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 fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
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.
Total credit recommended is 17 semester/ 25.2 quarter hours.
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.
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.
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.