Walk in the footsteps of Einstein, Mozart, Milan Kundera and Rainer Maria Rilke while studying abroad in Prague. This program offers a wide variety of courses in Czech language and culture, economics, film/cinema studies, history, literature, music, politics, religion, and theater. Discover Czech culture not only through your coursework but also through an optional homestay, excursions to local sights and your Czech Buddy, a local student at Charles University.
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.
You will take 5 courses on this program, including one introductory Czech language course plus 4 additional courses (taught in English). Courses typically meet twice per week. Information about the range of courses can be found at the CIEE website. Please note: you will not receive credit for any activity described as a "workshop" during your semester in Prague (for example, Dance Cinema taught at The Prague Academy of Performing Arts - FAMU). Students must register for a minimum of 16 credits/24 Quarter Hours per semester; students can register for a maximum of 18 credits/27 Quarter Hours per semester. 1 Quarter Hour = 0.3 Penn State credits.
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.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by CIEE. Students have three options of a homestay, Charles University Dormitory, or CIEE administered apartments. In the homestay option, students will be provided with breakfast and dinner according to the family's schedule. Students who choose the dormitory are provided with breakfast and are responsbile for all other meals. Students who choose the apartment option are responsible for providing their own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
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 theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
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
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
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.