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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Johnna Weston
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Graduate/Undergraduate:
Undergraduate
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Yes
Fields of Study:
Art History, Communications, Economics, Film Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Journalism, Literature, Media Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Religious Studies, Sociology, Telecommunications
Program Description:

Overview

Eligibility

  • 18 years of age or above
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
  • 2.50 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
  • Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program 

Program Description 

Students will choose from one of three program tracks on the CIEE Prague program:

Central European Studies

The Central European Studies program track lets you choose from a wide array of courses on Czech culture and society including history, media, art, religion, literature, and politics at Charles University. You can also take up to four courses at FAMU, Central Europe’s preeminent film school. Nonstop cultural activities and guided tours will enrich your academic pursuits and make your journey to Prague one you’ll treasure forever. Courses are taught in English. There is no language prerequisite, but students are encouraged to take a Czech language course.

Students begin with a one-and-a-half week orientation session, which will also introduce students to useful Czech language basics with the intent of making the cultural immersion as enriching as possible. Courses are taught by faculty affiliated with Charles University, University of Economics, Czech Academy of Science, and the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) and others.

Communications, New Media, + Journalism

NOTE: The CIEE Prague Communications, New Media, + Journalism program track will not be offered during the spring 2021 semester.
 

Prague’s rapidly evolving media landscape makes it an ideal place to explore global communication trends while you learn about the city’s complex culture and rich history. Study at Prague’s most prestigious university and include a hands-on internship to create a rich learning experience. You’ll find inspiration all around you, with 1,000 years of magnificent art and architecture from every period.

Based at CIEE Prague - Vyšehrad, this program allows students to select courses offered by CIEE, the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU), and prestigious Charles University – the oldest university in central Europe - to further their studies in journalism, media, and communications while they learn about Czech culture. Students begin with a two-week orientation session, which includes a week-long survival Czech language course. Students may combine this program with a semester of the CIEE Prague Central European Studies or Film Studies programs to stay in the Czech Republic for a full academic year.

This program track includes an optional internship. Gain international experience with valuable internships that require 8–10 onsite work hours per week. Students interview to be selected by the internship providers, take a related seminar (15 hours of class time), and attend meetings and other events with the program staff. You could intern at vibrant start-ups, advertising agencies, media outlets, think tanks, and other organizations. Do not miss the opportunity to boost your resume while studying abroad!

Film Studies

NOTE: The CIEE Prague Film Studies program track will not be offered during the spring 2021 semester.
 

With a rich filmmaking tradition that includes Miloš Forman, Agnieszka Holland, Emir Kusturica, and Jan Sverák, Prague is an ideal place to produce a short 16-mm film or dig into a feature-length screenplay. And with magnificent art and architecture from every period at every turn, it’s impossible not to be inspired by these creations – and the stories behind them. The CIEE Film Studies Program is designed for students with experience in film production, screenwriting, or film studies. Through a combination of specially designed CIEE film courses and FAMU elective offerings, students hone production and writing skills, and develop and produce their own short films in teams of two, or write screenplays. (Note: CIEE reserves the right to combine tracks in the case of low enrollment).

Students choose from one of two tracks:

  • Production Track: Create a short 16-mm film, including pre-production, production, and post-production, with supervision from faculty mentors and support from FAMU studio production staff.
  • Screenwriting Track: Start a feature-length screenplay, completing its full treatment and writing about half of a first draft. Along the way, provide critical and constructive analysis of your peers’ work and your own.

The program begins with a two-week intensive Czech language program, followed by two 90-minute lessons a week. This course includes interactive outings like shopping, walks, and a scavenger hunt. Students take most of their courses at the Prague Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU), one of the preeminent film schools in Central Europe, and one of the oldest film schools in Europe. Many influential filmmakers and screenwriters are FAMU alumni, including Stanislav Barabas, and Oscar-winners Miloš Forman and Agnieszka Holland. Film production facilities include digital Betacam, HDV, and 16mm and 35mm film.

Dates

Academic Year: late August/early September- mid May
Fall: late August/early September - mid December
Spring: mid/late January - mid May

Each program track on the CIEE Prague program offers different dates. Please refer to the CIEE website for specific dates.

Location

Cobblestone streets, ancient bridges, and a hilltop castle help lend the City of a Hundred Spires its reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful. Prague is unique in Europe, having shed its Communist past and brimming with carefully preserved monuments from every period and style in its millennial history. There’s plenty of quirky, too, like the Žižkov Tower adorned with climbing babies, and the distinctly nontraditional Dancing House. Easy to explore on foot, the city boasts a vibrant cultural life that includes concerts, festivals, operas, and more – many of which you can access on a student budget.

Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation

In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.

Academics

Available Fields of Study

Art History, Communications, Economics, Film Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Journalism, Literature, Media Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Religious Studies, Sociology, Telecommunications

Course Listings

To find courses on each program track for CIEE Prague, follow the instructions on CIEE's websites under "Academics."

To see what Penn State students have previously taken on this program, see the Historical Course List, which is meant to be a guide as to what courses might be available and how they might transfer to Penn State. Courses listed here may not be offered during the semester you attend the program and the credit amount or course title may have changed. 

Note: You are not limited to choosing classes on the program Historical Course List. You should consult the full list of courses on CIEE's website before choosing a program.

Course Selection

To find appropriate courses that will fit into your degree requirements, you will need to work with your academic adviser. Suggested tips:
  • Research courses available on your program
  • Meet with your academic adviser to discuss potential courses abroad and your degree requirements 
  • Keep in mind that courses abroad may change or may be unavailable for your selected term, so you will need to discuss possible back-up course options
  • To register for courses on this program you will work with your CIEE

Program Specific Course Information:

  • Central European Studies Program:

    • Students are required to take a minimum of five courses (15 credits), of which at least three must be CIEE courses.
    • In addition to these, students may enroll in courses at partner institutions: Charles University or FAMU, for up to six credits.
      • Alternatively, students can take all of their courses at CIEE.
    • All courses are taught in English, with the exception of the Czech language courses.  
  • Communications, New Media, + Journalism Program:

    • All students take the following course load:
      • 6 credits of core courses focusing on media, communication, or journalism (chosen from CIEE, FAMU, and/or Charles University courses)
        • Students are strongly encouraged to enroll one course at Charles University and/or FAMU.
      • 9 - 12 credits from elective courses chosen from CIEE, FAMU, and/or Charles University offerings.
  • Film Studies Program:

    • Students are required to take 17 credits on this program, and choose from the following tracks:
      • Production Track: 
        • All students enroll in Intensive Beginning Czech Language, Topics in Production, and Filmmaking Practicum and Mentorship courses. 
        • Students choose 2-4 regular FAMU courses worth 6 semester credits; at least one must be a Production Track elective
      • Screenwriting Track: 
        • All students enroll in Intensive Beginning Czech Language, Feature Screenwriting, and Script Analysis courses.
        • Students choose 2-4 regular FAMU courses worth 6 semester credits; at least one must be a Screenwriting Track elective.

Academic Policies

  • You cannot take any courses abroad on a Pass/Fail basis
  • World Campus courses should not be taken in addition to or as a substitute for courses offered abroad
  • You may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad
  • If you are studying abroad in your final semester at Penn State, please note that Penn State may not receive your grades in time for graduation 

Course Equivalency Process

In order for courses from abroad to appear on your Penn State transcript, each course must be given a course equivalency. Please visit the Academics section of the Global Programs website for information on the course equivalency process.  

Courses can be submitted for course equivalency before, during, or after the education abroad program, however, you should begin this process as soon as possible as it can take on average 2-4 months or more for courses to receive a Penn State course number. In some cases, it can be difficult to obtain syllabi from abroad before the start of the term, but when possible, courses can be submitted for review before departure. Talk to your Education Abroad Adviser about requesting syllabi.

Grade and Credit Conversion Scale

Grades and credit conversions from your host institution cannot be changed. They will be converted to Penn State credits and grades based on the following scales:
 
Grade Conversion Scale
Host Institution Grade Penn State Grade
A
A-  A-
B+  B+
B
B-  B-
C+  C+
C
D
F
 
Credit Conversion Scale
Host Institution Credit Penn State Credit
3 credits per course  3 credits per course
 

Housing and Meals

Housing

  • Homestay:
    • This option provides an excellent opportunity for immersion into the local culture, and is strongly recommended for students who wish to take full advantage of their Czech experience. A single room and internet is provided.
  • CIEE-Administered Apartments:
    • The apartments are located in the buildings where other tenants/citizens live. Students are sharing the apartment with a flat buddy who is a local Charles University student. The flat buddy is responsible for apartment maintenance and also helps with Czech immersion while organizing activities for students. Internet is provided.
  • CIEE-Administered Residence:
    • There are two CIEE Administered Residences. The residence consists of apartments where only CIEE students and Resident Assistants (RA) live. The RAs are Charles University students and live in separate apartments in the building. Their task is to help during the orientation, organize activities for students, and help them with daily issues. Internet is provided.
Independent housing is not permitted on this program. There will be no exceptions.

Meals

  • Homestay:
    • Dinner and breakfast, on the family’s schedule, are included.
  • Apartments:
    • Meals are not included with this option.
  • Residence:
    • Meals are not included with this option.

Costs and Funding

Program Costs

Fall Costs
Spring Costs

The cost of a program is based on Penn State tuition rates and partner institution fees. Due to the variety of locations and partner institutions, costs will vary depending on the program. Education Abroad works closely with our partners to ensure the most accurate cost estimates, however, fees can change quickly and without prior notice. Consult the cost sheets for your chosen program often and if you have any questions please contact your Education Abroad Adviser

Scholarships 

The Education Abroad Office awards a number of grants and scholarships to students who participate in an education abroad program through Global Programs. The application for the scholarships awarded through the Education Abroad Office is included with your program application. Eligibility is based on academic merit and/or financial need. You must have a current FAFSA on file to be awarded. There are additional scholarship opportunities through our partner universities, Penn State Academic Departments, and other sources. To view a full list of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and deadlines visit Funding Study Abroad.
 
Program Specific Scholarships
Scholarship Estimated Amounts Notes & Eligibility
CIEE & Penn State Scholarships   $1,000 - $4,000 Students who apply to a CIEE program are automatically considered for a CIEE & Penn State Scholarship. A separate scholarship application is not required.
Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Travel Grants $750 - $2,000 Students who receive a federal Pell grant are guaranteed this award, which can be used toward the cost of airfare if the CIEE is submitted by the deadline. Application submitted through CIEE.
CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant $1,000 - $2,500 Students who receive a federal Pell grant and show proof of application to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship are guaranteed a grant. Application submitted through CIEE. 


Learn more about other CIEE scholarships by reviewing the Scholarships & Grants section of CIEE's website

Student Aid

Penn State students who plan to study on a Penn State approved program can use most forms of financial aid towards the cost of the program. Exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. If you have specific questions regarding your aid awards, contact the Penn State Office of Student Aid

Withdrawal & Refund Policy 

Withdrawal and refund details are dependent on the timing and reason for your withdrawal from a Penn State Education Abroad Program. For specific details and steps on how to withdraw, read the Education Abroad Policies

After Commitment

Once a student has committed to a Penn State Education Abroad program, they are financially responsible for any fees incurred on their behalf. Therefore, if a student plans to withdraw from a program it is their responsibility to immediately notify the Education Abroad office, in writing; email is preferred. 

Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. Additional fees from the partner institution will be assessed according to their withdrawal and refund policies at the date of the withdrawal notice.

After the Start of the Program 

If a student withdraws after the start of a program, any adjustment of Penn State tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. Students may be responsible for up to 100% of program costs. In most cases, partial credit cannot be awarded for leaving a program before its successful completion.

For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.

Life Abroad

General Information 

Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting and transformative experiences of your college career. It is an opportunity to develop independence, build cross-cultural competencies, grow as a person, and enhance your academic program. Entering a new culture can be challenging for everyone. You may ask yourself: is this the right country for me? What are their cultural norms? How will my identity be perceived there? What can I do to prepare for this experience? What will my daily life be like? Below are resources to help you answer these questions.

Accessibility 

Penn State Education Abroad works closely with campus resources and our partner institutions around the world to ensure that students of all abilities reach their goal of studying abroad. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged on an individual basis. If you have accommodation needs or further questions please consult with the Student Disability Resources office and your Education Abroad Adviser. Additional resources are available through the Global Program Website. Disability information will not be used during the admissions process, but rather is meant to provide students with resources to help in planning a successful experience abroad.

Gender and LGBTQA

There are dramatic and subtle differences in how gender, identity, sexual expression, and sexual health are perceived in different countries. Before going abroad, it is important that you research the specific country or countries you will be visiting and have a full understanding of their cultural norms. Below are some resources to help you with that research and provide guidance for your life abroad.

Race, Ethnicity, and Faith

When choosing a study abroad location and preparing for your travels, you will want to be mindful of how your experience will be different than what you are used to in the United States. Your racial, ethnic, and spiritual identities may be interacted with and labeled by others differently than what you expect. Here are resources to help you prepare for these differences.

Non-U.S. Citizens

It is possible for non-U.S. Citizens to study abroad through Penn State. To do so successfully, you must plan early because this process may involve obtaining visas and other governmental procedures. Check with your DISSA Adviser prior to committing to a study abroad program and speak with your Education Abroad Adviser for specific information on the host country. If you plan on traveling to other countries during your study abroad experience, you will need to research and make plans to adhere to immigration policies for all of the countries that you plan to travel to and through. You are responsible for applying for visas for all applicable countries on your own. Advisers in the Education Abroad office cannot apply for your visa for you. Additional information may be available through your country's embassy and the consulate for your study abroad country.

Next Steps

Steps to Study Abroad

The planning stages outlined on the Global Programs website will help you have the best study abroad experience possible. We recommend that you begin this process at least one year prior to the semester you plan on studying abroad. Visit the Steps to Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website. 

How to Apply

Click the “Apply Now” button on this page to get started!

Application procedures can vary by program. Students should consult the application instructions available within each application. For more information, see the Application Process section of the Global Penn State website. 

Deadlines

You must apply to this program by the Penn State deadline. For a list of deadlines visit the Application Process page of the Global Programs website.

Contact Education Abroad 

If you have general questions about Education Abroad opportunities at Penn State, please email EducationAbroad@psu.edu.

Peer Advisers

Education Abroad Peer Advisers are Penn State study abroad returnees who advise students on education abroad opportunities at Penn State. Each Peer Adviser can explain program options, give an overview of the study abroad process, as well as provide information about their experience abroad. Peer Advisers have walk-in hours in Boucke Building during the fall and spring semester when classes are in session. For more information, visit the Education Abroad Peer Adviser website. 

Education Abroad Advisers 

Education Abroad Advisers can provide information about courses, support services, application processes, housing details, program costs, cultural expectations, pre-departure requirements, and much more. Education Abroad Advisers have two types of meetings - scheduled appointments and walk-ins. For more information about how to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser, please visit the Global Penn State website

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020
03/12/2020 TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/01/2020
03/12/2020 TBA TBA
Spring 2021 09/10/2020
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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