PRAGUE: Charles University

Prague, Czech Republic

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Dates

  • Fall Semester - Early September - Early December
  • Spring Semester - Late January/Early February - Mid May
  • Summer Full - East and Central European Studies (ECES), Late June- Late July ; Prague Jewish Studies (PJS), Late July - Mid August

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1
  • Summer Full - March 1

Description

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (k.burke@neu.edu)

Students will live and study at Charles University, located in the Old Town, the heart of the city. Founded in 1348, Charles University is the oldest University of Central Europe. Students can choose from a structured list of mostly Arts & Sciences courses, taught in English, which focus mainly on Czech and Central European culture and language. Students are encouraged to take an intensive Czech language course to better their understanding of the Czech culture. Several field trips outside the city are also included.

Semester Program Information

Summer Program Information

Courses

ECES offers courses in six different academic fields:

  • literature
  • art and culture
  • history
  • sociology and psychology
  • economics and politics
  • languages

In addition to ECES courses, students may also take Faculty of Arts departmental courses.

  • Semester: Students enroll in four courses and receive 16 NU credits. The primary focus will include history, politics, literature, and culture of Eastern Europe. Courses taken abroad may satisfy college and departmental core requirements. Students should consult with their advisor to discuss the specific requirements that may be satisfied abroad. All courses are taught in English.
  • East and Central European Studies (ECES - Summer): Students enroll in 2 courses and receive 8 NU credits. All courses are taught in English. Students may select courses from the following list:
  •     Czech and European Art and Architecture (art and culture)
  •     Modern Czech Politics across Various Political Regimes: Never-ending Transformation (politics)
  •     Modern Central European and German History or Shaping Central Europe: The historical forces     which defined Central European History (history)
  •    Reading Prague (literature)
  •    Art Photography and Genius Loci (art and culture)
  •    International Affairs: European Union and Asia (economics)
  •     Politics, Visuality, and Experimentation: Czech and Slovak Cinema from the 1950’s to Present (or other class in film category)
  • Prague Jewish Studies (PJS - Summer): Students enroll in 2 courses and receive 8 NU credits. All courses are taught in English. Students may choose from the following courses:
  1. Holocaust on Film
  2. Jewish Prague - Architecture, Fine Art and Music
  3. The Jews and the "Others"
  4. Modern Hebrew
  5. Czech Intensive: Language and Culture

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Host University

Charles University in Prague (Univerzita Karlova v Praze) is the oldest University in Central Europe. The University was founded in 1348 by Bohemian and Roman Emperor Charles IV. Originally it consisted of four faculties: arts, medicine, law, and theology. Today, Charles University is composed of 17 relatively independent and self-governing faculties. Almost 50,000 students study at Charles University (including 6000 international students) in more than 300 accredited academic programs with 600 departments. These international students also enroll in ECES courses along with Czech students. Unlike traditional campuses, the faculties of Charles University are located throughout Prague.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

    • Completed online OISP application
    • Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Completed Charles University application form

    • Motivation Letter  (written by the student and stating the reason for applying, one page, double-spaced)
    • 1 passport-sized photo (35x45 mm)
    • Official transcript
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • Health information form
    • Letter of recommendation (from a Northeastern faculty member)
    • Semester Housing Application or Summer Housing Application
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Cost

Fall 2014 or Spring 2015: $21,367

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($21,267), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Czech Republic, Prague: Charles University Study Abroad Program Budget (Semester)

 

Full Summer 2013: $9,930- $19,760

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($9,830), 12 NU credits ($14,745), or 16 ($19,660) NU credits, and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Czech Republic, Prague: Charles University Study Abroad Program Budget (Summer)

 

Accommodations

All students live in the residence hall provided by Charles University. Students will be assigned a double room at the Komenského dorm (a limited number of single rooms are available at an extra cost). The dorm is located in district 6, near the Prague Castle. It is about a 30-minute walk or a 15-minute tram ride to the Old Town Square and the main building of Charles University, Faculty of Arts.

Single and double rooms are available with a shared bathroom and kitchenette with a refrigerator and a hot plate for two adjacent rooms. Bedding and towels are provided. Kitchen utensils are not provided; however, items can be purchased. Singles are available on a first come-first served basis. Preference for single rooms will be given to students with a medically-approved reason. Internet is available in each dorm room through a cable. The cost per semester is approximately 400 CZK and may be purchased during dorm check-in. Wi-Fi is unavailable in the dorm. Please bring your own Ethernet cable.

Komenského Dorm Amenities 

 Breakfast served on weekdays only

 Laundry room with washers and dryers (fee)

 Vending machines

 Internet (provided for a small fee)

 Copier and scanner in the entrance hall

 Gated entry to the building (use of student ID)

 Single and double rooms (single rooms available for additional fee)

 Limited cleaning service

 Small gym (fee)

 Community room with full kitchen and living area

 Study room

The Resident and Cultural Coordinator is available to ECES students for any help that they may need during their stay in the dormitory. The Residence Coordinator provides support with medical emergencies, advice on places to see, and organizes weekly cultural activities.

 

Destination

The Czech Republic is centrally located in Europe and is a gateway to other major cities, making it an ideal place to study abroad. Prague has been the political, cultural, and economic center of the Czech state for more than 1100 years. It is the capital and also the largest and most populous city in the Czech Republic. Currently, it has more than 1,230,000 inhabitants. Prague is one of the major tourist destinations in Europe and attracts millions of visitors each year.