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Study Abroad | Prague

Czech Republic | Charles University, Prague | Summer 2023
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  • Summer 2023

Overview

Spend a summer in the picturesque capital city of Prague, Czech Republic, with AIFS! Choose from a variety of course options at Charles University, the largest and most prestigious university in the Czech Republic. Currently hosting more than 20,000 undergraduate and 25,000 graduate students, Charles University boasts notable alumni such as renowned writer Franz Kafka.

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    Up to 18 semester credits depending on session and course selection

  • Courses

    Courses offered in art history, Czech culture, Czech language, film studies, history, Jewish Studies, literature, photography, political science, psychology, sociology

  • Housing

    Student residence hall

  • Meals

    A European style cold breakfast Monday to Friday in the student residence

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    Plzeň (day trip), Moravia (2 days, Session B) or Český Krumlov (2 days, Session C)

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    Extensive program of organized events and activities such as: walking tours, performances, visits to museums and palaces, excursions to nearby historical sites, and a welcome dinner in a traditional Czech restaurant

  • On-Site Resident Director

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

Program Details: Study Abroad | Prague Session B + C without Optional Tour

Dates

June 12, 2023July 28, 2023

Term

Summer

Application Deadline

March 1, 2023

Inclusive Fees

$10,220

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Eligibility

Open to Sophomore, Junior, Senior College Students

Minimum of 3 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Czech Language
  • Economics
  • Film Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Academics

AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

Charles University is the oldest university in Central Europe. Today, over 50,000 students are enrolled. Charles University has hosted international students from its beginnings until today. 

  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Czech Language
  • Economics
  • Film Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

The ECES program at Charles University offers courses in English designed for international university students. Courses are taught by university faculty. Students have access to libraries, cafeterias and other facilities and activities at the university. The classrooms, offices, libraries and cafeterias are located in the historical center of Prague. 

AIFS Office:  The AIFS Office is situated in one of the oldest parts of Prague right in the heart of the city. School buildings are conveniently located within walking distance. There is a student center and a computer lab in the office, offering desktop computers and free Wi-Fi access for college work or leisure. Staff are always there to help with any issues that might arise. 

Attendance is required to receive full credit. Students exceeding the permitted number of unexcused absences may lose all or partial credit. 

Course Structure : The university and AIFS recommend students take one or two courses (3 credits each) for a maximum of 6 credits. However you may select up to 3 courses for a total of 9 credits per session. Students should be advised that this is a very intensive academic schedule and is not recommended. Instruction is in English. A minimum enrollment of 5 students is required for each course offered. Classes are held Monday through Thursday for three weeks. 

Credits:  Each class meets for three hours per day. Instruction, excursions and written work total 52 academic hours for each course, equivalent to 3 semester credits per course. 

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available. 

View All Courses For Session B + C without Optional Tour
A student in Prague.

Living Abroad

Student Residence

Live with other AIFS and international students conveniently located within easy reach of stores, restaurants and public transport.

  • Shared double rooms (some single rooms may be available on request)
  • Shared bathroom and kitchenette
  • Shared kitchen on each floor
  • Dormitory Assistant
  • 24-hour security
  • Laundry facilities, gym and piano room on-site

Meals

European-style cold breakfast included Monday-Friday

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Prague.

Architecture

Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” Prague is known for its Old Town Square which is at the heart of its historic core. The city is lined with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and is home to the largest castle in the world. 

History

Dating back to the ninth century, the Prague Castle spans an impressive 18 acres and is home to stunning cathedrals, chapels, royal palaces and gorgeous ornamental gardens. 

Attractions

Two famous attractions you’ll find in Prague include a graffiti wall devoted to John Lennon and the famous Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Square.  

AIFS Local Staff, Summer Program

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Renata Sluneckova

Hello everybody, I am sending you my best wishes from Prague, my home for more than 20 years. I received my Masters degree from Palackého University in Olomouc, Czech Republic and before joining AIFS in 2014 I worked for the Open Media Institute in Prague, the partner organization of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, making local arrangements for BBC film crews and for journalists based in Prague.

My experience of living in different parts of the Czech Republic means I am a great resource for you when you are in Prague. You will find me in the AIFS office, right in the center of the city, a short walk from the university classroom buildings and the main attractions of this most beautiful city.

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Czech culture, a wide range of cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee. The Resident Director organizes a variety of activities which usually include:

  • Welcome dinner in a traditional Czech restaurant
  • Walking tours which may include: Old Town and Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and Gardens, New Town, Malá Strana (Lesser Quarter), and alternative culture/street art
  • Performances such as ballet, classical and jazz concerts, local festivals, visits to famous Prague cafés (coffee and cake included)
  • Nature reserve Divoká Šárka
  • Visit to the Jewish Museum, synagogues and cemetery
  • Sports day
  • Volunteer activity

Please note that students may need to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.

Public transportation is very convenient in Prague. You will receive a transportation pass to ride the metro, buses and trams. 

Excursions

This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Prague and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of the Czech Republic. Previous excursions have included:

An aerial view of Plzeň, Czech Republic.

Plzeň

Visit the cultural and economic center of West Bohemia. Plzeň is famous for the Skoda Works Company and Pilsner Urquell. Visit includes a faculty guide, tours, entrance fees, and round trip transportation.

  • Czech Republic
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Buildings in Moravia, Czech Republic.

Moravia

Tours include a seasonal selection of the following: wine country central Mikulov town, Lednice park and castle, Historic Slavkov town, Brno, Gregor Mendel’s Garden and Museum, the Ossuary at St. James’ Church and the Moravian Karst caves complex. Dinner and wine tasting at Vinný sklep U Vrbů a family-run winery in Hustopeče. Includes breakfast, accommodations, and round-trip transportation. 
  • Czech Republic
  • 2 Days
  • Included in Program Fee for Session B Only
Český Krumlov, Czech Republic.

Český Krumlov

Includes river rafting, entrance to museum/gallery, round-trip transportation, accommodations, breakfast and lunch. 

  • Czech Republic
  • 2 Days
  • Included in Program fee for Session C Only
Barcelona,Spain
A group of happy students at a carnival.
A view of Prague.

Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines

Details

  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    March 1, 2023
  • Deposit Deadline
    March 21, 2023
  • Scholarship Deadline
    March 1, 2023
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    June 11, 2023
  • Program Begins
    June 12, 2023
  • Program Ends
    July 28, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    July 29, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City

Fee

  • Atlanta
    $2,484.00
  • Boston
    $2,438.00
  • Buffalo
    $2,369.00
  • Charlotte
    $2,530.00
  • Chicago
    $2,553.00
  • Cincinnati
    $2,484.00
  • Columbus
    $2,369.00
  • Dallas
    $2,599.00
  • Denver
    $2,898.00
  • Des Moines
    $2,530.00
  • Detroit
    $2,507.00
  • Houston
    $2,783.00
  • Los Angeles
    $2,783.00
  • Miami
    $2,507.00
  • Minneapolis
    $2,507.00
  • New York
    $2,392.00
  • Newark
    $2,392.00
  • Orlando
    $2,461.00
  • Philadelphia
    $2,415.00
  • Phoenix
    $2,599.00
  • Pittsburgh
    $2,369.00
  • Raleigh/Durham
    $2,438.00
  • San Francisco
    $2,921.00
  • Seattle
    $2,714.00
  • St. Louis
    $2,530.00
  • Washington/Dulles
    $2,691.00
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Ready to Study Abroad in Prague?

For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: aifsabroad@aifs.com