Through seminar courses, language study, and direct enrollment at the most prestigious university in Prague, you will develop a deeper literacy about global communication trends, while analyzing and articulating the complexities of contemporary life in the Czech Republic.
Study abroad in Prague and you will:
•Enroll directly in classes at Charles University – one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in Europe
•Enjoy a weekly guest lecture series featuring local artists, filmmakers, political figures and philosophers discussing contemporary, issues, art and media topics
•Deepen your understanding of the Czech Republic with various historic and cultural excursions around Prague and surrounding area
Staggering architecture, rich cultural history, a turbulent past and exciting future – Prague is as fascinating a city as it is beautiful. A very English-friendly country, the Czech Republic is at the heart of Europe, bordering Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia. This EU member is a perfect example of the steady development of a society while recently transitioning from its communist past. With a population of only 1.2 million, Prague has an unusually rich cultural life: festivals, operas, concerts, and cultural programs, many accessible on a student budget. Students experience life similar to that of Czech students and make use of numerous neighborhoods of the city like native Praguers.
The Intercultural Studies Program at Charles University is an honors study abroad program that seeks to introduce students to Europe and the Czech Republic, and its culture. Students take two mandatory core courses that provide an understanding of Central European history, ways of life and thinking, and show how these factors compare to American culture and ideologies. These two courses are titled Imperial Nations and Subject Peoples: Czechs in the Austrian Empire and After
and Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in American History and Literature.
In addition to these, students will take three elective courses, and have a catalog of approximately 300 courses taught in English at Charles University to choose from, for a total of 15 credits.
Students can find course descriptions for both core courses, as well as information on elective courses, here
The Spring 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows:
- Arrival Date: January 16, 2018
- Orientation: January 17-26, 2018
- Intensive Czech Language Course: January 29 - February 9, 2018
- Classes Start: February 19, 2018
- Classes End: May 11, 2018
- Final Exams: May 14-18, 2018
- Departure Date: May 19, 2018
Students at Charles University stay in Kolej Komenskeho, an international students' residence hall. It is located in a safe residential area behind Prague Castle, and is no more than 30 minutes to any of the three buildings where the courses most commonly chosen by the students take place. Each room is a two-person suite that includes two single rooms, a kitchenette, shower and WC. Rooms are furnished with a desk, a bookshelf, and wardrobe. While the dormitory provides both towels and bed linen, most students eventually purchase their own towels. The program supplies additional foam memory mattresses and mattress covers.
There is a 24/7 Ethernet connection (not Wi-Fi) in each room. Upon arrival, students receive a password to the dormitory network.
Students must bring or purchase adapters for European sockets and electric current. European plug adapters have two round prongs. Adapters for electric current must be able to step down the European 220-240 volts to the usual American 110-120 volts. Most electronic appliances (cell phone chargers, laptops) already have built-in adapters for electric current – the information is written on the appliance.
Charles University residence halls do not provide meal plans. Students may purchase their meals (using cash) at Charles University student cafeterias at a discounted price, or may elect to prepare their meals in their kitchenette in their residence hall. A two-course lunch (and tea) in a student cafeteria costs approximately $4.00, with the cafeteria closest to Komenskeho (Menza in Czech) being 15 minutes away by bus. The cafeterias closest to the buildings of the Faculty of Social Sciences are 10 minutes away by foot. Students will find their daily meal allowance should not exceed $10 if they choose to eat breakfast at the dormitory, buys their lunch at a student cafeteria, and cooks dinners. Eating out will require additional expenses, although students will find it costs much less than in the U.S.: a one-course meal with a drink costs approximately $8.00.
Tuition, Room & Board Rates
Students pay Endicott directly for EC Study Abroad tuition, room & board rates. Rate information is provided on the Budget Sheets (see above).
Students are offered the opportunity to participate in clubs and activities while studying in Prague. These include:
- Weekly guest seminars, with lectures given by guest artists, filmmakers, thinkers, political figures, and philosophers.
- International Students Club (ISC)
- Interest groups - Interest groups help smaller groups of students become more integrated into Prague culture and society. These groups include: politics, economy, and society; sport; film and theater; music; and art. All of these groups include Czech students.
- You can find their student life page here
In addition, students can also participate in excursions that include:
- Visits to sites of historical and cultural importance in Prague such as Prague Castle, Old Town, the historical halls of Charles University, theater, and opera.
- Special highlights of this program include visits to media companies, radio stations, and an overnight excursion with a specific focus on communications and the Czech film industry (for students in the media school)
- Optional guided field trips to other countries with Charles University professors
- You can find the cultural life at Charles University here
Students studying in the Czech Republic must obtain a Student Long Term Visa. With the assistance of the Intercultural Studies Program at Charles University, students will complete the visa application and necessary documents, some of which require responses to be in Czech. Information on the Student Long Term Visa can be found at here
Inquiries on how to begin the visa process can be answered by the Intercultural Studies Program; students may contact them directly, or contact the Office of International Education at Endicott for contact details. Please note:
students should begin the Czech visa process 3 months prior to the start of their program