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CIEE: Prague Central European Studies
Prague, Czech Republic (Outgoing Program)
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and the country’s largest city. Prague has a population of 1.2 million residents. It is nicknamed the City of One Hundred Spires because of the ample number of towers that define the city’s skyline. Here you will find some of the most beautiful examples of medieval, gothic, renaissance, baroque, neoclassical, nouveau, and cubist architecture. Not to mention Prague offers a wide range of riverside parks, museums, clubs and bars. Some of the must-sees in Prague include the Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge. Once you are in Prague, it will not take you too long to understand why it is considered one of the best cities in Europe.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the CIEE website.
Study abroad students are required to take one Czech language course (including two weeks of intensive language training during orientation) and four area studies courses. All area studies courses are taught in English. Students take a minimum of two CIEE courses, and may be able to enroll in up to six credits outside of CIEE courses at the Prague Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU) or Charles University (CU). Students may also take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Prague for an extra two credits.
For credit internship placements are competitive and cannot be guaranteed. You can choose from several pre-screened internship positions with local, mostly non-governmental organizations, which may be involved in education, local and global human rights issues, the field of economics. You will maintain a journal, which is evaluated weekly during the internship, and complete a final research paper discussing what you’ve learned from your experience at the organization. Evaluation is completed by assigned CIEE faculty, the internship supervisor, and the Resident Director. Students interested in a CIEE Internship must complete applications upon admission to the program and get approval from their home institution and CIEE prior to the start of the semester.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to CIEE and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 16-18 credits per semester. The credit translation system between CIEE and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at CIEE will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. You will receive 3-4 credits per class taken with CIEE. In some cases classes will only be worth 1-2 credits; however this is rare and usually related to art and culture electives. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Early September – Late December
Spring Semester: Late January – Mid-May
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CIEE web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by CIEE and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Students have the option of living in a homestay with a Czech family, in a dormitory at Charles University or at a CIEE-administered apartment.
Homestay with a Czech Family
Breakfast and dinner are provided based on individual family schedules. Families are carefully recruited and screened by CIEE.
Charles University Dormitory
Students have the option to live in a single or double rooms (singles are limited and at an additional fee) in a CU student dormitory in Prague. You will live with other CIEE students and a small group of Czech students. Dormitory facilities include in-room Internet access (separate fee) and modest kitchenettes. Breakfast is included in the dormitory option.
CIEE apartments house CIEE as well as Charles University students. You will share double rooms in furnished apartments. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared with apartment mates. Meals and Internet fees are not included in the apartment option.
It is important for you to be aware that commuting is a part of daily life in Prague and most housing options require daily use of public transportation. A transportation pass is provided by the program. Housing is not co-ed and housing allocations are made on a first-come, first-served basis.
You are encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops; Internet connections are available in the dormitory for a fee. Internet connections may be available in the apartments for an additional fee. You will have free access to a computer laboratory and wireless connection during the week at the CIEE Study Center and at other Charles University facilities. In addition, Internet cafés are readily available throughout the city.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
CIEE Scholarships- Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs. For more information please visit the CIEE website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.