Fall, Spring, Summer, Academic Year
Prague, Czech Republic
• Good academic and non-academic standing
• 2.50 minimum GPA
• Permission of the UI Study Abroad advisor
Fall & Academic Year: 2/24
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View of Prague
This semester, academic year or summer program offers students the opportunity to enroll in courses in a variety of disciplines related to Czech, Central and Eastern European studies at Charles University. No prior Czech language study is required, and most classes are taught in English.
The program is administered by the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), of which the University of Iowa is a member. UI students earn resident credit.
Students take an intensive two-week beginning Czech langauge course plus longer courses taught in English in a variety of disciplines. An optional field study course to Vienna and Budapest is also offered.
Qualified students studying for at least one semester may apply for internships designed to complement the academic program. Interns receive a maximum of three credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses. The work will be done in an English-speaking environment but some knowledge of Czech language is helpful.
If interested, you will apply for an internship after you have been accepted into the USAC Prague program. Requirements are: minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and junior standing at time of internship. A refundable fee of $100 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.
More information can be found here: USAC Prague Internships.
Students can study on this program for a semester, academic year or summer session. Check with the Study Abroad office for specific dates for your intended session.
Typical session dates are:
Fall: Late August to mid-December
Spring: Mid-January to mid-May
Summer Session I: Mid-May to mid-June
Summer Session II: Mid-June to mid-July
Visit the USAC Czech Republic web site. Before proceeding any further, schedule a meeting with the UI Study Abroad advisor listed below to discuss your interest and receive application instructions.
Advisor & Program Coordinator, Study Abroad
University of Iowa
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242
To set up an appointment, please call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5). The receptionist who answers the phone can help you schedule an appointment. Study Abroad does not take same day appointments.
The Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV, decided that Prague would become the capital of Europe in the 14th century and founded Charles University in 1348. USAC students have access to the computer facilities on campus during the week and all student apartments also have wireless internet. The USAC study center is located at the Charles University Institute of Language and Preparatory Studies.
Language spoken: Czech
Currency: Czech koruna (CZK)
Population: 1.3 million
Distance to Berlin: 174 miles
Distance to Paris: 550 miles
Prague is situated in the middle of the Czech Republic, and in just a few hours you could be in Germany, Austria, Slovakia or Poland. Prague is rich in history and features old and new styles not seen anywhere else. With its narrow curved streets, marvelous courtyards and green parks that make up 30% of downtown, Prague is a city for those who love to walk. Prague is an open textbook of modern and traditional literature, art and culture surrounded by the remarkable architecture of its walls, castles and frescoes.
USAC students are placed in several apartment buildings located in central Prague. All buildings are located where the Old Town meets the Prague residential neighborhoods of Žižkov and Karlín. Within a few minutes, you can switch from the most prominent tourist sites to areas with real life; you will become a Prague insider quickly by knowing famous historical and artistic wonders of Prague but also being able to shop and live as native dwellers of Prague do.
The Žižkov and Karlín neighborhoods have been the most culturally rich parts of central Prague; centuries-old streets host mostly small apartment buildings, shops, restaurants, music bars, alternative art galleries, and all services an inhabitant of the city may need and enjoy. All means of transportation through these neighborhoods, and it is a matter of minutes to travel to any place in Prague. The long-distance bus and train stations are within a short walk from the housing.
USAC offers participants the option to book group flights with USAC directly, or students may travel to Prague on their own.
This program is open to all UI students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. Applicants must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
Students are not required to have any Czech language background prior to applying for the program, as most courses on this program are taught in English. However, learning to speak at least some Czech is certainly encouraged.
The Study Abroad advisor will review all submitted applications. In order for a student to be accepted into the program, the advisor must approve the application and grant permission for the student to participate. Students must attend at least one appointment with the advisor to discuss their interest in order for the application to be approved.
It is the UI Study Abroad office's policy that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and also good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad.
In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will NOT be allowed to study abroad. Any student who must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.
The program cost sheet outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. Cost sheets include fees charged on students’ U-Bills, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.
The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective web sites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.
Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.
After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.
|Date of Withdrawal||Student Financial Responsibility|
|After Application||Application Fee: $50|
Administrative Fee: $0
Course Fee: $300
|After Cancellation Deposit Deadline (varies by program)||Administrative Fee: $400
Course Fee: As determined by the program contract with USAC
|After Program Start Date||Administrative Fee: 100%
Course Fee: As determined by the program contract with USAC
Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.
Before starting an application for this program, students must meet with their study abroad advisor to discuss their program selection and receive information about supplemental materials that are required for an application. Appointments can be set up in person at 1111 UCC or over the phone at 319-335-0353.
After meeting with your advisor, open the UI student Study Abroad online application system to apply. After submitting this online application, the $50 non-refundable Study Abroad application fee will be charged to your U-Bill.
Spring Semester: September 24, Fall Semester and Yearlong: February 24, Summer Sessions: March 4.
Additional information regarding the acceptance packet will be forwarded to you by your study abroad advisor.