This program is organized by CESTA: Central European Studies, Transitions and Alternatives. It is a division of institute for Language and Preparatory Studies Charles University. The program is called “Prague on the Go” and is designed to explore Prague within the dimensions of identity, change, space, and time.
CESTA is for students who expect:
- a unique personal experience
- a truly international immersion
- a break from the traditional academic setting
- new learning opportunities in intercultural classrooms
- a challenge of active learning, and
- personal academic guidance at the reputable Charles University
Charles University in Prague was founded in 1348 and is one of the world’s oldest universities. Today it has 17 faculties and over 51,000 students (which is roughly a sixth of all students in the Czech Republic). Charles University is one of the world’s top universities, a fact that has been confirmed repeatedly by the international university rankings. It is a fully accredited Czech university with plenty of courses in English to offer study abroad students in the perfect campus setting.
Prague is the perfect place to study abroad! It has been often described as one of the jewels of Europe due to its beauty, charm, and rich history. Every visitor falls in love with the city. With over 1.3 million inhabitants it’s is the Czech Republic’s largest city and also its capital. The heart of the city is the Old Town, which once served as the medieval marketplace and now hosts a variety of shops and outdoor cafes. The city is overflowing with culture and history. When you’re enjoying a cappuccino on the Old Town Square you can see a unique blend of Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and Art Nouveau architecture. From the Charles Bridge on the Vltava River, you can admire the Prague skyline with Hradcany Castle, whose 100 spires sparkle like stars at night. In addition to the breathtaking sights, Prague also offers a variety of cultural attractions such as concerts, museums, theatres, clubs, and restaurants. Since it is home to many of the Czech Republic’s best universities, there will be lots of students for you to meet and socialize with. Prague is a safe, affordable and friendly city, so you’re sure to have the time of your life!
Courses & Descriptions:
The semester program focuses on various areas of Central European Studies: art, politics, history, Jewish studies, film, and more! CESTA classes meet once or twice per week in a seminar setting, are taught at the 200 to 300 level and are worth 4 semester credits. A typical course load is 4 courses and 16 credits. Students generally take the Czech Language course plus 3 other elective courses.
You experience Prague on the Go by touring exhibits and city districts, attending political meetings and the opera, following roads walked for centuries and visiting sites steeped in memories. Then we guide you to integrate what you’ve learned in culminating projects in oral history, documentary, research papers, and others.
The summer program is called “Prague Arts Experience: Music, Arts, and Language.” It is a unique program that interconnects music, theater, history, arts, and architecture into two interdisciplinary courses. During the six weeks you will relive music and theater as performed at the time of Mozart. You will witness the cultural epoch by taking courses in the baroque monastery of Collegium Marianum ensemble and experience the arts in Prague gardens and palaces. There is no better place to appreciate history, architecture, music and theater than Prague!
Courses are worth 4 semester credits. Generally students take 2 courses, for a total of 8 semester credits. Many of the classes are held at the Baroque monastery of Collegium Marianum, exhibit halls, theaters, gardens and palaces of the city, so you have a chance to experience the art and architecture first-hand while studying about it!
Charles University is a fully accredited university. With prior approval of your advisor, the courses should seamlessly transfer back to your home university. Before applying it’s important to speak with the study abroad advisor at your home institution to obtain pre-approval for your courses and determine how many credits you’ll receive. Every educational institution has different policies about transferring credit, so we encourage you to follow your institution’s regulations.
After completing the program, we’ll send your registrar or study abroad advisor an official transcript with the course titles, credit hours, and grades. Your university will need this transcript to transfer credit.
It is possible to transfer your financial aid to pay for some or all of the program costs. The first step is to check with your home institution’s financial aid advisor before applying. Since every home institution has different rules, only your advisor can tell you what kind of aid can transfer. Study Abroad Czech Republic is happy to provide you with a certificate of enrollment or any other documents that your university might require.
There are also many scholarship opportunities available. Learn more on our scholarships page.
November 30, 2016 - Spring
May 18, 2017 - Fall
May 25, 2017 - Academic Year
Late applications will be considered on an individual basis.
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