Qualified St. Lawrence University students have the opportunity to spend the fall semester in Prague, at the CIEE study center.
St. Lawrence students will complete coursework in the Central European Studies program. (This is the only CIEE Prague program to which St. Lawrence students may apply).
The CIEE program offers students a rich educational and cross-cultural experience in Prague. On this program, you will learn about the rich cultural history, the turbulent past and exciting future of the Czech Republic, a recent member of the European Union. This program offers students the opportunity to enroll in courses at prestigious local universities – FAMU (the Prague Film and Television School at the Academy of the Performing Arts) and Charles University. CIEE offers many cultural activities for students on the program, including volunteer opportunities, field trips to sites of historical and cultural importance in Prague as well as field trips to locations in Bohemia and Moravia, and the International Students Club which brings Charles University and CIEE students together.
- Based in Prague
- Fall semester
- Pre-requisites: 2.8 GPA and one European Studies course (preferably with a focus on Central Europe)
- Wide variety of course offerings
- Live with homestay families
With a population of 1.2 million Prague boasts a rich cultural life and is best known as the hundred tower city. The EU member state is an ideal case study of a society transitioning from its communist past. CIEE students experience life similar to that of Czech students and make use of numerous neighborhoods in the city. The CIEE Study Center is located in Vysehrad.
Students choose from a wide selection of courses and subjects on Czech culture and society including history, media, art, religion, literature, and politics. All CIEE courses are held at the CIEE Study Center and taught by faculty from various Charles University faculties and institutes. Participants have the opportunity to take some classes outside of CIEE, directly at the Charles University campus and at FAMU, Central Europe’s preeminent film school.
Students should be aware of the fact that the Czech educational system is quite different than the one in the U.S. and that to be successful, students must be self-motivated, willing to learn independently and participate actively in class.
St. Lawrence University students must:
- Enroll in a Czech language course
- Enroll in a full course load of 16 credits, including the required language course
Students will select four content area courses.
Course credit from CIEE's Czech Republic program transfers back to SLU, provided you have received course approval from the department chair of the particular academic department in question. Some courses from the Czech Republic have been pre-approved by St. Lawrence and can be found here. Please keep in mind that these are the courses that have been preapproved, but students may enroll in other courses as well, and seek approval (as described above) after acceptance to the program.
The program includes site visits to a number of locations in Prague as well as field trips to Bohemia and Moravia. The International Students Club organizes additional activities to promote cultural exchange between CIEE and Charles University students.
Living with a host family is often the best way for students to become immersed in local culture, to practice their newly acquired language skills and to get to know Prague as locals do. Most SLU students will live in host families. Students may request to live in a CIEE residence Hall by writing an essay detailing how they will replace the cultural immersion gained by living in a family.
A detailed program calendar will be available once students are admitted to the program. For program start and end dates please see the CIEE website.
Pre-departure: The CIIS office organizes in depth orientation sessions on-campus prior to the students participation in the program. This includes a program specific session(s) in which the students will learn more about the program, local culture, academic expectations, and any other important information. There is also an orientation session lead by the CIIS office on culture shock, and what to expect, as well as safety and security while abroad. You will also participate an online orientation provided by CIEE.
On site: A mandatory two week orientation session, which includes an intensive language program, is conducted in Prague at the beginning of the program and will introduce you to the academic program, country, culture, extra-curricular options, program faculty, and provide practical information about living in the Czech Republic. You'll receive ongoing orientation on aspects of Czech culture through the elective course and individual appointments with the resident director.
If you are interested in learning more about the Czech Republic program please contact one of the following people.
CIIS Office: Kelley Lawson-Khalidi, Director of Off-Campus Programs - Questions about eligibility, program logistics, and other off-campus opportunities.
Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Juraj Kitler - Questions about program academics.