History, Culture & Politics

Charles University
Prague, Czech Republic
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    History, Culture & Politics

  • Location

    Prague

  • Host University

    Charles University

    Founded in 1348, Charles University is the largest and oldest university in the Czech Republic. The university has numerous buildings throughout Prague, and all ISA courses are held in the Catholic Theological Faculty building located in Prague 6, an area where many local Czech students live and attend classes. ISA works closely with faculty at Charles University to develop coursework exclusively designed for ISA students, including courses in history, cinema, political science, business, Czech language, European studies, and more. You can enjoy small class sizes with fellow ISA students as your classmates.

  • Term

    Fall 1 2023

  • Program Dates

    Early Sep, 2023 - Mid Dec, 2023

  • Program Length

    Semester

  • Application Deadline

    Apr 25, 2023

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    May 10, 2023

  • Credit

    180 - 225 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $13,650

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Study Abroad Program Description

Take your pick from a variety of interesting humanities-based courses during your semester or academic year in Prague. ISA works closely with faculty at Charles University to develop coursework that is exclusively designed for ISA students.

Start your program off right by taking a 2-week intensive Czech language course that will help you learn some key phrases to use during your time abroad. Semester-length class options include subjects such as history, art and architecture, cinema, business, European studies, Czech language, political science, and more. All courses are instructed in English, with the exception of the Czech language courses, and are taught by Charles University faculty. Enjoy small class sizes that consist of other students on your ISA program.

Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

 

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

Contact Hours

180 - 225

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 15

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 22

Academic Information

  • Course Availability 
    - Course availability is based on enrollment numbers. You should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event that your initial course choices are closed due to low enrollment.
    - Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change. 
     
  • Course Selection 
    - You are required to take a 2-week Beginning Czech Intensive Language Course.  
    - In addition to the Beginning Czech Intensive Language Course, you can choose 3-4 semester-long courses from the list below. 
     
  • Alternate Courses 
    - You are required to select alternate courses in the event of top course choices conflicting on the timetable, course cancellations, or registration issues. 
    - You should get your alternate courses pre-approved by your academic advisor. 
     
  • Course Credit 
    - ISA recommends 12-15 U.S. semester credits (3 U.S. semester credits per class) be awarded for your program. However, transfer credits earned will be decided entirely by your home university. It is important to be in touch with your university about course approvals and transfer credit pre-departure. 
    - According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home university. 
     
  • Course Level Recommendations 
    - ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. These ISA recommendations are intended to help with the determination of course equivalencies at U.S. home institutions. 
     
  • Transcript Information 
    - The transcript from Charles University will reflect contact hours, U.S. grade equivalency recommendations, and U.S. semester credit recommendations. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program

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Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Katie Chaffin

Program Manager, Czech Republic

PRAGUE TEAM

Daniela Procházka

Resident Director, Czech Republic

Lucie Smitkova

Student Services Coordinator, Czech Republic

Tomas Uher

Academic and Housing Coordinator, Czech Republic

Funding Your ISA Program

Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too.  The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.

Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your program.

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, visit the scholarships and grants page.

View all Funding Options

Housing

Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Czech lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Prague. Uncovering the uniqueness of your neighborhood and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. Housing is located either within walking distance from campus, or near public transportation (metro, bus, tram) that can take you to class. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing requests with our available accommodations, however, housing requests cannot be guaranteed.

Apartment

Apartments are assigned on a first-come/first-served basis, and availability is limited. Placement into apartments cannot be guaranteed.

Residents are placed in furnished, centrally located apartments. All apartments are either within walking distance or are located near public transit routes relative to the university. Larger metropolitan cities will have a longer commute. While apartments are standardized in terms of basic amenities, they can vary greatly in terms of both aesthetics and proximity to the university.

Bedrooms are typically double occupancy with a shared living area, kitchen and bathroom, although occasionally apartments have a single room(s). Residents will determine who will sleep in which room. Single rooms cannot be guaranteed in advance. Each apartment is equipped with basic furnishings and supplies, including one single bed per occupant, a closet/clothing storage space, basic cookware and kitchenware, a table and chairs, and furnished sitting area. Desks, when available, are to be shared by all residents. Each resident is expected to provide their own paper and cleaning products as well as replace light bulbs. Each resident will receive their own key.

Academic Year students should be aware that apartment housing is assigned each term according to availability and demand, and it is therefore possible that their apartment location may change from semester to semester. Rent is included in the program price beginning on the program's arrival date on site until the morning of the program's official end date.

You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount

Student Accommodations

Residences in Prague are assigned on a first-come/first-served basis, and placement cannot be guaranteed.
 
Student residences in Prague are quite different from the U.S., in that they are in the middle of the city rather than being on a college campus. Students stay in double rooms with shared bathroom for 2 or 4 people. On each floor there are 4 double rooms each equipped with one single bed, a closet, a table, a chair, and basic kitchenware per occupant. The residence building (including all interiors and rooms) has been recently reconstructed. There is a spacious and fully equipped kitchen with kitchenware on every floor with a sitting area. The residence is in district Vrsovice and is only a 10-minute bus ride to the Prague University of Economics and Business and is known for being a cool/hipster district of Prague.

 

You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

ISA excursions allow you to explore the unique, enticing, breathtaking landscape of the Czech Republic that you may not have the chance to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on trips to the following destinations.

Cesky Krumlov

A UNESCO World Heritage site, south Bohemia's Cesky Krumlov is one of the region's prettiest towns. Made up of elegant Renaissance buildings that house charming cafés, pubs, restaurants, shops, and galleries, Cesky Krumlov is surrounded by picturesque countryside. On this day trip, you will explore the quaint town center, visit the castle, and a walk along the serine Vltava River.

Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad)

Spend the day exploring and relaxing in this peaceful spa town in west Bohemia. This small Czech town is famous for its thermal baths, which are believed to have many healing properties. Take a dip in one of the curative mineral springs and tour the unique spa architecture.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna is a city dripping in culture. The city is full of museums, galleries, concert halls, and top-notch shopping. Wander through this historic-yet-modern city and discover hidden alleys and shops as street musicians play lovely Mozart tunes. Tour the beautiful gardens of the Schönbrunn Palace, visit the Hofburg Palace, and revel in the many musical and culinary delights of this worldly city.

Kutna Hora

This UNESCO World Heritage city once competed to be the capital seat of the Czech Republic and is one of the most historically important cities in the country. Visit the "Bone Church," a small chapel decorated with over 40,000 human skeletons. Down the road lies St. Barbara's Church, one of the most famous Gothic churches in Central Europe.

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