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IAGE Provider: CEA Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, Czech Republic (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
Summer
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
Summer
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
None
Internship:
Possible
Housing:
Apartment, Dormitory, Other
Illinois Sponsor:
IAGE (campus-wide)
Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Foreign Institution:
Anglo-American University
Program Description:


IAGE Provider: CEA Prague
 
 

 
Program Overview
 
In Prague, you can immerse yourself in both the local culture and the global marketplace while taking classes alongside American, Czech, and international students from 60 different countries at Anglo-American University, the oldest private university in the Czech Republic.  In addition to the wide range of coursework available in English, Czech language courses at all levels are also offered.  You can also participate in university sports clubs, join a conversation club, or volunteer with a Prague press agency, an English language school or with one of many local NGOs. CEA offers comfortable apartments in the center of Prague. 
 
The Full Curriculum program track is offered during the fall and spring semesters, as well as the academic year. The Liberal Arts and Social Sciences program track  is offered during the summer. The International Internship program track is offered during the fall semester, and the summer.
 
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Program Specific Information
 
General Study Abroad Information
Program Cost, Financial Aid & Scholarships (*Please note that program-specific costs are available through the "Budget Sheet" link at the top of this page.)
Health & Safety Information

Passport/Visa Information

 

Academic Environment
 
Where you will study
 
Anglo-American University
  • First CEA Partner
  • Oldest private Czech University, accredited by the Accreditation Commission of the Czech Republic
  • Comprised of five schools
    • School of Business Administration
    • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
    • School of International Relations and Diplomacy
    • School of Law
    • School of Journalism and Communication
    • Special programs and courses in Central and Eastern European Studies, and Jewish Studies
  • Host to over 700 students per term representing not only the Czech Republic and the USA, but also over 60 other nationalities
 
Student Life
 
Take advantage of the unique flavor Prague has to offer. CEA offers a wide variety of local cultural activities to match your interests. Whether you enjoy music concerts, clubs, sports, cooking classes, language exchanges or something entirely different, our resident staff can help you get involved in the local culture. During the orientation session, the local staff will also introduce you to their database of many exciting volunteering and unpaid internship possibilities. Here are just some examples of how you can get involved in Czech life:
  • Czech cooking workshop
  • Bobsledding
  • Hike in the Czech countryside
  • Ghost Tour
  • Sports
  • Boat cruise Prazske Benatky
  • Czech Film
  • Art, Architecture and Design
  • Nooks and crannies
  • Internship opportunities
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Czech Folk Traditions
 
For more information on student life in Prague, click here.
 
Program Tracks
 
Full Curriculum (Available terms: Fall and Spring Semesters and Academic Year)
The Full Curriculum Program is intended for students who wish to continue their studies in Prague within a university setting. Sitting alongside Czech and other international students, you can take a wide variety of AAU elective courses taught in English from several different schools, including Business Administration, International Relations & Diplomacy, Humanities & Social Sciences, Journalism and Law. Over 80 different courses are available, all of which are taught in English. This allows students the opportunity to become engaged in their studies without previous knowledge of the Czech language. In addition, many of the courses taught at Anglo-American University incorporate learning that transcends the classroom and utilizes the host culture and city as an integral part of the course. For example, you can survey the cobblestoned streets of Old Town and explore Prague’s Castle first-hand in a Prague Art and Architecture class. Course structure includes:
  • 1 AAU Core Course
  • 3-4 AAU Elective Course (per semester)
 
For more information on the Full Curriculum program track in Prague, click here.
 
Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (Available term: Summer)
The Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Program in Prague is designed for students interested in taking AAU elective courses in English while immersing themselves in the Czech culture. Students have full access to the summer course list offered by Anglo-American University and can take courses from a wide variety of subject areas within the liberal arts, social sciences, and business. Students will sit alongside Czech and international students in the classroom, and given all courses are taught in English, students have the opportunity to become engaged in their studies without previous knowledge of the Czech language. Popular courses focus on Prague Art and Architecture, Central European History and East Central European Politics, and International Business. The diversity in curriculum allows you the flexibility to choose courses that best meet your individual academic and personal needs. Intimate class sizes and highly professional staff at Anglo-American University provide the perfect atmosphere for students to study and discover the Czech Republic. Course structure includes:
  • 1 AAU Elective Course
  • 2 AAU Elective Courses
 
For more information on the Liberal Arts and Social Sciences program track in Prague, click here.
 
International Internship (Available terms: Fall Semester, and Summer)
The International Internship program is designed for students interested in immersing themselves in Czech culture while earning course credits and participating in an internship with an internationally-oriented organization or company in Prague. Course structure includes:
  • 1 AAU Internship Course
  • 1 AAU Elective Course (Summer)
  • 3-4 AAU Elective Courses (Semester)
 
For more information on the International Internship program track in Prague, click here.
 
Language
 
The language of instruction will be English for all but the language courses offered in specific program tracks.
 
Excursions/Activities:

Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs. Semester students are typically offered three excursions and summer students are typically offered two excursions. You’ll receive a calendar of excursions during the CEA orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions offered in the past.
 
Ceský Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site 
One of the most popular destinations in the Czech Republic, Ceský Krumlov is an outstanding example of a Central European medieval town with an architectural heritage more than 500 years old. It’s easy to see the influence of several different cultures—Czech, Austrian, Bavarian, and Northern Italian—on this charming town near the Austrian border. Encircled by a bend in the river, the town features a 13th-century castle with Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque elements. During this two-day, one-night trip, we also hike through a nearby forest to a ruined castle, forming a contrast with the perfectly maintained, picturesque center of Ceský Krumlov, and provide you with free time to explore on your own.
 
Kutná Hora
Larger than London at the time, Kutná Hora was the center – geographic as well as economic – of a trade network that spanned Europe and reached across the spice routes to the Middle and Far East. The silver deposits that were mined in Kutná Hora were minted into groschen (a later currency from the region, called the tolar, was the origin of the word “dollar”). This was one of the most broadly exchanged currencies in medieval Europe, valued for its reliably high metal content. Kutná Hora’s place on the stage of world history did not last – ravaged by plague, religious wars, and the destruction of most of its silver mines, the town sank into centuries of neglect. If you visit Kutná Hora with CEA, you’ll see a beautiful, well-preserved medieval town, now protected and preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll don a white miner’s cape, similar to those worn centuries ago, to tour the old silver mines, visit the gothic-style Church of Saint Barbora, and see the nearby “bone church” – the ossuary decorated in the 19th century with elaborate arrangements of the bones of the tens of thousands of victims of the Black Death and Hussite religious wars.
 
Karlovy Vary
Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad in English) is the largest and most famous spa city in the Czech Republic. It was established in 1370 by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. According to a legend at the very beginning there was an accidental discovery of thermal springs by his hunting companions.  It is situated in western Bohemia about 81 miles from Prague, at a confluence of two rivers.
Offering 13 main springs, about 300 smaller springs and the warm-water Teplá River, the spa enjoyed favor of many noble families and wealthy townsmen already in the 16th century. In the 19th century it became a popular tourist destination among international celebrities. At that time you could easily bump into quite an extraordinary couple taking walks together: a world-famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven and a giant of German literature Johann Wolfgang Goethe.

Terezín 
Spend a day exploring Terezín, an 18th-century fortress that was used as a concentration camp by the Germans during World War II. Terezín is a little-known but interesting example of the network of concentration camps in operation during that time. Most famous for its history as a gruesome prison, Terezín was a transit camp for Jews and other prisoners of the Nazis; most of those coming from the Czech lands who died in camps further to the west, such as Auschwitz-Birkenau, came through Terezín. Though the camp was used by the Germans for propaganda during the war—even managing to get the Red Cross to agree that the camps were not inhumane— the vast majority of those who went through Terezín did not survive. Inmates in Terezín are known for keeping cultural and artistic life alive and striving to make life as normal as possible for the children present. The on-site memorial details these efforts and illustrates Terezín’s terrible but enlightening history. Visiting such a site is an important historical and cultural experience during your study abroad stay in Central Europe.
buildings prague   train prague
 
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Onsite Support

Cristina Valles - Center Director
As Center Director, Cristina is responsible for providing senior leadership and direction to the CEA Prague Team and for overseeing the day-to-day management of Academics, Student Services and Housing activities.

Sandra Hamissova - Program Director
As the Program Director for Prague, Sandra Hamissova is responsible for day-to-day management including, but not limited to, student services, host institution relations, local vendor relations, and student evaluations. In addition she advises students on issues related to cross-cultural information and health and safety, assists in management of program finances, and hires and trains other staff. She also oversees office administration.

Dr. phil. Lenka Vystrcilová - Academic Director
As CEA's Academic Director in Prague, Lenka serves as the primary contact for students and CEA staff regarding all academic issues, including academic process management and student academic advising. She is also charged with strengthening and developing the relationship with our partner institution in Prague, Anglo-American University.

Marketa Hypiusova - Senior Housing Advisor
Marketa serves as Senior Housing Advisor for CEA in Prague. She is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of housing and providing quality customer service to students.
 
Dalibor Jenne – Student Services Advisor
As the Student Services Advisor for Prague, Dalibor is the primary contact for all issues related to Student Services. Dalibor assists students’ arrivals, orientation, excursions and activities, as well as addresses any questions or concerns a student may have.
 
Iva Molikova – Student Services Advisor
As a Student Services Advisor, Iva is responsible for the coordination and organization of the student even calendar of activities and excursions and the organization of students’ arrivals and orientation.
 
For more information on onsite support in Prague, click here.
 
Provider International Office
 
CEA
2999 N. 44th Street, Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85018-7248
Tel: 480-557-7900
Fax: 480-557-7926
 
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Accommodation
 
Standard CEA Housing:
  • Apartment - CEA Prague students enjoy city-living apartments as one of their standard housing options. A perfect fit for the independent student who wants to experience Prague as a local apartment-dweller, CEA's apartments scatter the city’s residential neighborhoods. Stroll past some of Prague’s most beautiful treasures daily, as you walk to and from your Czech abode. On average, CEA apartments house five students, with two students being the minimum amount per unit and eight students the maximum.
Alternate Student Housing:
  • Independent Living
 
For more information on housing options available in Prague, click here.
 
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Application Process
 
Eligibility
  • This program requires a minimum cumulative 2.7 GPA 
  • Prior completion of one to two semesters of college-level coursework
Dates and Deadlines
 
All requirements must be completed by the Illinois Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date.
 
*See official deadlines at the bottom of this page.

 
 
How to Apply
 
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $100 Study Abroad Systems Fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.
 
This program has a two-step application process:
 
Step 1) The Illinois Abroad Office application, which requires:
  • fficial transcript
  • Passport photocopy
  • Online questionnaires
  • Signature documents
Step 2) The Provider application, to be completed SIMULTANEOUSLY with Step 1: You must submit the provider application and all requested documents directly to the provider by the provider's deadline.

You should contact the provider directly if you have further questions about their application.

Your application will not be considered complete until you have submitted the provider application. 

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Resources and Contact Information
 

Walk-In Advising Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:45 pm
Illinois Abroad Advising & Resource Center (112 International Studies Building)
 
First Steps Info Sessions:
Click here for the dates and times of the First Steps Info Sessions.
 
Mainland Europe Program Advisor
Andy Hinnant
iage@illinois.edu
 
Location and Mailing Address:
Study Abroad Office
910 South Fifth Street
112 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820
217-333-6322


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Program Dates

Please review the program dates table below:

 
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
09/23/2017 01/31/2018 05/23/2018
Summer 2018 02/15/2018
02/22/2018 05/26/2018 07/28/2018
Fall Semester 2018 04/01/2018
**
Rolling Admission 08/28/2018 12/15/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 04/01/2018
**
Rolling Admission 08/28/2018 05/23/2019
NOTE: The provided dates are tentative.
Spring Semester 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed