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CIEE: Prague Central European Studies (Czech Republic)

Prague, Czech Republic

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Fall 2020
Sep 08, 2020
Dec 19, 2020
Mar 01, 2020
Academic Year 2020
TBA
TBA
Mar 01, 2020
Spring 2021
Jan 26, 2021
May 07, 2021
Oct 01, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
Czech
English
Yes
Yes
No
Class Standing
First semester Sophomore
Junior
Second semester Sophomore
Senior
2.5 | 3.0 for 1st Semester Sophomores
Restrictions

1 semester of college-level European (especially Central European) studies recommended

Program Type
Internship
Credits

12-15

Program Advisor

The Program

The program is ideal for students who are interested in the political history and culture of Czech Republic and Central Europe.

Students have the opportunity to directly enroll in courses at one of the top film schools, Prague Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU) or at Charles University (CU),  a prestigious public university with a student population of over 42,000. Internship and volunteer opportunities are available in both public and private-sector organizations such as NGOs, schools, and English language training programs.

Prague, Czech Republic

Program Location

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Prague, Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Prague

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and the country’s largest city. Prague has a population of 1.2 million residents. It is nicknamed the City of One Hundred Spires because of the ample number of towers that define the city’s skyline. Here you will find some of the most beautiful examples of medieval, gothic, renaissance, baroque, neoclassical, nouveau, and cubist architecture. Not to mention Prague offers a wide range of riverside parks, museums, clubs and bars. Some of the must-sees in Prague include the Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge.  Once you are in Prague, it will not take you too long to understand why it is considered one of the best cities in Europe.

Academics

In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the CIEE website.

Study abroad students are required to take one Czech language course (including two weeks of intensive language training during orientation) and four area studies courses. All area studies courses are taught in English. Students take a minimum of two CIEE courses, and may be able to enroll in up to six credits outside of CIEE courses at the Prague Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU) or Charles University (CU). Students may also take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Prague for an extra two credits.

Internship
For credit internship placements are competitive and cannot be guaranteed. You can choose from several pre-screened internship positions with local, mostly non-governmental organizations, which may be involved in education, local and global human rights issues, and the field of economics. You will maintain a journal, which is evaluated weekly during the internship, and complete a final research paper discussing what you’ve learned from your experience at the organization. Evaluation is completed by assigned CIEE faculty, the internship supervisor, and the Resident Director. Students interested in a CIEE Internship must complete applications upon admission to the program and get approval from their home institution and CIEE prior to the start of the semester.

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to CIEE and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 16-18 credits per semester. The credit translation system between CIEE and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at CIEE will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript.  You will receive 3-4 credits per class taken with CIEE. In some cases classes will only be worth 1-2 credits; however this is rare and usually related to art and culture electives. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar

To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CIEE web page.

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by CIEE and the academic dates have been confirmed.

Fall Semester

Early September

Late December

Spring Semester

Late January

Mid-May

Housing and Meals

Students have the option of living in a homestay with a Czech family, in a dormitory at Charles University or at a CIEE-administered apartment.

Homestay with a Czech Family
Breakfast and dinner are provided based on individual family schedules. Families are carefully recruited and screened by CIEE.

Charles University Dormitory
Students have the option to live in a single or double room (singles are limited and at an additional fee) in a CU student dormitory in Prague. You will live with other CIEE students and a small group of Czech students. Dormitory facilities include in-room Internet access (separate fee) and modest kitchenettes. Breakfast is included in the dormitory option.

CIEE-Administered Apartments
CIEE apartments house CIEE as well as Charles University students. You will share double rooms in furnished apartments. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared with apartment mates. Meals and Internet fees are not included in the apartment option. 

It is important for you to be aware that commuting is a part of daily life in Prague and most housing options require daily use of public transportation. A transportation pass is provided by the program. Housing is not co-ed and housing allocations are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Internet
You are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops; Internet connections are available in the dormitory for a fee. Internet connections may be available in the apartments for an additional fee. You will have free access to a computer laboratory and wireless connection during the week at the CIEE Study Center and at other Charles University facilities. In addition, Internet cafés are readily available throughout the city.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost $21,940
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Some meals (for homestay option)
•    Program excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

 

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Meals $1,900
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $125
Czech Health Insurance $145
Books and Classroom Materials $100
Local Transportation $50
Personal Expenses $2,200
CIEE Deposit $300
Total $6,020.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost per semester $19,860
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Some meals (for homestay option)
•    Program excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Meals $3,800
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $125
Czech Health Insurance $290
Books and Classroom Materials $200
Local Transportation $100
Personal Expenses $4,400
CIEE Deposit $300
Total $10,415.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost per semester TBD
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Some meals (for homestay option)
•    Program excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Meals $3,800
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $125
Czech Health Insurance $290
Books and Classroom Materials $200
Local Transportation $100
Personal Expenses $4,400
CIEE Deposit $300
Total $10,415.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost $22,610
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Some meals (for homestay option)
•    Program excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Meals $1,900
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $125
Czech Health Insurance $145
Books and Classroom Materials $100
Local Transportation $50
Personal Expenses $2,200
CIEE Deposit $300
Total $6,020.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost TBD
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Some meals (for homestay option)
•    Program excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Meals $1,900
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $125
Czech Health Insurance $145
Books and Classroom Materials $100
Local Transportation $50
Personal Expenses $2,200
CIEE Deposit $300
Total $6,020.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs.  For more information please visit the CIEE website.

Student Spotlight

Summer 2019

"One of my favorite moments while abroad was an event organized by CIEE Study Abroad, where we went paddle boating on the Vltava River at sunset. The Vltava River runs between Prague and while paddle boating, we were able to see both sides of the city and experience it in a different manner. It was so relaxing and it felt nice to paddle around the river while talking to friends. Not only that, but the sunset added another sense of beauty that made the experience so memorable."