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USAC Studies in the Czech Republic

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer, Academic Year


Prague, Czech Republic




• Good academic and disciplinary standing

• 2.5 minimum GPA

Application Due:

Spring: 9/24
Fall & Academic Year: 2/24
Summer: 3/4

Program Cost:

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This program offers students the opportunity to enroll in courses in a variety of disciplines related to Czech, Central European, and Eastern European studies. No prior Czech language study is required and most classes are taught in English.

Prague, rich in history, has existed for more than a millennium. Old and new features of the city form a unity of styles not seen anywhere else. You may see its beauty from the hills around the city, from old bridges and steamer ships on the Vltava River, and even from rowboats. 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 or ride a bike. Prague is situated in the middle of the Czech Republic, and in just a few hours you can be in Germany, Austria, Slovakia, or Poland. During a free weekend you can board an overnight train and wake up in Krakow or Berlin. The small but very modern Prague airport offers good opportunities to fly to most places in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. There are also several student travel agencies offering bargain flights to destinations that are popular to many students.

View of Prague

View of Prague

Academic Program

Art and Architecture class inside St. Vitus Cathedral

Art and Architecture class inside St. Vitus Cathedral

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.

For the semester-length program, students take an intensive two-week beginning Czech language course plus longer courses on taught in English in a variety of disciplines. For summer-length programs, students typically take between 3 and 4 credits, per session. Students opting for the combination session usually earn between 6 and 8 credits, total. (UIowa administrative fee is based on an 8 credit enrollment.) An optional field study course to Vienna and Budapest is also offered for both semester and summer options. There is an additional charge for this choice.

Field trip to Lidice

Field trip to Lidice

Embedded, Credit-Bearing Internships

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.

Program Dates

More information can be found here: USAC Prague Calendars.

USAC Prague On-Site Staff Jan Stodola and Dáša Ejemová

USAC Prague On-Site Staff Jan Stodola and Dáša Ejemová

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

For More Information

Visit the USAC Czech Republic website. Before proceeding any further, schedule a meeting with the UI Study Abroad advisor to discuss your interest and receive application instructions.

If you have questions or are ready to apply to this program, please make an appointment with the program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5). The Study Abroad receptionists can help you schedule an advising appointment.

Charles University

Rudolfinum, Prague

Rudolfinum, Prague

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.

The Czech Republic

Church of Our Lady before Týn

Church of Our Lady before Týn

Capital: Prague

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.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Living Arrangements

USAC students are placed in several apartment buildings located in central Prague, giving students a chance to submerse themselves in local culture. Shared rooms are standard. Student can opt to pay an additional fee, however, for a single room, based on availability. 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 are some of 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. The Prague City Transport Authority covers the whole city of Prague and includes trams, buses and subway(metro). All means of transportation run 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.

Travel Arrangements

USAC offers participants the option to book group flights with USAC directly, which comes with the benefit of airport pickup, upon arrival. Students may travel to Prague on their own, but would typically need to make their own way form the airport to town. More information will be provided after the student has applied to and been accepted into the program.


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 in this program are taught in English. However, learning to speak at least some Czech is certainly encouraged.

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.


There is a $50 UI non-refundable application fee. Students will pay the USAC program fee, Study Abroad administrative fees, and will be enrolled in Iowa Regents international health insurance. A Confirmation Deposit as well as a security deposit is due to USAC that students need to pay USAC directly for themselves and does not go on the U-Bill.

Program Cost Sheet

Cost Sheets (for an estimated cost of attendance)

Summer Session A 2020 Cost Sheet

PDF Summer Session B 2020 Cost Sheet

PDF Summer Session AB 2020 Cost Sheet

Fall 2019 Semester Cost Sheet (Draft)PDF

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.

USAC also requires separate enrollment in its own health insurance policy, therefore students are required to have double insurance coverage. This cost is included in the program fees. If you have questions about this please contact your advisor.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

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.

Scholarship opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal Policy

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: $500
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.

How to Apply

Steps to Completing Your Application

Before you fill out any applications, please schedule an appointment to meet with the Study Abroad advisor for the Czech Republic by calling 319-335-0353. Your application WILL NOT be approved until you have completed this step.

Step 1: Fill out the UI Study Abroad Online Application. You will be charged a $50 non-refundable application fee.

As part of the Iowa Online Application for Study Abroad, you will need to upload a copy of your passport and a list of the courses you are proposing to take while abroad.

NOTICE: For the Summer Term, this program has Summer I, Summer II, and Summer I & II options. In the UI online application, under “Offering,” you will be asked to choose between “Codes” A, B, or AB.

Code A=Summer I

Code B=Summer II

Code AB=Summer I & II

Please be careful to choose the correct session that corresponds to the dates you wish to be abroad. If you need help with this, please consult your Study Abroad advisor.

Step 2: Fill out the USAC Online Application for Prague. Be sure to submit a personal statement as part of your application or email it to

Submit the $100 non-refundable application fee to USAC.

Do not submit a transcript to USAC. This will be done on your behalf by your UI Study Abroad advisor.


Acceptance into your chosen study abroad program is made by USAC directly via an email to you, which will refer you to additional documents posted to a USAC Gateway account that will be created for you.

Program Deposit: The USAC application fee and deposit is waived for UI students. However, if you choose to withdraw from the program after you have been accepted by USAC then the University of Iowa will charge your U-Bill for these fees ($500 minimum).

Health & Safety Planning

All students preparing to study abroad should review the following:

Iowa Regents CISI Health Insurance Information

Students are also encouraged to complete the Health Preparation Guide for International Travelform with their medical practitioner. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.

Financial Aid

For more information about receiving financial aid while studying abroad, please review the following:

UI Financial Aid Information


Depending on the length of your stay and your nationality, you may need a visa to study in Prague. Please follow the instructions provided by USAC. Participants must apply for their student visa independently. The Consulate for all UI students is the Chicago Consulate; it is based the location of one's home university, not the state of origin.

UI Visa Processing Information

Flight/Travel Arrangements

Students may either book the group flight through USAC or book a flight independently. Participants are responsible for being at the orientation site on time, as USAC may fine individuals who are late.


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email

Program-Specific Orientation

Your county-specific orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.

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. The USAC policy regarding withdrawals and refunds can be found here: USAC Money Matters. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

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The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343