Study Abroad in Prague, Czech Republic

Get Started Today!


 

Yes, please contact me at the number I have provided regarding additional information about AIFS Study Abroad. We respect your privacy and will not sell your contact or personal information.

Apply Now!

Study Abroad in Prague: Social Identity & Access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the experience knowing that your time abroad will be different than on your home campus. The resources, community and support available to you abroad will likely be different than your home campus as well. Your Resident Director will provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

When abroad, let your Resident Director know if you are experiencing challenges. Being able to speak to someone about your experience can often be helpful. They can provide tips and resources for navigating this new environment. Please notify AIFS staff immediately of any incidents that make you uncomfortable or if you should happen to feel unsafe at all.

Our student resources website features additional information and accommodation forms for you to communicate any specific support you need during your time abroad. We encourage you to download and complete the appropriate form(s) from the site and return them to the Admissions Officer for your AIFS study abroad program. Letting us know before you arrive abroad will allow us to better assist you throughout your study abroad experience.

If you have mobility limitations or concerns, please let your Program Advisor or Program Manager and Resident Director know before your arrival so they can work with you directly. Students who require access to medications should ensure their prescriptions are legally permitted in country and should bring all required medication with them for the full duration of their program. Prague has undergone many improvements in the past 10 years to make the city accessible for individuals who are physically disabled. Public transport offers low trams with ramps, and most metro stations are accessible through elevators. The city has placed visual and auditory signals at crosswalks. The Faculty of Arts, Charles University building and all its facilities, including the library are wheelchair accessible. The Economical University of Prague is also accessible by wheelchair or crutches. The AIFS Office has an elevator and wide doorways to provide access for students who use a wheelchair, although the restroom is not accessible. We can carry out orientation, personal meetings, and workshops in accessible university buildings. The default housing options for AIFS Prague are also wheelchair accessible.

Students of a mature age may be one of the few within their program, although your participation is welcomed. There are various Czech and expat clubs and groups in Prague which an older student may find interesting. Your Resident Director can provide you with information on these groups. There are many opportunities to engage with other students and locals throughout the program. Whatever your age or interests, you will be able to meet like-minded people in Prague. History, music, art, architecture, gardens, theater, sport, language and film are just some of the activities that you can find yourself drawn towards while abroad.

Students who have a service or emotional support animal should connect with their Program Advisor or Program Manager to get the most current information related to animals being permitted in housing, classes, and in the city.

Being a first-generation college student is not a recognized designation in the education system in the Czech Republic like it is in the U.S., so specific resources related to this in-country might be harder to find or non-existent. All students will receive an on-site orientation led by the Resident Director to help you to navigate the new academic environment you will encounter and the day-to-day aspects of local life which might be unfamiliar.

Prague and the Czech Republic is a mostly atheist country and quite tolerant towards the LGBTQIA+ community. Registered partnerships for same-sex couples was recognized by Czech law in 2006 and there is a continuous effort of LGBTQIA+ activists to reach the legal status of marriage. There are many queer-friendly bars and clubs around Prague. It is also possible to get involved in LGBTQIA+ student groups.

Binary gender concepts are embedded into the language structure and grammar of Czech, finding a way to address non-binary people correctly and respectfully still needs to be worked out. It is easier to reflect the non-binary identity in written form using both female*male suffix.

There are some unisex bathrooms in Prague but not many, and the host university has no gender-neutral restrooms. Using a bathroom of choice could be an issue in the public space.

If you have neurological, intellectual or cognitive limitations or mental health concerns, please let your Program Advisor or Program Manager and Resident Director know any accommodations you require before your arrival so they can work with you directly and can better support you throughout your experience in the Czech Republic. We work with experienced English-speaking counsellors and psychotherapists. Universities also offer support to the students and can accommodate certain learning disabilities. We strongly advise students who have counselling at home to discuss with their home doctor a mental health plan for while they are abroad. Students who require access to medications should ensure their prescriptions are legally permitted in country and should bring all required medication with them for the full duration of their program. The AIFS student insurance (CISI) includes access to English-speaking professional counsellors and psychotherapists who are used to working with international students. AIFS also offers their students an English-speaking, global teleconsultation service, connecting students to experienced medical personnel via phone call or video chat, this service is included in the program fees.

People of Color are minoritized in Prague and sometimes experience microaggressions and acts of racism. If students experience this while abroad, they are encouraged to report the incident to on-site staff. On a day to day basis, racism is not usually considered to be a problem but you should still be aware if you come from a diverse ethnical background as the Czech Republic is still majorly a homogenous society.

Although the majority of Czechs are atheists, there are many places of worship in Prague including – Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, and Jewish institutions, amongst others. The AIFS office staff will provide you with contacts to places of worship for your specific faith.

The Czech Republic can be a student's paradise as it has a lower cost of living compared to other European cities. Students who have limited financial means have plenty of inexpensive opportunities to experience the local culture. Throughout the year, students can visit museums and galleries, watch a ballet/opera, and use sports facilities at a discounted rate. In the summer there are free festivals and social gatherings in public spaces. Your Resident Director will provide you with more information on affordable cultural opportunities at orientation and throughout the program, such as the travel stipend for the Czech Republic.

If you experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), we can connect you with experienced English-speaking counsellors and psychotherapists who can be of help. We strongly advise students who have counselling for PTSD at home to discuss with their home doctor a mental health plan (including access to necessary medications) for while they are abroad. The AIFS student insurance (CISI) includes access to English-speaking professional counsellors and psychotherapists who are used to working with international students.

There is a small gym in the dorm, but many students join the Prague YMCA. It is a modern facility and has many workout classes, exercise class, and relaxation options. In both universities (Charles Uni and The University of Economics), students can also choose to attend classes from the sports department.

Women in the Czech Republic enjoy almost equal status as men socially, however there is still work to be done for equality in wages, employment (sector), and household duties. While the incidence of sexual assault is statistically low, attacks do occur. The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape and prohibits sexual harassment and provides civil penalties. During orientation, AIFS staff will discuss gender roles in local society.

It is recommended that students follow "common sense" safety precautions as they would in the United States, are vigilant of their surroundings, and make a conscious effort to travel in groups as often as possible.

Download Study Abroad Resources!

Download Study Abroad Resources!