained its unique "old world "character. Whereas cities like Warsaw and Berlin offer little evidence of what they looked like in the 1750s, the urban design of Prague is not very different from what it was even in the 15th century. Prague did not suffer the damage of other European cities during World War II, leaving its medieval network of narrow cobblestone streets, gothic churches, and baroque palaces intact.
- 3.0 CGPA
- Previous coursework with Central or Eastern European content strongly recommended
Study abroad students take part in courses organized specifically for CIEE at the CIEE study center. These courses are designed by CIEE and taught by local Czech faculty. One of these courses is a beginning Czech language course to ensure that you will be able to communicate in your new home. In addition to a minimum of two CIEE courses, students also have the option to enroll directly in courses at Charles University or FAMU, the Prague Film and Television School at the Academy of the Performing Arts. c
The Central European Studies program offers students a series of specially designed courses in a wide range of academic disciplines taught in English by local faculty. Although there is no language prerequisite for participation in the study abroad program, students are encouraged to take a Czech language course in order to better immerse themselves in local culture. The combination of Czech language and academic courses allows students to explore the dynamics of this Central European nation and its culture.
CIEE courses are taught by professors who are experts in their fields of study. Classes are often lecture-based, though professors welcome student-initiated questions and discussion. The lectures go beyond course readings and demand that students independently link together lecture content with readings.
Some instructors use videos, slides, and excursions as teaching aids. Courses meet twice a week for 90 minutes, or once a week for three hours. Class sizes at CIEE and the Prague Film and Television School at the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU) range from five to 30 students per course. Study abroad students experience differences between the U.S. and Czech educational systems. This new academic environment is part of the challenge of studying in Prague and learning about the Czech Republic. 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 a satisfactory academic performance.
Resources such as library holdings in English and Internet access may be limited and students may need to seek these resources outside the CIEE Study Center at public libraries or other CU faculties.
CIEE classes are predominantly with other CIEE students. Occasionally there may be a local or international student in the class as part of the Bridging Perspectives program. CIEE students take classes with Charles University and FAMU students, allowing all students involved to get a more international perspective.
Grades (A-F with pluses and minuses) are assigned based on mid-term and final exams, research papers, class presentations, and/or additional assignments depending on the course. Class attendance is mandatory and is factored together with class participation into the final grade. Some academic trips and guest lectures are also part of the courses.
Fields of Study
Czech Language, Film, Communications, Art, Art History, Gender Studies, History, Literature, Music, Political Science, Psychology, Religion & Theology
In addition to the courses you will take through CIEE, you will get involved with the Czech community through volunteer opportunities, excursions and site visits. Each semester, CIEE organizes excursions to various museums, events, and cultural activities around Prague. Prague is world-renowned for its parks and outdoor spaces. The city center is surrounded by large green spaces perfect for strolling, playing sports, and relaxing with friends. CIEE also offers the opportunity to live with your Czech peers in dorms through their Flat Buddies program and they curate a number of interest groups to give you a chance to engage with Czech and international students based on your hobbies. CIEE will work to engage students as much as possible in local culture and daily life in order to maximize your integration in your host city.
Students on the CIEE Prague program have a number of housing options to choose from. The Office of Study Abroad recommends that students take advantage of the opportunity to live in homestays with a Czech family. This option assists students in immersing themselves in local culture, giving them an inside view into everyday Czech life.
Other housing options include living in the Charles University dorms, in CIEE-administered apartments or in a CIEE-administered residence hall. Check out the CIEE website for detailed information about each of these options.
CIEE Prague Central European Studies Website
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