The tradition of filmmaking in the Czech Republic is rich. On the film studies program, you'll produce a short 16-mm film or write a half feature-length screenplay with help from leading film professionals in Europe at FAMU: Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
Because of its innumerable characteristic steeples, Prague is called the city of a thousand spires. This European Union member is a perfect example of the steady development of a society that recently transitioned from a communist past. With a population of only 1.2 million, Prague has an unusually rich cultural life – festivals, operas, concerts, and cultural programs, many of which are accessible on a student budget. Study abroad students experience life similar to that of Czech students and frequent numerous neighborhoods in the city like native Praguers.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
Students will enroll in one of two tracks:
- Production Track: All study abroad students enroll in Intensive Beginning Czech Language, Topics in Production, and Filmmaking Practicum and Mentorship. In addition, students choose two regular three- credit FAMU courses. At least one must be from Production Track electives.
- Screenwriting Track: All students enroll in Intensive Beginning Czech Language, Feature Screenwriting, and Script Analysis. In addition, students choose two regular 3-credit FAMU courses. At least one must be from Screenwriting Track electives.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the CIEE Prague Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Pre-requisites vary depending on which track applied to. Check the CIEE website for specific pre-requisite requirements.
You will live in CIEE-administered apartments with other CIEE Film Studies students and local film students (otherwise known as your CIEE Flat Buddies). Each apartment houses three CIEE students and one Flat Buddy. Meals and internet fees are not included. Apartments are in various locations all within close proximity to FAMU.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- One academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring||2018||09/15/2017 **||Rolling Admission||01/16/2018||05/13/2018|
|NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.|
|Spring||2019||09/15/2018 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Indicates that deadline has passed